After a long day of work, ensuring that your cat has a clean litter box might be the furthest thing from your mind. However, taking the effort to clean your furry friend’s litter box will keep both your cat and you healthy. Let’s dive into the details as to why a clean litter box is essential for cat health.
Cats Avoid Using Unclean Litter Boxes
Cats clean themselves devoutly and are persnickety about their environment’s cleanliness. Some people might be unaware that cats will hold in their bladder to avoid using an unsanitary litter box. The result is urethral obstructions (urinary tract infections and cysts). Untreated urethral obstructions can lead to severe health complications, which, of course, cat owners can prevent.
Multiple Cats = Multiple Cleanings
A clean litter box is essential for each cat. If you own more than one feline friend, that means you should have multiple litter boxes in the house. The goal is to keep your home as hygienic as possible. Another benefit of cleaning the litter boxes often is that you can pay attention to your cat’s bathroom habits. When a pet isn’t using the bathroom regularly, it could lead to constipation and diarrhea and indicate underlying health problems. It also matters to pay attention if your cat is urinating and defecating elsewhere, as this could be a symptom of behavioral issues.
A Clean Litter Box Keeps You and Your Cat Safe
Suppose you don’t prioritize your cat(s) having a clean litter box. The result could be toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease found in the feces of cats that have ingested a diseased animal. If a pregnant cat owner has exposure to infected cat feces while cleaning the litter box, the result might be flu-like symptoms. Even worse, there is a chance that the infection could transfer to the unborn child leading to congenital disabilities (birth defects) and neurogenic disorders (disorder in the nerves or nervous tissue of the human body.)
Even seemingly insignificant things can jeopardize a cat’s health. A clean litter box keeps your home odor-free and both you and your cat that much healthier.
We Would Love the Opportunity to Care for Your Furry Friends!
Alexander Animal Hospital is a full-service animal hospital located in Severna Park, Maryland, serving the Severna Park, Pasadena, and Arnold Areas. Our goal is educating clients on the needs of their pets and understanding the importance of individualized veterinary care in order to strengthen the human-animal bond between owners and their pets.
We understand you have a choice when deciding on the care for your pets, and we strive to provide you with unparalleled services including wellness exams, vaccines, lost pet microchip ID, dental care, surgical services, digital radiography, and in-hospital laboratory services and diagnostics. Other highlights of Alexander Animal Hospital are the separate cat and dog waiting and exam rooms, as well as after-hours on-call emergency services.
Please take a look around our website and then give us a call at 410-777-8678 to set up an appointment.