Ghosts of consumerist past

img_1102This is Stella.  I’ve never had a cat before.  I’ve never really had a pet before.  J., on the other hand, grew up with cats and couldn’t resist but make friends with every stray cat the crossed his path, cooing “Hello Cat Friend!”  It took all of a year and a half for me to break down and get him Stella from the shelter for his birthday. 

However, I made some very stupid ground rules. #1) she could not come in our room at night — well, she shredded the carpet outside our door and showed me who’s boss. #2) she would sleep in a bed we bought her — yeah, cat’s apparently don’t like scheduled bed-time routine. and #3) the stupidest rule of all, I didn’t want to have to deal with cleaning icky cat poop, so I fell prey to some infomercial about a self cleaning electric liter box.  It is ugly.  It is loud.  It requires custom containers to catch the poop that run out in, oh, 2 weeks, and it never really worked properly to begin with — running non stop and freaking out the cat.    

About 2 years have passed since we got the liter box.  We treated it like a regular box, not making use of the electric self-cleaning (HA!) feature, but rather scooping in the traditional manner.  Stella has gotten too long (or fat) for the liter box.  So, we had to upgrade her to a normal liter box and now we have to get rid of this thing.  This stupid purchase haunts me.  I don’t feel like I can sell it on craigs list, because I don’t think it functions properly.  I even feel guilty giving it away to an animal shelter who will look at me like I’m an idiot for getting it in the first place.  I was a different person when I bought this thing.  How many other big stupid purchases have I made?  (Parafin dip machine: you’re getting to close to being on that list!)



  1. Gretchen said,

    December 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Oh, I hate when you have to get rid of something and don’t want the landfill clogged. Have you thought of as an alternative? That way someone who wants to give it a try can take it off your hands for free? I’m thinking of doing that with my big clunker of a TV that I’ve had since right after college…

  2. almostima said,

    December 1, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I think Freecycle may be the way to go, even though I feel like I’ll have to disclose that it didn’t always function properly. And, it’s free, so I guess caveat emptor.

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