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Picking the right cat litter for your kitten is surely a tough job. Now with endless options are available in market, how do you decide the right cat litter for your cat? There are certain alternatives that are generally safe for kittens as they learn to use the litter box, but before doing this you can take suggestions from your veterinarian if you want expert advice.

General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home
You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.
General Cat Care #2: Feeding
An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).

Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.

There are some following factors that help you to choose the right cat litter for your kitten. These are:

Less waste:

Natural or organic litters usually produce less overall waste than traditional clumping or clay litters. One bag is meant to last for about one month for one kitten. So all you have to do is scoop out any solid waste and mix up the crystals with the scoop, which is especially important if your purring pal tends to use the same corner every time. At the end of the month, simply toss out the natural litter, thoroughly clean the litter box and replace with all new litter.

Low Dust with Minimal Allergens:

If you or your kitty- finds yourself sneezing while pouring cat litter into the box, then you need to change the litter immediately. Sneezing means your cat might not be comfortable with the litter. Undeniably, clay litter produces more dusts and that causes allergy. Natural or organic cat litter is rather better in this case. They are dust free and made with natural ingredients that protect your cat from allergies and diseases. There is an added advantage is, it can inhibit mold and bacteria growth by keeping the box dry, which is especially important if you are sensitive to these allergies.

General Cat Care #3: Grooming
Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs
General Cat Care #4: Handling
To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.
General Cat Care #5: Housing
Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.

Easy to handle:

If you are on the way to your home and find a grocery shop, you can easily pick the natural cat litter for your kitten. Organic cat litters are made for your cat with keeping in mind to be handy. Natural litter comes in a wonderful package with light weighted formula. They are easy to handle as well as use. Usually, they are come in a single serving unit, meaning a one month supply. So you don't have to deal with the strain of carrying around a heavy bag.

Environment friendly and recyclable:

Organic cat litters are composing with natural ingredients. They are 100% natural and environment friendly. Although they are made with all natural materials, they are recyclable and earth friendly. After the uses, you can use them for tree plantation. They are recyclable too.

Useful tips:

While bringing a new cat in your home, make sure to use one litter box for one kitten. If you have multiple cats or a larger cat who dirties the box quickly, you may need more cat litter and that needs to change frequently. Some cats dislike scented cat litters. In that case, you can opt for an unscented alternative. In spite of that, if your feline friend strays away from the litter box, you can use natural or organic cat litter.

General Cat Care #6: Identification
If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.
General Cat Care #7: Litter Box
All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).
Updated: February 24, 2017 — 5:50 pm

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