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12 September, 2016

Big Changes at My House and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway


Those of you who read my blog regularly know that big changes have been going on in my home over the last year. Until recently, my household consisted of my feline “staff members” and me. Let’s just say a busy day involved a nap in a sun puddle followed by tuna fish and a movie. (And that’s just me!) But now I am very proud to say that my daughter has decided to follow in my footsteps and go back to school to become a teacher!
To make this dream happen, she and my three grandsons ages 5, 6 and 16 have come to live with me. Needless to say, I am thrilled! But that also means that there is a lot more activity and lots more people in my home. And it’s not just family members. It’s all that comes with having two little guys, a teenager and their mom added to the mix. That means play dates and visits from friends of all ages!


I love my kitties and consider them part of my family, too. The oldest, Miss Kitty, is 18 and that's older than any of my grandchildren so you can guess how important they are to me. But having multiple kitties can be a problem. I have always tried to be aware of how the litter box smell might offend visitors and keep it as clean as possible. And now, with all the extra coming and going in my home, it is more important than ever that no one notices any signs that it is there. I would hate to think that anyone could come in the door and immediately guess the presence of my little fur babies! So I was really excited when I found ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter!

Isabella loves the fresh scent and I love how it works in two ways! Because it contains heavy-duty odor eliminators and ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda, it destroys immediate odors on contact. And not only that! MicroGuard™ technology prevents the growth of future bacterial odors for 7-day odor control, guaranteed. It actually prevents bacterial odor before it begins!  We are so happy to have the cats around to play with us and now we don't even notice the scent of the litter boxes because MicroGuard™ really works. Needless to say, I am now their biggest fan!

And now I no longer worry that my litter box will betray me…and that feels really good! I can relax and enjoy having my family with me and all the fun that comes along with it.

How about you? Tell me a little about the feline members of your family for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card! Just leave a comment below! 

This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own. You can get more information about ARM & HAMMER™ Clump & Seal™ MicroGuard™ Cat Litter by checking it out on their official brand website, on Facebook and on Instagram @armandhammercat.

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68 comments:

  1. It is exciting to have family back living with you!! Oh that cat litter box smell, ugh! I try so hard to keep it clean but sometimes the cat is more 'active' then I realize. I'm always looking for a good litter product. I'll give this a try.

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  2. Congratulations and how exciting Debbie!!! That is a big change!

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  3. Big change but exciting! Love my kitty and always trying to keep her litter box fresh.

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  4. Sadly, we don't have any feline members in our house right now. Our favorite was a Siamese named "Corners" because he was so cross-eyed that he always ran into the wall!
    Love your blogspot! Happy Fall Debbie......

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  5. Thank you for the review! Cat litter can be tough sometimes with the odor. I have tried a couple of brands but have not been happy so far with them. We rescued our sweet Ember a couple of months ago. She was in such bad shape and they were going to put her down in a couple of days at the animal shelter. My daughter immediately fell in love with her. Needless to say, that day we came home with a new baby. She is now a fat and happy kitty! We love her and she is a rotten mess!

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  6. Oh boy! You will have your hands full! Good Luck !

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  7. We have an orange cat named Buddy. We are lucky that he is a gentle boy and he is pretty neat too.
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  9. My kitty was hanging out my granddaughters daycare and one of the parents took her to her work at the vet office to get her spayed. We then took her in and she has been happy at our house ever since. She misses the kids but has it made under the table on the chair.

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  10. I am allergic to cats. I hope I'm still allowed to enter!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  11. tweet--https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/775377822990860288

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  12. I have a cat named Molly who is so much fun to be with. She plays all the time and loves to be with me!

    jewelwood55(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I have two tabby cats, a boy and a girl. I have adopted them from our local animal shelter

    elena150980 at yahoo dot com

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  16. Definitely a big change for you, but what fun it will be for those boys to have you close by. All the best to P as she goes back to school. She will be a busy mom and lucky to have your help.

