More Cat Care Information:
Often cats stop using the cat litter box- it might be a great problem for a cat owner! This is truly frustrating for both pets and its parent. Actually, there are many reasons why a kitten stops using the litter box for an unlimited time. If your kitty is also doing the same thing, it is very important to figure out the true cause and help him to do its business normally in the box. Wrong elimination should not be a deal-breaker when it comes to whether kitty gets to stay in your family.
|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.
While some reasons for litter tray aversion, there are some simple mistakes owners also make when choosing the container. If your kitty is experiencing a problem, it is your liability to take care of it properly.
Given below are some simple reasons for not using the litter box:
Dirty Cat Litter Box:
Pet cats are like human beings. They are very choosy and want to live in a clean place. They are very clean animals and if the container is too dirty they will seek another option to do its business. If you love your kitten, it is your duty to scoop the waster every day. You can wash it on quarterly. If you are not using scoop able container then you can wash the container on a weekly basis.
Covered Litter Box:
|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.|
Often pet owners believe that a covered container is suitable for kittens. It maintains the privacy. However, this is not completely true. The truth is, a covered one is not user-friendly actually. It often makes your kitty feel confined. It keeps the odor into it that make your kitty feels sick. Covered area produces more odors and it doesn't get out the air, which is more harmful. At the same time, a covered container is more convenient for you to scoop on a daily basis.
Wrong Sized Box:
Sometimes, wrong sized container can create problems. If your pet is quite big and the litter box is too small for it, your pet stops using it. Don't choose a container that is based on where it conveniently will fit in a location. As well as you need to choose a proper size of container for it. The tray should be about one and half times the length of your pet.
Proper location is very important when the question arises on doing its business. The site choice should be about convenience and security for the kitten and not about what is convenient for the parent. You should not put the container near the basement or in front of the toilet. Make sure to place the tray where the traffic is slow.
Use Strong Cleaners:
Sometimes, strong smelling household cleaners may leave enough of a strong scent on the plastic tray that it drives the kitty away. In this case, you can use strong cleaners with beautiful smell that helps your pet stay longer in cat litter.
Furthermore, if you own a cat it is your duty to keep it healthy, comfortable as well as secure. Before bringing it to your home, make sure all the above points should be maintained properly.
|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).|