Today’s article might be a little TMI, but honestly, if you have a cat, you have a litterbox, and you deal with it. You scoop, you scoop, and you keep scooping, because your kitty will keep pooping. In the month Fin has been home, I’ve figured out some things along the way that have been a great help, so I’ve decided to write a little about how I keep our litterboxes clean, and why it’s so important to do so!
Of course, keeping a clean litterbox isn’t just doing one thing; it’s a multitude of stuff that keeps the boxes clean and smelling as good as they can, even if your kitty cat just did his business. What I do to keep my litterboxes clean might differ from your way of doing it, and I’m in no way saying what I do is the best possible; tips are always welcome. I’m only sharing what works best for me in the hope it might help someone.
- We have two litterboxes in the house, one upstairs and one downstairs. It’s recommended to have at least one litterbox, and then another for every cat you have, so 1 + x amount of cats. Thats the first part of today’s quick kitty tip, make sure you have enough litterboxes, and that they suit your cat’s needs; if you have a gigantic cat and a small litterbox, things might get messy.
- Both litterboxes are outfitted with a scoop, a poop baggie container and a litter mat. Litter mats are little life savers if you ask me; the small grains of clumping litter that get stuck on your feline friend’s paws now gets stuck in the litter mat, which means you won’t find the grains all over your house.
- Also very crucial, make sure you have a good type of litter! Clumping litter is the best because you’ll also be able to scoop out the pee, so the litter stays as fresh as possible. I use Sivocat Super Soft, which has a lovely baby powder scent, and clumps like a champ. I would definitely recommend it!
- Make sure there’s a good layer of litter in the box, and refill every now and then if you notice it getting low. I tend to fill it up with a layer of about 7 cm’s; I stick in my finger to measure it up, if a little under half of my finger is still visible, the layer is thick enough. I store the bulk of the litter in the garage, but I also have a small container filled with litter upstairs for the small refills.
- SCOOP AT LEAST TWICE A DAY! I scoop every morning, when I get home, and before I go to bed, and anywhere in between I might think it’s necessary. This way, the scent doesn’t really have the chance to set in the litterbox and your litter. I really cannot stress this enough, scooping is important! I personally scoop and deposit my ‘findings’ in poop baggies, then throw those in my special kitty trashcan, which I empty out every night.
- Another little tip, get a good scoop! It makes things so much easier. I currently have two, a cat it one and a brandless one. I prefer the cat it one, which you can see in the picture of our litterbox set up, although I’m looking into getting the ‘It’s THE scoop’ by K-Kat, but it’s pretty difficult to get one in Europe, but it definitely seems worthwhile from what I’ve seen on floppycats.com
- I empty out and clean the litterbox every two weeks, which works fine for me, but if you feel you need to do it more often, you should, although I wouldn’t recommend waiting longer. I put the bottom part of the litterbox in a large plastic bag and pour the litter in from there, close the bag, and throw it out in the garbage. I then clean the entire litterbox (top, bottom, outside and the little door) with an all surface spray cleaner and antibacterial wipes, and use bleach on it every four weeks. I also clean the litterscoops with soap each time, and the littermats every four weeks.
Now, because Fin has long hair, he has little accidents sometimes, where poop gets stuck to his bum hairs. If your cat is also a long haired cat, I would definitely recommend keeping babywipes with your litterbox set up, so you can clean it up as fast as you can!
Do you have any tips when it comes to the litterbox? Any rituals you swear by when it comes to keeping your home smelling good and being feline friendly? Any products you would recommend? I would love to hear, since I’m still looking to improve the whole routine. If you’re also looking to improve your litterbox routine, I hope this helped!