Elderly cats and those experiencing an illness often miss getting to their litter box on time. When accidents happen because of an acute illness or due to surgery, it’s usually best to confine your cat to a small area like a bathroom until they are able to use their litter box again.
However, for senior cats and those with serious disabilities, diapers are the best option as they keep your home clean from urine and feces while allowing your cat to freely move around the house.
Common Cat Health Issues That May Require Diapering
As we mentioned, age and illness can lead to more frequent bathroom accidents around the house. Some of the most common health issues typically found in older cats that lead to accidents are:
- Bowel or bladder incontinence
- Diabetes or kidney disease
- Disabilities such as paralysis or neurological disorders
There are times when a cat may require a diaper even though they are in perfect physical health. Should your cat be spraying or marking in your home, and you have found that behavioral modification techniques have not yet worked, diapering is a way to keep your home clean until you can figure out exactly what is going on and correct the behavior.
Washable VS Disposable Cat Diapers
Just like diapers for human babies, diapers for dogs and cats come in different sizes as well as disposable and washable varieties.
Like baby diapers, disposable cat diapers are to be used once and then discarded. They have absorbent padding built right into the diaper so do not require an extra pad.
Most disposable diapers will be sized by the weight of your cat and have elastic gathering around the legs and tail. There will also be adjustable tabs, and better-quality brands will offer tabs that don’t pull on your cat’s fur.
The biggest pro of disposable diapers is that you don’t have to mess with any… well, mess. Simply take the soiled diaper off your cat and toss it into the trash. While convenient, using disposable cat diapers can be very pricey. Many are sold in packs of ten and those packs can range in price from $12 to $16.
Some cat owners find that disposable baby diapers are more absorbent and also cost less. While these diapers can be used on your cat, you will need to make some adjustments so they fit your cat properly. Note that this may take some trial and error before you get the perfect fit.
Here are some tips:
- Average-sized cats can typically fit into a newborn size, so start there.
- You will have to cut out a small hole for your cat’s tail. To do this:
- Stand your cat on a table or the floor and lay the diaper flat over its hindquarters. Use a pen to mark the spot where the tail will come out.
- Cut a hole at the spot you marked. Best to always cut a smaller hole for a snug fit as you can always make it larger.
To those cat owners on a budget and who are also environmentally-conscious, you most likely will be interested in using washable diapers on your cat. While this style of diaper may cost more initially, they are a much better value long-term. Washable diapers are also more comfortable for cats as they are typically made from stretchable, breathable fabric.
And, for those fashion-conscious cat owners, washable diapers also come in fun colors and prints.
If you’re interested in finding a washable cat diaper for your fur baby, take a look at our selection. You’ll find diapers to fit all sizes of cat.
If you have any questions about sizing your cat to ensure the perfect fit, get in touch with us. We love helping people and pets find solutions that make their lives easier and more comfortable.
Some Final Cat Diaper Tips
- Just as you would be sure to keep a human baby nice and clean and dry while wearing a diaper, it’s also important to ensure your cat is clean and dry.
- Make sure to change your cat’s diaper every few hours at least. Should their diaper become poopy, it must be changed immediately to avoid infections.
- You may use unscented, non-alcohol baby wipes to clean your cat. If your cat develops a rash, use an antibiotic ointment that has been formulated to cats.
- Finally, be sure to watch for leaks that can happen if you’re using disposable diapers and you’ve cut the tail hole too large.
Diapering your cat and caring for them properly is definitely a labor of love. Patience and compassion are required for sure. But once you get the hang of it, you and your precious fur baby can hopefully have many happy years together.