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It’s Throwback Kitten Week!

2016 is coming to an end, and I think we can all agree it’s been a big one! Over the past 12 months I have knocked over 6 plants, killed 2 mice, peed on a couch, and scaled a wall to sneak into a dark, cob-webby attic space! It’s been a fantastic year for mischief.


For Throwback Kitten Week, I’m remembering how it wasn’t so long ago that I was a kitten myself. Here’s what I looked like when my mom found me in 2012, compared to what I look like today. Big change, huh?

Through all of my growing and changing, some things have stayed the same. My mom has always loved me, no matter how many of her favorite things I destroy. My sister will always give up the top tier of the cat tree if I bop her in the head enough times. And Tidy Cats is always there to make sure I have a clean place to poop.

Check out this Throwback Kitten Week playlist on YouTube, then tell me how your cat has matured (or not) since kitten-hood for your chance to win TWO manufacturer’s coupons, each worth a free Tidy Cats product!

Try Out Tidy Cats Direct For FREE! Plus Win An Amazon Prime Account

How much time do you spend standing in the cat litter aisle, reading all of the different jugs and boxes to choose the right one? For cat parents who always want the best for their furbabies, the time can add up quick! Tidy Cats is always coming up with solutions to litter box problems, whether it’s creating a lightweight litter or a litter that tightly locks away odors. Now they’ve designed a system that’ll save you time and hassle! It’s called Tidy Cats Direct.

This is me checking out our Tidy Cats Direct shipment.
This is me checking out our Tidy Cats Direct shipment.

Tidy Cats Direct is a disposable all-in-one, one-month-use litter box, which cat lovers can order online and have shipped straight to their front doors! The anti-leak coated box is pre-filled with Tidy Cats Lightweight 24/7 Performance clumping litter, which features Tidy Lock Protection™ to quickly lock away urine, fecal, and ammonia odors. Each Tidy Cats Direct box contains just the right amount of litter to last a cat one month. All you have to do is scoop regularly and toss the box when your fresh one arrives!


Sound like a dream come true? One lucky winner can try out Tidy Cats Direct for FREE plus win an Amazon Prime membership! (If you already have an Amazon Prime membership, that’s cool. You can win an Amazon gift card instead!)

To enter to win, simply tell us what you’d do with all the extra time you’d gain by using Tidy Cats Direct. One lucky winner will be chosen on Friday December 9th! 


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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

Does Your Home Need A Littervention? Well, We’re Giving One Away!

Litterboxes are the worst, whether you’re a human or a cat. They take up a lot of space and look terrible, they’re stinky, and litter tracks everywhere. Do you ever wish there was someone who would look at your litterbox area, hear your challenges, then send you everything you need to revamp your space? We sure did, and our wish came true. And yours can too!

A couple months ago Tidy Cats asked us the big question: What are your biggest litter box concerns? I gotta tell ya, we had quite the list to send back to them.

  1. First and foremost, we wanted a litter box that didn’t look like a litter box. You may remember that we recently moved into a very small home. There’s no optimal place in our new house to put the litter box, and certainly no place to hide it away.
  2. Since the litter box must be out in the open, we’re very concerned about the smell. We don’t want our guests to think “litter box!” the second they step into our home.
  3. And finally, we want to minimize scatter. There are only so many times a person can vacuum in a day.


The picture above is what our litter box area looked like before Tidy Cats stepped in to grant us a Littervention. As you can see, it was quite an eyesore. The area was small, cluttered, and litter tracked out of the box. Everything about it screamed “HEY! THERE’S A LITTER BOX OVER HERE!”

Well, Tidy Cats heard our woes and set their experts on a mission to solve our problems. Here’s what they came up with:


Their team put together the purrfect Littervention kit, which systematically solved all of our problems!

  1. The litter box cabinet hides the box in plain sight. At first glance, the cabinet looks like an end table. But even with the disguise, it’s easy for cats to get in and out of. No more eyesore!
  2. With our Littervention kit we received more Tidy Cats 4-in-1 Strength Lightweight litter. It clumps tightly and instantly eliminates undesirable smells. No more stink!
  3. The high side of the cabinet entrance (which contains much of the litter that would normally be kicked out of the box), along with a very effective litter mat means the litter stays put. No tracking!

