Are you tired of dirty and smelly litter boxes and you are looking for mess-free hacks that are easy, simple and most importantly, budget-friendly? Then this article is for you!
Cleaning the cat litter box can be one of those horrendous chores that many cat owners don’t like to talk about. There’s so much to consider when choosing the best litter for your cat, and it certainly makes life so much easier for you when it comes to litter box hygiene. If you’re considering switching to a biodegradable and natural cat litter option, make sure to check our article “What is the best natural cat litter”.
How often you should clean the litter?
This obviously depends on the type of litter you are using, and the number of cats you have. For a clumping type substrate, that we highly recommend, you will need to remove the stool and pee agglomerates at least once a day and refill the box every other day.
Note that some non-clumping litters require you to stir the grains once you remove the stool. So, make sure to check and follow the instructions on the package.
Our hack for cleaning the clumping litter easily is by putting 10-15cm of litter. When there is enough litter, the cat’s pee does not go to the bottom of the tray, and the ball that forms becomes much easier to remove with the shovel.
However, if you put in little litter, your cat’s pee will spread over the bottom, and you will have to remove much more substrate, which will ultimately prove to be less economical.
How often should the litter be changed?
An average of once per month is good, but again this depends on how often your cat(s) use the litter box.
Our tip is to keep an equivalent of two scoops of the remaining, clean litter, before emptying the whole tray. Then after cleaning the tray, mix them with the newly added litter. This way, the cat will find its smell more quickly, and you will prevent her from peeing outside the box.
Cat litter box cleaning hacks
Use hot water and baking soda
Thoroughly rub the cat litter box. Flush the mixture out with clean water and then dry up the tray thoroughly with a towel or cloth. Do not use any bleach.
If you find that your cat is avoiding her litter box after you’ve cleaned it, then here’s another hack!
Use apple vinegar
Apply a few drops of white vinegar, which cats hate, on any place she chooses to pee in; this will become a reminder spot for her. But be careful, do not overdo it and rinse it thoroughly with clean water. On the organic side, several brands offer natural and ecological products. They are biodegradable, and they deodorize and disinfect the litter box. Here are some brands you can easily find on the internet: Quistel, River Fresh, Ecosharkz Animal, and Probisa.
If you prefer to avoid all sort of chemical products, then all you have to do is heat the kettle and clean the tray with boiling water, no more bacteria, but beware of burns!
Litter box cleaning and pregnant women: toxoplasmosis
We often get requests from pregnant women who are worried and hear a lot about the potential dangers of coming in contact with a litter box. The first thing to know is that many women are immune to toxoplasmosis, but if you don’t want to take the risk, just ask your partner to change the litter during this period. Otherwise, gloves should protect you.
The litter mat
For the surrounding space around the exit of the litter box, a litter mat can be handy. Remember to choose a non-slip one and with small bumps so that it helps the cat get rid of sticking grains as she goes out.
Where to put the waste?
For biodegradable litter boxes, if the cat is disease-free, compost or the toilet will do, but only for liquid, not stool. For classic litter boxes, the trash can is the only option. You might want to invest in litter bins that have odor control, which we highly recommend for a fresher home environment.