cat-litter-box-toilet.-small-2While it’s not exactly feasible monetarily or physically to parade your cat off to the vet on a daily basis, you can pay attention to some of the clues that might be cause for pause (not “paws).

Check the litter box regularly

Now that doesn’t mean you have to police your kitty or sit guard beside the litter box for hours on end but just that you can look for clues to your kitty’s health while you’re cleaning up your “kitty’s duty”.

Be aware of your cat’s box routine and scoop and check the box daily. Pay attention to the number of urine spots in any given day. Are there more or less? If your kitty does not make urine spots for two consecutive days, something might be wrong.

Little or a spotty urine output is “a sign” that you ought to study the situation a bit more. Degenerative kidney disease, cystitis, inflammation of the bladder or urethral obstructions are all common problems with kitties that are getting up there in age.

Not only that, if you’re seeing (and smelling) a lot more fecal activity – like diarrhea or hard stools or stomach upset – your kitty may be experiencing an infection or disease.

So if you do see one or any of these red flags, get in touch with your vet as soon as possible.

Clean me, clean me

A clean litter box setting will encourage your kitty to use the box on a regular basis. After all, she was trained to use the litter box from the time she was a wee one. Since kitties are fastidious about “where they go”, it’s up to you to keep the box in “go-ing” order. Which in turn will promote healthy box activity on your cat’s part.

The rule of thumb is to generally have one litter box for each cat that you have, plus one more box. So if you have two cats, you have three boxes! (We have three cats and four boxes!)

Also, kitties like a bit of privacy when they go so a litter box in a low-traffic area of the house will be a winner as far as your kitty is concerned. And uncovered litter boxes and unscented litter are favored by some kitties.

An apple a day

Encourage your kitty to drink water, which in turn will help keep the kidneys active–an increase in urination will help flush the system and prevent disease.

Give your cat wet food (in small amounts) to keep the bowels regular. Also set more water bowls with various depths around the house. We have water bowls upstairs and downstairs. And if your kitty likes moving water, get a water fountain to encourage your kitty to drink more.

Yours in policing the box,

and “The Boys”

P.S. Kitties are raving about the Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box. Check it out.

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