Cleaning the litter box is a relatively simple task. Unfortunately, many cat owners take the wrong approach here and make more work for themselves. It’s important to clean the litter out as often as possible, though. The following tips can help a pet owner master this task.
First of all, you’ll need a slotted scoop for removing solid waste from the clean litter. These scoops pick up solid feces and urine clumps with ease. Clean litter slides through the slots and back into the litter box.
However, non-clumping litter has different properties than clumping litters. You’ll still need a slotted scoop for either variety of litter. An unslotted scoop is required to pick up soiled litter and remove it. In this case, you need to remove urine from the box immediately, or smells will start to build up.
There’s a common debate surrounding clumping and non-clumping litters. In reality, clumping options are much more convenient than their counterparts. Your litter box will contain less odors, and you’ll find cleanup to be much easier each and every time.
When it comes to choosing an actual scoop, you’ll want a slotted option with a companion holder. The holder and scoop combination is quite convenient. Keeping the scoop near the litter box ensures you’ll clean it regularly.
Without a doubt, you’ll want to scoop and sift the litter twice per day. Handling this task twice daily makes each cleanup easier and faster. Cat owners will encounter less odors and less of a mess to deal with through this tactic. Plus, your cat prefers a clean litter box and being able to find an unsoiled place to use.
Scoopable litters made from clay are never flushable, so don’t even try it. For clay litters, you’ll want to dispose of them in the trash. Special litter disposal products are available from various manufacturers. These disposal systems collect used litter in a sealed container near the litter box. From there, litter is disposed every few days, and the system is replaced.
As previously mentioned, scooping feces and urine twice a day is the best plan of action. You’ll become familiar with your cat’s bowel movements over time. This doesn’t sound like a positive thing. However, knowing your cat’s habits can help you figure out if something is wrong.
The litter box itself requires a full cleaning once or twice per month, too. You’ll want to remove everything from the box and scrub out the inside with soap and water. At that point, fresh litter will be placed in the box, and you’ll be set for another couple weeks.
If you think you don’t have to empty the litter box out, then you’re wrong. Urine and fecal matter will build up in plastic litter boxes over time. This commonly happens on the sidewalls and bottom of the box. Therefore, you need to scrub the box and swap out litter from time to time in order to avoid lingering problems.
In the end, you’ll want to avoid using harsh cleaners to scrub the box. Strong odors may turn your cat away from the litter box after all. It never hurts to scrub the litter scoop and its holder either. With these tips and others, you’ll be a master at taking care of your cat. Nobody likes cleaning the litter box, and nearly everyone does something wrong in this process.
Now you’re prepared to take control of the litter box!
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