Kit4Cat Checkup Kit is an awesome kit to check up on your cats health and also an excellent way to collect urine for a urine sample to take to your vet.
You care for the health of your cat and want to keep a close watch on him/her but you don’t know how to, other than to look at their behaviour? Wouldn’t it be great if you could do some simple tests at home to be ahead of bigger troubles?
Well, now you can all from the comfort of your home. You just need to get a Kit4Cat Checkup Kit.
Kit4Cat Checkup Kit is a cat urine testing system that can help you collect and test your cats urine for common health issues.
The kit contains a pipet, special hydrophobic sand, a test tube, three teststrips and a user manual with color coding reference card.
The kit contains a special made sand that is hydrophobic. This means that the sand does not absorb fluids, but instead let it build up on top (or below). This is opposite behaviour of the classic absorbing cat litter. So while the sand doesn’t absorb any fluid, it will be easier to collect the urine.
The kit contains also a pipet to easily suck up the fluid in your litter box. Because the hydrophobic sand, the urine will not be absorbed and thus it will be easy to use the pipet to suck the fluid up and empty it into the test tube.
One test vial is included to collect all the urine fluid with the pipet from the litter box. The test vial will be later on used for testing the urine for the common diseases or problems. The test vial has also a lid to close it with, so that you can take the sample to the laboratory / veterinary instead for further labwork.
The three test strips that come with the kit could be used in several days, to test the development of a disease or illness. They can also be used to redo the test, when you are unsure about a given result.
The test strip contains four squares, each of the squares is there to measure a certain result. With the bigger white part towards you (between your fingers when holding it on the results card from the bottom towards the top), from top to bottom:
User Manual and Results Card
In the user manual it is described how you are supposed to use this kit. It is quite easy to follow the instructions when you do. It is also very important to follow these instructions exact, so no misdiagnoses occur.
The color coding card is there to compare the test strip color with the referencing color on the Results card. Every different color has a different meaning for the health of your cat.
There is one colour for each square that shows if there is no or a negative result meaning a good result and a bunch of different coloured squares for positive tests, meaning trouble in cat-land.
How To Use The Kit4Cat Checkup Kit
With this kit, good readings can be made when following the instructions exactly as written in the manual. A proper reading will give the most accurate result and produce a good urine sample for further labwork at the veterinarian.
First of all, if you got several cats, it is best to isolate the cat you want to get a urine sample of, so that urine samples don’t mix. This means also that you need another litter box.
For this checkup kit you need an empty and clean, preferably disinfected litter box. This will ensure a clean reading and makes sure you will get as much urine as possible. Often, cat litters absorb the urine, which means less fluid for the test. So any rests of the absorbent material in a non-clean litter box will influence the outcome.
The litter box doesn’t need to be large in size, because this kit doesn’t come with a lot of litter. There are additional bags of the same non-absorband litter available for purchase separately.
The kit can only be used for one cat. This is to make sure that samples don’t mix.
Step 1. Fill The Litter Box
The first step is to fill the litter box with the special litter that you find in a plastic bag in the Kit4Cat Check-up Kit. Make sure it is evenly divided over the entire bottom of the litter box. Since there isn’t much litter with this kit, you are better of with a small box then a large one. All you need is a urine sample atterall, but there are those cats that are picky and need their space when on their toilet.
Step 2. Get The Cat In The Box
This is probably the most difficult part of the entire check-up job, getting your cat to actually pee on the litter or in the litter box.
Picky cats might want to dig down into your 1cm or less layer of cat litter. Others might want a lot of space. Some might not like this litter, because it doesn’t absorb and hence the scent they are normally trying to cover, doesn’t get masked.
Apart from these minor cat behavioural problems, there is one bigger problem that can occur, namely that your cat doesn’t have the need to pee and actually is up for their long nap. Oftentimes your cat has already been on the toilet and doesn’t plan to do so anytime soon. Cats can also feel nervous about being put in a different room to do something they are not used to, which is often the case when we change something in their household.
An ill cat with urinal infection will generally want to pee often, but a healthy cat is a different story. The question remains whether you would do a test with this kit, while your cat shows obvious signs of being ill or whether you would take him straight to the vet.
