Is your cat not using the litter box? Despite the fact that the solution to this problem is easy it is the most common problem with most cats according to vets.  Here are some easy tips for making sure that your cat uses the litter box instead of your things.

1.    Keep the litter box clean.  Cats are highly sensitive to smell and just like you avoid it they will too.  Scoop the litter box daily to keep the litter maintained and empty the box once a week.  When you empty the litter box make sure you DO NOT use heavy cleaners.  Use warm soapy water and then rinse well.

2.    Try to use the same litter.  If the litter works use it. Cats like familiar smells and don’t like change.  If you have to change the litter and your cat does not like it than try sprinkling some of your old litter on top.  Eventually your cat will get used to the smell and won’t even notice the change.

3.    Stick to the rule.  Most experts say that there should be one litter box for each cat and an extra for good measure.  Cats often don’t like to share and need options if the one nearest to them is occupied.

4.    With multiple litter boxes it is important to spread them out.  Litter boxes close to one another are confusing to a cat.

5.    Take the cover off.  The cover traps smells and makes it difficult for your cat to see what is going on around them which is important especially if there are multiple cats in the area. No one likes being walked in on and neither do your cats.

Grooming Your Fancy Feline

by Jenny Eder on June 5, 2011

in Cat,Pet Tips

While cats are generally tidy sometimes they need a little help.  When you have a cat it may seem like your cat leaves hair even in the most unexpected places.  Here are some tips that will help you to keep your pet’s trail of hair to a minimum.

1.    Brush your cat.  To help your cat deal with shedding comb gently from head to tail.  When combing the cat’s chest and stomach be sure to comb tenderly, these areas are often very sensitive on cats.

2.    Make a routine.  Cats are almost always shedding and it may be help to brush often.

3.    If cat’s hair is oily it may be due to a medical condition.  If your cat experiences oily fur and you are not sure you may want to go to the vet.  For most cats with this symptom than they may need a little added attention, like a bath.  Yes, we all know cats do not like water but you have to do what you have to do. If you decide to wash your cat at home be sure to use very mild, animal-safe shampoo and lukewarm water.  Also it may be very helpful to wear gloves, and move slowly.  After your cat is clean be sure to dry them thoroughly to keep them from getting irritated skin