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Litter Box cleaning 101
by Jessica Britt
Ok, so today I have a question for you. Do you ever have problems with your cat deciding that on particular days they simply do not want to use the litter box?
Have they ever done their funny business on the carpet, the sofa or worst, on the fresh pile of clothes from the laundry? Mine did!
I used to get so frustrated when that happened, especially since I thought there’s no reason for it. But then I talked to a vet and what they told me was simply mind-blowing.
We all know that cats are really neat and tidy creatures, spending half their time licking and grooming themselves, but it also seems that cats are very particular about the place where they relieve their needs.
If the litter box is messy, smelly or simply too full, our beloved fur babies might act like little divas and relieve themselves on the carpet instead. Here’s a little guide I made of the routine I use to clean the litter box, and let me tell you, my diva cat has stopped pooping outside of it, but she’s still a diva in other aspects. I guess some things never change. :)
Here’s a list of widespread cat care mistakes that you should avoid making:
1. At least once a day scoop out the droppings and pee clumps. Don’t let them overnight in the litter box, as your kitty’s sensible nose will hate it and they will avoid using the litter box completely.
2. It’s preferable you put all the waste in a sealed bag and you throw it immediately in the trash can outdoors. Don’t put it in the trash cans inside as your home will surely get a stinky scent.
3. Wash the litter scoop frequently and store it in a plastic bag.
4. Clean the litter box edge and the cover top with soap and water.
5. You can use a pet odor eliminator like Angry Orange to mist lightly over the litter in order to eliminate any bad smells.
6. Once a week, you should empty the litter box completely and wash it with soap and water. Scrub it thoroughly and make sure you water it down well, as your cat might also avoid the litter box if the soap smell is too strong.
7. If you have more than one cat, you might need to wash the box twice a week or even more.
8. Never ever clean a litter box with ammonia and bleach. It’s not ok for your fluffy friend and it will make them stop using it.
9. Fill the box with fresh litter. You’ll see how your kitty will immediately run towards it and relieve herself. Cats really, really love a clean environment and litter box!
10. If you see the problem persists even after you have implemented this routine, immediately consult a vet, as there might be some underlying health issues that are making your cat wet the carpet or sofa.
What do you think? It’s not hard at all to start a thorough cleaning routine that will keep your kitty happy and will help you avoid unnecessary messes around the house. My cat behaved right away after I learned how to correctly clean her litter box. Now I only need to teach her how to stop waking me up at 4 am for no reason at all, but that is a story for another time.
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