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Kitty Litter: Is It Safe?

Cats can be finicky, so finding a litter they like is important. The more cats you have, the more important it becomes.

As if finding the right brand of litter isn't challenging enough, now there is the question of health.  For you and your cats.  Passion 4 Paws has experienced this health issue first-hand, so we know it to be real.  For this reason, we no longer use any clay or clumping cat litter in our shelter.  Read on to see what the alternatives are, and then you decide.

Trimming Your Cats Nails

Does your cat disappear when the nail clippers come out?  Do you have to wrap her in a towel to trim her nails?  Do one or both of you need to be sedated to get through the procedure?  Check out the following tips for turning your cats nail-clipping sessions into a more pleasant experience.

When Their Danders Up - Research on Children and Cat Allergies

Allergic relinquishers should know: research indicates giving up a pet can actually bring on allergies

"Take two cats and call me in the morning.” Not a typical prescription for the allergic—but perhaps it should be.

Solving Litter Box Problems

You can resolve litter box issues by taking a closer look at your cat's environment.

Cause and effect

If you're having a hard time persuading your cat to use the litter box, it just may be time to draw a line in the sand.

Most cats take to using a litter box very easily because their instinct is to bury their urine and feces. But when their preferences include the laundry basket, the bed or the Persian rug, you've got a problem.

Preventing Litter Box Problems

Keeping your cat's litter box up to his standards is very important.  The following suggestions should keep your cat from "thinking outside the box."

Location, location, location

Most people tend to place the litter box in an out-of-the-way spot to minimize odor and prevent cat litter from being tracked throughout the house.  But, if the litter box ends up in the basement next to an appliance or on a cold cement floor, your cat may be less than pleased.

So you may have to compromise.

Benefits to Spaying/Neutering Your Pet

1. Your female dog or cat will live a longer, healthier life. Spaying—the removal of the ovaries and uterus—is a veterinary procedure performed under general anesthesia and usually requires minimal to no hospitalization stay. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Breast cancer is be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and 90 percent of female cats.

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