S’mores was a naturally friendly cat. We loved her and so did all our neighbors. One time a new house was being built a few doors down from our house. Being the loveable cat she was, she stepped into freshly laid cement to greet the construction workers on the job…
Don’t try to change me
The special personalities of each of our pets can charm us. While some behaviors are just plain cute, there are some behaviors that are natural to specific animals. If you are dealing with litter box issues, you might want to be aware of some of your feline’s nature habits.
Clean by nature
Cats are particular creatures for good reason. The feline family is designed to clean themselves thoroughly after every successful hunt. This is so no trace of their meal is left on them for other predators to discover.
Litter boxes are no different
Kitties appreciate a clean litter box too. You can’t change them. That’s who they are naturally. A dirty litter box is the number one reason why cats choose to use other areas of your home as a bathroom.
Benefits of cleaning
Cleaning the litter box frequently means you’ll be able to determine your kitty’s natural elimination pattern and will be able to discover if your feline is having any medical issues such as constipation, blood in the urine or diarrhea. These are issues that need a vet’s attention.
Cleaning for kindness
How often should you clean the box: twice a day is ideal according to cat behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett. She also mentions in her book, Starting From Scratch to clean the pan once a week with a weak bleach solution to kill bacteria and germs. Be sure to rinse very well. Cats have a strong sense of smell and might not use the box if they can smell strong odors.
The doorbell rang … it was a construction worker showing up at our door carrying our kitty with cement all over her feet. We quickly gave her a bath and a blow dry. Didn’t bother her at all. She was just as happy and friendly as ever.
- Clean the box daily, twice a day is best
- Clean the pan once a week
- Rinse the pan thoroughly
Do you have strong pet odors in your home? PetKeeper Secrets Odor & Stain Remover does double duty- you can spray it in the air to remove odors and use it on soft surfaces to remove stains.