Cat accidents are often caused by poor litter box management. Cats despise unclean litter boxes and may be compelled to seek out alternatives, such as a corner of the carpet or a clean laundry basket in the closet. Because your cat’s sense of smell is 14 times greater than yours, a litter box that smells clean to you may smell foul to him.
While automated litter boxes are becoming more popular, their cost is exorbitant for many cat owners, and many cats prefer traditional litter boxes.
Cleaning Your Litter Box in Advance
The general guideline is that each cat in the family should have one litter box plus one extra. Any difference should be in your favor. Seven boxes, for example, for four cats.
If you have more than three litter boxes, you’ll quickly run out of reasonable locations to put them. A “Litter Station” with two or three boxes side-by-side may accommodate more than one cat at a time (as long as the cats allow it) and makes scooping and clean-up easier.
Choosing a litter box and cleaning supplies is a highly personal decision, and there is seldom a “one size fits all” solution. The most essential thing is to let your cats lead the way. They will tell you if they are unhappy with your litter boxes and accessories.
What You’ll Require
- Tools and equipment
- Wastebasket or garbage can
- Litter receptacle
- Litter for cats
- Liners for litter boxes (optional)
- Scoop the litter
- Dish soap without fragrance
- Using paper towels
Instructions care for cat litter box
Choose and position the box
Unless your cat prefers covered boxes or the box is in a location where you want to keep it hidden, such as the kitchen, a basic rectangular box is the ideal place to start. Make sure the box is big enough for your cat to move about in without feeling cramped.
If you have a cat that loves to bully other cats, the box should be positioned for optimum privacy, away from loud equipment, and with an accessible escape path. The cat will be terrified of being imprisoned in his litter box, and he may avoid it in the future.
Make a litter box liner
Litter box liners are not required, but they make it easier to dispose of spent litter when it’s time to empty and clean the box. Liners are a big help when using non-scooping litter since they catch the extra pee that seems to pool, which is why most non-scooping litter has to be replaced so often.
Pour the Cat Litter in
Most cat litter manufacturers suggest a depth of two to three inches. If your cats are deep scratchers, you may want to use three to four inches. If you use less, they will dig to the bottom of the litter box. Begin with two inches and work your way up until you discover the perfect depth for your cat.
Clumping litter, such as World’s Best Cat Litter, is a fantastic option since it doesn’t need a pan liner and most cats like unscented, clumping litter. After you’ve finished filling the litter box, level it out to provide the cats a nice, flat surface to dig in.
Scooping is simple with clumping litter since urine clumps into fairly substantial bits that can be scooped out as the clean litter is sifted back into the box. Poop is covered with litter to keep it from sticking to the scoop.
Scoop the litter box at least twice a day, and more often if necessary. After scooping, you may need to add more litter to restore the quantity that was lost.
Scoopings should be discarded
You’ll need to properly dispose of your cat’s excrement regardless of how you do it, and odor may be a concern. Scooping and disposing of litter is considerably simpler with a gadget like the Litter Genie. Simply place the roll of plastic bagging material inside the Genie, make a knot at the end, fasten it to a wheel, and half-turn the handle. Then open the lid and place all of the scoopings inside. Turn the handle once more, and the waste is securely stored at the bottom of the Litter Locker, containing all smells within. Simply remove the bag and contents from the rubbish container on garbage day.
Litter Box Issues: How to Avoid Them
For a time, using clumping litter that you scoop and change on a regular basis will keep the litter box smelling fresh and clean, but eventually, the box will need to be emptied and completely cleaned. This might be once a week or once every four or five weeks, depending on the sort of litter you use.
Because urine pools at the bottom of the box and the stench gets quite strong very soon, non-clumping litter must be emptied and cleaned considerably more often.
Empty the used litter into a strong plastic bag and seal the bag before throwing it away. Although certain natural litters may be flushed, the full contents of a litter box should never be thrown down the toilet.
Then, using unscented dish soap and hot water, thoroughly clean the box. Rinse well and pat dry with paper towels.