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  17. We have a dear little Bichon Friese; quite a change from the Golden Retrievers we've had in the past. Love them all, however.

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  18. That is a big change, Deb. I expect it won't take long to get in the swing of things for the humans. It might be different for the felines. Glad you found a good dependable product. Deb

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  19. hello and thank you for yet another great giveaway!!! so glad for your daughter to go back to school..enjoy them!!! as for my cats....well my two oldest are 15...and this year they've decided to summer... outside. they stay close to home, and there are safe places for them to sleep etc. but they want nothing to do with coming in. but I'm sure as soon as the weather here in NJ changes, they'll be begging at the door to let them in. anyway, thanks again. I love your stuff!!!

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  20. We have one cat. My wife found him in a snow bank when he was a baby and rescued him.

    willgriesmer@yahoo.com

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  21. https://twitter.com/willgriesmer/status/775437019933712384

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  22. The cats in my family are actually owned by the neighbors, however, they visit me daily and sleep on my front porch in chairs where they know they are safe.

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  23. How exciting to have your family with you! I always love seeing shots of your kitties. We have three who are just the sweetest little felines. And, on top of it, they all get along. Thanks for the giveaway. Have a happy week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  24. I just got a hypoallergenic kitten and am loving her! She likes to play and loves to cuddle. yarbr012 at gmail dot com

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  26. Such exciting news! You're gonna have a full house. All the best to you and your family!

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  27. Kitties & Kids -a great combination!! My little Sparky is a cute 'twin' of your sweet Miss Kitty. Black & white tuxedos have always been my favorite and he's my best bud!! Your home will certainly be full for the upcoming holiday season, and I'm sure you'll be busy! Our family and kitties make our lives full! All the Best! Betty
    bvasel12@gmail.com

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  28. Not a cat person.. my neighbor has 5 cats though. would still love to win

    groogruxking40 @ gmail dot com

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  29. I think I will try the Arm & Hammer clump and seal micro guard cat litter. I have two cats and always looking to try new things. My daughter has a cat also and keeps the litter box close to the front door so will definitely tell her about this.

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  30. Good luck with your unempty nest! Don't forget to take your Geritol!

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  31. I have two fur babies I adopted, and they have 4 litter boxes in the house/garage, so good litter is a must here!

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  32. Hi Debbie! I do not have a kitty, however I am lucky in that I get to baby sit "Mama Kitty" a lot. She is a sweet Norwegian Forest cat and is loveable on top of being sweet. I look forward to her visits and perhaps some day, she will come to live with me. I thank you for your suggestion of the Arm and Hammer litter box filler. I already have it on my shopping list! I am going to Target soon, as well....planning on making that Halloween banner....great idea!!

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  33. When I bought my home 14 years ago, a lot of changes followed, so God sent me a best friend Bill E Buttons. Sweetest white and black cat ever and best guard cat. We spent 13 years together until he passed away last October, breaking my heart. Spike Jones, a cutie patootie wandered in our neighborhood and found love. Then love found her. Boy did it ever. She has a large brood. Should I win, we need to visit the vet.
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  34. Mario, our black and white kitty, lives a life of ease...He alternates between catnapping and watching the birds through the window.

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  35. My first real pets were two kitty sisters named Max (Maxine) and Henri (Henriette). They were true friends and we spent many years together. That was a long time ago but I still think about them almost every day!

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  36. I had a cat Kiko when I was a kid back when we lived in Tokyo. Growing up with a cat was a fond memory to me.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  38. We have 4 feline housemates - mamma & her 3 kittens (who are 10 yrs old, so not kittens). We took them in when the kittens were just a few weeks old. We love them to death and our house is full of cat toys, beds, and cat towers. Litter box odor control is an important matter here.
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  39. I have a bird so no felines allowed in this house :)

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  41. https://twitter.com/cmh627/status/775784834287407105

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  42. Congrats! Arm & Hammer works wonders for so many different household issues. When we had my kitty I would sprinkle it in her litter box.

