Litter Box Rules for your Persian Pets-Do’s and Don’ts
Following are 8 cardinal rules for a peaceful coexistence between you, your Persian cat and litter boxes.
Keep the cat litter box really, really clean: Don’t allow your Persian kitten to notice the litter box odor first, you should be the first one to notice it. Persian cat’s sense of smell is infinitely more sensitive than your own. At least twice a day scoop the litter box as it takes few seconds to do it regularly thereby sparing you from having to face a really dirty box. Weekly you should empty the contents of the litter box and follow up by scouring the box thoroughly with a non-toxic soap and rinse. Then rinse again and again. Dry the box in the sunshine for some time. Sweep up the area around the litter box on “litter change” day. Also wash the floor area with a diluted vinegar-in-water solution if need be. Do not use harsh chemical cleaning products anywhere near your Persian cat or kitten.
Have more than one Litter Box: Sometimes even though Persian cats are in a single-cat household, they are averse to defecating and urinating in the same litter box. It is better in such cases to provide more than one box. In multiple-cat households, one cat will want to use one particular box for defecating; another one for urinating and another cat will have his/her own preferences. Simply acknowledge the fact and provide more than one in such cases.
Have uncovered litter box: Usually covered boxes are used to trap odors. Though they help in keeping the odors at bay from your nose, your Persian cat is forced to enter the enclosed, small space and remain there when taking care of its business. Stick your nose into that covered box once in a while to see if it smells bad. Always keep them spotlessly clean and promise to scoop them at least twice daily.
Don’t use Litter boxes with perfumes or additives-or litter with sharp edges: Avoid using perfumed litter boxes or litters with which can hurt the sensitive paws of Persian cats, especially Persian kittens. Many litters that are made with newspapers or pine can be very uncomfortable for your Persian cat. If your Persian cat starts associating using the litter box with being uncomfortable, it may start eliminating inappropriately. Many cats have ended up in a shelter-unadoptable because someone used a wrong litter for that Persian cat after which she developed an aversion to the box. Perfumes can be dangerous chemicals which a cat can ingest when she cleans herself which does no good to your cat.
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