Step 3. Collecting A Sample
When you finally got a product of your cat in the litter box, it is time to collect a sample. The litter doesn’t absorb any fluid, so collecting the urine should be considerably easy. It can help to hold the litter box to a side, so that urine can collect in one place. The kit comes with a pipet. Pipets need to be pressed on both sides before inserting them into a fluid. By releasing the sides of the pipet, air wants to go back in it, but since it is in the fluid, it will suck up the fluid and fill the pipet.
Now you can take the test vial that is delivered with the kit and empty the pipet (by pressing both sides of it again) into the test vial. You might have to repeat this process a couple of times, depending on the amount you managed to scoop up with the pipet, the size of the test vial and the amount of fluid in your litter box.
The vial needs to be minimally 3/4 full, so that the full length of the test strip will be covered.
Step 4. Reading Test Strips & Results Card
Inside the package you will also find a results card. On it you will find a vertical rectangular space where the test strip fits. It tells you what colours to expect for what type of readings and cat illnesses. It also tells you how long you need to wait before you can read the value.
Take one of the test strips and insert it into the test vial and leave it there for only 2 seconds. Then remove the test strip as soon as possible and lay it on the rectangular place on the results card. Make sure you got your fingers on the bottom end of the rectangular, so that the squares lign up properly. Now you can count to 30 seconds to read the first result and then another 30 seconds for the next one (total of 60 seconds).
The top 3 tests are done within the first 30 seconds, while the blood in urine test needs 60 seconds before you can read it off.
Step 5. Negative Or Positive Reading?
So now that you got a reading on your cats health, you can make further decissions. If all the tests result in a negative your cat might be healthy. You could perform a second test (another test strip) to redo it to be sure.
I do place a big warning here though. Although this test is very reliable, I wouldn’t trust it 100%. If you do happen to see different behaviour in your cats health, it might be a good idea to check up with the veterinary anyway. For example, if your cat goes very often to the litter box or sits in very long sessions on the box, there might be something up that isn’t visible yet in urine labwork.
It is always better to do something about health issues before they get worse.
If you happen to get a positive reading the same applies. You might want to redo the test to see if it really was a positive or not. Again if you get a positive and your cat is really healthy one can question the test. But with a positive, you can at least go to the veterinary and just let them test the urine sample you now have got. No need to stress your cat up.
If your cat was already showing ill signs and you have done this test and got a positive, it is definitely a good idea to take your cat to the veterinary for a check-up. They can use your urine sample to do lab work – it saves further stressing your ill cat – and can perhaps do something about the illness of your cat.
Will The Litter / Sand Absorb The Water?
This hydrophobic sand or litter is a special sand that does not absorb any fluid at all. The fluid will simply lay on top of the sand.
What If My Cat Covers The Urine With Litter?
If your cat covers the urine with extra litter by digging and moving litter around, it is a matter of simply moving the litter off again. You can use something like a fork or something else to stir in the litter box with to move the litter away and reveal the urine below.
Can I Use The Kit On More Than One Cat?
It is not adviced to use this kit on more than one cat. Even though the urine stays on top of the litter, it might stay behind in the litter and so you would cross contaminate the sample for the next cat.
It is best to have a separate kit per cat that you want to have tested. It is however possible to buy several bags of litter, so that you can use the same test strips, but pipet and test vial need to be cleaned properly to not contaminate your new sample.
Is The Litter Harmful If My Cat Licks/Eats It?
The litter is entirely cat safe. Even if your cat licks the litter off their fur, it will not harm them at all.
Do I Have To Dispose Of This Litter In A Special Way?
The litter is bio-degradable, which means so much as that you can even put it with your food garbage or toss it in your garden and it will be fine. It will fall apart and become part of nature again.
Kit4Cat Checkup Kit is an excellent kit to test for your cats health, whether your cat is healthy or perhaps showing some mild signs of illness. It is also an excellent way to collect a perfect urine sample.
The litter for the kit is non-toxic to your cat, so it won’t harm your cat in any way and it is bio-degradable, meaning it can be disposed off without feeling worried about the environment.