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Posts: 107
From:sherman oaks,california,USA
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 02-07-2004 02:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for winnie     Edit/Delete Message
Hey, i was just wondering how often people clean their litterboxes. I have two kittens and i clean the box daily, but once a week i clean the whole box with dish soap and water. I have noticed it does not seem to be dirty when i clean it and was thinking of cleaning it every two weeks instead. does this really matter? Anway just wondering how often everyone else cleans theirs.thanks

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Registered: Dec 2003

posted 02-07-2004 10:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Yahdah     Edit/Delete Message
I live in a multi-cat house hold and have 14 litter trays scattered all over the house.
I adore cats, they are 100% of my life, but I cant stand the smell of cat urine or poo.
Thus, this is my litter cleaning routine:

I use a sheet of newspaper as a lining of the tray, then I place only 1 metric cup of Breeders Choice cat litter (a recycled paper pellet form) in the tray.
The cats only like to scratch around and cover their waste, they dont need to be knee deep in litter to do this. Some of my cats dont even do that, they hop in, use the tray then hop out again.
Once a tray has been used, there is no chance any of my cats will use that tray again ( I liken it to this : would you use a dirty toilet ? NO ! you'd like it flushed and clean !)
So, when I hear that 'scratching around' noise, I go and investigate, see who is using the tray, are they straining ? do they have diarrhoea ? constipation ? worms ? (it may seem yucky, but you can catch onto a problem faster if you are familiar with your cats pee and poo habits and their consistancy, thats why I like to watch and inspect the waste for each cat).

When its dirty, I throw the whole lot in the rubbish , place a little disinfectant ( hospital grade) in the tray and rinse with hot water. Allow to dry and 'reload'.
Once a week ( or whenever soiled with poo) I bleach the trays and place them in the sun to dry for several hours. What the bleach doesnt kill, the U.V. light will.

If there are kitties with diarrhoea, the trays get bleached and put in the sun every time they are cleaned.

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From:NY, USA
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 02-07-2004 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Winnie: I do it exactly the way you do.

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From:sheridan, wy
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 02-07-2004 10:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
14 trays!!!!!!!!!! How many cats do you have.

I scoop my boxes once or twice daily. I can get away with once, but I should do it twice. Since I have a lot of cats the litter turns over frequently, so I don't have to empty it out and put fresh litter in. I don't empty them and clean the boxes that often. I haven't had any problems with my system.

With two cats you could certainly clean the box every two weeks as long as the litter will last that long.

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From:miami beach, fl usa
Registered: Jan 2004

posted 02-07-2004 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cacey     Edit/Delete Message
I have 2 cats-2 litter boxes, I try to scoop them everyday and I completly empty and wash with Lysol antibacterial kitchen spray and hot h2o at least once a month if not more. If I had a bigger place I would also have 1 more litter box.

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From:richmond, va USA
Registered: Feb 2004

posted 02-09-2004 10:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fridaylove     Edit/Delete Message
Hmmm...interesting hubby cleans out the litter box and I think he scoops it two or three times a week...I have never ever seen him wash it out...perhaps we'll do tht this weekend.
I'd like to have one more box but he isn't interested in it.
When I was on my own and had a kitty (died of CRF 9-10-01)..I washed her box twice a month and she rarely made it to the box the last year of her life.

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From:Vancouver, WA USA
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 02-09-2004 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for footsie     Edit/Delete Message
I scoop my litter box every day. And change the liner and put in all new litter every weekend.

I wash it with soap and water less often. Usually I do it at the same time I'm giving the whole bathroom a deep clean, so about once a month/month and a half.

[This message has been edited by footsie (edited 02-09-2004).]

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From:Toronto, Canada
Registered: Nov 2003

posted 02-09-2004 08:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Katerina     Edit/Delete Message
I only have one cat and one litter box.

I empty the box every other day (oh yeah that would be today) and when she scratches around in it a lot.

I only give the thing a hull over once a month. My family has been diong it this way ever since I can remember. No harm has ever come from it.

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Registered: Jan 2004

posted 02-10-2004 05:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Starry     Edit/Delete Message
I have two kittens and two litter boxes. I scoop out twice a day, I put in fresh litter every other day, unless it looks like it needs it. I use recycled wood pellets which turn to sawdust when wet and sometimes they use one tray more than the other! And I clean both trays out with hot soapy water once a week.

No complaints yet :-)

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