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Martita, te recuerdo / Martita, I Remember You - Sandra Cisneros

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Intro v1.0 

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Intro v1.0, part 4 

Header and avatar courtesy @8track , at some point or other.

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I'm being honest about the condition! We just need the space!
You messaged me first!
Why am I being ghosted by people who sign off chat messages with "Thanks, Roxanne"??

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Why is it so hard to give furniture away for free

Just make sure your speaker can survive being chucked across the room.

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Pro-tip for anyone with a Bluetooth speaker that needs to rouse heavy sleepers:
The first "WAKE ME UP" in Bring Me To Life hits at 0:52 after a beat of rest.
If you pause at 0:51 you can crank the volume and position your speaker at your leisure.

Cat Waste Management - bonus cat 

Lily made it very hard to thumb this little series out, before ditching me for the cat tree.

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Cat Waste Management 

Overall the current system is working nicely. The biggest area for improvement is adding another box or more securely covering the small box. Unfortunately, we don't have a good spot to stick another one.
The breeze system keeps the cat/box imbalance manageable, with enough attention. The litter genies make it much lower hassle to do daily maintenance, and swapping the pads just requires grabbing a grocery bag before doing the rounds. Biweekly cleaning is also much easier.

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Cat Waste Management 

The paper pellets don't really fall apart, and ate very low tracking. Between the door on the big box and the access gymnastics in the living room, we don't have a problem with them getting anywhere.
We have an old hand vac we use to clean up any strays when doing the pads or swapping pellets.

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Cat Waste Management 

The dog is trained not to go through cat doors (and is slightly too leggy anyway), so the previous cabinets and the bathroom door work as deterrents.
We did catch her in the small box in the living room after a couple weeks, so we had to barricade it off.
We sat it next to the fireplace and blocked it off with a pet gate and some storage bins. The cats happily climb over the raised hearth, but the dog won't get up there.

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Cat Waste Management 

A bag of the paper pellets goes for $15. One bag fills up both boxes and tops them off occasionally for about three weeks. We do a full swap every two weeks. Very easy to just dump the whole box in a trash bag and give the tray a wipe down with a few clorox wipes.
The hood in the bathroom keeps the dust down, and keeps the smells in overnight or when we've been out for a bit. The door is recycled from one of the previous cabinets.

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Cat Waste Management 

Biggest trick here are the litter genies. The storage bin hood keeps the bathroom smells contained, but the other one can be bad. The paper pellets work after a bit, but the kitten is an awful, reeking creature still. The litter genie means we can scoop anything with zero fuss.
With the normal one week pads, we have to swap them every three days or so. You can get an 80 pack of the good knockoffs for $90, so they last a couple months.

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Cat Waste Management 

The breeze pads do work great, especially the multicat one. Unfortunately, supply is iffy at the moment. The knockoffs work about as well as the regular ones.
For pellets, we're currently using the Exquisicat paper guys. Supposed to control smells for 10 days, but they work for about two weeks.
We tried the pine pellets, but they decompose to dust to soak up urine. Doesn't track much, but clogs up the pad tray and is a pain to scoop.

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Cat Waste Management 

Current system:
Breeze XL in the bathroom, with a plastic storage bin turned into a cover (with cat door). Hooded breeze in living room, cordoned off with pet gate.
Anti-track mats under both, with a litter genie for each.
The breeze system uses a pull out tray with a pee pad, and solid pellets for the cats to dig in.
The pellets are wildly overpriced. They come in small sacks that are meant to fill up the standard size (two for the xl). They do not.

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Cat Waste Management 

Unfortunately, adding a third cat was too much, even while he was very small. Litter didn't last as long and took more attention.
We considered adding another cabinet, but thus also coincided with severe pretty litter shortages. We tried some alternates, but it was miserable for everyone.
A coworker with a diabetic cat (affectionately "the pissmonster") recommended the tidy cats breeze system, so we decided to try it.

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Cat Waste Management 

Overall, worked nice. Could use the solid end of the cabinets as a shelf for bins of cat stuff, etc. Kept the smells and litter contained well.
We put them on slightly raised legs so we could stick sliding pads on them, which did result in a lot of fishing toy mice out.
We kept one in the living room and one in our en suite. At night and when no one is home, we keep the cats in our room, with a cat flap in the bathroom door for food and litter box access.

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Cat Waste Management 

Usually scooped once a day, into a roll of wide mouth dog waste bags I kept by one box. Because of the desiccating effect, a small dog bag was more than enough for both.
Monthly cycling was a pain in the ass though. Getting the ikea bins out of the cabinets was a bit tight, and sodden pretty litter was much less pretty.

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Unlike other silica litters we tried, it looked and smelled nice, and they didn't track it out of the box.
We never had anything happen that made the fancy color changing health stuff worth it, but a neat idea.
Worked great with daily scooping and stirs, up to about the three week mark. At that point there'd be build up of solid crumbs and it'd stop doing out all the way.
Still better than the competition, but definitely needed changing at the 4 week mark.

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Cat Waste Management 

After experimenting, we settled on Pretty Litter. Pricy, but the cats and their janitor (myself) liked it best. Took one of the "2-month" bags per box each month, which was $50 through Target. We uses their subscription service for a while before they were available in store, but it was more expensive.
Like other silica litters, it soaks up the liquids and dries out solids. You scoop out the solids and stir it so it can dry out.

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Cat Waste Management 

Our solution for two cats, for about a year, was two homemade plywood cabinets. They had cat flaps at one end and access hatches on top with locking hinges. Each had an ikea litter tray under the hatch and an anti track mat between the tray and the cat door. The cat doors were about an inch above the inside surface, and the insides were painted for easier cleaning.
Later we added large anti track mats on the outside.
Best pic I could track down.

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Cat Waste Management 

Review of previous litterbox methods and our current decently optimized system.
We've had two of our idiots for about two years now, and added a small dog and a kitten within the past year.
Typing this up for reference and to solicit any improvement ideas.

Like.
I wouldn't write a cover letter in English until and unless I was actively starving for lack of employment. Hate that shit.
Hate that shit more when I'm achingly aware that I lack the vocabulary to avoid sounding like an awkward teenager playing ad libs with the first formal letter template I could google.

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