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Wednesday, September 12, 2007



Easy and Clean Litter Box Maintenance

Works for Me Wednesday bannerWelcome to Works for Me Wednesday, sponsored by Rocks In My Dryer. This week, my tip is about the dreaded cat litter box.

Cat litter boxes usually stink and changing them is disgusting. I've found a few products and practices that makes litter box maintenance much easier to handle and the boxes easier to live with.

  1. If you're not using clumping cat litter, switch now. It's the most economical and clean kind of cat litter because it clumps with urine and covers excrement to help reduce stink. This means you can scoop out the soil and leave a fresh box for the cat who will be much happier using its potty room.

  2. Second (first in sequence, second in importance), line your box with sifting liners. Wal-Mart carries a pack of sifting liners that allow you to remove one layer at a time. The holes in the bottom let clean litter fall through and soiled stuff remain. With the clumping cat litter, this means you can lift all of the soil out, including urine.

  3. Empty the litter box frequently, no less than once a week, like on garbage days. With the sifting liner, you can remove all the soil once a week, but it's a good idea to also scoop out soiled clumps in between. Your cat may urinate in the same spot in the box causing enormous clumps of urinated litter that may be too much to remove or break apart to leave small pieces behind. Every two to three days is sufficient, more if multiple cats use the same box.

  4. Consider a covered, large capacity litter box. The lid helps retain smell, and some come with a flap door that will deter dogs.

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At 8:31 AM , Blogger Mo said...

I also swear by the clumping litter; I don't line our box, as have a filtering box - essentially, three stacked boxes, two solid bottoms, and one mesh bottomed - but those filtering bags do sound handy...I must admit, I've never seen them!

Great tips!!

At 10:09 AM , Blogger Leia said...

I've had cats all my life, but never heard about sifting liners! I will _definitely_ look for those at the store today. They may even get my hubby to help with the litter, a feat only achieved so far during pregnancy, and then only under _great_ duress.

At 10:41 AM , Blogger Amy said...

We have a covered litter box that has a "tunnel" entrance, which also traps the litter left on the cats' paws when they exit. It was the best thing we've ever bought for the cats!

At 12:51 PM , Blogger Kara said...

great tips :) We have 3 cats that share a litter box and it gets gross way to fast.


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