Cat Equipment, Transportation Basket, Food Bowls and Litter Boxes
Next you’ll find a list of all the “basic elements” that you’ll need for your cat. Some are essential, others are optional and some you can find in your home by improvising.
A Basket for Transportation
A basket to transportation is very important for the trips to the veterinarian. A good quality basket should last you a life time. Look for one that is safe, well ventilated and easy to clean. There are many different types with different designs to choose from.
- The cat feels safer in a plastic basket that has a screen door, this allows it to see outside, but on the other hand, it is more difficult sometimes to maneuver this bundle of fur through the door. Some types of baskets come in such a way that you can easily take them apart and the base is used as a bed for the cat.
- Veterinarians prefer baskets of plastic covered wire, they have an opening on the top which permits an easier access to the patient.
- Baskets of straw look nice but they are harder to clean and get rid of insects.
- Cardboard boxes are not recommended for transporting cats, unless it is a small kitten. A scared cat will enter into panic and tear the box. Or if it were to pee, the box will simply break into pieces.
Containers for can be of metal, ceramic, plastic or you can simply use an old bowl. As for cats, they prefer a wide and shallow container, instead of a small put deep one, this way it is easier for them to eat, without getting its whiskers in the way.
Training to Use the Litter Box
The majority of cats learn to use the litter box to do their necessities by copying the example of their mothers. Whereas, others might need a little more training. They usually use the litter box after being fed, so try gently placing it in the container after it has finished its meal or if you see that it is smelling, scratching or squatting in a corner.
The indoor cats or cats that stay inside during the night, will need a container for their necessities. Choose one that is deep enough so that the cat does not scatter its waste all over when it digs, and big enough so that the cat can easily turn. Some cats prefer a bit of privacy, and a container with a roof on it and a carbon filter will minimize the foul smells and leakage. There are also disposable ones and electronic ones that perform an automatic cleaning.
There are many different types of absorbent materials or substances for the containers: some have grains of clay or come with compressed grains of wood or recycled paper. The best ones are the type that compress when they get wet, it is then easily removed with a small shovel and the rest of the substance stays clean and dry. If you have a cat that came from being in another home, find out what types of substances it used before. Some cats will refuse to use a container that is not to their liking. Fill the container with 5 to 8 cm of substance and place it somewhere where there is easy access, but far away from its .
Constantly remove the solid excrement and, once a week, empty out the container and wash it with hot water and detergent. Do not use any disinfectant because some of them are toxic for cats, and they can’t stand the smell either. Pregnant women should not wash out the wastes of the cats because there is the risk of them getting toxoplasmosis.
Never leave a cat indoors without a litter box. If the cat retains its pee over long periods of time the bacteria will reproduce in the bladder and this may cause cystitis.