Cats are particularly clean animals and place great importance on their personal hygiene and that of their environment. Just look at how many hours a day he spends grooming himself!
It is therefore extremely important to ensure the hygiene of his litter box for his comfort, but also for yours, because if the cleaning of his box does not suit him, it is quite likely that he will relieve himself elsewhere in your home!
How often should I clean my cat’s litter box?
Would you like your toilet to be flushed only once in a while? Definitely not. The same goes for your cat’s litter box, which should be cleaned regularly.
The frequency of cleaning depends on the type of litter and its absorption rate. For example, silica litter, which is particularly absorbent, requires less maintenance than mineral litter.
It also depends on how often your cat does its business. Also, it should be higher if several cats share the same litter box, although 1 box = 1 cat is strongly recommended.
Feces must be removed as soon as possible, in terms of hygiene, comfort, and odor! All the more so if you live in an apartment. As for urine, soiled litter is usually removed every two days.
It is also very important to keep the litter level at the correct height. By removing soiled litter, you are removing material from the box. So remember to balance the level of substrate by filling in with clean litter.
When renewing the tank, it must be cleaned with clean water and disinfected to avoid the proliferation of bacteria and bad smells.
As for the product to be used, choose a product with a mild odor so as not to disturb your cat. Indeed, felines need to find their smell in their litter box, so a product with an excessive scent can easily cause a disturbance.
Some brands such as Saniterpen offer specially adapted cleaning products to disinfect the animal’s environment without any risk.
Some tips to make cleaning the litter box easier
There are many cat litter box accessories that can help you to make the maintenance of your cat’s toilet easier. In terms of equipment, the basic must-have is the litter scoop. Different types of scoops are available with larger or smaller holes to filter out soiled and clean litter during scooping. Choose the model according to the type of litter and the size of the grains.
Also, the choice of cat litter itself can be valuable. For example, a clumping litter will be much easier to maintain. The principle of this type of litter is to form clumps, compact balls in contact with liquid. Practical and fast, you just have to remove these balls with a litter scoop.
Then, placing a litter bag at the bottom of the box can save you time and make maintenance easier during the big clean-up. This is a specific plastic bag adapted to the ergonomics of the litter box and toilet house. There are different sizes to choose from, depending on the size and model of the box.
When the time comes to remove all the cat litter, simply remove the bag containing all the litter from the box. Clean the box, then put a new bag and litter on top. No need to scrub the litter stuck to the bottom of the box because of urine!
What to do with the soiled litter? There are dedicated litter boxes for this purpose, such as the Litterlocker. Small in size, so easy to place next to the litter box, this garbage can has a unique odor retention system and special sturdy, odor-resistant garbage bags.