Cat Products Which Should Be Regularly Replaced

Cat equipment which should be replaced

We all the best for our cats, this article looks at cat equipment, why and how often it should be replaced.

Plastic food and water bowls

Plastic bowls should be avoided as there is evidence they can contribute to feline acne. Not only that, but they can break down, releasing toxic chemicals into your cat’s food and water.

As the bowl ages, plastic begins to peel and develops scratches, which can harbour bacteria leading to skin inflammation, tear staining and feline acne.

Better options for cat food and water bowls include stainless steel, glass or ceramic. They should be wide enough so that the cat’s whiskers don’t touch the sides. Food bowls should be washed daily in warm, soapy water and thoroughly rinsed.

Nail clippers

Over time, nail trimmers can become blunted, which can lead to the cat’s claws becoming crushed and splintering when they are trimmed. This is uncomfortable for your cat and the splitered nail can potentially become snagged on carpets.

Don’t scrimp when it comes to buying nail trimmers for your cat, buy the best quality you can afford and replace when the blades become blunt.

Damaged cat toys

Old and damaged cat toys can potentially develop loose parts or stuffing which if can become a choking hazard or cause a gastrointestinal blockage. Regularly check your cat’s toys and replace any which are damaged.

When selecting cat toys, look for sturdy ones which don’t have glued on parts that may can easily be removed and swallowed. DVM360 also recommend avoiding toy mice with real fur as some cats may take hunting these toys one step further and try to eat them.

Out of date medications

Medications which have passed their expiry date should be disposed of as they can lose their potency. Always check the use by date of medications and only ever give your cat medication if your veterinarian has told you to do so.

Cat litter trays

As with plastic food bowls, litter trays can develop scratches over time which can not only trap bacteria but also odours. Urine can degrade the plastic, causing it to become brittle and weakening it.

As a guide, you should have as many litter trays as you have cats, and then one extra. So if you have two cats, there should be three litter trays. Litter trays should be emptied, scrubbed and disinfected at least once a week, thoroughly rinse afterwards to remove any disinfectant residue.

Trays should be replaced every one to two years.

Cat beds

These should be replaced every one to two years as they can become riddled with dead skin cells, oils, dirt, dust mites, bacteria and parasites such as worm eggs, tapeworm segments and flea eggs and larvae.

When choosing a cat bed, look for one with a removable cover if possible, which can be washed every few weeks. I also recommend placing a soft blanket over the bed which can also be removed and washed regularly.

Cat toothbrush

Your cat’s toothbrush becomes a harbour for bacteria, bristles will become worn. Replace pet toothbrushes as often as you would your own, which should be every 6-8 weeks.

Cat brush

Grooming brushes should be cleaned regularly with warm soapy water to remove hair build up and oils. Brushes should be replaced as the bristles begin to wear.

Out of date food

It goes without saying that food which has passed its expiry date should be thrown in the bin. At best, the quality of the food will have degraded, and your cat may be missing out on essential nutrients, at worst your cat can develop food poisoning from expired food. It’s not worth the risk.

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