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Washing the Litter Box: How often do you wash the litter box

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

This discussion blog is about the washing and cleaning of the cats litter box. We will use articles evidence and other articles from the internet to have a wide spread of replies, opinions, discussions and let you decide what is good for you.

We will reference the replies with links as below. Happy reading :)

  • "So, how often to wash a litter box? A litterbox for one cat should be changed and washed out every two to three weeks. A big cleaning job should be done every one to two weeks if you have multiple cats".

  • "How often should you wash a litter box?

Typically, cat parents wash the box once a week. You can use dish soap and warm water or vinegar and water to clean the box. Don't use traditional bleach since it can interact with the ammonia in cat urine.

Regular washing will prevent the plastic material of your litter box from absorbing cat odors. That means you won't have to replace a litter box nearly as early if you clean it often".

  • "Cleaning

To meet the needs of the most discriminating cat, you should scoop feces out of the litter box daily. How often you actually replace the litter depends on the number of cats you have, the number of litter boxes and the type of litter you use.

Twice a week is a general guideline for replacing clay litter, but depending on your circumstances, you may need to replace it every other day or only once a week. If you clean the litter box daily, you might only need to change clumping litter every two to three weeks. If you notice an odor or if much of the litter is wet or clumped, it's time for a change. Scrub the box every time you change the litter. Use mild dish detergent to clean it, as products with ammonia or citrus oils can turn a cat off, and some cleaning products are toxic to cats".

  • "If you notice your cat scratching outside the litter box instead of inside (“What’s a cat gotta do to get you to clean the litter box? Helllllo!”), it’s his way of telling you that the litter box is disgusting and he doesn’t want to get his feet filthy while he’s “attempting” to cover up his poop inside. If you just cleaned the litter box and he’s still doing it, it’s likely from a bad memory of getting soaked or dirty while in the box, so unless you want a pet that poops in random places, get in there and scoop.

Some cats will “hold it” and urinate as infrequently as possible to avoid stepping into a dirty, filthy, full litter box. Instead of urinating two to three times a day, your cat will tighten up and only go once a day".

  • "How Often to Clean a Litter Box: Dump Everything Out and Rinse It Weekly or Biweekly

Dump the entire contents of the litter box and rinse out any dust with warm water weekly or biweekly. Dry thoroughly, then add the cat litter. Put a little baking soda or cat-specific odor control product on the cat litter to boost the odor control. My cats prefer their litter to be 2 to 3 inches deep, but different cats have different preferences.

Sweep or vacuum around your litter box. If you use a litter mat, vacuum any particles out of that, too.

Don’t dispose of used cat litter in compost. Unless the compost is getting warm enough to kill bacteria and parasites, you run the risk of having dangerous stuff in that compost. Instead, discard it with your regular garbage".

  • "How often do you clean a litter tray?

Cats have millions more smell receptors than humans. If you think a litter box smells bad, imagine how awful it smells to your cat! A horrible smelling litter tray can lead to issues with inappropriate urination, so it's best to keep them clean.

If you are using non-clumping litter, thoroughly rinse out the tray with warm, soapy water once a week. Take care not to use bleach or commercial kitchen sprays, as these may irritate your cat's sense of smell and can contribute to litter tray avoidance.

As cat owners, we know some cats are fussier than others. Sometimes a weekly scrubbing might not be enough to keep your cat happy. If so, try clumping litter instead. Scooping out the clumps of waste once or twice a day can make all but the most sensitive cats happy".

  • "Clean the entire box once a month

Once a month, dump out any remaining litter and thoroughly clean the litter box. Use hot water and a mild, unscented soap (such as a dish detergent) and scrub thoroughly. Do not use harsh, scented chemical cleaners or ammonia. Cats are very sensitive to scent, and any lingering detergent smells may deter them from using the box".

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