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Cats that are blind, partially paralyzed, have a missing limb, or very old can develop litter box problems that affect you as well as them. Owning one of these special kitties is challenging, but you can develop solutions to work around cat litter box issues.
This article will touch upon some of the cat litter box issues and corresponding solutions you can implement for your blind, paralyzed, amputee, or very old cat.
Find the cat urine spots with something other than your nose!
And finally...the last tip.
If you're in the middle of solving a cat urine odor problem, you need to track down and thoroughly clean all cat urine odor spots in your home. The hard way is to use your nose...the easy way is to let a UV blacklight shine upon all the spots in your home! When you find a spot, clean it well with a good enzyme cleaner.
Do you know your cat's urine pH balance?
You can stay on top of a feline UTI problem by testing your cat's urine at home. You use urine pH test strips, compare the color of the urine-soaked strip to a numerical reading, and bingo - you can tell at a glance whether or not you need to call your local vet to see little Muffy.
Spaying and neutering.
I'm not sure why this is so far down on the list, because this is an excellent cure for many cats who spray. Spay or neuter your feline. This does two good things:
It stops your cat urine odor problem, and you help keep the feline population under control.
Feline guests and neighbors.
Sometimes neighborhood cats or strays will come around your home, and spray the doors and windows. Your cat smells the spray, and responds in kind. Here's 2 feline repellents you can try:
Cat Stop Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent
Confine your cat to retrain her back to good litter box habits.
Confining your cat to retrain her back to good litter box habits isn't cruel. You limit the damage to one location. Put kitty in a nice area with her food, water, a clean litter box, and her favorite toys, music and videos.
When you're eliminating cat urine odor from your home, part of the process may include retraining your cat to use her cat litter box.
You'll do this by confining her in a room with her food, water, favorite toys, and a clean litter box.
You can also amuse and entertain your cat by showing her kitty videos that feature birds, squirrels, and other creatures.
Click on the link above for more details...
Test and treat for feline Urinary Tract Infection (UTI).
99% of cats who develop a cat litter box problem have a feline UTI. At the first sign of abnormal or non-litter box use, get your cat to the vet for a quick diagnosis and cure.
The longer your cat suffers from a feline UTI, the longer it will take to get her back into good cat litter box habits again.
ou've successfully resolved the cat urine problem in your home by employing a number of strategies.
It's been awhile now, and you're starting to wonder if there's anything you can cut back on, yet still avoid any cat urine issues. It might feel kind of risky on one hand, because you've been successful, but you're kind of leery of tempting fate...
After awhile, if you're employing all the strategies listed above, they might be overkill.
But what should you eliminate? What strategy works best for your cat? This is where speaking meow would be real handy, wouldn't it?
Since we can't, here's some suggestions for determing your long-term strategy...click on the link above to find out more.
Keep closet doors closed, clothes off the floor, and handbags, luggage, and briefcases up on table tops to prevent your cat from using these locations or marking these items.
Aging, blind, or disabled cats can develop cat litter box problems as a result of their affliction. Even brand new kittens have some limitations.
Read the new Cat Urine Odor Advisor web page for solutions to these unique cat litter box problems.
If, after several months of instituting preventative measures such as Feliway Plug in units, homeopathic flowering essences, DL-Methionine, and special litter box arrangements, reduce these solutions one at a time.
If your kitty is still in need of them, she'll clearly communicate to you by not using the cat litter box!
There a few ways you can collect a cat urine sample from your kitty.
If she refuses to use the box with non-absorbent litter, consider using one of these alternatives:
Use a very small container, such as a shot glass, and position it underneath your cat's urine stream. You may want to wear protective hand gear while doing this. Dip your urine pH test strip or tape into the container, and gently shake off the excess. Read the results.
Alternatively, take your urine pH test strip or length of urine pH test tape, and insert it into the urine stream that comes from your kitty. Shake off the excess and continue with your test.
Do you have any other ideas for collecting cat urine specimens? If so, please share them with me.
The best time to use a blacklight to find the cat urine odor spots in your home is when the room is relatively dark.
This can be before sunrise, after sunset, or on a dark, cloudy day.
Finding multiple cat urine odor spots throughout your home?
Mark each spot with a coin, a small piece of paper, or some other type of marker. Then, you can collect your cleaning supplies and clean up each spot.
Does your cat require an open litter box, but still misses because je doesn't squat to urinate, and the pan edges aren't high enough?
Here's a great alternative:
Visit a local retailer in your area that sells plastic storage boxes - the kind with completely removable lids.
When you get home, cut a hole into one side in the shape of a "U." Leave enough of the edge at the bottom to hold cat litter in.
Presto - you have an open cat litter box with high sides to contain your cat's urine stream.
You can get clear plastic storage containers that enable your kitty to see in and out. You can also easily tell when your cat has made a deposit, which facilitates faster scooping to further encourage your kitty to use her cat litter box.
Posted on 05/02/05 at 05:00:00 by Nancy Wigal
Category: Cat Urine Odor Advisor Solutions
I can't believe I didn't think of that! Thanks for tip. I've been debating on shelling out the money for the extra high litter box, but they're all dark blue - no light and I'd have to really get in there to see if it needs cleaning. This will work much better!
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