More Cat Care Information:
An automatic cat litter box is a great way to avoid the hassle of daily or several daily cat litter box cleanups. Cat lovers and owners know that their whiskered feline friends are particular about their cleanliness, and with such qualities, there are high standards of cleaning that are required, but with what time?
|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.
Busy owners want the best for their cats but also need to keep themselves in mind. Many such owners consider the option of the automatic litter box, but there are several things to consider before making the purchase. Here are a few:
It is important to consider how much you are willing to spend when it comes to your pet's litter box. There are many choices of affordable cat waste containers such as covered and uncovered litter pans that can range anywhere from $6 to $50 in price but require the hassle of manual scooping (daily for the best environment for your cat). An automatic litter box cleans itself after every use and deposits the waste in a plastic receptacle that is a breeze to remove and instead of daily, every couple of days; however, these come at a price range of about $100-$400.
Those boxes closer to the $100 range are roomy and come with an attached litter mat which are recommended by veterinarians such as Lisa A. Pierson on her website catinfo.org. Those close to the $400 range are very advanced and do not require any work at all since they automatically dispose of the waste by flushing it away through home water waste lines.
|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.|
Noise and movement:
Every cat is different and with that owners can expect a number of reactions to an automatic litter box.
Self-cleaning litter containers tend to be noisy and as said by the experts of Pet Product Adviser, your cat may become scared by the foreign noise and raking motion of the machine. However, other feline pets are entertained by the action of the boxes. It depends on your cat so trying out the box would be best.
Not always is this an issue with cats, but with owners who may find the noise that the mechanic litter box may make annoying. Just as it depends on the cats' preferences it also depends on the owners' preferences on the subject. Testing a box is the best thing to do.
Sometimes manual scooping required:
Though according to Pet Product Adviser these self-cleansing boxes are great because the waste can be discarded every few days instead of the daily discarding that regular litter boxes require, they sometimes require manual scooping when the rake doesn't quite catch everything or gets jammed.
Adding an automatic litter box to the home makes a great choice when both owner and pet are comfortable with the quirks the item carries. These boxes are highly recommended for their hygienic nature but owners must be reminded that if switching to one of these boxes, or any other box, it is essential to not do so suddenly.
|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).|