Dr. Jessica Vogelsang, DVM, better known as Dr. V, is a proud and accomplished veterinarian, working parent and author of PawCurious (www.PawCurious.com). One of her leading passions is pets and their place in the family, especially pets and parents battling litter box issues – the leading reason people give up their cats. And now, Dr. V is partnering with Swheat Scoop® to give my readers tips on how to better live in harmony with your cat.
Dr. V’s Litter Box Tips for Families:
- Keep your cat happy and properly using the box by keeping it nice and tidy. Think of the box as your cat’s outhouse experience: No one likes a gross, stinky outhouse! Scoop once a day and clean the box entirely once a week.
- If you have multiple cats, use the N +1 rule to determine the ideal number of boxes in your house. A two cat household should have three boxes. This reduces competition and inappropriate elimination (going outside the box, in your shoe, etc.).
- Stick to unscented or lightly scented litters such as Swheat Scoop. This litter does not use harsh chemicals, and since it’s made from wheat, it’s all-natural.
- Cats are very individual and each cat has different preferences for litter box types. Some like covered, others like uncovered. Setting two up side-by-side can help you determine your cat’s preference.
- Involve the kids! As soon as your toddler is old enough to show interest in the cat, teach him or her how to interact – like with gentle pets on the chest. Teach them from the get-go to avoid pulling tails and that “when kitty walks away, that means he needs a break,” will help ensure a lifelong positive relationship. As the kids get older, you can involve them in daily feeding, grooming and litter box scooping. All of these activities should be monitored, especially in the beginning.
- If you are expecting, there’s no need to get rid of your cat! Talk to your veterinarian and your OB/GYN about what you can do to stay healthy and consider investing in an automatic litter box.
For more tips or details on Swheat Scoop’s family of natural, eco-friendly cat litter, visit www.SwheatScoop.com.
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