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      3/10/2012

      Early practice… The first weeks in the life of your cat.

      Cats are born with a naturally strong instinct for cleanliness. But they still have to learn how to do it first from their mother. However, during their first few weeks after birth, their mother meticulously watches over the cleanliness of her kittens. As a cat owner, there are things you can do to support their desire for cleanliness. When you are thinking about getting a cat or kitten, it often raises lots of questions on topics like proper hygiene – including using the cat toilet. Cats have a strong instinct for hygiene and cleanliness, as they are very clean animals by nature. In their second month of life, little kittens can already be house-trained quite quickly.Once learned, never forgotten: Up to the third week, the digestion of young kittens is still actively supported by their mother. Only if she extensively licks the bellies of her young ones after a meal of mother milk will they excrete minute amounts of faeces. As of week four, she shows the little ones how to keep clean, and how to bury and cover their waste. Important: the right cat toilet:The cat family must already have a cat toilet available so that the young ones can learn from their mother by example. Most important is that the edge of the litter box is not too high so the kitten can easily step in and out, and the cat litter used is tolerated by the cat and reliably controls odours. This is because the initial cat toilet experience by a kitten are formative for life. If the litter is too dusty or feels unpleasant, it is as disturbing as an unsafe location or a nasty smell from the cat toilet. On the other hand, if the cat feels comfortable with her hygiene, she remains clean, neat and as such true to her nature. Dr. Jutta Hugenberg, veterinarian and product developer at MARS Petcare:"Veterinarians recommend using a coarse-grained, non-clumping litter for kittens, as this does not stick to the fur and is easily licked off and ingested by the kitten in their daily grooming routine. Using a conventional clumping litter in the first 12 months is not advisable, because increased ingestion may lead to an intestinal obstruction."



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