10 Litter Box Tips I Wish I Had Known About

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As a cat owner, we all are more than familiar with the joy of cleaning the litter box. It is a responsibility that we take on for the love of our cat, but we would almost do anything else. I can think of at least a hundred things I would rather be doing than cleaning the cat litter box. So it only makes sense to share with you 10 litterbox tips I wish I had known about to help you make your litter box experience as painless as possible!

Litter Box Tips

  1. Choose the right litter box – For many of us, the trip to the local retail store is as far as we get to litter box diversity. However, the world of litter boxes is immense and you really do have so many endless choices to choose from. You need to take your cat into account. Things such as size, age and privacy preference all need to be determined before snagging the ideal litter box. If you own only one cat who enjoys his privacy, a large hooded litter box may be in order. However, if you own multiple cats, you will find that a hooded box isn’t ideal as they don’t like to be sneaked up on as they do their kitty business. Utilize the beauty of Google to help you find the perfect box at the perfect price!
  2. Choose the right litter – As litter box choices are abundant, so are the types of litter. To narrow down the choices, start with choosing clumping or non-clumping.  I find clumping litter to be more cost efficient as well as a time saver. Next, consider scented or non-scented. This is usually a preference of the owner as many find scented helps to hide odours, but it can just as easily cause a sensitivity. Most litters come in small box or bag choices, so maybe try something for a month and see how it works out with your cat. I can say from experience that the most expensive litter doesn’t always make the best choice.
  3. Choose a metal litter scoop – Most often you will find plastic litter scoops. These are usually what I see stocked at local retail or grocery store. However, these are not ideal at all. For years I had plastic litter scoops and I could never get a firm grip on a large amount of litter at a time. I would find myself scooping and scooping the same spot more than once to get it cleaned. Thankfully, my husband went to a pet store and found a metal scoop. Let me tell you, this WILL change your life. Get into the kitty scooping big leagues and treat yourself to a metal scoop!
  4. Choose the best location for the litter box – Now this has as lot to do with your house size as well as your cat’s preference. Putting the litter box in a private area away from heavy traffic is your cat’s first choice. Kitty doesn’t want an audience to share his kitty business with. Many find that the laundry room or a spare bathroom works well for some kitty privacy, but also take into account how many cats you have. You don’t want to have multiple cats and only one litter box. My 10 cats each have their own litter box that is located downstairs. It is easily accessible and away from foot traffic. Having litter boxes on each level of the home is also recommended if possible. Should your cat need to get to a box fast, one close by is preferred.
  5. Keep the litter box clean – This really goes without saying. You wouldn’t want to use a dirty toilet and neither does your cat. Scooping the litter box daily or at least every 2 days usually does the job. If you find your cat starts to go outside the box, one reason could be the cleanliness factor. Make sure the litter  box sides are free from urine and feces every time you scoop. Listen to your cat. Bathroom issues really are their way of telling you something important.10 Litter Box Tips I Wish I Had Known About

No More Litter Box Tears

  1. Check cat waste for problems – Most people want to do the cat litter as fast as possible, which is understandable. However, I find that one of the first signs a cat is having issues, whether emotional or physical, can be noticed in the litter box. Make sure that your cat is both urinating and defecating daily. If you start to notice a strange odour, excessive urine, or blood, you will want to get your cat seen immediately by your vet.
  2. Add the power of baking soda – Most people are familiar with the magical power of baking soda. It can be used in cooking as well as for countless cleaning applications. Just like the baking soda box you put in the fridge, you will find that putting one near the litter helps with unwanted odours. You can also sprinkle baking soda into the litter every time you scoop it for a little extra magic!
  3. Blow your nose – Now this is a tip I have never read anywhere, but it is everything if you are the lucky one who cleans the litter box. It is ridiculously important that once you are finished cleaning the cat litter, that you blow your nose and run a tissue around inside the nose. Most of us don’t realize how much litter dust gets into our nose just from the few minutes it takes to clean the litter box. Try this once and I promise, you will be surprised what a big difference it makes. No one wants to walk around spending the day casually getting a whiff of cat litter because the dust is still in their nose!
  4. Do a complete litter change once a month – This goes beyond just scooping out the clumps. You will want to change out your litter often enough that your cat can continue to enjoy the fresh litter feeling. Changing out the cat litter also allows you to clean the litter box thoroughly. Trust me, your cat will thank you!
  5. Reassess 1-9 often – Sometimes what worked once upon a time, doesn’t work for the here and now. It is important to reassess all nine of these fabulous tips to make sure you and your cat are getting the best litter box experience!

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Comments

  1. I’m looking at buying the luuup box, it has great reviews! Litter is my enemy!

  2. Julie F says:

    I tried that newish featherlite litter and it was awful, normally I only find pieces of litter close to the litter box but the new stuff got all over the house, it was so light it stuck to our cats fur, horrible stuff!

  3. Good tips. I’ve never heard the blow your nose tip before. Which pet store did your hubby find the metal scoop at? Our stores all carry plastic.

    • Kristen says:

      Metal Scoops can be found at Petland or PetSmart. Easiest way is to google it and order online. Amazon would definitely have one!

      • Had to laugh a bit about the metal scoop, only because it was so familiar. I too was using plastic scoops, the bane of my existence as a cat mom. Sent hubby to pet smart for something, can’t remember, he came back with this wonderful large metal scoop. Never loved that man so much.

        • Debbie kelsey says:

          I couldn’t find a metal one at the pet store but did find a purrfect metal scoop in the kitchen utensils Dept at Target that has worked very well and was quite a bit cheaper.

          • Katie Murphy says:

            I bought a metal ‘fish and chip’ scoop here in the UK and it works a treat!

  4. Okay, I need to go out and get a metal scoop…I didn’t even know they existed! And…I will now be blowing my nose after cleaning the box. Great tips, thanks for sharing them with us.

  5. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    I use a plastic milk container, the ones that hold the bags for my scoop. With 7 litters and arthritic hands I can get a better hold. Great tips ty

  6. Heather says:

    Great post, thank you! You are so right about what might work now may not later. I loved our Breeze system and for a year, so did our cat. Or so I thought. She began defecating outside of the box and I couldn’t figure out why. Bought her a new pan with regular clumping litter, and no issues anymore! I suppose those big pellets weren’t comfy for her and she had simply been tolerating them. Also, the plastic scoop that came with the Breeze is the only plastic scoop I have ever liked. I use doggie bags to eliminate the waste and it’s the perfect size to get everything into those bags.

    • Kristen says:

      Love hearing this Heather! So glad you were able to resolve the kitty litter issues so your kitty can be happy again!!!! Meowy Hugs!

  7. During the monthly litter change it helps to rinse the pan with white vinegar a couple of times prior to refilling it.

  8. Of course, you could use silicate litter and get rid of most of your problems. No other tricks needed.

  9. Some great tips in your post, thanks. I didn’t know about the “blowing your nose” tip until now.

  10. kathy downey says:

    Great tips,i love removing everything from the little box and giving it a good cleaning and adding new litter at the end of the month.Great tip about the nose.

  11. Dolores Miranda says:

    These are great tips!I have 2 cats and Im forever cleaning the box!!

  12. Kathy Moxley says:

    I hated scooping cat litter too! After several attempts of using different cat litter I came up with the idea to use the crystallized litter on top of a large P pad for dogs. I place the pad down and about three large scoops of the litter the P goes through it to the bottom no scooping the pad soaks it in the poops it’s on top I clean that out daily at the end of the week I change the whole box out. It might be a little more expensive but if you buy the largest bag of crystallize litter and the cheapest pads it’s worth not having to scoop the p out!

  13. Calvin F. says:

    Useful tips. I always have to clean the litterbox a couple times a day.

  14. I do not own any cats because of allergies but I have a friend that has three. She has some health issues so I think I’m going to tell her about blowing her nose after cleaning out the litter. I would’ve never thought about that myself.

  15. I did not know about the nose blowing. I wish I knew these great tips when my cat was alive.

  16. These are excellent tips. We don’t have a cat, but we’ve been thinking about it. I’m bookmarking this just in case we do.

  17. I’m a huge fan of clumping litter. I’ve never understood why anyone would want litter that didn’t clump. It makes things so much easier.

  18. I agree with everything on this list. Choosing the right litter box was the key when we had two cats…one loved the electronic litter box that we bought that was self cleaning, the other hated it and constantly tried to sabotage it deliberately. Cats are so finicky when they are comfortable, they make sure that no one is comfortable.

  19. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I had no idea that litter boxes needed to be changed once a month. When I had a cat for a brief amount of time, I changed her litter completely like every week.

  20. TColeman says:

    I had no idea about the metal litter scoop. Most of the ones that you see at the store are plastic. Good to know!

  21. We can’t have a cat due to my husband being allergic, but i have a friend who loves hers. I will make sure i tell her the tip about blowing her nose when she is done cleaning out the box!

  22. These are all great tips. I didn’t know about blowing your nose. I will have to remember that.

  23. I will have to pass these tips on to my daughter since she is in charge of doing the cat litter. I will have to get her a metal scoop though, make it a little easier for her.

  24. Lisa Bristol says:

    These are great littler box tips I will have to look for a metal scoop to try. I have two cats and they can get stinky.

  25. Wow, this is good advice! I never really considered how much dust I’ve probably been inhaling.

  26. These are great tips! I haven’t owned a cat since I was a kid, but in the case I ever do get a kitty again I will remember these.

  27. These are all great tips. I have three cats, so these will come in handy. Cleaning the litter box is never fun to do, so thanks for the tips.

  28. Brianne says:

    These are excellent tips for cats. The litter box can be tough sometimes to get out odors!

  29. I don’t have a cat so I really don’t know anything about them! I will share this with my brother who has cats.

  30. People might be surprised to learn that some cats really don’t like a dirty litter box. I prefer a scented, clumping litter.

  31. Wow, I didn’t know any of these. I’ll have to share this with my best friend, she has two cats.

  32. Cat boxes are always a chore! This is a great checklist for the new and old cat momma!

  33. These are really awesome tips! I don’t have a cat but this will be helpful to my friends who have. Thanks for sharing!

  34. Alicia Gonzalez says:

    The blowing your nose tip is genius! I’d never heard of that before, but it makes so much sense. I can’t believe I’d never thought of that back when I had kittens.

  35. Great tips! So many things to consider when getting a cat that litter box care gets easily missed! I think my followers would find this really helpful. Great blog!

  36. We have 6 cats, all with their own bathroom habits. Thanks for tips. As for allergies to cats, only one of our 6 cats affects me. His dander may be different im not sure. I do recommend meeting different cats to adopt before dismissing the idea of having one. Cats are such a joy to live with and occasionally sneezing beats not having one.

  37. Jo Kubes says:

    I have no need to blow my nose. Because of dust bothering me, I wear a disposible face mask when i do my litter scooping I use a heavy plastic scoop that I drilled bigger holes in it that I got at the dollar store. Best thing I did was place litter box on shower chair ( it is in extra shower stall), No more bending over when cleaning the box.

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