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Cat owners are always becoming very sensitive about their cat's health and diet. As a result of that, all the time they use to look for the best quality products for their cats. Among the different things, cat litter is the most thinkable and valuable item for that any cat owner should take some extra care. If you are dealing with these products for many years then you already knew that there are numerous kinds of litters are available in the market for the uses of cat.

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.

Day by day the awareness for the pets is increasing at their own speed. And as a result of that, new kinds of pet materials are going to be introduced for the new pet owners. Basically pet owners are now faced with multitude of kitty litter product choices. So at the time of buying these products they got confused. For the help of those confused buyers, here is a description of the pros and cons of several cat litters.

CLAY LITTER

Though there are many kinds of litters are available in market but conventional clay litter is still favored by the experienced cat owners. The popularity of this product depends on the quality of these products as this litter is made up with natural product with dark colored clays mostly mined in central US and white clay mined in Florida.

Benefits of This Kind of Litter:

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 materials used in this litter box always absorb three times its weight in liquid.
  • There are many litter box available in the market but among all it is often less expensive than other types of litters.

Drawbacks of This Kind of Litter:

  • Clay is heavy, so bags and containers can be harder to lift.
  • Although clay is a natural product, it's a nonrenewable resource.
  • It can be dusty.

SCOOPABLE LITTER

This is also known as clumping. Basically it clumps together when wet into balls and for that reason it can be easily scooped and disposed of.

Benefits of This Kind of Litter:

  • With this kind of litter, manufacturers add some kind of odor control such as baking soda or activated charcoal.
  • As it is scoop able, so the clean up process is really very easy.

Drawbacks of This Kind of Litter:

  • As these are scoop able so the base of this product is often non renewable resource.
  • There are many cat owners who used to flush this product down the toilet which in future can clog the plumbing system and hurt the environment.

BIO-DEGRADABLE LITTER

Among the other litter, this is known as the best cat litter. They are made from various plant resources like wood, products, corn, wheat, barley and even dried citrus peels.

If you are a new cat owner then you need to consult with an experienced and professional specialist as they are the best medium to help you out from the problem. They can suggest you the best possible measure to make you and your cat happy.

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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