Cat Litter, Boxes and Care
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What is the best litter to purchase for my Maine Coon?
I have tried two types of litter - Everclean (small granules) and natural pine pellets.
How Often To Change Litter Box Of A Maine Coon
I have a Maine Coon and a very large litter box which I keep at least 3 inches deep. Clean it most everytime he uses it.
What is the best/healthiest cat litter to use for my Maine Coon?
Our cat is using the clay type litter now and he tracks the clay pellets everywhere.
We love Feline Pine at our house! We are fortunate that our cats are very laid back. We washed out the litter boxes and made the switch in a day. They took right to it.
You could try that, or you could try layering a little pine on top of the clay before you switch completely.
Or, you could have a box of each available. If he likes the pine, it is easy to remove the other. If he still goes to the clay you could gradually put less and less in the box so he might prefer to go to the fuller box, the pine one.
Hope it goes well!
I hate those pellet litters. We use them at the shelter, but it's for sanitary reasons more than anything else.
Since (1) I am getting too old to struggle with heavy clay litter and (2) my old brand has been discontinued, I am switching over entirely to Feline Pine. We have two new kittens and they are perfectly happy to use it. However, it is harder to clean than the clumping clay kind and my daughter complains that the poop smells stronger.
Litter vs Poop Factor
On advice from a certified Coon cat breeder, I changed Abby's dry food to Orijen - very expensive ($23-25 for 5-lb bag/$45+/- for 10-lb.), but it is the best food on the market.
No grains (cats don't need it; it's only filler), no by-products (ground up animals, animal parts & waste, including dead cats, horses, etc.) and it's all organic. It meets/exceeds a cat's food requirements; therefore, cats eat less to be satisfied.
She also gets 1-tbl. Newman's Own "grain-free" wet (they only make 3 flavors grain-free: Organic Beef, Organic Beef/Liver, Organic Liver). She loves it & only eats what's in her bowl of wet & her dry lasts all day/night; she gets 1/4 cup per feeding, twice daily.
Since then, her poops have gotten smaller, she's regular and they don't stink as bad as when she was on the junk bought at the supermarket. All in all, we've got a very happy cat & in the end, it really is economical because the food lasts 2-3 times longer
by: Marlla Ungethuem
I have a Maine Coon cat of 1 1/2 yrs old from feral parents that I still feed. There was a litter of 4 and she was the one that Momma kept and I raised the rest but captured her at 4 weeks old.
It is fairly common, when a cat isn't taught proper litter box etiquette by their momma, that they have "issues" as adults.
When I was a young girl, a neighbor gave me a kitten at exactly 4 weeks old. I so wish they had kept her longer! We had trouble, always.
You're story is defferent, as the parents are feral. It's great that you were able to domesticate the kittens!
As for the behavior itself, I think she just doesn't "get it." And, my area is more about Maine Coon cat breed traits, quirks and behaviors. What you need is a cat behavior expert.
For specific cat training (especially litter box problems) I would point you to a very popular E-Book all about cat behavior, understanding behavior problems and how cats think. If you are interested, you can Click Here to read more about it.
I hope the potty troubles get better!
All The Best,
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