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Dog Litter Boxes & Baskets
The most common type of litter boxes are plastic or metal. Plastic is preferred because it lasts longer than wood and it doesn’t stain easily. Metal lids are better if your dog chews up the box, but they’re not necessarily stronger than their plastic counterparts. They do have one advantage though; they don’t leak! If you want something a little tougher, consider getting a metal or cast iron litter box.
Cast iron is strong enough to stand up to chewing and will last forever. You’ll need to clean it often though so make sure you get one made from durable material like stainless steel or bronze.
Baskets are another option if you prefer them over litter boxes since they’re easier to keep clean too! They come in all shapes and sizes and they’re usually cheaper too. Most of these types of baskets are made from natural materials such as bamboo, recycled paper, or even cardboard.
Litter Pail Options:
There are two main options when it comes to choosing a litter pail for your pooch: metal or plastic. Both work just fine, but there are pros and cons to each choice.
Plastic Pails: These are very common since they’re often cheaper than metal pails. They can also come with attached litter scoop making it easier for you to clean up after your pet. These are a great option if you want something that is easy to carry around as well since some of them have handles. The only major drawback with these pails is that they can crack or break if stepped on so be careful!
Metal Pails: These are common too, but they’re usually larger to make up for their stronger material. These can be carried around the house if you need to without worrying about them breaking. They can also be placed outside the door or in other parts of your house so that you don’t have to carry them around all the time. Some of these even come with wheels so you can pull them around instead of carrying them. The price of these pails is usually higher but they can be used for a longer period of time.
NOTE: If you have an extra bathroom or laundry room you can also keep the litter box(es) in there to keep the smell contained. Just make sure you clean it often since litter and waste can cause some pretty nasty smells over time!
Does your cat go outside?
If so, it is probably going to try to mark its territory both inside and especially outside. This means you will need to make sure you have proper pet supplies outside like a doghouse if you want to keep your dog safe or even something like an outdoor cat house.
You can start by putting down gravel or pine-shaving tiles if you have a patio or walkway around your house. This way your cat has a good surface to walk on that is easy to clean and won’t retain too much moisture. If your pet still insists on going near the door, placing down special mats will do the trick. These can be found in most pet stores these days.
There are also automated shoes you can put outside your door that will spray a mist of water to deter your cat from going near the door. There are also motion-activated sprinklers you can get that will do the trick too. Just make sure you place them in good areas where your cat won’t get hurt. Keep in mind these solutions might not work for all cats though.
One of the most important things to remember is patience. It is going to take time for your cat to learn its boundaries and what is expected of it. Remember your cat is used to doing things on its own terms, not yours. You need to show it that it can still get the things it wants (i.e.
food, water, and affection) while still obeying your commands.
It is also important that you pick a breed that matches your energy level and lifestyle. If you are a busy person with no time to train a pet, then get an inactive breed that doesn’t need much outside its potty break. If you are prone to forgetting things, then get a pet that is less maintenance and doesn’t require lots of special care.
Puppies are a lot of work so only get one if you are sure you are ready to commit yourself to it for the next 10-12 years. In fact, if you aren’t ready for a child, you probably shouldn’t get a dog either. It is cruel to get one if you have no intentions on giving it the time and attention it needs to grow into a healthy well-behaved member of your family.
Most important of all is to trust in the Lord and know that He will give you the strength and patience you need to overcome any situation. He will help you train your pet and keep everyone safe.
Thank you all for your questions! Please look out for my next post where I will have the answers to more of your questions on marriage, kids and living happily ever after!
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I’ve had a few people ask me how they should go about dating if they’re looking to marry a fellow believer and if there are any pitfalls to look out for (aside from the obvious pagan holidays that come up) so I figured I’d do a post on it.
First of all, let’s remember that our faith is what sets us apart from everyone else. The fact that the Lord has saved us is what makes us special and different. It is also the thing that should be most important to us. We want to make sure we keep Him at the center of everything we do, including dating and marriage.
