Cats make wonderful indoor companions. Unlike dogs, who need to be taken outside to do their business, cats are happy to use a litter box for their elimination needs. However, cats are fastidious creatures who won't use a dirty litter box. Indeed, a dirty litter box can be an unsanitary, smelly concern for the whole family. Use these four tips to keep your cat's litter box clean and fresh at all times:
1. Clean your cat's litter box twice a day.
Cleaning your cat's litter box can keep it smelling fresh. If possible, scoop the waste out of the litter box in the morning and evening. Clumping litter will adhere together when it's wet, which means you'll be able to scoop urine out of the litter box as well as feces. If you want to keep your cat's waste from smelling once it's been removed from the litter box, consider placing it in a sealed paper bag before throwing it in your trashcan or dumpster.
2. Choose the right kind of litter.
All litter is not created equally. Some people prefer natural litter made from shredded newsprint, and this type of litter is even recommended after cats have surgery on their paws. However, most of the time, you will want to use clumping litter. Choose a clay-based litter in a low dust formula to eliminate odors and keep litter dust from finding its way onto the floor. You can also find cat litter that contains fresh scents to mask the smell of feline waste; be careful with these, as some cats are sensitive to fragrances.
3. Change the litter twice a week.
You can keep your cat's litter usable for longer when you scoop it regularly, but you should still replace it at least twice a week. Over time, bacteria can grow in cat litter, so it's best to use fresh litter whenever possible. When you throw out the old litter, take the opportunity to thoroughly wash the empty litter box. Let it fully dry before placing new litter inside. You may want to try a cat litter delivery service so you never have to haul heavy containers of litter home from the grocery store.
4. Don't use too much litter.
The layer of litter you put in your cat's litter box doesn't need to be more than two inches deep. Many cats like to feel solid ground beneath their feet while doing their business. You only need to provide enough litter to allow them to dig a small hole and bury their waste when they're finished.