Category Archives: Catblogging

One Week at the Litter Box

A few years ago, we bought a Litter-Robot automated cat litter box. It’s a spherical litter box that detects when a cat has been inside and rotates itself to dump the resulting clump of cat litter into an internal compartment. It makes maintaining the box easier, and it suppresses the odor much better than regular cat boxes. Our dentist had bought one and she swore it did a great job, so we decided to try it.

But the big question was, would the cats recognize this contraption as a litter box? Our plan was to put it near their old litter box and see if they used it. If we only had one cat, this would be simple: We’d check the collection tray in a couple of days, and if we found clumps then we’d know he’s using it. But how could we make sure all three cats were using it? It’s not like we could watch it all the time.

The solution is obvious, and I’m sure most of you already figured it out: I setup a motion-detecting web camera with night vision that uploads captured frames to a server. Then we just reviewed the images to make sure that we saw all three cats in there.

Afterward, I turned about a thousand captured images into a short video for your enjoyment:

Election Day 2016 – Cat Noses

Continuing with my plan to post only stress-reducing cat pictures this election day, here are closeup pictures of my cats’ noses.

Closeup of Ivy's Nose
Closeup of Ivy’s Nose


Closeup of Beezle's Nose
Closeup of Beezle’s Nose


My wife uses that second one as the background on her computer and that giant cat nose cracks me up every time.

More Photos of Beezle Growing Up

I was working on my comprehensive paragraph-by-paragraph commentary on President Obama’s State of the Union address, when suddenly it hit me: I should just post more pictures of Beezle growing up. Here he is on my home computer desk:

This used to be one of his favorite spots:

I never had a desk cat before, but now I’m getting used to it. Here he is, hanging out with me on my work desk:

Just a couple more pictures of the fluff: