Neighbours cat cassie
My neighbours cat Cassie

I will be completely honest with you here. I am not a cat person. When someone asks do you like cats or dogs, I always say dogs.

My grandma had a cat and whenever I tried to pet her, I would always be met with a hiss or by a whack of paw and nails. Not fun. When my mom rescued a cat that was living in our lumber shed (more on what a lumber shed is hopefully in a future post) in our yard, the cat never took a liking to me unless my parents were out-of-town.

After I started going to our local SPCA on a regular basis to pay the animals a visit, I am finding more and more that I do not mind cats. My Little Man actually loves them more than dogs. He would prefer it if we could stay in the cat room all day instead of going to see the dogs in the other room as they can be really loud when they start barking.

A couple of years ago I started cat sitting for a neighbour across the back lane from our house. Dusty would even come visit us if we were hanging out in the backyard. One time she climbed all the way up to the deck where I was sitting and laid next to my chair after I started petting her. Another time she tried to sneak into our house but our dog Willow was not pleased with this new visitor at all. I find that strange since I have always commented that Willow has acted more like a cat than a dog since she was born.

Our next door neighbours contacted me shortly after my other neighbour to see if I would cat sit for them as well. All I would have to do was check in on the cat daily, make sure she had enough food and water, and occasionally clean the litter box.

Now, I have had zero experience in cleaning litter boxes before cat sitting for my neighbours. It was never something I imagined myself doing (but I never imagined myself changing diapers and well, my mother would be shocked to know that I am quite an expert at it now). I actually found it quite gross! Animals doing their business in the house? No way! That’s not right. When potty training Willow I really disliked it when we paper trained her before starting to train her to go outside.

In the past couple of years since I began cat sitting for my neighbours, I think they have tried about three or four different types of cat litter. They were always concerned that the litter they were using at the time was not helping eliminate the odours coming from the litter box. I actually did not mind but I guess at that point, I had just gotten used to the smell.

During this last stint of cat sitting for my neighbours I took note that they had actually switched to an Arm & Hammer™ brand of cat litter. I was pleasantly surprised that no matter how many messes were inside the litter box you could not really smell anything coming from the box. There was barely an odour at all actually.

Clump Seal Arm Hammer Cat Litter

Arm & Hammer™ Clump & Seal™ Complete Odour Sealing Cat Litter is the only litter that forms a tight seal around the feline’s mess and destroys it with unique odour eliminators and Arm & Hammer™ Baking Soda.

Disclosure – I am a Church & Dwight ambassador. Throughout the year I will be showcasing and hosting giveaways for various Church & Dwight products. As always, the opinions expressed in the above post are honest and my own.

Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. peady
    February 26, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Cassie looks like a Maud Lewis!! :D

    I bet you are a good cattier.

  2. peady
    February 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Catsitter. Obviously.

    In other news, I still loathe autocorrect. ;)

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