This past Thursday I attended a small group discussion for Arm & Hammer™ with the internationally-acclaimed cat behaviourist, Mieshelle Nagelschneider, to address these commonly asked cat behaviour questions.
Now that Spring has arrived it’s kitten season! More people are looking to adopt kittens (or cats) and being spring there are more and more kittens popping up. It’s the perfect time to dive into some information about cats and cat litter. One of the most common reasons people surrender their cats, or kittens to the shelter or put them outside is due to litter box concerns, a topic discussed in great detail over on Kneadcat.com in their various articles on the matter. Kittens and Cats can sometimes go outside the litter box which a lot of people think means there is an issue with the kitten or cat but most of the time, that isn’t the case. There is a reason for your cat or kitten to go to the bathroom outside the litter box and thankfully Mieshelle, also known as the Cat Whisperer, was able to answer some questions for us bloggers in regards to this and also provide us with some really great information and resources.
Millions of cats each year are surrendered to shelters due to litter box issues. With a bit of patience and care, litter box problems are some of the easiest to solve.
Why do Cats Urinate Outside the Litter Box?
Most times cat owners put litter boxes in hidden areas like a laundry room and don’t have enough litter boxes. Did you know you need a litter box PER cat, plus one? If you have 2 cats you should, in fact, have 3 litter boxes in different places inside your home. Also, don’t keep boxes near each other. In nature cats instincts are to go in different places to trick predators and keep them guessing. After cats reach age 2, they will seek out other sites to use – so keep litter boxes in multiple areas. Have a tight space? Multiple locations trumps the number of boxes.
Cat Litter and Litter Box Smells:
Having cats means a smelly litter box right? Wrong. With Arm & Hammer™, they’ve made it simple and easy not only to change the litter box but combat those smells too! With the new litter, Slide from Arm & Hammer
Litter Boxes, Covered or Uncovered?
Mieshelle suggests uncovered litter boxes. In nature, they don’t urinate in hollowed out logs. They want to have a good escape potential, so they need open spaces like an uncovered box. Most cat owners think their cats prefer privacy however, by keeping the litter box uncovered, you give your cat several ways to escape if it feels threatened, making it less likely it will urinate somewhere it feels safer (ie: couch, bed)
Light the Area
Cats cannot see in the dark. Keeping nightlights near the litter box areas is a great idea because they need some light to be able to see in the dark. So in the evenings try turning the night light on so they feel safe and can navigate their way around easily.
Scoop and Change Cat Litter
According to Mieshelle, it’s extremely important to scoop your cat’s litter once to twice a day and change the litter completely every 30 days. Cats like clean, they don’t want to attract predators so if a litter box smells, or gets too full cats will stop using the box as they are worried predators will find them. Cats are also very sensitive to smells and texture. The all-new Arm & Hammer Slide Cat Litter has the most important elements needed in a cat litter.
How can I stop a Cat From Urinating Somewhere Other Than a Litter Box?
Keeping the cats litter box clean, and easily accessible will help. If you find they have a select spot (bed, carpet, couch) you can use a thing called SSSCAT Spray Deterrent and placing the can where they like to go urinate, and if they jump up to do so the SSSCat can will spray and eventually they’ll know and not jump up. You want to curb this behaviour, and stop it as quickly as it starts. The SSSCat can will run out eventually, and you can replace or simply leave the can and when the cat sees it won’t jump up.
Why Choose Slide™ Litter from Arm & Hammer™?
Arm & Hammer ™ Slide doesn’t stick to cats paws, it’s also soft on their little paws. Slide, slides out of the box for easy clean up and during a demo with another competitor slide didn’t stick to the sides of the box as much (keep in mind a litter box has different sides/edges so it will come off even more from an actual litter box) and also, when the fluid was poured in the corners of the litter box – you couldn’t see it in the slide. It absorbs quickly and really well.
Features of Slide Easy Clean-Up Clumping Litter
- Seals: Moisture-activated micro-granules form a tight seal around cat waste and odour
- Destroys Odours: Heavy-duty odour eliminators plus ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda destroy sealed-in odours on contact
- Rock-Hard Clumps: Plant-derived particles help create solid clumps for easy scooping.
- Dust-Free: No more dust clouds when pouring or scooping. Floors stay cleaner for a happy home.
- Easy Clean-Up: Litter slides right out, no more scraping!
- 7-Day Guarantee: Provides 7-day odour control – guaranteed.
During the discussion, we were treated to a demo of the cat litter. Pouring the same amount of solution on the side of the litter box, where cats generally like to urinate we then waited a few moments before pouring it out to see how well it would “slide” off into the garbage. I was impressed.
Left: Competitor Brand | Right: Arm & Hammer™ Slide™
Note you can see the wetness in the competitor brand but barely in the new Slide:
Now, the moment of truth. Which would slide right off and which would stay in the corner of the box like most cat litters do?
Arm & Hammer™ Wins by a landSLIDE (see what I did there?) I don’t know about you but when I go to purchase litter for my 3 special kitties I look for 3 main things. 1. Safe/Healthy for my cats. 2. Eliminating odours and 3. Easiest to use. Arm & Hammer Slide Easy Clean-Up Clumping Litter provides all that and more, so its a no brainer for me.
At the end of the discussion, we were treated to a visit by two special guests. Two little kittens from the Ontario SPCA (Both of which are up for adoption soon, and they are brother and sister!) oh so stinkin’ cute.
And her brother, Sonics:
Where to Purchase and Price:
Slide is Available: At leading national retail outlets including Walmart and Canadian Tire.
Suggested Retail Price: $14.99-$24.99
Sizes: Multi-Cat: 6.4KG, 9.1KG and 12.7KG & Non-Stop Odour Control: 9.1KG.
For more information on this litter, and other Arm & Hammer™ visit: ArmAndHammerPets.Ca
What is the most important feature you look for when purchasing cat litter?
Disclosure: This post is sponsored and is brought to you in partnership with Arm & Hammer™. All opinions expressed are mine.