Friday, December 3, 2010

Just The Crystals Cat Litter GIVEAWAY Ends 12/31




I adopted two full grown 16 pound male cats from California recently. Yes, you read that right...16 pounds! Keeping the litter box fresh and odors eliminated can be a challenge. You can have pets without your home eventually smelling like your beloved animals! The other challenge is saving money on litter products without sacrificing quality.

Crystal cat litter is a products that I've never experienced until now. I'll admit that it's too expensive for my budget, not to mention I'm a skeptic. I want a product that is safe for my cats, humans and the environment. When visiting various online litter companies, I came across Just The Crystals and enjoyed what I read so I dropped them a line and here we are!

Double bonus! Safe for cats and recycled materials are used!

Safe for cats:

Commercially available crystal cat litters have been extensively tested and are safe for your cat. Its basic chemical makeup can be closely compared to sand. The industrial name for it is silica gel, which is non-crystalline, porous and a safe substance most commonly used to absorb excess moisture in flowers and food or to protect materials such as leather or computer equipment from humidity.

Fragrance free, conveniently packaged* -- and all packaging is fully recyclable!
*2 pre-measured, recyclable bags, each weighing 4.4lbs, for a total of 8.8lbs of premium crystals. All packaging is fully recyclable -- and our boxes are made from recycled cardboard!


What about the price? You can purchase Just The Crystals through Amazon with FREE shipping for $15.95 for two pre-measured bags which can last up to 30 days when used properly and kept in a dry place away from moisture. Grocery and Department stores can be insanely high when it comes to purchasing crystals!

I'm sold, it's worth a shot to save money and use a quality product. While I do have the product in my home right now, I haven't used it long enough to really experience the product fully. I cannot give an accurate opinion on it as of yet. However, I am pleased so far with the results and used a tip shared on Just The Crystals about sprinkling a light layer of baking soda in the bottom of the litter box to help prevent odors.


Crystal litter Properties
(exerpted from Wikipedia)

Silica gel litter, often referred to as "crystal litter", is a porous granular form of sodium silicate and has the highest absorbency of any litter. It has excellent moisture control and complete odor elimination for an extended period of time compared to other litters.

Some praise its absorbency because 4 to 5 lb (2+ kg) can absorb liquid and odor for up to 30 days for one healthy normal weight cat. It is important to lightly stir the crystals daily while scooping the solid waste, otherwise urine can pool in the box. When crystal litter is saturated, at the end of 30 days or so, it begins to smell and is visibly saturated. In comparison, over the same time period it may take 20–30 lb (9–14 kg) or more of clay or clumping litter, because it is necessary to replenish the litter that is removed when the clumped urine is scooped out. No replenishing is necessary with silica gel (crystal) litter.

Others have claimed that this litter gives them no warning when it is saturated and their cat left a urine puddle at the bottom of the pan. But as mentioned above, this litter will eventually begin to smell when the crystals can no longer hold any more urine. Also, as the crystals absorb the urine odorlessly, they turn from white (or blue) to slightly yellow. This is when a crystal is 'visibly saturated'. It is easy to determine when this litter needs changing because you can either smell urine (the crystals are over saturated) or you can no longer see any white (or blue) crystals.

Crystal litter is extremely lightweight, especially when compared to heavier clay and clumping litter.


How about a giveaway?! Just The Crystals has generously offered to sponsor a giveaway!

WIN IT:

TWO winners will each win 2 boxes of Just The Crystals cat litter! That is 4 pre-measured bags of litter crystals per winner!

HOW TO ENTER:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Visit Just The Crystals and tell me something else you learned that I didn't post here.

Giveaway is open to US residents 18+ , Void in Hawaii & Alaska

BONUS ENTRIES: Please leave a separate comment for each entry you complete. Each of the following are worth 1 Entry unless specified otherwise. This is a 1x entry giveaway for each entry. However, you may tweet daily.

