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How to Transition a Cat into a House with Kids

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Our cat, Toby, came back to live with us last week after a three year stay at my parents' house. The boys are thrilled to have him back, but going from living in a house with no kids to a house with three kids is quite the transition for mister Toby. Today I wanted to share a few things we've done to help make this transition smooth for all of us.

Before we got Toby back, we took the boys shopping to get a few things for Toby. They picked out a new toy, treats, and a brush. Toby is a long-haired cat, so he needs a lot of brushing. Henry and Wesley are old enough to be able to help with that task. 

Once Toby arrived, we gave him a little alone time just to figure out the space. We kept him downstairs for a bit by himself while the boys played outside and we had dinner. Then we let the boys see him and gave them some supervised interaction time. Calvin, our one year old, especially needs to be supervised around Toby.  One good think about Toby is that he's deaf, so he's way more tolerant of the toddler screams.

We also made sure Toby had a cozy little spot to hang out. This little cat bed is in the corner of our basement away from the commotion of the toy area. The boys can visit him as he rests, but it's tucked in a corner where they won't bother him much. Toby has already found some other places around the house to hide himself away, too.

Toby also has all of his necessities out of reach of the kids our laundry room. I was going to get a baby gate or a cat door as entry for him, but I found a little strap deal that holds the door open a certain amount so our two smallest kiddos can't get in. I did make it at a height where Henry can get in because he is responsible for feeding Toby.

Toby's food is tucked in there, keeping little fingers and mouths away from the bowls.

The litter box also resides on the laundry room with our new friend, the Litter Genie® Cat Litter Disposal System! I was not looking forward to having a litter box back in our house because of the smell and mess.

The Litter Genie® Pail is and effortless way for litter odor control. Since our litter box is in the basement, hauling out the mess daily can be a hassel. The Litter Genie® Pail allows waste to be sealed away for up to 14 days.  It takes just three easy steps to use: 1) scoop, 2) open the lid, 3) pull the handle.  It comes with plastic refills that can last for up to two months with one cat. I also love that Litter Genie® Pail is small and compact, great for tucking it away wherever you need to. 

You can purchase the Litter Genie® Cat Litter Disposal System at Target along with all your pet needs. It's located in the cat accessories aisle right next to the litter boxes.

Do you have a cat? Do you struggle with litter odor? Check out the Litter Genie® Cat Litter Disposal System at Target!

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