I told you about the nutrition needs of cats. But after a while, they do their duty. Your cat or kitten climbs very seriously and focuses on the litter. In the litter is absorbing sand. What is “absorbing sand“?
A brief history
By the end of the forties, a “revolution” had taken place. A salesman of clay discovered a new use of it. Mr. Edward Lowe made the first artificial sand. It based on clay. So he started a profitable business.
In 1984, Thomas Nelson manages to create artificial sand based on clay. It has the capacity to turn into granules if it is wet. These granules absorb urine and unpleasant odors. The removal process is much simpler and more comfortable. Artificial sand based on clay is very popular. It has a low cost.
Education or instinct
When, the babies are born, they are unable to make their own needs. In the first three weeks of life, their mother helps them. She was washing her tongue on her belly. It stimulates the elimination
. Cat pups gain control over this function between the third and seventh week. During this time the pups learn other things too. I’m starting to play, run and jump everywhere. Get the first knowledge about other animals and people.
The age at which they start using the litter is between four and six weeks. Stinging research on feline behavior has shown that cats are born with the instinct of making their needs on porous surfaces.
Kitten don’t need to trained to use sand. If force a kitten to use the litter, can have the opposite effect. Kittens don’t need to learn this behavior from their mother. Even kittens that have grown without a mother normally follow this instinct,
In many ads, we find that kittens for adoption or for sale are “well-educated.” The breeder wants to convince you that the kitten regularly visits his sandpit. The fact that the cat uses the litter is not the merit of man. Cats instinctively bury urine and feces in porous materials.
People only take advantage of this instinct. Litter is simply a substitute, which cat accepted. It assumed that the role of this cat’s behavior is to hide its presence from potential enemies.
The usual way
The cat starts each visit of the litter with the scent of the surface.
Then he digs up his front paws, making a small hole. It depends on each cat in part how long this phase lasts. Then the cat makes his needs in the place where he digs. Follow the burying.
Some cats only make two, three moves. After that, he leaves nothing. Others repeat burial, always checking whether they did the job well. Almost all cats, irrespective of their breed, bury their manure. Exceptions do only when something is wrong around something.
With rare exceptions, cats do not change their habits all the time. The new one is only to ease the necessary conditions. Besides, are not the cats known as very clean animals?
If, got a cat, you will ask what hygienic habits you will have. There is no need to worry.
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In the millennia of man and cat mingling more and more things are changing. The cat has new possibilities to get closer to humans. Still retains its spontaneity, character, nature. They were at first.
In recent years, a developed industry, has found the solution to the biggest hurdle of associating today’s cat. “Is it clean? Do not do the house? I do not have a yard … “
Inventing artificial sand for cats has led to hard-to-imagine evolution in the past.
The number of cats has increased, They have become family members. They can now live under the same roof and not near. House cats have a living average of 17 years. The cat lives only 2-5 years. 80% of the cats with the master are house cats. They do not leave this environment. Was impossible 45 years ago. More than 72% of them have a litter.
At first, the first cats kept in the house packed with regular sand, chips or wood chips.
But the absorbent sand invented, the market has grown. There are a lot of researchers and producers who pay close attention to this topic. In North America, more than 200 million tonnes of sand produced in 2000.
Artificial sand (absorbent) as we know it today produced in four basic forms. These differ in production and feature technology:
• Clay-based (cheapest)
• What comes in contact with moisture
• Natural, natural fiber (wood or paper)
• Alternative technologies based on special technologies
Artificial sand based on lutes is very popular due to its low cost. It is available everywhere and can be easily removed. After use, empty the trash. May contain deodorant. But control of odors is his weaker part.
Other disadvantages would be dust and mud that form after use. Cats accustomed to the smell of the earth. This bedding is a practice ground. I mean, it’s something familiar. But cats do not like ugly smell, dampness, mud or dust inhalation. This sand needs to changed more often.
An alternative closer to today’s man’s lifestyle is the bedding that closes in contact with moisture. Absorbs urine and odors, isolating what needs to thrown away.
This sand is more practical and provides better hygiene. Only the “stones” dropped and not all the contents of the tray. Washing and filling with new bedding done only weekly. Some materials are degradable in water.
Careful! If have more cats, each has its own litter.
A more technologically advanced option is a natural fiber bedding. They made of wood, paper or other natural material. They have a smell control, an increased absorption power, are biodegradable.
There are also bed sheets that change monthly. They based on the latest technology. The principle is the evaporation of the absorbed liquids, capturing the unpleasant odors. They are more expensive, but the price/quality ratio is good.
If want a cat, take it. Do not worry about hygiene. You only have to get a litter and absorbent sand. It should placed in a retired corner, possibly in the bathroom.
I personally have more cats and the sand for them costs me a lot. After a while I used sand, I gave up. My cats are very smart. I made some stainless steel sinks in the baths. In them, I put perforated plastic jars. The dishes cleaned them with natural substances.
My cats have been using them for years. They only did not give up digging.
For sick cats, there is a type of sand to watch the health of the cat. So we can help the veterinarian in establishing the diagnosis.
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