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Savannah Cat Litter Tips To Keep The Whole Family Clean And Dry

Many breeders will provide several weeks of kitty litter when you arrive to take your new kitten home. Breeders have different preferences for what they believe is the best for Savannah cats. Many recommend wood pellets.

If you prefer a kind of litter that differs from what the kitten is accustomed to, make the switch gradually by mixing the two types of litter for several weeks.

When your kitten first arrives home, it's probably best to start with the same litter that the breeder was using. The first couple of weeks of transition, it's important to introduce change gradually.

Types Of Kitty Litter

Most commercial kitty litter is made of clay particles that are absorptive and help to make cleaning easy.

To find the one that you prefer, try different products to see which works best for your home. Costs will vary depending on the packaging, deodorant used and the brand name.

Some kitty litter sticks on the cat's feet and spreads throughout the house. Others are designed to cause urine to clump which will help with cleaning but is not recommended for kittens.

If a kitten ingests clumped litter, it can experience severe health problems. Deodorants and perfumes should be avoided; many cats will find them offensive.

Litter Boxes

Any waterproof, flat-bottomed container can work as a litter box. It should have sides that are 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) tall to avoid spillage.

Commercial litter boxes can come equipped with covers and swinging doors. If so, they should always have two entry/exit points to prevent the cat from feeling trapped.

Encouraging Litter Box Use

How can you encourage your new Savannah cat to use the litterbox properly? Here are some guidelines.

  • Provide one litter box for every cat in the house... plus one more. This allows cats to avoid conflicts and territorial issues.
  • Place the litter boxes in low-traffic, quiet areas.
  • Scoop the litter boxes every day to increase their appeal to your cat... and to save the entire family from unpleasant smells.
  • When your cat uses the litter box, provide encouragement with lots of hugs, kisses and petting.
  • Every week, clean out the whole box and refill it with fresh litter.

Litter boxes might seem like such a mundane thing, but they are an important part of the home preparation you need to do. This is especially so when you are buying a Savannah cat.