Cats are known for being low-maintenance pets, but cat owners know that along with the joy of petting their soft fur, hearing that sweet purr, and laughing at their outrageous personalities, there are some challenges that feline owners often face. Some of the most universal dilemmas include the litterbox, destruction of furniture, and shedding. Don’t despair—solutions exist! Many of these problems are so common that people have found clever ways to have their kitty and save their sanity too.
The litterbox is probably at the top of most cat owners’ lists as far as dilemmas go. It presents the owner with many difficult questions, such as:
The good news is, many of these litterbox problems can be easily solved with one item. This item is a litterbox that is cleverly disguised to look like a normal piece of home furniture while also keeping the litterbox private and contained. Some examples include litterboxes that double as other functional home items like nightstands or side tables, a decorative bench, or a cabinet or end table. They come in different styles and colors too, so matching a home’s existing décor shouldn’t be an issue. This type of litterbox conceals the litterbox so that it isn’t the focal point of a room, and therefore, not a stinky eyesore. Some also provide enough storage to fit a bag of litter and a scooper inside the box. It offers privacy for the cat, prevents odor because it is covered, and keeps tracking litter and dust onto the floor to a minimum because the box contains it.
If a litterbox is a pain to clean, let’s face it—it doesn’t get cleaned as often as it should. When it doesn’t get cleaned as often as it should, the cat is unhappy and so is the owner’s nose. That’s no fun for anyone, and it can lead to your cat deciding to make a mess elsewhere, which also makes everyone unhappy. Many of these boxes feature doors that open from the top, back, or side to make it easy for owners to keep the litterbox clean. This is especially important if a cat owner has a picky kitty who doesn’t like a dirty litterbox, and may relieve herself or himself elsewhere if the cleanliness is not up to his or her standards.
Cats also love to have multiple options when it comes to where they go to the bathroom, so if an owner is having trouble with a kitty who often goes outside the litterbox, it might be a good idea to try a few different boxes in different locations. With boxes like these that will go in just about any room of the house and blend in with the decor, it might make a multiple litterbox situation more appealing to the owner. A cat owner can have a stylish home and a happy kitty, instead of sacrificing one for the other.
The Destruction of Furniture
Another big complaint and barrier to cat ownership is scratching. When cats do what they are naturally inclined to do, scratch and sharpen their claws, it can wreak havoc on your furniture. Frustrating as it may be, many cat owners hesitate to declaw their cats for many different reasons, including the cat’s health, comfort, and safety. Therefore, a more acceptable solution must be found. Luckily, there are a few options that can be used alone or in combination:
It doesn’t matter if the cat is long-haired or short-haired—owning a cat can be a hairy experience. Unless it’s a hairless cat, cats will shed to some degree. While it’s impossible to completely stop a cat from shedding, the owner can minimize shedding and its effects by keeping the cat well-groomed. Brushing a cat frequently can help with excess hair while also decreasing the occurrence of another pesky cat ownership challenge—hairballs. The less excess hair they have, the less they ingest while grooming themselves and eventually barf up. Here are a few tools that can help a cat owner keep the hair off their furniture, floor, and themselves:
The minor inconveniences of owning a cat don’t have to overshadow the happiness a cat can provide the owner. A cat and its owner can coexist peacefully, happily, and even stylishly, so that the owner and feline companion are both content. Luckily, fairly simple solutions for litterboxes, furniture destruction, and shedding exist so that other owners can sit back, relax, and enjoy their cats.
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