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Cats. They’re way different than dogs. While they love their humans, they’re more independent and they want you to know it. They are really the ones making decisions, not you, and if they actually listen and agree from time to time, then you should consider yourself lucky that they have allowed you to think you actually have a say. Different than dogs, cats also poop in the house…in a litter box of course, but in the house nonetheless which brings a whole other set of tasks that go along with being a cat owner (or should I say the person that the cat has allowed to cater to them). Litter boxes sometimes, can be the root of all evil, but there are ways to avoid that becoming the situation and ruining your feelings about cat parenting.
Of course keeping the litter box clean is rule number one. Cats don’t like a dirty box and if it gets too bad, they’re more likely to find somewhere a little more comfortable go. This could be the floor, a closet, under a bet or even on a pillow or in a laundry hamper. This makes for a pretty crappy day so make sure you’re scooping that box daily and those types of issues can be avoided.
Proper nutrition is also a big factor in avoiding litter box problems, including smell. Believe it or not, the right balance of vital nutrients lead to a healthy bladder, and a better smelling litter box. Urinary & Hairball control is for healthy cats so even if you feel like you’ve tried everything to correct litter box problems, and you’re still having issues, make sure you try adjusting foods as well.
Hill’s Pet Nutrition has recently introduced a new Urinary & Hairball Control formula to their extensive lineup of products because a healthy bladder starts with the right balance of vital nutrients. Science Diet Urinary & Hairball Control is formulated to support the health of the whole urinary system, from kidneys to bladder, through an optimal level of magnesium and natural fiber to help avoid hairball formation in healthy adult cats. It is a maintenance product for healthy cats, and does not treat crystals. As always, Hill’s recommends that a pet parent consult their veterinarian and ask them to recommend the best food for their cat.
Proper nutrition, patience, and a clean litter box are key to keeping your kitties happy, healthy, and at home instead of at a shelter. Of course if you’ve been thinking about adding a new member to your family, use the Find a Shelter tool to find a Hill’s® Food, Shelter & Love® shelter partner in your area.