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At All Pet, we understand that living with your cat can sometimes be easier than living with its litter box. Successful box management depends on several factors, including box type, box placement, litter type, and scooping routine. As a general rule, indoor cat owners should own one litter box per cat, plus one additional box.  Also, anytime you switch to new litter or a new litter box, it is important to leave your old box and old litter in place for a while to allow your cat time to adjust.

Make sure the box you choose is large enough for your cat. If you choose a covered box, be sure to check it as frequently as you would check a regular box; covered boxes tend to hide odors from you, but not from your cat! Also, when deciding where to place your box, consider that many cats prefer a more private area away from heavy people traffic.

Try to settle on a litter that both you and your cat are happy with. Start by knowing that some cats will be put off by deodorized or perfumed litter. Conventional clay (non-clumping) litters are less expensive, but they should be scooped twice a day and changed out completely at least once a week. Clumping litters, which help remove urine and other deposits, should be scooped daily, and more litter should be added as clumps are removed. Complete changes should still be performed often, even with clumping litters.

No matter what litter or box you choose, be attentive: the frequency of your complete litter changes will depend a lot on the habits of your cat!  Also, frequent scooping is always a great idea, as it may help alert you to potential health problems, such as diarrhea or urinary tract issues. While it’s hard to generalize when it comes to cats, we hope that these simple litter box tips will help you and your feline friend live in harmony. EF

Be sure to check out this issue of the Gazette for an exclusive coupon for a FREE 20lb BAG OF LITTER!  Only at All PET!

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Spring has sprung, and now is a time when you may be considering getting a small animal for yourself or for the family. Whether adding or upgrading, from twitchy nosed whiskers to floppy bunny ears, the home you purchase for your new little friend is one of the most important decisions you will make. Selecting a cage is not only about finding the right size or the easiest to keep clean, but it’s also about making sure your pet’s habitat is safe, comfortable, and durable.

Keep in mind that each type of small animal has very different needs for its health and wellbeing. That’s why we’d like to invite you to come visit your favorite All Pet store, where our knowledgeable staff will help you create the perfect habitat for your littlest pets! And don’t forget to bring in this issue’s exclusive Gazette coupon for free food with your purchase of a new small animal habitat at All Pet! Clearly, we’re not kidding around when we say that, whether they’re big or small, our next satisfied customer is YOUR pet. AV

One of the most important decisions all pet owners face is what to feed their pet. And with so many different brands and formulas available, it is also one of the most difficult decisions to make. That’s why All Pet is proud to be sponsoring Pet Nutrition Seminars.

These seminars are free to the public and offer pet owners an overview of pet nutrition basics. Topics covered include: how to interpret pet food labels, common ingredient definitions, importance of digestibility, and nutrition for life stages. Each seminar also includes a question and answer session.

Taught by industry experts, these seminars are designed to provide consumers with the information every pet owner needs to know. If you are interested in attending a seminar, contact your local All Pet for more information. Seminars are being scheduled at each of our stores in the coming months.  JS

…because the next installment of The All PET Gazette is here!  You don’t want to miss this issue.   We’ve got information on upcoming educational events, advice for small animal owners and future owners, litter box tips, and more!  Not to mention a few coupons that will save YOU some GREEN while the Ozarks turn green!  And don’t forget to keep checking our EVENTS CALENDAR for an update on some great pet-related events you won’t want to miss.  Finally, keep your eyes peeled right here on the online Gazette for a special PET DOOR coupon coming in April.  We don’t care what the weather is doing, spring has sprung at All Pet!!

In this picture: Honey the Easter Llama?