Your feline friend brings so much joy to your life. Watching your kitty chase around her toys makes you laugh with glee. The sound of her purring when she’s curled up on your chest is enough to make you swoon. Heck, just walking in and having your cat rub against your legs to welcome you brings you instant delight.

But despite all of the wonderful aspects that come along with feline friendship, there’s one part that’s dreadful, and all cat parents will agree: cleaning the litter box. While it’s definitely the least glamorous part of cat ownership, it’s a job that must be done.

Whether you’ve recently adopted your first cat, or you’ve been a cat parent for a long time, you might be wondering how often you need to engage in the dreaded task of cleaning out the litter box. Below, we’ll shed some light on the topic so you can ensure that you are providing your furry friend with a safe, sanitary space to relieve herself.

 

Why Regularly Cleaning the Litter Box is Important

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Now that you know the benefits of cleaning your cat’s litter box, let’s get down to the nitty gritty: how often it needs to be cleaned. Truth be told, it really depends on your unique situation; if your cat uses the bathroom a lot (maybe she’s on medication that increases urine output, for example), you’re going to have to clean the litter box more frequently. Also, if you have more than one feline and they share a litter box, you’re going to need to change it more often. However, below is a basic guideline for a single, average cat.

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  • Scooping. Try to scoop out your kitty’s litter box no less than twice a day. Remove fecal matter and any clumps caused by urine. It’s in your best interest to invest in a well-made scoop so you can avoid the hassle of messy spills.
  • Changing. You should completely clean out the entire litter box at least once a week; however, changing it two or more times will definitely prevent accidents and odors. Do not, under any circumstances, go longer than a week. When you’re changing the litter, first, use a scoop to remove feces and big clumps. Next, dump out the litter in a well-contained bag that can be fully closed. Once the box is emptied, wash out the box with an antibacterial cleanser. Make sure it’s completely dry and then fill it back up again.

Of course, it’s important to dispose of any excrement and used litter responsibly. To avoid a stinky situation, place it in a receptacle outside of your home. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure the receptacle has a lid. If the bin falls over, a lid will prevent spills; plus, it will deter other animals from investigating (believe it or not, some animals may be enticed by the smell. Animals can be weird some times.)

And there you have it! The more often you clean your cat’s box, the fewer problems you’ll have; it’s as simple as that.

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First, it’s important to discuss why regularly cleaning out the litter box is important. While it might seem obvious, some cat parents really might not know. There are a number of reasons why this task – no matter how dreadful it might seem – needs to be done on a regular basis.

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  • Ensures safety. First and foremost, regularly cleaning out the litter box is important because it ensures that your pet has a safe place to relieve herself. Urine and feces breed bacteria, and the more the excrement accumulates in the box – and the longer it’s sitting there – the greater the likelihood is that bacteria is going to grow. Each time your pet steps into the box, she’s going to be exposed to that nasty bacterium, which can cause a number of problems, including serious illness.
  • Prevents accidents. Secondly, if the box is dirty, chances are your cat isn’t even going to step inside it. Felines are incredibly meticulous about their cleanliness. If the litter box is dirty, chances are your pet isn’t going to use it, and instead, she’ll relieve herself elsewhere (like on the rug, or even on your favorite pair of shoes).
  • Keeps odors at bay. Your cat isn’t the only one who benefits from a clean litter box; you do, too! When the litter box is filled with excrement, your definitely going to notice the pungent odor of feces and urine permeating throughout your home.
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How Often Should You Clean It?

Now that you know the benefits of cleaning your cat’s litter box, let’s get down to the nitty gritty: how often it needs to be cleaned. Truth be told, it really depends on your unique situation; if your cat uses the bathroom a lot (maybe she’s on medication that increases urine output, for example), you’re going to have to clean the litter box more frequently. Also, if you have more than one feline and they share a litter box, you’re going to need to change it more often. However, below is a basic guideline for a single, average cat.

  • Scooping. Try to scoop out your kitty’s litter box no less than twice a day. Remove fecal matter and any clumps caused by urine. It’s in your best interest to invest in a well-made scoop so you can avoid the hassle of messy spills.
  • Changing. You should completely clean out the entire litter box at least once a week; however, changing it two or more times will definitely prevent accidents and odors. Do not, under any circumstances, go longer than a week. When you’re changing the litter, first, use a scoop to remove feces and big clumps. Next, dump out the litter in a well-contained bag that can be fully closed. Once the box is emptied, wash out the box with an antibacterial cleanser. Make sure it’s completely dry and then fill it back up again.

Of course, it’s important to dispose of any excrement and used litter responsibly. To avoid a stinky situation, place it in a receptacle outside of your home. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure the receptacle has a lid. If the bin falls over, a lid will prevent spills; plus, it will deter other animals from investigating (believe it or not, some animals may be enticed by the smell. Animals can be weird some times.)

And there you have it! The more often you clean your cat’s box, the fewer problems you’ll have; it’s as simple as that.

Want to learn more about your cat’s wellness or cat products? Check out some more Pure Bred Cats articles!

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