Cats are fuzzy, adorable pets that make our lives more fulfilling—but scooping their poo? That’s arguably the worst part of having a feline friend. Despite the undeniable joy they bring, dealing with the daily task of cleaning their litter box can be a less-than-pleasant experience for many cat owners. However, advancements in pet care technology have led to the development of innovative solutions that aim to alleviate this dreaded chore and make the litter box maintenance more convenient and hygienic.
So how often are you supposed to scoop the waste from the litter box, and how often should you deep clean it? Cat owners on a popular online cat forum shared their input on how often they clean their cats’ litter boxes.
Scoop the Waste Once Per Day
Most commenters share that they scoop the waste from their kitties’ litter boxes once daily to keep their cats feeling fresh and prevent issues with the smell. “My cat seems happy with it,” remarks one user.
Scoop the Waste Every Other Day
Other cat owners disagree, saying that once a day is too much of a time commitment. Many users scoop their cat’s poo and pee every other day. A cat parent explains, “Neither cat has ever complained or had an issue with it.”
Clean up Waste Whenever You See It
On the flip side, some cat owners clean up cat waste multiple times daily whenever they notice their cat using the bathroom.
“I do it whenever I notice there is something new. But we are a multi-cat household, so cleaning as often as possible is very much needed,” one cat lover confesses. Another adds, “Would you like to poo and pee in an unflushed toilet?”
Scoop It Twice Per Day
While some cat owners are home all day and have the opportunity to scoop poop whenever they walk by the litter box, others are on a busy schedule and must time out when they can scoop poop.
One user likes to scoop every morning before work and every evening when they get home. “My cats won’t poo in a box that already contains a turd and they did it in the shower once.”
Deep Clean the Litter Box Every Couple of Months
When it comes to deep cleaning the litter box, some cat owners choose to do so every month or every two months to prevent it from stinking and becoming unsanitary.
Deep Clean the Litter Box Every Week
On the other hand, many cat owners argue that you should wash your litter box and replace the litter more often, even once every week. But many users say this is a waste of cat litter and can become expensive if you deep clean the litter box too often.
Whatever Works For You and Your Cats
Everyone and their cats have a different situation. Some cat owners have one cat who doesn’t produce much waste, while others have four cats whose litter boxes need constant monitoring.
It also depends on how much you can handle the smell and if your cats will use the litter box while there is waste in it, or if they’ll start peeing in your sink, or worse. How often do you clean your litter box?
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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,