Ariel is coming on 6 months old. She is coming out of a bit of a cold and we are getting her fixed in two weeks. However, she has one "bad" habit that concerns me. She likes to lay in the litter box. She has since we got her. I haven't figured out why yet but figured she wasn't hurting anything so never really bothered her...well, now if she is not playing with Bounder, she is curled up asleep in there(It makes me keep it clean, thats for sure!!) Anyway, after she gets fixed how do I keep her sanitary? Do I ust clean it a few times a day or should I make her a little shirt....or do you think she will be okay? None of my other cats ever liked to lay in the kitty box so when they were fixed it was really pretty easy. I just do not want her to get an infection. Any tips??
Trolls.....please play somewhere else, I am looking for REAL help.
At first i thought you were talking about a dog. lol. Um i dont know how well she would take to wearing a small tee shirt but that might be the best option. When i have had dogs fixed they tell me not to cover the area so it can breathe. I think a small cotton tee or a patch of one over the area would work.
Katz- at the clinic that I work at, whenever we have a declaw or spay going home, we have the owners use shredded paper instead of litter to prevent infection. We have them use it for 10 days until they are healed. I don't know why this wouldn't work for a kitty that lays in the litterbox.
They also sell a product at the pet store called "Yesterdays News" it is a pellet form of newspaper. We used that with our cats. One of the cats refused to use it and when she used the clumping litter is got all around (practically glued on) her sutures! It was a mess! That particular vet had even told me not to bother using the "special litter" and that the clumping litter wouldn't be an issue.
Can you buy her a small crate and make it cozy for her. She might just like the small confines of the litterbox so maybe a crate will insprire her to lie there. Or buy a small litter box and don't put litter in it- just an old towel or blanket.
That is true. She may not even get in there once she is fixed, with Tiocy, she was sore for a few days and by then it was closed enough I didn't worry about her. She ust laid on her side on the floor. Maybe the worst trouble I will have is her laying on her side in the kitty box?? LOL
>>>I will try the pellet litter. I wonder if gradually changing it....like you do with food...would help them get used to it?<<<
If you are worried about your cat using it then you could buy some before the surgery and add some in with the regular so they understand that it is ok to use. Maybe mix just a small amount for a few days.
Then once surgery is done switch it to all pellets til stitches are out.
The bad part about the pellet litter is you have to really watch for the wet areas if not it will get smelly. It is a bit harder to keep fresh smelling since it doesn't clump.
Where did I say it was a problem? I said I do not want her to get an infection. Merico, you are no better then the trolls. They are not allowed to post insignifigant crap that dos nothing but insult people, you should not be allowed to either.