Merlin- Poop Station

So anyone who has every been owned by a cat knows that the worst part of being owned is having to clean the litter box. It’s never fun and always smell. All of those litters that say no smell. They lie. They do mask it, at least until it comes time to clean.

However, when I see this sweet face. I do it. I’ll be the first to admit it. He has me wrapped around his little paw.

I’ve had Merlin since he was 8 weeks old and I’ve tried pretty much all the different types of litter boxes out there because Merlin is a digger. That means, he likes to dig in the litter box as if it was a sandbox. Because he does this, it causes him to kick the litter up and about. I’ve tried boxes, I’ve tried self-cleaning, I’ve tried litter in furniture. I’ve tried pretty much all of it. So I’ve thought about mentioning some of what I have tried and letting you know my opinion on them.

The Traditional

The standard litter box and litter. Not bad. I liked it and used it for a good couple of years. I’ve placed inside cat litter furniture as seen below. Yes, I did spend that much money on it. It didn’t work because Merlin started to kick the freshly peed clumps outside of the box and it just went down hill from there. He, as a digger, would also kick the litter out of the box and trail it all over the apartment. Every single time. I would sweep, and he would do it again seconds later. It was infuriating and an obviously loosing battle that took me a few years to realize.

The Self-Cleaning

I liked this one. The I had spend hours looking into the different types of self-cleaning litter before I decided on this one. The PetSafe ScoopFree Ultra Self-Cleaning Cat Litter Box, Covered, Automatic with Disposable Tray. Litter duty was amazing. It was once every 3-weeks, and it was super easy. The down fall was that if you waited longer than 3-weeks, the smell started to get really bad. The device itself was easily to use and even easier to set up. The price was a bit high, but for convience sake, I was willing to risk it.

Now the problems I found with it, was that Merlin the mole would dig and kick out a lot of the crystals. Some were pee stained crystal so EWW. Then there was the dust. There was a lot of dust. The final piece was the price. The monthly changing of the litter tray was about $15-18 a month. I’d save a bit by buying a 3 month supply. However, rarely did it ever last 3 months. I would end up spending $45 dollars every 2 months for litter alone. It finally got to the point where that was just to much and I needed to search for an alternate way of dealing with Merlin’s bathroom habits.

The Igloo

The Igloo is what I’ve moved to next. The self-cleaning required little work, however my little mole was still leaving litter crystals all over the apartment. The cleaner rake also started to make a loud grinding sound everything it moved. I got used to it, but occasionally it would surprise me. So I decided to try an alternative method. I stumbled upon the Igloo( AKA Pidan) by accident. I was looking into other types of boxes when I saw it.

What caught me attention was the promise of no more loose litter. Now forgive me for not believing it. However, after a couple of weeks of using it. I’m a believer. It has a nice grate step that gets most of the litter crystals that stick’s to Merlin’s paw. What isn’t caught there is then caught on the mat. With it’s dome shape, Merlin can dig to his heart’s content and I don’t have to worry about litter flying everywhere. Now it’s not perfect. I very much doubt anything can or will be, but there has been a significant amount less of loose litter crystals.

It’s sleek design is actually a little smaller than the self-cleaning and it looks nice and neat. I like it. Merlin seems to take to it. I’m sure he’s trilled at the fact that I no longer shout at him for digging in his litter box.

These are the three ways I’ve tried to handle the litter box. If you’ve tried one and would like to leave your thoughts, please do. Or, if you’ve used something else please let me know in the comment section below!


10 Things About Me

In attempting to be more open about myself and in this blog, I’ve decided to come up with 10 Things you need to know about me.

One: I have a Cat

Merlin is the name of my Pet master. He runs the household and I do his bidding. Any of you who have ever owned a pet will know that this is true. Although, when you see this face, it’s hard not to bend to his will.


Two: I love most things Japanese

About ten years ago, I studied abroad in Japan. Since them, I’ve developed a love of the Japanese culture.  From Traditional Japanese culture to Anime I like it all. I’ve been in the process of learning the language. It’s been slow going, but not impossible.

Three: Cooking is a Passion

I love cooking. I really do. The problem is that I’m single and when I cook, primarily bake, it makes more than I can eat. That is unless I want to grow wider. Which I don’t. So there might not be many recipes that get posted, but I will definitely put the few up there that I do enjoy.

Four: Reading is my life

A few years ago I stumbled upon Goodreads. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s basically a small community for people to showcase, or show off, what books they are reading. The one factor that I really like about it is the reading challenges they place into motion each year. They ask people to write down their literary goal for the year.

Mine is 53 books.

Another great aspect is that it allows you to review your books an rate them out of 5 stars.

Five: I love Movies

So I watch about 4-6 movies a week. Considering I have little time to do anything else. I used to go more often, however I am making a priority to try to watch more movies in theaters and I’ll try to review a few of them as I go.

Six: I’m a Teacher

I’m a teacher. I work at a high school. I will more likely than not post at least one or two posts about being a teacher.

Seven: I’m into Arts & Crafts

I’m a huge fan of Arts and Crafts. I will write about some of my projects and let you know how they all turn out. I have a Pinterest account where I get most, if not all, of my ideas. Some work out. Some don’t. I’ll be letting ya’ll know about them as I progress.

Eight: I’m a Tea Snob

I hate coffee! Sorry if that offends you, but I do. I love Tea though. I’m very peculiar about it. I prefer loose leaf to bag, but bag is better than nothing. I’ve been experimenting with different leaves to produce different flavors.

Also, those of you who drink your tea with the tea bag still in it, that has to be one of the grossest things I’ve ever heard. That’s just disgusting!

Nine: I’m in debt

Not going to lie here. I’m in debt. My goal is to shrink it all by the end of the year. I will be posting over some of the different ways I try to decrease my debt using a number of side hustles and what worked and what didn’t.

Ten: I’m a in declutter-mode

So like most of the world, I watched Tidying up with Marie Kondo. I had already been in a decluttering mode prior to this, however this really helped push me in getting rid of even more of my things that frankly I didn’t need nor want.

So I’ll share some of the things I’ve done and how I’ve gone about getting rid of a large number of things that I don’t use or even want anymore in my apartment.


So that’s a bit about me. I’ll be posting again soon! Please let me know a little bit more about yourselves.