It is recommended that you thoroughly clean the litter box at least once a week. In fact, if you have more than one cat, it is advisable to wash them thoroughly more often.
What do you need?:
- A trash can (it can also be a container if you prefer).
- Gloves and a dust mask (some cats’ feces can contain the toxoplasmosis virus).
- A special scoop for removing cat waste.
- Warm water.
- Brush or sponge.
- A mild soap that leaves no odor residue (it can be detergent).
- Sodium bicarbonate.
- A towel or paper napkin.
- Special litter for cats.
Steps to follow:
Put a trash can or litter bin near the litter box. This will prevent the floor from becoming dirty with sand or excrement.
Wear gloves and a dust mask to handle your cat’s litter. Some cats are carriers of toxoplasmosis virus, which can be harmful to human health.
Even dust released into the air can irritate your lungs and transmit the virus to you.
Throw away all of the old sand and any debris in it. If necessary, use the special cat scoop.
Wash the empty litter box with warm water, a brush or sponge, and mild soap (a dish soap that doesn’t leave a strong residual odor works well). It’s also a good idea to use baking soda along with warm water to scrub the walls. After you finish cleaning, rinse it well with lukewarm water.
When you’ve washed the box, dry it well. This will prevent the sand from sticking to the sides and bottom of the box. You can use a towel or paper napkin to dry it.
It is recommended that you put a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the box before adding the new trash. This will help absorb odors and also some urine, especially if you are not using clumping sand.
Put clean sand in the sandpit. It is advisable to add a good amount of sand so that your cat can bury its poop in it well. Though you shouldn’t place too much to prevent your cat from throwing sand out every time it walks into the crate. The recommended amount is between 5 and 10 cm.
- If the litter you are using for your cat doesn’t clump together, you can put a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the box before adding the litter. This will help absorb odors from your cat’s urine.
- Try to serve a constant amount of sand to your cat: if you serve 5 cm, always serve 5 cm. Sudden changes can make your pet stressed or confused.
- If your cat is always messing up outside of its litter box, consider buying a covered litter box or placing a tray under the litter box.
If you want to know how to keep your cat’s litter box clean every day, you can read our post on the topic: How do I clean the litter box daily?