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  43. We have a 12 year old neutered male orange tabby named Flea (named by my kids!). I am allergic to cats but for some reason not to him. When he is gone I probably won't have another one, so it makes me cherish him all the more. I never knew I could love a cat like I do him. He has some very un-catlike characteristics; in fact, we call him "the cat who thinks he's a dog." He co-exists with four dogs but they know not to mess with him! He was here first, and he broke them in, though he was much tougher on the earlier arrivals than the more recent ones. We adore him!

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  44. Debbie, I've had many cats over the years, but most recently a "lost" one who made his way to our house after my daughter, very little at the time, prayed to God every night during her prayers for a "cat that Daddy won't be allergic to"...we were worried because there was no such cat, we thought. But along came Hopscotch who lived a happy life with us for many years, moving from state to state, always attached to my daughter. He passed away as a quite old kitty, well loved. The power of children's prayers is amazing! Congratulations on the addition of your daughter and 3 grands to your house. Such joy to have them near, and best wishes to your daughter on her new career!! Linda

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  45. We have four cats and they are our babies and we spoil them every single day with love, toys and lots of treats.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com
    sissybella07@gmail.com

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  46. Debbie,
    Congratulations to your daughter on her decision to follow in your footsteps and become a Teacher!
    What fun having your grandchildren where you can enjoy their growing up years!
    I adore seeing "The Staff" and know they will love the added attention, too!
    Best wishes to all of you with the changes at your home!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  47. I have a tuxedo kitty named Mr. Piper.

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  48. tweeted! https://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/775855502865539073

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  49. We have an outdoor kitty that is basically ours since we gave her food! She is so sweet. Thank you for the chance to win this

    allisonrsdswain(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  51. My cat (Huey) is a rescue and we'll be celebrating his 6th birthday next month. He loves to hide in boxes and watch the neighborhood from his favorite window.

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  52. https://twitter.com/RachelGriesmer/status/776069212330745856

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  53. https://twitter.com/mitadav/status/776116266729889793

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  54. We have one cute cat, love her.

    anmeet1@yahoo.com

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  55. Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/776581745466540032
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  56. We have 2 crazy cute cats. Our youngest is such a love bug and he follows us around everywhere. He hates to be alone!
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  57. I don't currently have a cat, but my last cat was a long-haired, white, half-persian beauty with yellow eyes.

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  59. Hi Debbie - we just lost our oldest of two sisters to my (human) son on Sunday - it has been a long, long week. Willow was dark tortie and The Sweetest Cat that ever lived. She was 14+ and we all miss her terribly - Daisey is grey tortie and one year younger and she is struggling - one of us has to sit with her while she eats or she loses interest bc she was always next to Willow as they shared mealtime their whole lives. The human brother, Erik, is also having a very hard time of it all as well - his first pet loss and he was a trooper at the vet's. Thanks for the tip about the cat litter - and I enjoy your blog very much!

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  60. We have eight rescued feral cats, down from nine after losing one in July. It is a huge challenge to keep up with them, but well worth the effort. You don't want to get in the way on Wet Food Wednesday, that's for sure!

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  61. Hi Debbie, I have just one kitty - his name is Mitt. I take care of the litter box very often, so I never notice a smell, but I have recently moved into a new home with dark hardwood floors and it's the litter that bothers me. My floor can be all clean when I go to bed, but then litter scattered about when I get up in the mornings. Have you found any that stays where it should? I've invested in a covered box with stairs (I keep them vacuumed clean) sitting on a rug that I also vacuum. It still gets out... I never noticed this at my other house where I had a light colored tile. It must have been there tho... Any ideas?

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  62. I don't have a cat, but I always loved the names of my dear friend's cats: Margaret and Beatrice. :)

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. My cat is very tiny and likes to sleep on my slippers.

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  64. https://twitter.com/benz1171/status/779132991012474880

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  65. We do not have any pets.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  66. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/779780330010083328

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie