Recently, a Floppycats’ reader asked on our Facebook, “How often do cat owners clean their cat’s litter box (that is, the box itself, not the litter)?”
A related question was how often cat owners give their cats fresh litter.
Here is a summary of the responses:
- Scooping twice per day, and cleaning the box out with hot water and bleach every 3-4 weeks.
- Scooping and stirring the box daily, and then using bleach or vinegar to clean the box once the urine odor has permeated the plastic.
- Concerns about bleach – that bleach should not be used to clean cat litter boxes because of toxicity issues.
- Placing baking soda on the bottom of the litter box was recommended as a means of neutralizing odors.
The majority of respondents seemed to think that cleaning the box once or so monthly was optimal.
Let’s continue the discussion here – I scoop Charlie and Trigg’s 5 litterboxes on a daily basis, several times a day (whenever I see they’ve been used) and then completely clean them out when I think they are getting gross.
What’s your litterbox routine?