All in all, Tidy Cats ACED IT with our Littervention!

Are you ready to re-vamp your litter box area in time for spring cleaning? Tidy Cats would love to give one lucky Dear Nora reader a Littervention of their own!

Let us know what litter box problem you need solved for a chance to win! Let us know by midnight Friday May 27th!

*This is a sponsored post

Review: Tidy Cats LightWeight 4-in-1 Strength Litter

strength_LI’m thrilled to let you know that I’ll be working with Tidy Cats again this year to bring you an inside look at new products. This also means we’ll be hosting even more litter giveaways so you’ll have a chance to try it all out and see for yourself why this litter is so great. In fact, at the end of this post you’ll find instructions for how to win a jug of the new LightWeight 4-in-1 Strength litter! But first things first.

Tidy Cats recently sent me a jug of their new litter to try out. My mom emptied my litter box, gave it a good scrub, then refilled it with the 4-in-1 Strength litter. At first I was hesitant because I’m a bit cautious when it comes to change (hey, it’s scary when things are unpredictable!), but once I found my bravery I realized that this litter is actually pretty cool! Here’s why:

  • The “4-in-1 Strength” part means this litter fights four of the worst parts about litter boxes: ammonia, pee and poop smells, and loose clumps. My cat nose has 40 times the smelling power of my mom’s measly human nose, so keeping those smells in check helps me feel more comfortable in the litter box.
  • The tighter clumps mean less stray bits of used litter being left in the box when my mom scoops. That keeps the litter fresher for longer.
  • The lightweight technology means my mom can store the extra litter on a higher shelf so it’s not cluttering up my litter area. Without the extra bulky containers hanging around I can easily see if my sister is sneaking up on me.

Want to try a jug for free to see if your cat agrees with my review? Simply answer this question for a chance to have a jug of Tidy Cats LightWeight 4-in-1 Strength litter sent right to your doorstep (plus some cat toys!):

What’s the most important feature you look for in a cat litter?

A winner will be chosen on Saturday April 9th. Act fast!

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Happy New Year! Win a YEAR’S WORTH OF LITTER! And a Tiny Hat For Your Cat!

Me with my own custom Adam Ellis tiny hat!
Me with my own custom Adam Ellis tiny hat!

Happy New Year! I hope you– all of you, feline and human– have had a great 2015! This has been a big year for me. We added a new cat to my family, we moved from a busy and noisy street in New York to a green and bird-filled neighborhood in North Carolina, and I decided that cuddling isn’t so bad after all! I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store for all of us.

As you may know, Dear Nora has been teamed up with Tidy Cats this year. We’ve given away jugs and jugs of free cat litter and other gifts to many of our readers. As the year comes to a close, we’re giving away our most exciting gift yet! One very lucky Dear Nora reader will win a year’s supply of FREE TIDY CATS litter (in the form of 12 free-product coupons)! Wow!

And that’s not all! Tidy Cats has teamed up with Adam Ellis, author of one of my favorite books Tiny Hats on Cats. If you don’t know who Adam is, be sure to follow him on Instagram. His posts are adorable and hilarious. Adam wants to help your cat ring in the new year in style, so he’ll be sending the winner a hand-crafted tiny hat for your kitty!

What’s your cat’s new year’s resolution?

Tell us in the comments by January 1st for a chance to win a whole year’s worth of Tidy Cats litter and a custom made tiny hat from the amazing and talented Adam Ellis!

Which Litter Is Best For My Cat? (Plus a Litter Giveaway!)

Q: Dear Nora,
I’m adopting a new cat this week and I couldn’t be happier to add her to our family. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a cat and, I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed by the litter options. I remember when my only choices were clumping and non-clumping. How do I choose between all the different ones? How do I know what’s best for my cat and family?