*What litter do you normally use?
*What do you prefer...Clay, Clump or Crystals?
*Follow my blog on Google friend connect
*Follow my RSS Feed or Subscribe to my feed burner
*Blog about this giveaway
*Grab my button
*Follow me on twitter @mrsmiki77 & tweet about this giveaway. Come back and post your "tweet" link and username. You may tweet daily.

Giveaway will end on December 31, 2010 at 11:59 pm CST

Winner will be chosen and contacted by email. You must reply within 48 hours with your shipping address or another winner will be chosen. Once shipping information has been received, I will then contact the sponsor with your information so that they can mail out your prize. Sorry, per sponsor, P.O. Boxes will not be accepted.

PRIVACY POLICY: I will not sell, rent, or share your personal information with anyone other than the sponsor of this giveaway. Entrants will not receive any emails from 'Little Bit Of This And That' with the exception of contacting and staying in touch with the winner until prize has been fulfilled.


DISCLAIMER:
I received a sample of crystal cat litter from Just The Crystals to share the product with my readers. However, I have posted my own unbiased opinions on these product. All opinions are strictly my own and true.



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132 comments:

samf36 on December 3, 2010 at 1:28 PM said...

I learned that The litter still needs to be stirred every few days, especially towards the end of its useful life

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samf36 on December 3, 2010 at 1:29 PM said...

I have been using Fresh Step -

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samf36 on December 3, 2010 at 1:33 PM said...

I love the crystals from Fresh Step and mix them with clumping fresh step.

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samf36 on December 3, 2010 at 1:34 PM said...

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kaccat said...

Safe Handling by pregnant women:

Unused cat litter is safe for handling by pregnant women. However, pregnant women should avoid handling used cat litter. Toxoplasmosis, an illness characterized by cold or flu-like symptoms, can be transmitted by cat feces. It is especially serious in pregnant women because it can cause birth defects. Immunosuppressed persons may also be susceptible to toxoplasmosis. For further information, consult your doctor.

kaccat said...

Don't really use just one kind but rather buy whatever is on sale. Just bought Tidy Cat but last time it was Scoop Away.

kaccat said...

Switched from clay to clumping about 3 years ago. With 7 indoor kitties it probably ends up costing about the same or less than the clay did.

Anonymous said...

This Litter is Fragrance free which is a Good thing as Kats have stong noses and do not like things that smell to strong!

Loretta on December 3, 2010 at 9:32 PM said...

Pregnant women should not handle used cat litter. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Loretta on December 3, 2010 at 9:32 PM said...

I follow you!

Loretta on December 3, 2010 at 10:06 PM said...

I use Fresh Step right now.

debbie on December 4, 2010 at 5:03 AM said...

I learned pregnant woman should not clean used boxes.
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debbie on December 4, 2010 at 5:04 AM said...

I have been using farm and fleet brand litter.
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debbie on December 4, 2010 at 5:04 AM said...

I am a email subscriber.
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Lynn said...

Remember -- moisture is the enemy of your crystal cat litter. Placement of your litter box in a dry, well ventilated area will pay huge dividends in getting the most out of it.

Lynn said...

Remember -- moisture is the enemy of your crystal cat litter. Placement of your litter box in a dry, well ventilated area will pay huge dividends in getting the most out of it.

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ranya112 on December 5, 2010 at 12:24 AM said...

You stir it to extend the life of the litter. It then releases water, not urine, water vapor.

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tesashel on December 7, 2010 at 2:53 PM said...

I learned on their web site that unused cat litter is safe for handling by pregnant women.

tesashel on December 7, 2010 at 2:54 PM said...

We normally use Tidy Cat in our home.

tesashel on December 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM said...

We currently use clump litter, and that's okay, but I wonder if I wouldn't like the crystals better, as I haven't tried them yet.

tesashel on December 7, 2010 at 2:55 PM said...

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sksweeps on December 7, 2010 at 10:09 PM said...

I learned that it is easy to determine when this litter needs changing because you can either smell urine (the crystals are over saturated) or you can no longer see any white (or blue) crystals.

