More Cat Care Information:
When looking for a solution to locate pet urine stains in your house, it can be overwhelming. There are A LOT of options and brand names to choose from. Nonetheless, sadly not all are created equal.
|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.
First of all there are the fluorescent tube lamps, which can provide results, but they usually need you to be so near to the spot to be able to see it fluoresce that locating the stain is challenging to begin with.
The good news is the new breed of LED UV torches makes locating stains much easier with a more powerful and more concentrated beam of ultra violet light. Nonetheless, good LEDs are not cheap to produce particularly at the lower wavelengths which are required to make the proteins in urine stains fluoresce successfully.
You'll find a great deal of UV LED Flashlights being offered under the $20 mark which are marketed as pet urine detectors, but upon closer examination you'll typically discover that they do not discuss the UV wavelength (a number in nanometers or “nm”) due to the fact that it's at the incorrect end of the spectrum nearer to actual visible light (around 390-400nm). This wavelength range can make some stains fluoresce, but it's not very good at it and typically overwhelms the already minimal stain fluorescence with bright purple visible light. Not useful at all when looking for urine stains around your home – so always keep an eye out for the real wavelength output.
|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.|
The producers of these UV Flashlights occasionally use tricks such as a big amount of LEDS (occasionally as much as 51 LEDs!) as marketing techniques to make the flashlight sound impressive and as though it will have a very strong UV beam. Well, with that quantity of LEDs present it will definitely be bright, but sadly this isn't going to help if it is with the cheaper 390-400nm LEDs; the larger number merely compounds the difficulty these wavelength LEDs have in the first place because an increasing amount of visible light is output if more LEDs are added.
So exactly what's the solution?
Utilizing LEDs that output a lower ultra violet wavelength of 365-370nm is the trick. The drawback here is they are A LOT more pricey to produce and so you will be hard pushed to discover a decent UV Flashlight including these lower wavelength LEDs under $30 not to mention $20!
There are expert level UV flashlights made use of in forensic science and other expert areas, but these range in the $200+ price bracket – well above the spending plan for the average pet owner who simply wants to find some pet stains in their home.
The trick is to get a decent UV flashlight with 365-370nm which contains the correct amount of LEDs – just enough to give good results but not so many that the cost comes to be to high. UV flashlights such as this are surprisingly rare, and is why the “PeeDar” was created; to fill this gap with a quality well thought out solution which we can all afford.
A flashlight of this design will have to be used in the dark – no lights on and after sunset, but it will function very effectively and will save you wasting an awful great deal of money and irritation from either purchasing an extremely pricey expert UV flashlight or from trying one cheap UV flashlight after another expecting to obtain decent results each time.
We hope this post helps you on your path to successfully locating and removing those pet pee stains in your home!
|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).|