It’s also important to remember that our goal is not to just get married, but to have a marriage that will reflect Christ’s love for His church. This means all areas of a relationship need to be Christ-honoring.
Genesis 2:18-24 18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. 21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
So right off the bat we see that marriage is something that God ordains and that it is meant to be a beautiful thing. We also see that it takes work and effort to make a marriage successful. It isn’t simply about finding the right person, but it’s also making sure that you are the right person. So make sure that when you are dating you are keeping yourself in check and seeking the Lord’s guidance first and foremost.
Now to help you with this, I’ll impart a few words of advice I was given by my parents:
“Don’t date someone you wouldn’t want to marry.” That’s pretty good advice right there. It also makes sure that you aren’t entertaining any short-term relationships or anything like that. You also are less likely to get caught up in a lot of drama, because you aren’t going out with someone that is going to cause problems in the first place.
Another piece of advice I was given was: “Don’t date anyone you’ve worked with.” Now this doesn’t mean you have to work at Burger King and only date people from there (though that might narrow your field of candidates down), what this means is that you should try to avoid people you have common circles with, or in any way have a connection with that can cause conflict.
For instance, I once knew someone who worked at a movie theater. One of the employees there was someone he went to high school with. They didn’t like each other and had some sort of conflict during those years.
So obviously these two would not be good marriage material for each other, right?
(Obviously this means that you shouldn’t date anyone you have a conflict with either.)
So once again, make sure the person you are dating is someone who will help you grow closer to Christ, and will be a blessing to your life.
Proverbs 31:10-11 10 Who can find a virtuous woman?
for her price is far above rubies. 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
Proverbs 27:15 15 A continual dropping in a rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 4 Love seeketh not her own. 5 Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 6 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 7 Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
Exodus 20:17 17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his asses, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Deuteronomy 5:21 21 Thou shalt not desire thy neighbour’s wife, nor seek thy neighbour’s life.
Basically, stay away from your siblings too. Incest is bad! (Maybe that’s why Leah and Rachel had so many kids…)
Matthew 6:22 22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Matthew 5:28 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
So what does all this mean exactly?
Basically, it means that you are not to have any physical contact with anyone until you get married. The bible is pretty clear about this (at least in the old testament and in the new testament as well in some verses). Obviously, this doesn’t apply to you if you’re married already, so take all these verses with a grain of salt.
There are also some verses about being faithful to your wife/husband as well. You may have some personal conflict here, but once again, use your best judgment and pray about it.
Firstly, keep these two verses in mind when dealing with situations where you might be tempted:
Deuteronomy 22:25 22:26 25 If a man take a wife and marry her, and she find no favor in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: 26 Then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.
There are many verses about divorce. The tricky thing about divorce is that it goes against what Jesus taught, but the reality of the situation is that divorce was accepted in Jesus’ time (even encouraged), so he didn’t outright ban it. He did make it harder to get, however.
Basically, if you’re going to get a divorce, there has to be some really good reason for it. Adultery is reason enough, but it isn’t the only reason. Check these verses out:
Matthew 19:9 9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
Jesus is pretty clear here: if you’re putting away your wife, it better be for adultery. If you still want to pursue divorce for other reasons, check out these verses:
Matthew 5:32 32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Jesus is pretty clear here too: if you’re putting away your wife, you’re causing her to commit adultery. If you want to get another wife, remember that Jesus said that you can’t have two masters (God and wealth). You’ll be called upon to choose one or the other eventually.
Lastly, check out these verses from 1 Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 7:10-11 10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
This one is important because it’s in the Bible. It’s kind of obvious that if you get a divorce for any other reason other than adultery, it means you’re doing something wrong (like disobeying the Bible). If you want to get a divorce, make sure you’ve thought it out really well and have a good reason for it.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, I’m going to give some personal advice.
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