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Sticky: Just Say NO To Stank Face (Plus FREE Litter Giveaway!)

Have you heard about Stank Face? Even if you don’t know it by name, I bet you’ve encountered it if there’s a litter box in your home.

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My fondest Stank Face memory was when my mom was hosting a get-together of some old friends in our very small house. They were all lounging around the living room drinking tea while I lurked around under the bed because I don’t like people very much. Eventually I ventured out to use the litter box and I caused quite a stink! Her friends were holding their noses and wafting their hands in front of their faces as I raced back under the bed. My mom told me later that she and her friends had to finish their tea on the porch because the home become unbearable. If I wasn’t a cat, I would have been embarrassed.

This is my mom's Stank Face, compared to how she felt after discovering the new and improved TidyLock™ Protected litter.
This is my mom’s Stank Face, compared to how she felt after discovering the new and improved TidyLock™ Protected litter.

Tidy Cats takes Stank Face seriously! That’s why they’ve improved their already-awesome litter to include TidyLock™ Protection, which does an even better job of locking away Stank Face inducing odors. To create as much awareness as possible about Stank Face and its antidote, TidyLock™ Protection, they’ve even teamed up with actress Angela Kinsey (who you may know as Angela Martin from NBC’s “The Office”). Watch the important PSA:

TidyLock™ Protection is available in both traditional and lightweight versions of your favorite 24/7 and Instant Action Tidy Cats clumping litter.

Are you ready to kick Stank Face out of your life for good? Visit www.StopStankFace.com to learn more. Also…

We’re giving away FIVE free Tidy Cats litter coupons to one lucky reader! Just leave a comment telling us about one time you experienced Stank Face for a chance to win! 

One lucky Dear Nora winner will be chosen at midnight on Saturday August 13th.



*This is a sponsored post. #TidyInsider

How Cat I Reduce Litter Tracking?

Q: Dear Nora,
We use pine litter in our cat’s litter box and generally like it, except that we find it tracked all over our home! What can we do to minimize the mess? 

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iamthegreatwent @ instagram

A: If you hate finding litter tracked throughout your home, pine is the worst choice of litter for you. Our little kitty feet can trap an amazing amount of litter and we can trap even more with fine-textured pine. There are some options though.

If you are set on pine, put a textured mat outside the litter box. The mat will release the litter (most of it, at least). Some cats hate the texture of mats though and will avoid the litter box if you use one, so have a mat-free box available while you’re introducing the mat, to make sure your cat won’t do her business elsewhere.

If your kitty has extra tufty toes like I do, it helps to trim the hair between them (only to be the length of the pad of her foot– don’t actually trim between her toes). If you don’t feel totally confident that you can trim the hair without cutting her pads (ouch!) take her to a groomer.

If you want to reduce tracking even more, consider using a litter that is made of larger granules. You can even switch to the pine pellets. The bigger granules are less likely to get stuck between toes and tracked throughout your home– especially combined with a mat outside the box.

How Did My Cat Get Worms?

Q: Dear Nora,
My indoor/outdoor cat was losing weight and vomiting a lot. We took him to the vet and discovered that our poor little guy had worms! How did he get them? And how can we keep him worm-free in the future?

iamthegreatwent @ instagram
iamthegreatwent @ instagram

A: Most adult cats get worms by ingesting the poop of another cat, or eating rodents and birds. And, as an avid poop and mouse-eater myself, I must say that it’s totally worth the risk!

Kittens can get worms from the milk of an infected mother, and cats of all ages can get infected with some types of worms (such as hookworms) just by stepping in dirt that has been soiled by an infected cat. Cats who go outdoors are far more likely to be infected by worms than indoor cats.

In addition to the vomiting and weight loss you noticed, other folks should look out for diarrhea, bloody stool, constipation, coughing, or trouble breathing.

You did the right thing by taking your cat to the vet. There are lots of different kinds of worms and all of them are treated differently. Since worm infections are treated with a controlled poison, you should always talk to your vet about treatment plans and never try to self-diagnose/treat. Once your kitty has been de-wormed, discuss an ongoing treatment plan with your vet.


Why Does My Cat Scratch Around Her Water Dish?

Q: Dear Nora,
Sometimes I catch my cat scratching all around her water dish. Why does she do this? 

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iamthegreatwent @ instagram

A: We scratch around our dishes (water and food) to say “hey, this is mine– hands off!” to our parents and other animals in the home. This works in two ways. First of all, we have scent glands in our paws (near the base of our claws), marking the area when we scratch around the bowl. Second, scratching feeds our instinct to bury our prey for future snacks.

If you live in a multi-cat home with an alpha cat, or if there is obvious tension between your cats, you can help alleviate stress by providing multiple feeding and watering stations throughout the home. That way, your less aggressive cat won’t feel the need to battle with your more aggressive cat to get food and water.

How Do I Get My Cat to Drink More Water?

Q: Dear Nora,
My cat ‘s water bowl rarely needs re-filling and I’m concerned that she’s not drinking enough water. How can I get her to drink more? 

iamthegreatwent @ instagram
iamthegreatwent @ instagram

A: Is your cat’s only water bowl near her food dish? Cuz that’s gross. Us cats think of our food (even if you buy it for us from the store, and even if it’s dry and super processed) as being our prey. As prey, our instincts tell us that our water may be contaminated with bacteria if it’s close to our food, so we will often avoid it.

We’ll seek out fresh water elsewhere– that’s why you may see your cat lapping up water from the faucet, or dipping her paw into your own glass of fresh and cool water (in fact, that’s my favorite place to drink from!).

You can encourage your cat to drink more water by providing more water bowls or cat water fountains throughout your home– located in many spots far from her food bowl. Clean the bowls and add fresh water daily for maximum water consumption.


Is It Okay For My Cat to Play With Yarn?

Q: Dear Nora,
My cats go crazy over yarn. They love to play with it and get all wrapped up in it. Is it okay to let them play with it? I’m worried they’ll ingest it. 

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iamthegreatwent @ instagram

A: I love playing with yarn. I love everything about it. I especially love ripping my mom’s knitting projects to shreds when she forgets to put them away.

Despite the fun, playing with yarn can actually be dangerous. It’s impossible for us to keep dangling and squirming things out of our mouths, you see. Before we know it, we’re swallowing it and it’s getting wrapped all around our insides and you are rushing us to the (very expensive, my mama tells me) emergency vet.

Luckily there are alternatives, such as wand toys. My mama spends some time every day playing with me with a wand toy and it’s great! I hunt it and play with it and get (safely) wrapped up in it– and as long as I am playing with my mama, she makes sure I don’t swallow anything bad, like the feathers on the end. So, hide the yarn, add more toys, and your cat will never know the difference.