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sksweeps on December 7, 2010 at 10:10 PM said...

I normally use what ever litter is on sale

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sksweeps on December 7, 2010 at 10:11 PM said...

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Yoga Mommy on December 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM said...

I learned a Tip on making the litter last longer: good air circulation. Silica gel absorbs liquid fairly quickly, and releases it as water vapor fairly slowly.

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Yoga Mommy on December 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM said...

I usually use Tidy Cats

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Yoga Mommy on December 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM said...

I typically prefer clumping

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Yoga Mommy on December 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM said...

I follow via GFC

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Yoga Mommy on December 8, 2010 at 4:27 PM said...

I grabbed your button

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Yoga Mommy on December 8, 2010 at 4:29 PM said...

I follow via Google RSS

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Yoga Mommy on December 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM said...

I blogged

http://tonicaravello.blogspot.com/2010/12/win-crystals-cat-litter-at-micheles.html

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Yoga Mommy on December 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM said...

I follow you on twitter tonic67 and tweeted

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Diane Aronovic on December 8, 2010 at 7:28 PM said...

Crystals and forever litter trays!

Vicki S on December 9, 2010 at 3:27 AM said...

I learned that it is important to place your litter box in a dry, well ventilated area to keep moisture out. It is best around a breezy area

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Vicki S on December 9, 2010 at 3:28 AM said...

I normally use Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Cat Litter

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Vicki S on December 9, 2010 at 3:29 AM said...

I prefer clump
(although I've never tried crystals)
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channallocks on December 9, 2010 at 1:26 PM said...

This Litter is Fragrance free

Jean on December 11, 2010 at 7:54 AM said...

I learned...Fragrance free, conveniently packaged* -- and all packaging is fully recyclable!

Jean on December 11, 2010 at 7:54 AM said...

I use Fresh Step

Jean on December 11, 2010 at 7:55 AM said...

I prefer clump

ohkeeka on December 11, 2010 at 8:09 PM said...

I learned that sprinkling baking soda in the litterbox before putting the crystal litter in can help further eliminate odors. With four cats, this is a tip we can use!

ohkeeka on December 11, 2010 at 8:11 PM said...

We normally use Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat, but I'm open to anything effective and environmentally friendly!

ohkeeka on December 11, 2010 at 8:11 PM said...

We like clumping litter best! We've never tried crystals, so I'm curious about how they work...

ohkeeka on December 11, 2010 at 8:12 PM said...

I follow on GFC as ohkeeka.

ohkeeka on December 11, 2010 at 8:13 PM said...

I subscribe to your RSS feed on Google Reader

taylorbagels on December 12, 2010 at 2:28 PM said...

I did learn that if you can place the litter box where there's a breeze, the litter will last a lot longer. Or, you can try what I've recently done: put a small fan above the box, so that it constantly blows air down onto the litter.


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taylorbagels on December 12, 2010 at 2:33 PM said...

Scoop Away litter

taylorbagels on December 12, 2010 at 2:35 PM said...

I prefer clay

taylorbagels on December 12, 2010 at 2:36 PM said...

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taylorbagels on December 12, 2010 at 2:37 PM said...

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taylorbagels on December 12, 2010 at 2:41 PM said...

I follow you on twitter(id electricisland) & I tweeted.

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Valancia on December 14, 2010 at 5:14 PM said...
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taylorbagels on December 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM said...

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Miranda Ward on December 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM said...

The Litter needs to be stirred every 2-3 days

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Shellie & Brutus on December 17, 2010 at 10:57 AM said...

I learned that the litter needs to be stirred every few days. I'd do that every time I cleaned it.
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Shellie & Brutus on December 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM said...

I usually use Cat's pride downstairds and Swheatscoop upstairs (I have 9 cats).
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Shellie & Brutus on December 17, 2010 at 10:59 AM said...

I prefer crystals but they are pricey.
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Shellie & Brutus on December 17, 2010 at 11:00 AM said...

Following you publicly via GFC.
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Shellie & Brutus on December 17, 2010 at 11:01 AM said...

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taylorbagels on December 17, 2010 at 11:57 AM said...

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EmmaPeel on December 18, 2010 at 2:21 PM said...
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taylorbagels on December 19, 2010 at 8:03 PM said...

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Betty C on December 24, 2010 at 11:52 PM said...

I learned its basic chemical makeup can be closely compared to sand. The industrial name for it is silica gel, which is non-crystalline, porous and a safe substance most commonly used to absorb excess moisture in flowers and food or to protect materials such as leather or computer equipment from humidity.
I've seen small packets of this in some of the things I buy where moisture could damage the product.

Betty C on December 24, 2010 at 11:52 PM said...

I'm currently using another brand of crystals and it works very well.

Betty C on December 24, 2010 at 11:53 PM said...

I follow with GFC.

Betty C on December 24, 2010 at 11:54 PM said...

I subscribe with google reader.

Betty C on December 24, 2010 at 11:56 PM said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted.
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clynsg on December 25, 2010 at 8:40 AM said...

They emphasize that moisture is the enemy of your crystal cat litter. Placement of your litter box in a dry, well ventilated area will pay huge dividends in getting the most out of it.

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clynsg on December 25, 2010 at 8:41 AM said...

I generally use whatever is on sale or that I have a coupon for.


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clynsg on December 25, 2010 at 8:41 AM said...

I prefer clumping, but like it when there are crystals in the mix as well.

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clynsg on December 25, 2010 at 8:42 AM said...

Follower via GFC

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Jenna on December 25, 2010 at 9:24 PM said...

All packaging is recyclable!

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Jennifer on December 27, 2010 at 12:44 AM said...

I learned that the product is fragrance free, which is great for my picky cat.

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Marci J on December 28, 2010 at 7:08 AM said...

I love this litter is so safe that even pregnant women can handle it
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Marci J on December 28, 2010 at 7:08 AM said...

I usually use Tidy Cat

Marci J on December 28, 2010 at 7:09 AM said...

I think I'd prefer the crystals

Lynda Del. on December 28, 2010 at 3:38 PM said...

I learned that because of the risk of getting toxoplasmosis pregnant women should not handle the duties of changing kitty litter.
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Lynda Del. on December 28, 2010 at 3:39 PM said...

I normally use Fresh Step.
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Lynda Del. on December 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM said...

I prefer to use crystals.
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Lynda Del. on December 28, 2010 at 3:41 PM said...

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Lynda Del. on December 28, 2010 at 3:43 PM said...

I’m a subscriber via RSS Feed (Google Reader).
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Unemployed & Earning on December 29, 2010 at 5:01 AM said...

The crystals work better in summer than winter cause they can dry out better then
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Unemployed & Earning on December 29, 2010 at 5:01 AM said...

we use the generic walmart brand normally
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Unemployed & Earning on December 29, 2010 at 5:02 AM said...

We prefer clump
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calvad on December 29, 2010 at 12:17 PM said...

I learned that During the winter and spring, the litter has been lasting only 10 days with two cats

jsc123 on December 29, 2010 at 9:25 PM said...

I learned that Just Crystals was originally developed primarily for use with automatic litter boxes.

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jsc123 on December 29, 2010 at 9:26 PM said...

We currently use Fresh Step cat litter.

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jsc123 on December 29, 2010 at 9:26 PM said...

We prefer Crystal cat litter.

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jsc123 on December 29, 2010 at 9:27 PM said...

I am following via Google Friends Connect.

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jsc123 on December 29, 2010 at 9:27 PM said...

I am subscribed via email as jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com.

Renee G on December 29, 2010 at 9:45 PM said...

I learned that these were originally developed for use in automatic litter boxes.
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Renee G on December 29, 2010 at 9:47 PM said...

We usually use Johnny Cat.
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Renee G on December 29, 2010 at 9:47 PM said...

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Renee G on December 29, 2010 at 9:48 PM said...

We prefer clumping litter.
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Jon_Lefkove on December 29, 2010 at 11:56 PM said...

I learned that The litter still needs to be stirred every few days, especially towards the end of its useful life.

Susanmeep on December 30, 2010 at 12:06 PM said...

I Learned that pregnant women should not clean litter boxes! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

Kristy Thiel on December 30, 2010 at 2:26 PM said...

I love that the litter is fragrance free! Thanks for hosting a great contest!

MangaCruiser on December 30, 2010 at 2:38 PM said...

This stuff was originally used in automatic cat litter boxes and used to absorb moisture from electronics and other things that could be damaged in transport from excess moisture.
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MangaCruiser on December 30, 2010 at 2:39 PM said...

I usually use cheap clay litter for $3 a bag and maybe some dirt to help absorb.
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MangaCruiser on December 30, 2010 at 2:40 PM said...

I prefer something that really does absorb the odor when you have to share the bathroom with more than one cat!
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MangaCruiser on December 30, 2010 at 2:41 PM said...

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MangaCruiser on December 30, 2010 at 2:42 PM said...

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MangaCruiser on December 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM said...

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Diane52 on December 30, 2010 at 3:41 PM said...

I learned that you have to mix it every few days.
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susansmoaks on December 30, 2010 at 5:49 PM said...

moisture is the enemy, put the litter box in a dry secure place
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c allen on December 30, 2010 at 7:44 PM said...

I learned pregnant woman should not clean used cat litter boxes. clallen at ntin dot net

c allen on December 30, 2010 at 7:45 PM said...

i use the big red bag from walmart. special kitty litter, clallen at ntin dot net

c allen on December 30, 2010 at 7:45 PM said...

i usually prefer clay because it cost less. clallen at ntin dot net

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Forget Shyness Reviews on December 30, 2010 at 8:51 PM said...

I learned that this litter is safe for pregnant women if the litter hasn't yet been used.

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Forget Shyness Reviews on December 30, 2010 at 8:52 PM said...

my normal litter is fresh step

Forget Shyness Reviews on December 30, 2010 at 8:53 PM said...

ive never used crystals before but i prefer clump over clay

Forget Shyness Reviews on December 30, 2010 at 8:53 PM said...

i follow you via GFC

faithfullyfrugal on December 30, 2010 at 10:23 PM said...

I had never heard of the crystals, what a great idea! I learned that instead of getting a whiff of the urine to know that it needs changing, you can just watch for the color change of the crystals.

Thank you for the entry,

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faithfullyfrugal on December 30, 2010 at 10:24 PM said...

I am a clump kind of gal!

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faithfullyfrugal on December 30, 2010 at 10:24 PM said...

I use whatever is on sale!

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faithfullyfrugal on December 30, 2010 at 10:25 PM said...

I am a gfc public follower as Nikki Davis.

Thank you,


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faithfullyfrugal on December 30, 2010 at 10:26 PM said...

I am an email subscriber.

Thank you,


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brightleigh on December 31, 2010 at 12:42 AM said...

I found out it was originally developed for automatic litter boxes but can be used in any litter boxes.

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brightleigh on December 31, 2010 at 12:43 AM said...

We have been using Arm & Hammer for multiple cats.

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brightleigh on December 31, 2010 at 12:43 AM said...

We prefer the clumping litter.

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kasandria on December 31, 2010 at 2:06 AM said...

I learned that Placement of your litter box in a dry, well ventilated area will pay huge dividends in getting the most out of it.
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ApachesPrincess on December 31, 2010 at 10:45 AM said...

I thought it was interesting to learn that the bags and boxes are eco friendly! I think that is very important!

Thanks!
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ApachesPrincess on December 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM said...

I follow GFC!

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ApachesPrincess on December 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM said...

Right now, I'm pretty sure I use fresh steps!

Thanks!
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ApachesPrincess on December 31, 2010 at 10:46 AM said...

I prefer crystals!
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Edward on January 1, 2011 at 5:04 AM said...

The JTC is the number 1 selling crystal litter on Amazon!

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