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Replace the entire litter box: How often to replace?

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

This discussion blog is about the replacing of the entire litter box for cats. 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 :)

  • "Replace litter boxes every six months to a year

No matter how well you clean, the porous plastic will start to break down and eventually absorb bacteria. Plan on replacing litter boxes completely after 6 months to a year. The frequency of replacement will depend on the type of plastic, quality of the litter box, and how many cats you have and how frequently they use the box".

  • "Generally, you should replace a plastic litter box yearly. If you just have one kitty in your home using a standard plastic litter box, replacing it once a year is a good idea.

Your cat’s plastic litter box might need replacement sooner than that depending on how often you clean the litter box. Cat urine that sits in the box is acidic, and if it sits too long, it can start to erode the plastic. It will also make your cat’s litter box smell funky, even if you do a deep clean of it.

If you have more than one cat in the household using a plastic litter box, chances are you will have to replace it sooner. And if your cat’s plastic litter box is already stinky, stained, or scuffed, then it’s time to get a new one.

Replace scratched up litter boxes, too.

A little wear-and-tear with your cat’s litter box is to be expected. However, if you start to see lots of scratch marks from your cat when you clean out the litter box, it’s time to replace it.

Why? Because these scratches can be really difficult to clean — and the perfect place for urine or feces to get trapped.

Replacing a scratched up litter box is more of a preventative measure than anything, but it’s worth it to avoid the funk"!

  • "Something you don't read about every day is how often to replace the litter box and scoop. Replacing this duo is something that pet parents often overlook and it's not unusual that a litter box is used for a few or even several years. But litter boxes and scoops should be replaced at least once per year, says Dr. Debra Primovic DVM, of Pet Place".

  • "How often should I replace my litter box?

See all of those scratches on the bottom of the box in this photo? Plastic is porous and harbors odor and bacteria which is why the litter box should be entirely replaced every two years! Both the cats' nails and the litter granules scratch up the interior of the box and no matter how much you clean it, to your cat, it still smells yucky! Using a Sharpie to date the bottom of the box is a helpful reminder that it is time to get new ones".

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