A Guide to Shopping for Cat Diapers
We love our friendly felines. They’re adorable, sweet, affectionate, and bring warmth to our homes. However, when they continuously miss the litter box and wreak havoc on our wooden floors or heirloom carpets, we know we’ve got a problem on our hands.
Cat incontinence may be a minor occasional problem, a rare occurrence, or a serious issue that stems from a medical problem. When our home and our very own sanity is on the line, we know we’ve got to do something.
Did you know?
Cat diapers are a great and easy solution to keep you and your cat comfortable despite the bladder or bowel problem.
They’re easily accessible as many pet stores are currently offering them, and there are countless brands that offer new products everyday geared towards making our lives with our beloved kitties smooth sailing.
Why Does Your Kitty Need One?
Cat incontinence causes great distress not only on your beloved pet feline but on yourself, as well. Their inability to control themselves can damage your home, your peace of mind, and generally causes you and your pet great stress.
Learning the symptoms, causes, and options of treatment can help you understand why your cat is leaking urine and what you can do about it. But first, let’s identify the condition, and whether or not your pet is actually suffering from it.
So when do you actually need to use cat diapers? How often? And what do you even buy? Read on to find out everything you need to know about buying your cat his or her very first diaper.
When to Use Them?
There are many different reasons to use cat diapers. Urinary and bowel problems are the most common health issues that belie felines. Here is a list of the reasons why your cat may need the use of cat diapers:
- if your kitty has recently undergone surgery and has not fully regained complete control over his bladder or bowels as yet;
- if your cat has special needs or is elderly;
- when they’ve recently been neutered and suffer from leaks;
- when you want to prevent leakage of blood when your cat is in heat;
- when they have the following health issues: diabetes, arthritis, dementia, blindness, kidney disease, cancer, and bowel/bladder incontinence
Occasional accidents may occur but if your cat has continued to ruin furniture and other belongings in your home, the solution of cat diapers will make your life easier.
The Different Types of Cat Diapers
As with diapers for babies, there are also different kinds of cat diapers available in the market. Let’s take a look at each of these diapers to gauge whether or not they may be good for your pet:
1. Washable Diapers
These diapers are mostly made of fabric that you can wash and reuse. They’re mostly machine washable, and have pockets inside where you can place an absorbent liner. These liners can either be disposable or washable. They may cost more initially,compared to disposable diapers, but they’re better value in the long run.
2. Disposable Diapers
These diapers are made of absorbent padding that you throw out after each use. What makes them different than regular human diapers is that they have a hole for your cat’s tail. Those dog diapers are perfect for small dogs and senior cats.
3. Belly Wrap Band
These are similar to washable diapers but instead of an actual diaper, they’re made of a fabric band where you can insert an absorbent pad inside. It only needs to be fastened around the stomach of the male cat, just enough to collect urine.
4. Cat Pants
Also known as stud pants or queen panties, these are originally created to prevent male cats from spraying, and to prevent female cats from leaking blood when in heat.
They’re made of fabric, have pockets inside for an absorbent pad, and are either fastened with velcro or have suspenders attached to them so they stay in place.
Tips to Choosing the Best Cat Diaper
There are certain factors that you need to consider when choosing the best diaper for your cat. Let’s take a look at these considerations:
1. The Main Problem
Is your cat recovering from surgery or an illness? If so, then disposable diapers may be best for your kitty since his or her incontinence problem may be temporary.
Disposable diapers are best for short-term use. So if you’re still in the process of potty training, if you’re traveling, or if the problem is only temporary, then this is the best type of diaper for your cat.
However, if the problem is on the serious side, such as your pet having a birth defect, if your cat is blind, or suffering from a medical issue, washable diapers are a better option since your pet will be needing them for long-term use and they are super absorbent.
2. How Many Do You Need?
For your first washable diapers, 2-3 pieces is a good way to start = super simple solution. The absorbent disposable pads that you place inside the diapers, however, would need a lot of frequent washing. So 2-3 diapers with at least 5 liners would be ideal.
Don’t buy in bulk just yet. You’d have to have your pet cat get used to the idea of wearing them first. Otherwise, if you buy a lot and your cat is not comfortable at all, then you’ll be wasting your money.
For disposable diapers, a pack of 12 is a good way to start. Again, always try the diapers first before you buy in bulk.
3. Your Cat’s Size
Not all cats are made equal and the saying goes for cat diaper brands as well. Different brands may mean different sizes so it’s best that you weigh and measure your cat before you buy your diapers.
Cat incontinence may be a big problem but of course, there are always simple and fast solutions to making you and your pet cat’s lives easier. Cat diapers are easy on the pocket, economical, and solves an entire problem that could ruin your home or worse, your bond with your beloved feline.