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A: Litter has come a long way over the past several years, and the choices can indeed be overwhelming. It’s hard to know what your new cat will prefer once she gets home. Some cats are very adaptable and some are set in their ways. Paying attention to what kind of litter she has been using at the shelter can give you some clues about what she’ll dependably use in your home.

I really like the Selector Tool on the Tidy Cats website because it asks you a few simple questions about your home and lifestyle (Do you have one cat or more? Do you prefer to scoop every day or change the litter once a week? Stuff like that), then it’ll show you which type of litter is best suited to your specific situation. Give it a try!

In fact, all Dear Nora readers should give it a try and comment to let me know what it tells you. We’ll send five free product coupons to THREE lucky readers so you can choose whatever litter works best for you and your cat. We’ll choose the three winners on Thursday December 3rd, so hurry up!

Tidy Gives You More


There are a lot of lightweight litters on the market these days, so it can be hard to choose the right one. You want one that’s right for you, but let’s get real– whether or not a litter is a success really depends on whether or not your cat will like it.

As far as I’m concerned, Tidy Cats Lightweight is purrfect. Even though I share my litter box with my sister, the lightweight litter makes tight clumps and controls odors.

My mom likes it because it’s lightweight enough for her to carry home from the store easily. We’ve recently discovered a new reason to love it though! Apparently not all litters are created equal. The folks at Tidy Cats recently tested their Tidy Cats Lightweight against three other leading lightweight litters. First, they weighed out 8.5 pounds of each. Then, they poured each 8.5 pound sample into identical glass cylinders to measure the volume produced by equal weights of litter.

The results?

Tidy Cats Lightweight gives you over 100% more than Cat’s Pride Fresh and Light! Over 40% more litter than Clump and Seal Lightweight. More than 80% more litter than Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme! Wow!

To celebrate this great news, we’re giving away Tidy Cats 24/7 Performance Lightweight Cat Litter to FIVE lucky readers!

What’s the best way your cat has surprised you?

Let us know in the comments for a chance to win!

Hurry up! The winners will be chosen at noon on Monday October 12th.

Win FREE Lightweight Litter!

gladetoughodorsolutions_MAs a Tidy Cats Insider I get an exclusive first look at new products, which I can then pass onto you! In fact, Tidy Cats and I are teaming up to give a free sample of their newest product to TEN lucky Dear Nora readers! Read on to find out how you can enter to win…

Last week, my friends from Tidy Cats sent me a sample of their newest innovation: Tidy Cats Lightweight Litter with Glade Tough Odors Solutions. I gotta admit, I was skeptical that it could be the solution to MY tough odors! But I was impressed! I used the litter box right after my mom filled it with this new litter (typical) and the Glade kept the odors in check without overpowering our home with an artificial perfume.

Not only that, but Tidy Cats Lightweight with Glade is 50% lighter than traditional clumping litters, makes tight clumps for easy scooping, and comes in a jug that is both resealable and recyclable with two handles for easy carrying and pouring! What could be better?!

To enter for a chance to win a FREE sample of this exciting new product, leave a comment about what you love most about your cat. That’s right, just brag about your kitty and you could be one of TEN lucky readers to have Tidy Cats Lightweight with Glade shipped right to your home! Act fast, ten lucky winners will be chosen at midnight on Saturday, August 1st.

Check out this video for more information about this new product!



Our friends at Tidy Cats sent us some coupons for free litter and we’d like to pass some off to you, our loyal readers! Each winner will receive FOUR coupons for free Tidy Cats litter, valued at $12.99 each. That’s over $50 worth of free litter! Sounds pretty great, right? It gets even better: we’ll be sending coupons to TWO winners! How do you enter to win? Well, it’s pretty simple:

1. Use the bar to the right of this post to SIGN UP FOR THE DEAR NORA NEWSLETTER. You’ll get weekly tips, tricks, news, and offers sent straight to your inbox.

2. SHARE THIS POST through your own social media and TAG NORA through Facebook and/or Twitter.

Winners will be chosen on Saturday June 27th.





*Due to the details of the Manufacturer’s Coupon, this offer is only open to U.S. readers.