However much you love your cat, and however pristine, clean and well maintained its environment may be, keeping a cat as a pet makes it absolutely essential that you get thoroughly to grips with the issue of hygiene. This is because cats, like all living creatures in principle, can be the carriers of certain infectious diseases.
Of the unpleasant conditions that can be caught from cats (only roaming, not indoor cats), toxoplasmosis is the best known. This can present a risk, in particular, to the unborn child during pregnancy. But whereas women were advised in the past to avoid keeping a cat when pregnant, the general opinion now is that this is not necessary, provided you observe certain basic standards of hygiene.
The fact remains, however, that a whole lot of germs which have been found to be associated with domestic cats are capable of causing unpleasant illnesses in human beings.
In the nature of things the cat’s toilet – along with its feed bowls – is the primary source for bacteria and viruses to come into being and propagate. In order to grow, bacteria need temperatures of between 10 and 30 degrees and a certain amount of moisture. So the obvious solution, when selecting a cat litter, is to ask what kind of litter will do the best job of binding moisture?
Cat's Best, the natural trap for odours and bacteria, does precisely that. It consists of pure plant fibres free from chemical additives. These are processed mechanically by a special method – the unique JRS-PFLANZEN FASER 700 technology. As a result the fine filaments of the fibres absorb liquid with maximum effectiveness and lock it away permanently within the fibre. This puts a stop to unpleasant odours, and above all to germs. Another useful thing you can do is to be meticulous about cleaning the cat’s toilet.
Here again Cat's Best makes life a lot easier in every respect (and let us just point out, in this connection, that Cat's Best weighs very much less than traditional cat litters). What makes all the difference is that the soiled areas, in view of the fact that they clump so well, can be removed easily and completely with the help of a suitable scoop, and can even be disposed of in the domestic toilet. Meanwhile the remaining litter will be unaffected. You only need to change the litter completely once every 4 to 6 weeks. So the cat’s toilet remains clean for a long time, and the danger of bacterial invasion is checked in this quarter at least.
Cats should be kept out of the kitchen and the bedroom as far as possible. They are happy, of course, to take every opportunity of inspecting and commandeering all the available premises!