More Cat Care Information:
No one likes the smell of dirty litter, not so your kitten. You cannot think of yourself, if you were in an unclean litter box. Same as kitten, they have some specific preferences about cat litter. They are very hygienic animals in this universe. They do not like the smell of litters. No wonder at least 90% of kittens stop using the box reliably at some point. Of course, there can be medical or behavioral reasons for the problems. Hence, not using the box is often traced to nothing more than a dirty litter.
|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.
Following are some serious notes that will help you, how to avoid the bad odor and keep your house smelling fresh. By maintaining few regulations, you and your kitten will be happier for a long.
Keep your cat litter box fresh and clean:
If you want to keep your place clean and fresh, you should keep your cat box clean. Constant cleaning is the only solution. It means scooping the box out at least twice a day, removing the solids and liquid clumps if you use clumping litter. Thus, for those who do not use clumping litter can use a large, solid metal spoon to lift out the most urine soaked areas each time you clean. You can add the amount as required and removed the spoiled portion. You can add 2 to 3 inches litter in the box as cat does not like so much. You can wash the box weekly, or even other week if you are using clumping litter. Use a mild, unscented dish detergent or a mild bleach spray to reduce the smell.
|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.|
Scented litters for kittens:
Some cat litters have made of scented materials or additives that claim to help cover litter smell. But to a cat these smell overwhelming and make the box welcoming. Usually, cats do not like scented materials. Now experienced veterinarians advise not to use scented materials as it harmful for your kitten. However, many believe that clumping litters allow easy removal of solids and liquids that keep the box clean.
Use user-friendly cat litter box:
Cats are very choosey animals; they do not want to step or dig in already soiled areas. In this case, you can cut down one side of a large plastic storage tub to get a large box. You can avoid covered boxes as well as most cats do not like them. They can trap odor inside the box which is horrible. You should make the path easy. There are many cats that do not like plastic liners as they can snare cat's claws when they dig.
Select a perfect location:
If you have a kitten at your home, choose the right location to place your cat litter box. Always place the box in a low traffic and silent area, so that your kitten can easily use the box. However, do not put the box in a small enclosed area, like a tiny bathroom. Usually, a huge, well-ventilated location is the best for kittens.
Moreover, if you love your kitten it is your responsibility to keep it clean and healthy. Thus, before choosing a right cat litter make sure it suits all the needs of your kitten.
|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).|