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Combine cat hair and dander with the normal indoor pollutants that are found in virtually every indoor space, and you've got air that can cause problems for those with repiratory problems. And can create problems for those who were formerly healthy. Get 5 important answers about what HEPA filtration can do for you and your furry friend.
|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.
Will it filter hair and fur? A high efficiency particle arresting (most often abbreviated as HEPA) filter is incredibly efficient at removing airborne particles that are .3 microns or larger. So it can definitely remove hair and fur that are in the air.
Particles that are near or about .3 microns in size are invisible to the human eye, but hair and fur are all too visible and can remove by less sophisticated filters such as pre-filters. If the unit does not contain this type of inexpensive filter then the HEPA will definitely take them out of circulation.
Will this type of technology eliminate cat dander? These invisible flakes of dead skin known as dander are one of the most potent allergens known. It is the protein in the flakes that sends many people's allergies into overdrive. So the cat dander can easily be eliminated.
|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.|
What other types of pollutants will it get rid of? Because a filter doesn't care about the source of the particles, it is not only good for cat-related particles but other more normal indoor pollutants as well. That means it can remove dust, dust mites, mold and mildew spores, as well as airborne bacteria and viruses down to .3 microns.
Will it get rid of litter dust? Many cat lovers put the litter box in the bathroom which makes perfect sense. However, it your pet likes to scratch before, afterwards, or just for good measure, it can create air that is really thick with dust.
A HEPA can remove these airborne particles. A purifier with variable filtration speeds can give you the option of speeding up filtration when there is a lot of it in the air and slowing it down when there is less of a need for it.
Will it eliminate urine odor? Unfortunately, this type of filter will only eliminate particles. Gaseous pollutants such as urine, odors, and other smells are best removed by a carbon-based filter. And even as effective as carbon can be at removing odors, it will still need a chemical additive to enhance its ability to remove the ammonia that is so offensive when dealing with cat urine.
Nothing will get rid of all of the particles a pet can produce, but for those of us who love them what they give us in return makes them worth it.
But the ultimate air cleaner for cats should have not only a HEPA filter, but several pre-filters, and a carbon enhanced filter for urine. That way one purifier can do everything you need it to when you have a cat as part of your family.
|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).|