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|LITTERBOX MAINTENANCE TIPS
1. Place Clevercat® Top Entry Litterbox or any other type litterbox in a quiet, out-of-the-way location
convenient to both you and your cat. Keep it away from distractions and unexpected noises like
those made by household appliances.
2. When replacing a previous litterbox with Clevercat® Top Entry Litterbox or any other new litterbox,
be sure to place the new one in the same location as your previous litterbox. Choose a permanent
spot for your litterbox. If it becomes necessary to move it, be sure that your cat is comfortable with
the new litterbox before moving it, and be sure to introduce your cat to its new location.
3. When introducing a new litterbox design like Clevercat® Top Entry Litterbox, continue to use the
same type of litter for at least one month. Switching litterbox designs and litter types at the same
time may be too much change at once for your cat. If you choose to change types of litter,
gradually introduce the new type over a three to four week period, mixing increasing quantities
of the new type with the previous type.
4. Scoop solids from your cat's litterbox daily. Change the litterbox's litter and liner every 5 to 7 days
for your cat's good health, as cats may refuse to use a dirty litterbox and choose to eliminate
elsewhere in your home. If your litterbox is clean and your cat doesn't use it, contact your
veterinarian for advice, as your cat may have a medical disorder.
5. To minimize litter-tracking with Clevercat® Top Entry Litterbox, see the "toward wall" indicator
printed on the lid, and be sure to have the entrance closest to the wall for best litter-tracking control.
A rug works well for further litter-tracking prevention for any type of litterbox.
6. A two to three inch depth of any type litter is sufficient in Clevercat® Top Entry Litterbox and in
most other types of litterboxes. Read the litter manufacturer's recommendations on the package for
7. Dispose of used litter properly with regular household trash pickup. Never flush scooped urine-clumps or
used litter down a toilet or drain.
8. Introduce the litterbox to your kitten at around eight-weeks of age. To train your kitten, put it
inside the litterbox and gently show it how to scratch its paws in the litter. Kittens are usually fully
litterbox-trained within a week or so.
9. Even when using litterbox liners, occasionally wash Clevercat® Top Entry Litterbox or other
litterboxes with soapy water and disinfectant, and then rinse well.
FOOD & FEEDING TIPS
1. Choose commercial cat food brands formulated to meet feline nutritional needs with 25 to 30%
protein and 15 to 25% fat.
2. Specially formulated cat foods can help maintain your cat's good health and happiness. They are
beneficial as they contain special nutritional needs for kittens, senior cats, and/or inactive cats.
3. Whenever possible, feed your cats dry cat food, as it's less likely than canned (wet cat food) to stick to teeth and
build up plaque that can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. Your veterinarian in certain
circumstances may prescribe wet cat food.
4. Provide the same quantity of food every day for a contented, and well-nourished cat. Underfeeding
your cat may result in rebellious and/or destructive behaviors.
5. Cats like to nibble, so a cat food gravity-dispenser works well to keep food fresh, and available at all
times. If your cat has a weight problem, your veterinarian may recommend measuring your cat's
daily food portions instead.
6. Provide your cat with fresh, clean water every day. Wash and thoroughly rinse your cat's water bowl
every day to prevent growth of bacteria that may possibly cause illness.
7. Avoid feeding your cats people-food. Your cat may become a nuisance if it's fed from the table
during mealtime. People-food may also cause indigestion, and/or gas. It may also make cleaning-
up hairballs more difficult than if they just contain cat food.
8. If you choose to offer your cat table-scraps, be sure that the food is fully cooked and that bones are
removed. It is best not to feed your cat raw meat, fish, or eggs, as these raw foods may give them
indigestion if they are not used to that in their daily diet.
9. Cats prefer their water and food to be served at room temperature. Cold water may be uncomfortable
for your cat's throat and teeth while drinking.
TRAINING & BEHAVIOR TIPS
1. Give your cat a short, one-syllable name for your cat's quick and easy recognition. Use its name
frequently and consistently during commands, training, and bonding with your cat. Your cat will
then learn its name quickly and easily.
2. Hold and gently caress your cat frequently to familiarize it with your touch. This human-feline
bonding will help your cat to feel comfortable around you, other family members, and guests in your
3. Set house rules as soon as possible and be consistent with positive and negative responses to
your cat's behavior. Inconsistent commands and training methods may be confusing to your cat and
result in breaking the house rules.
4. Before scolding your cat, try redirecting its activity by calling its name. An alternative to verbal
scolding may be to use a water spray-bottle, noisemaker, or to clap your hands quickly to redirect your
5. Never scold or punish your cat for not performing a learned behavior, as it may discourage your cat's
responses to other training and commands.
6. Back-up verbal praise with a treat to reward good behavior. A morsel of a different brand of dry cat
food is a good alternative to expensive cat-treats.
7. Provide your cat with a mate, and/or toys and adequate portions of food and water. Bored, lonely,
and/or hungry cats may become destructive and/or rebellious.
8. Introduce a new cat gradually to a resident cat. Keep the cats in separate areas for the first few
days. During this time, with the new cat in its carrier, let the resident cat observe and sniff it for
short periods of time. When the resident cat has accepted the presence of the new cat, release
the new cat into your home.
9. Whenever possible, avoid adding a kitten to a senior cat's home. Kittens are usually very active, and
may become a nuisance to a senior cat's lifestyle. A senior cat may harm a new kitten in rebellion if
they're not properly supervised.
GENERAL HEALTH TIPS
1. Always provide your cat with fresh, clean water, adequate portions of food, and a clean litterbox.
2. An annual veterinarian check-up is recommended. Keep complete and accurate records of your
cat's health and vaccinations in case of emergency or, if you're planning to change veterinarians.
3. Kittens may receive vaccinations as early as eight to ten-weeks of age. Contact your veterinarian to
receive a schedule of recommended vaccinations.
4. Perform a monthly home health-check on your cat in between veterinarian check-ups. Examine your
cat's body for lumps or swelling. Check eyes, ears, nose, mouth, anus, and sex organs for
discharge or unusual changes. Black matter inside of ears may indicate the presence of ear-mites.
Report any unusual findings to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
5. Watch for any unusual changes in your cat's elimination habits. Changes in appearance, texture, or
color of stool or urine, or the presence of blood in their stool or urine should be reported to your
6. De-sex (spay or neuter) your cat to help control the unwanted cat population. De-sexed cats are
more responsive to training, and if allowed outdoors, stay closer to home. Male cats are less likely
to spray when neutered.
7. Indoor cats usually live longer and healthier lives by avoiding outdoor risks such as dog attacks,
catfights, and being injured or killed by automobiles. Other risks such as contagious diseases and
parasites are minimized.
8. Trim your cat's claws as an alternative to de-clawing. Clip the "hooks" from the front and back claws
and cats will be less likely to damage upholstery and furnishings. If de-clawing is necessary,
remove only the front claws. Do not let your cat outside if it is de-clawed, as it is almost
9. Contact your veterinarian for professional advice whenever you have feline health questions or
Clevercat® Innovations Tips Disclaimer:
Clevercat® Innovations, its author, and publisher assume no liability for accident, injury, sickness, adverse effects, or death for the use of the tips, information, or advice contained in this website. All information provided is only the opinion of the author. All precautions have been taken to provide accurate information; however, we will not assume responsibility for errors or omissions in this information. We believe that if you have feline health concerns, there is no substitute for professional veterinarian advice.
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