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Elderly Care Tips – Keeping the Cat Box Fresh and Clean

Elder Care in Coral Springs FL

Elder Care in Coral Springs FLEncouraging your aging parents to have pets can be a fantastic enhancement to your elderly care journey with them. Spending time with animals offers a variety of potential mental, emotional, cognitive, and physical health benefits including reducing blood pressure, easing stress and anxiety, minimizing feelings of isolation and loneliness, combating depression, and supporting greater physical activity, social engagement, and sense of involvement, importance, and accomplishment. For many family caregivers, having pets be a part of their care efforts for their parents means that they and their parents elderly care services provider will be taking on some of the responsibility of ensuring that those pets stay healthy, safe, and happy throughout the seniors’ aging years regardless of the limitations and challenges that those seniors face. If your parents are more cat people than they are dog people, this means cleaning out the cat litter box.

While it may be something that you do not particularly want to think about very much, maintaining a clean cat box is a crucial part of keeping the cat, as well as your parents and their home, healthy, comfortable, and clean. A cat box that is not well maintained can create unpleasant odors and even harbor germs and bacteria that put your parents’ health at risk. Fortunately, there are simple things that you and your parents can do that can make this task much simpler so that they can get all of the benefits of cuddling up with their furry friends without the telltale cat box making their home an unwelcoming environment for visitors of the human variety.

Use these tips, and share them with your parents and their caregiver, to keep the cat box fresh and clean so that they can continue enjoying all of the benefits of owning cats:
• Choose the right litter. Cats are notoriously fussy, selective animals. In fact, they are so fussy that they are known to starve themselves, even to the point of death, rather than eat a type of food that they do not like. This pickiness also extends to their litter. Make sure that you use a type of litter that your cats like so that they will use the box consistently. While you might enjoy the freshness of a scented litter, many cats do not, so be careful when choosing litter and consider setting up several boxes with different litters to see which one the cats prefer.
• Scoop it daily. Make scooping out the litter a part of your regular daily routine. For best results, scoop after each time that the cats use the box, or once in the morning and once in the evening.
• Clean it thoroughly. Just scooping is not enough. At least once a week completely dump out the litter, scrub the box clean with a non-ammonia cleaner, dry it thoroughly, and add in fresh litter. This eliminates odors that may start to seep into the plastic of the box.
• Add baking soda. Even finicky cats that do not like heavily scented litters usually do not mind baking soda, and this inexpensive kitchen staple is fantastic at absorbing odors, which is why a box is often found sitting open in refrigerators. Sprinkle some on the bottom of a fresh box and then mix some into the rest of the litter for odor absorption that will keep the area fresher, longer.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Coral Springs, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.

Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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