My dear sweet daughter offered to clean the cat’s litter box last Saturday morning. What a sweetheart! I was sitting and eating my breakfast. 

“Can I clean off the bottom really well? You don’t seem to ever really clean it that well,” she called from the bathroom.

“Sure. Of course.” I was drinking my coffee.

Lots of scrubbing noises…

“Can I just take a shower with the litter box? That way I can clean both me and the litter box at the same time!” She said.

“Wait, what?”

Just then, Badass Husband wandered downstairs. 

“She’s got it full of water! The cat box is on the counter full of water!!” He said.

“Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god! What? No! No shower with the litter box! ” I screamed. “Did you pour the litter down the sink! Did you? Did you? ”

“No,” she said. “No, not yet!”

“NEVER PUT CLUMPING CAT LITTER DOWN THE DRAIN,” we both screamed. Complete parenting solidarity, achieved! 

Then I grabbed the cat litter box full of water and ran outside and dumped it. I saved the day. Right? 

And then we discussed how one goes about cleaning a cat litter box: 1. Use a scoop. 2. No water. 3. Nothing ever goes down the drain. 4. Everything goes in the trash. 

Then we cleaned the toothbrushes, which were splattered with dirty cat litter. Because of one child, with good intentions. 

Written by Shoshanah Marohn

Shoshanah Lee Marohn is sometimes using the nickname/ pen name Shana Lee, because it is much less complicated, and easier to spell.



I’m surprised your kitties need a litter box. Can’t they do their business in the Great Outdoors (after digging a little hole)? I’m assuming you have a cat flap.

Shoshanah Marohn

No cat flap! The two indoor cars stay indoors to keep our house mouse free. Then we have two feral cats to keep the barn mouse free, and they go in and out through the chicken door, but they have a litter box, too. It’s a good way to keep track of when they are home.

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