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(ARA) - Cat owners know that when pets don't want to use their litter box, they’re using some other area of your home instead. The right cat litter can help keep your cat happy and healthy and keep your home odor-free.

Peter Borchelt, Ph.D., a noted animal behaviorist who is the director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at The Animal Medical Center in New York, says, “Most cats do use the litter we give them most of the time, but cats are individuals, too, and have their own likes and dislikes regarding the type of material they like to dig, cover and eliminate in.”

All cats normally exhibit certain behaviors when eliminating, beginning with a search for a suitable material to use. Once a cat selects its most suited material, it will dig, or attempt to dig, a shallow depression. After eliminating, the cat will often dig once again to cover up the waste.

According to Borchelt, for one reason or another, cats often feel the litter they are given is not suitable. Cats express this displeasure in various ways, including leaving their waste in various places around the house; shaking their paws after exiting the litter box; refusing to cover their feces; standing on the edge of the litter box; jumping out of the litter box and running from it; and crying on their way in or out of the box.

If you are having litter box issues with your cat, here are a few tips:

* To minimize litter box odor, the litter should be scooped or changed regularly. Offensive litter box odor may cause sensitive cats to eliminate elsewhere.

* For a multi-cat household, you may need more than one box in more than one location.

* Don’t use litter boxes that have sharp corners or ridges that can make wet litter difficult or impossible to remove. When using scooping litter, a metal slotted scoop with rounded edges that fit the smooth curved corners of the box allows urine clumps to be removed without breaking up.

* Find a cat litter that your pet is happy using. Heavy, sticky or coarse litter that may contain sharp or rough edges can irritate and cling to the cat’s paws and fur, or be difficult to dig in. Litter should also be absorbent. Cats are clean animals that don’t like to walk in wet, dirty litter.

Many cat owners are finding success with World’s Best Cat Litter, an all-natural product made from whole-kernel corn. It contains no clays, silicas, perfumes or chemical additives. “Cats not only prefer the natural smell of this litter, but also the feel, texture, particle size and shape,” says Jean Broders of World’s Best Cat Litter. “It’s soft, with no sharp, cutting edges to harm or irritate a cat’s sensitive paws. And it’s easy to dig in, particularly for declawed cats.

Tracking and odor control are also big issues to cat owners. This litter is 99 percent dust-free so neither pets nor owners inhale silica, and the designed particle size means less tracking and less mess. Its exclusive microporous structure eliminates odors naturally, without the use of perfumes or chemicals. Cleanup is fast and easy, too. The litter clumps, so owners simply scoop and flush away -- the litter is biodegradable and is safe for sewers and septic systems.

Because the litter clumps so well and has such powerful odor control, there is no need to dump all the litter and replace it constantly. Simply remove the clumps and the remaining litter in the box is dry, clean and ready to be reused. Just add enough cat litter to replace what you’ve removed. Change complete litter box as recommended on the World’ Best Cat Litter package.

A happy cat is a neat cat. Next time your cat refuses to use the litter box, you’ll know what he’s trying to tell you.

World’s Best Cat Litter is available at hundreds of locations, and can be purchased at pet stores, natural health food stores and veterinarian practices throughout the United States. Visit www.worldsbestcatlitter.com for more information and to find a retailer near you. The product can also be ordered directly by calling toll free (877) 367-9225.

Courtesy of ARA Content

 


 

 

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