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Are you worried about your kitten for not using the litter box properly? Often irregular elimination of your cat can make your tensed or disturbed. There are numerous causes both physical and behavioral thus, one problem might be the cat litter that you are using.

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 dozens of cat litters on the market, but a good place to start is by crossing off your list all litters that are clay-based, and that attempt to control odor with fragrance, which can be an actual turn-off for many cats. The next step is to learn how to recognize a high quality, natural cat litter that does the job right, and that your cat will like.

What Makes A Good Cat Litter?

A good cat litter can make you feel relaxed as it reduces all your worries. The best litters are not only healthy, safe and attractive to felines. It is also convenient and keeps your house odor free. Best litters are often considered with excellent characteristics that include good deodorization properties, good urine clumping with easy waste removal power.

Odor control is paramount for most cat-parents. Every cat owner wants something that will control litter box odors and be long lasting. If a particular material does not have proper absorption qualities, it will spread more odors that can be harmful for you and your family members. In that case, you need to buy a good product that reduce odor and keep your home fresh.

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.

If the fragrance or texture is an issue with a cat, she will never use the litter box and avoid it. So odor control is one of the most important tasks for you. An efficient way to eliminate odor is for the litter to completely absorb all the moisture. Strong clumping action is the main key of it. This feature absorbs odor and help the litter box cleaner when scooped. Clay litters are very dusty that will create respiratory problems later for your kitten.

What Are The Other Options?

When it comes safe, natural and easy to use cat litters, there is more to choose from than ever before. Perhaps the most notable characteristics of litters are whether it clumps in the presence of liquid or not.

Clumping Cat Litters:

Clumping litters are usually contains a substance called bentonite which absorbs the urine and creates a nice solid lump, leaving the rest of litter around it dry and clean. When it's scooping time, you just take out the hardened urine clumps along with the feces.

Non-Clumping Cat Litters:

Non-clumping litters simply lets urine sift through, absorbing some of the odor through additives such as backing soda. You can only scoop out faces, while the urine dries up in the rest of the litter. The only way to clean the urine from the box is by changing all the litter.

Moreover, some cats may ingest cat litters, either by inhaling its dust as they dig around in the box, or by accidently licking the litter that got stuck in their fur. If dust is a main concern for your cat, you can use formulas that are intended to be dust free.

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).
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