A cat litter box is essential for any household with felines, whether they’re kittens or furry veterans of the litter tray, they’ve got to relieve themselves somewhere … and you’d rather it was in their litter box than on your brand new carpet!
Knowing how to clean cat litter isn’t the most glamorous of skills, but it’s crucial so that you can keep your home clean, and help keep your pets healthy. It can actually be a very simple task once you get the hang of it and find an effective strategy. So what is the best way to clean a cat litter box and how often should you do it?
How Often Should You Clean a Cat Litter Box
Scooping solids and clumps of urine from your cat litter box or tray daily is enough to keep it fresh but you’ll still need to have a deep clean every week. If you have more than one cat using the litter box, you may need to give it complete clean more regularly, roughly two or three times a week, depending on how often it gets used.
How to Clean Cat Litter – Daily
Before you start, be sure to put on a pair of rubber gloves and a mask to reduce the risk of toxoplasmosis, a virus that can be contracted through cat faeces. And, if you’re pregnant you should avoid cleaning the litter tray altogether – recruit someone else in your household to get the job done for you.
To begin, all you need is a scooper:
- Grab your scooper and remove any faeces or clumps of urine in the litter.
- Pop the waste into a disposable bag and throw into the outside bin – not the one you keep in your kitchen.
- Top up the litter, if necessary.
How to Clean a Cat Litter Box – Weekly
When that weekly deep clean comes around, be prepared with this simple seven-step method. It’s best to do this outside, or you can use the kitchen sink, just be sure to disinfect the area afterwards.
Also, remember to wear rubber gloves and a mask when cleaning a cat litter box.
- Open a disposable bag as wide as possible and carefully tip the contents of the litter box into the bag. Either do this outside or make sure you’ve got a dustpan and brush on hand to clean up any spillages.
- Use your scooper to scrape any dried litter off the box.
- Sweep any spillage into the bag, seal, and place in the outside bin.
- Spray the box with a commercial bleach, like Domestos Bleach Spray, and wipe it down using a clean sponge or cloth. Remember to follow the instructions on the product’s label and to keep your gloves on. For a milder alternative, you can try a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Be sure to scrub the inside and outside of the box.
- Rinse the box to make sure all bleach or soap has been washed away.
- Leave the box to try. Air-drying is best, but if you’re short for time you can use paper towels to wipe it dry. It’s important to make sure the box is completely dry before you put in the fresh litter, as the litter will stick to the box if it’s still wet.
- Once the box is dry, refill with litter and place it back in its normal spot, ready for your pet to use.