If you have a cat, you definitely know that they are very clean animals. They always go to the appointed litter and then cover up everything (even if they splash litter sand all over the floor). However, there are cases when cats are no longer able to reach the litter in time or at all. In this case, you should consider using cat diapers.
What Situations Require a Cat Diaper?
Some new cat owners use special diapers for kittens before they are litter trained. It usually doesn’t take a long time, because cats are very smart. However, during their lifetime, cats may develop various illnesses or become disabled.
They may be unable to stand up properly, go to the litter fast enough or control their bladder when nature calls. In such instances, for your own peace of mind, as well as for the comfort of the cat, it’s recommended to choose cat diapers.
Veterinarians recommend them for the following conditions:
- Kidney disease
- Bowel or bladder incontinence
- Neurological disorders.
Cat Diapers Prevent Smelly Sprays
Another case when you should use cat diapers is when your tomcat is spraying to mark his territory, especially after you bring in a new cat in the house. Until the newcomer is accepted, the first cat will generally spray various corners of the house to claim “ownership”.
A cat diaper will solve the problem, without having to take drastic measures, such as neutering the tomcat.
What Kind of Cat Diapers Can You Choose From?
The market for pet products is huge, and you will find a large selection of brands and types of cat diapers to choose from. The two large categories are washable and disposable diapers.
Washable diapers are useful for long term use. They are a bit more expensive than single-use cat diapers, but they have a good lifespan, with proper care. Also, they are an environmentally friendly choice.
Disposable diapers are the easy and convenient choice. They make more sense during litter training or for spraying cats. If your cat has a chronic health issue, you will be buying lots of cat diapers for the rest of its life.
How to Put a Diaper on a Cat
Now comes the big challenge: getting your fur baby to accept the cat diaper. It is not an easy job, but don’t get discouraged. Cats are notoriously independent and disinclined to do as told.
Here is a simple guide to putting on a cat diaper:
- Cradle the cat in your arms like a baby
- Slide the tail through the special hole in the diaper
- Bring the larger part of the diaper through the hind legs and over the belly
- Pull the shorter part over the back
- Use the clips/tabs to secure the diaper.
Please note that if your cat is a breed with a bushy tail, it may feel a little discomfort. In this case, you can use a pair of scissors to make the hole for the tail a bit lager.