Kitty litter vs Nappies

My husband Laurence, oft mentioned on this blog, decided to try his hand at guest posting here. He normally blogs about photography at eyediamondeye.tumblr.com.

Head to head – the ultimate show down. These are exciting times for both corners. We have nappies in the red corner and kitty litter in the blue corner. The winner, well the winner doesn’t get anything at all apart from slightly less frowns and sighs!

kitty litter vs nappy's

The warm-up:
For any big event preparation is key: getting your mind in the right place, visualising what is going to happen and when. The unpredictable timing of nappies means that kitty litter takes the first point. Every evening I change/clean the kitty litter before I go to bed [I know, I know I should probably do it twice a day, but they seem to cope and life is a little short to be so fastidious].
Kitty Litter 1 Nappies 0

The equipment:
A bad sportsman blames is equipment. Hell yeah! Good clumping litter is pretty rewarding allowing you to quickly identify and target Number 1’s but non-clumping litter is frustrating beyond belief and you’re using a shovel with holes in it. Regular readers of Adele’s musings will know that we are using reusable nappies, they seem to work (and my vs Adele’s thoughts on the pros and cons of this could be another post). So forgetting disposables for a minute…

When I approach a smelly and screaming girl I have to choose between the origami of terry towels/muslin cloths and Bum Genius style nappies, weighing up time of day, location and the state of my mind. I would choose Bum Genius every time if I could, but we don’t have enough of them, and I’m told they take too long to dry. Clumping beats terry toweling, Bum Genius beats non-clumping. A goal each.
Kitty Litter 2 Nappies 1


Round 1 – The atmosphere:
The sounds, the smells and the sights…
I have yet to change a nappy without Talitha crying the whole way through, the cry pierces my soul and is a little bit upsetting. It’s like the uproar from the opposing supporters as they rub it in your face. It cuts deep.
Kitty Litter 3 Nappies 1
Even the fullest, most mustardy nappies don’t bother me for smell, I even don’t mind sticking a finger inside the nappy to check for poo [much to my brother’s horror]. On the other hand the stench of a fresh kitty poo is horrible and the ammonia odour wafting about makes me gag. I like not smelling victory.
Kitty Litter 3 Nappies 2
Any good sporting event needs drama and the unexpected. Removing a nappy and wondering what you’re going to get, what colour it will be and that you haven’t removed the clothes and nappy unnecessarily. Kitty litter is grey and beige world, very little interest and pretty boring actually.
Kitty Litter 3 Nappies 3

Round 2 – The game:
It’s well and truly underway. You’re committed. The baby grow is off, the litter filter, spade thing is in hand. You’re cleaning away and you have a curious cat trying to see what you’re doing, or poking her head in the extracted mess, or pawing at my dressing gown. Or you have a fighting girl kicking and moving about, but I can understand that, we’ve just taken off all her clothes and rubbing cotton wool all over her parts. A definite win for the baby.
Kitty Litter 3 Nappies 4

A good game is a fast game.
Kitty Litter 4 Nappies 4

The victory and reward:
Adoring fans, cheers silverware and OBE’s? Silence is the reward for changing Talitha, picking her up and cuddling her, when she is all changed, clean and at her cutest. Bed is the reward for changing the kitty litter and sweet dre…. waaaahhh! Nappy time again!
Kitty Litter 5 Nappies 5

A draw… any draw leaves me feeling a little robbed. Extra time/ sudden death…

Kitty litters scores the winner as I have to go and change another nappy, the 3rd of the day. Really can you seriously poo that much? Can we get away with leaving it in there for a bit longer? Probably not!


9 Comments

  1. Alison
    June 21, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    maybe you should train Talitha to go in the kitty litter tray…congratulations to you both, have followed the whole story on here, has been lovely to see the continuation of a story i saw the beginning of at and prior to ur wedding, love and prayers, alison (asason pinch)xx

    • June 23, 2011 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Alison. Not sure about baby going in litter though. She’s probably likely to try to eat the poo? Is that what baby’s do?

  2. June 22, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Kitty litter every time. This is from a woman who has had baby poo in her eye at 4am after a particularly well-placed aim from a wriggly newborn. This is also the woman who walked around with a mustard smear down her top for A WHOLE DAY without realising it. I’m sure you don’t get that shit with kitty litter – “shit” see what I did there?!

    • June 23, 2011 / 12:16 pm

      Eek, I’m sure these are warning tales right? *looks down top*

  3. Esther Alexander
    June 22, 2011 / 7:40 pm

    what a match! The commentary between Man U vs whoever they are playing (often left up on the computer screen by my husband) has never been this interesting, I assure you! Love it!

    Eventually, though, kitty litter is destined to lose, as kids eventually get toilet-trained, while cat litter continues until death do you part!

    • June 23, 2011 / 12:15 pm

      I knew he found both tasks challenging but had no idea such drama was involved!Actually these kittens will be going outside to do their business in the garden once they’ve had their operations! But surely nappy changing has a bonding element (eventually) and therefore wins anyway?

  4. June 23, 2011 / 11:48 pm

    Err, I’d probably go with nappies….they need to be changed less frequently as they get older than in the early days and for some reason they never knock me senseless like our cat’s poo smells do.  He goes outside as well but seems to love using his “toilet.” 

    • June 24, 2011 / 3:37 pm

      I’m guessing his toilet is an unfortunate spot indoors… or your tomato beds (Laurence suggests). I actually find the smell of newborn poo pretty interesting. Really don’t like it when it’s been in the pail for a while though – eck.

  5. April 16, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    Brilliant post but surely spending quality time with a beautiful little baby even if it is slightly smelly is better than cat cleaning? :p

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