Why You Need This Seamless Cat Box

Behold, the ModKat Flip Litter Box. This litter box has been a game-changer for me and my apartment. I don’t typically blog about cat boxes, but being happy in my environment is a big help when trying to keep my depression in line and be able to relax when I get home and having a gross smelling cat box did not help.

I have a male cat (previously two male cats, but Tango sadly had to be put down on February 28th – he was 19 years old) who pees very high in any litter box I’ve ever owned. Previously I used a hooded corner box and thought that’d be great: the hood would help with the smell/cat litter dust, give my cat privacy, and I wouldn’t have to see him do his business (at the time, the litter box was in my living room). That was great and all until one day I thought I was losing my mind. I had scooped out the litter box, took out the trash, sprayed Lysol in my apartment, and opened up all the windows but it still smelled like cat pee.

An hour after sniffing around on things that my cat could possibly have peed on, I removed the hood on the cat box and was super grossed out by what I saw. There was a small pool or build-up of cat urine along the edge of the seam where the hood of the cat box latched onto the hood. It was disgusting. I grabbed some cleaning tools and went to work but I found myself having to do this as frequently as I cleaned his box, which made it a huge pain in the ass.

Finally, I decided to find a seamless cat box – a cat box with high sides that doesn’t trap in urine but also has a top to it so he can have some privacy (and, let’s be honest, to keep cat litter dust from going everywhere). I looked at a few top-entry ones but they didn’t seem big enough for my gigantic cat and I wasn’t sure he’d like it (plus they were expensive, so that was a gamble). I found the ModKat Flip Litter Box and it seemed perfect. I bought it a year and a half ago and haven’t had to replace it!

The box comes with liners; when I purchased it they only had cardboard liners that were a few inches deep and that clearly didn’t help with my cat’s love of peeing a foot high. Since they came with the box, I tried using one, but urine got between the box and the liner and that was gross. Now it looks like the box comes with a tarp liner (if you’ve used an IKEA bag, it’s the same kind of material) and seems to cover most of the box. I haven’t used that kind of liner, so I don’t know how well it works but since it comes with the box it’s worth a shot. It’d be easier to change out the litter completely and have the life of the box last much longer.

Obviously when your cat digs around the litter box, he’ll scratch into the plastic and over time that creates claw marks where bacteria and urine can have a party. That makes it more difficult to fully clean and get rid of the smells. That’s why a liner can be helpful. However, the plastic this cat box is made out of is more durable than cat boxes I’ve picked up in brick and mortar stores and although there are scratches at the bottom, I’m still able to get them cleaned without breaking a sweat trying to scrub as hard as possible.

The box also has a removeable magnetic flip lid (hence the word “flip” in the product title). I keep the lid on, but folded halfway back so my cat has more room when he’s using the box. It’s extremely easy to lift and snap off from the back of the box when you’re trying to clean out all of the litter (there’s ample room for a daily scooping with the lid halfway back). There are three snap points on the back of the box and a small magnet at the midpoint and front of both sides of the box so the lid stays in place.

There’s a place for the scoop that comes with it to stay on the side of the box, but I use a bigger scoop so it’s just there in case the one I use breaks or something.

Long story short: this is a box that finally puts an end to cat pee getting trapped in the place between the base and hood of most hooded cat boxes, it has plenty of room for your cat to feel comfortable, and it’s durable.

Note: This post includes affiliate product links, meaning I make a small commission if you happen to buy the product but you pay the same regardless.

My Sticky Flag Love Affair

Sticky Tabs in Books

Yeah, It’s Pretty Bad.

I don’t know how or when I started but I know I can’t stop. I’m obsessed with sticky flags and use them for every tidbit I find useful or interesting as I’m reading a book. The sad thing is that I actually do reference these flags later on, otherwise I’d probably just get rid of them after I finished reading the book (or at least that’s what I like to tell myself). There are too many little morsels of knowhow for me to write down and still salvage some of my sanity, so I keep the sticky flags in place.

There isn’t a color system for them, though the particularly helpful chapters or larger sections of text are marked by a sticky flag coming from the top of the book as opposed to the side, which is reserved for smaller pieces of information.

A sentence here, a paragraph there; on and on I go, sticking my sticky flags to and fro.

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When your social life is killing your self-improvement

Joshua Earle

I’d like to think that I’m a good friend. I help my friends out with their issues, problems, predicaments, what have you, and I try to put them first whenever possible. But when I have pressing issues, problems, and predicaments of my own, I’ve noticed I start to help others a whole lot more than I should. I’m talking about filling up my schedule with things I’ve suggested doing for others rather than focusing on myself.

I’m either avoiding my own issues by helping others and convincing myself it’s not wrong of me to be doing that “because look at all the good I’m doing!” or I’m trying to stop feeling helpless by helping others when I can’t figure out how to help myself.

I’m using my social life to kill my self-improvement.

I don’t just try to help people with their problems, either. I make their problems my problems. That’s a big no-no.

Here are 5 ways to tell if you’re using your social life to kill your self-improvement (and what you should do about it)

1. You find yourself asking why you agreed to go to social obligations you really don’t want to go to or be a part of.

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