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litter box oders?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
hi got a cat for the 1st time and just wanna ask a few questions
how do you stop or reduce the smells from the litter box it stinks up my room, what can i use to stop this??
also
her litter tray i found out after just 1 day i had to totally change and clean it. her pee had clumped all the litter together and stuck to the bottom, hense the full change. so do i leave the clumped littter in it and take out the poo or is it just not deep enough??
one more question
i find that when pippy (my cat) is walking on me to cuddle into me she repetaly presses down with her 2 front paws from side to side. is she just testing the ground (ie my tummy) to see if it is safe to walk on?
just a bit of info she was abandoned 9or 10 month old kitten found in a bad way but she is the most affecionate lovable and constanl puring great 1st time cat.
thanks for any suggestions in advance
Tubes and pippy
post #2 of 14
to TCS! What kind of litter are you using: clumping, or non-clumping? If you're using clumping litter, you need to fill the tray about 4 to 6 inches deep, and scoop the turds and the clumps out once or twice daily. If you find that your cat is urinating in one particular spot, and everything sticks to the bottom of the tray, you could try using Pam spray (for frying pans) on the bottom, or a litter box liner. Add a bit of fresh litter to replace what is scooped, and you can go without changing the litter for 2 - 4 weeks, provided you scoop thoroughly. If you're using non-clumping litter, you'll have to scoop out the turds once or twice daily, and "stir" the litter with the scoop. Depending on the quality of the litter, you'll probably have to replace it once or twice a week. Again, make sure that the level is 4 - 6 inches high. What food are you giving your cat? Generally, the higher the quality of the food, the less waste (excretions) and smell you'll have. If you browse through the Health & Nutrition forum, you'll get some idea of food qualities. The more meat, and the fewer grains and by-products, the better.
As far as pressing down with her feet, it sounds to me like Pippy is "kneading" you. Kittens do this to stimulate their mothers' milk flow, and a great many cats, even as adults, continue the behavior with their guardians as a sign of affection.
I wish you loads of luck with her, and hope that TCS gives you the answers you're looking for.
post #3 of 14
Welcome!! The pressing with her paws sounds like she is kneading you to me too. I would say to use clumping litter (try to find some that isn't to dusty as it can cause health problems i wth prolinged use if Pippy inhales a lot of the dust, I like tidy cats crystal blend) and scoop every day all the lumps and poo. Pam works great as she may not like the plastic liners. I change the little after all the little from one bag/box/container is gone. Usually about 2 to 3 weeks (I get the biggest container I can find)
post #4 of 14
I would try the pam first, as some cats hate the plastic liners. I like clumping clay litter the best. Welcom to tcs! Your kitty sounds adorable!
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
hi,
And thanks for the feelback. i'll start of by saying i live in ireland so not sure about the pam first spray thing what exactly is it, but i'll have a look out. Ok as for the litter i've no idea whether it is clumping or non-clumping, but when she pee's it all clumps together. I think the problem was that i did have enough litter in it.
I give her 1 can of felix food and some dry food. Also when is the right time to feed her. i just generally tend to give it to her at different times during the day cos i'm not sure really when she's hungry.

I found it very interesting about the kneading thing. As i said she was found abonndoned, and in a bad way quite bald and with soress on her and we think she was pregnant but lost the litter. SO after all this its great that she's showing so much affection. As i sit her on the laptop she is crawling all over me, under my arms. She's so cute.

Thanks for the help.
post #6 of 14
Sounds like clum,ping litter. Also try feeding her at the same time every day. I find it just works better this way. I know for sure she isn't too hungry or not hungry at all. Also you can probably leave a little dry food for her to munch on when she does get hungry during the day!!
post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
ok thanks. i've just emptied her litter tray cos it was stinking and i took out the bin liner i've refilled it now and its deep enough, but what if i come in in to morning and its seeped down to the bottom do i just take it out.
post #8 of 14
If you're in Ireland, I doubt that Pam is available (I'm in Germany, and it's not sold here, though we have "Dr. Oetker".). Is there any kind of spray-on grease for frying pans, waffle irons, etc., there? Actually you could just grease the bottom of the tray to get the same effect. It sounds as if your litter is the clumping kind. What's the brand name? There are several members from Ireland, the UK, or the EU who might be familiar with the brand.
Felix isn't too good a food, as it's mainly grains; hence the smell. Do you live in a city, with pet stores, or can you order higher quality food online? The prices may put you off at first, but you have to consider the amounts fed (the lower the quality, the higher the recommended amount), and the litter costs.
Kittens usually get 3 - 4 small meals a day. An adult cat generally gets two meals a day. Pippy is old enough to get 3 or 2 meals a day.
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
yeah i must have a look out for a spray on greese. the cat litter is called sophisicat the original lightweight cat litter. i'm feeding her the felix jelly mixed wuith tuna. should i not feed her that. what abouy kit e cat. never knew there was a difference. i live in the city so its easy to get all kinds.
Also. the people who found her where giving her half milk half water. the person is a vet so told me to keep an eye out if for diherria(sp) now i can hear her tummy gurling just after been fed and her pee is kinda strange looking. so oshould i just leave her with water.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by tubes and pippy
yeah i must have a look out for a spray on greese. the cat litter is called sophisicat the original lightweight cat litter. i'm feeding her the felix jelly mixed wuith tuna. should i not feed her that. what abouy kit e cat. never knew there was a difference. i live in the city so its easy to get all kinds.
Also. the people who found her where giving her half milk half water. the person is a vet so told me to keep an eye out if for diherria(sp) now i can hear her tummy gurling just after been fed and her pee is kinda strange looking. so oshould i just leave her with water.
I've Googled Sophisticat, and am none the wiser. The websites that refer to it give no indication of whether it's a clumping or non-clumping litter!
post #11 of 14
Milk is bad for cats. All she needs is commercial cat food and fresh water. Prepackaged cat food comes with all sorts of good stuff added to it, while tuna lacks this stuff. A bit of tuna here and there as a treat is fine.

Bless you for rescuing this poor girl!
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
i've also google it but it doesn't say. so what cat food do u recommend
post #13 of 14
I use Catsan clumping litter for my two and you can buy that at any supermarket and pet store along with the litterbox liners.

The Catsan is a bit more expensive than normal litter but i like it
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by tubes and pippy
i've also google it but it doesn't say. so what cat food do u recommend
Your best bet is to browse the Health and Nutrition forum to get an idea of what foods members have had success with.
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