CLEANING THE LITTER BOX
Scoop the box twice a day. It takes only a few minutes
and will keep you and your cat happy. It also allows you
to monitor elimination, which helps monitor your cats
health. After scooping, apply a fresh layer of litter
to the box.
If you are using clumping litter, scoop twice daily and
wash the box every one to two weeks. Avoid harsh chemicals
for cleaning. A mild unscented soap like Ivory works great.
Never use citrus scented cleaning agents, ammonia, or
pine cleaning agents. These odors are offensive to cats.
Do not flush liter down the toilet. You will eventually
require the services of a plumber if you do.
NOTE: If you have to sterilize
the boxfor example if your cat was sick with an
infectious agent passed in fecesuse a dilute solution
of bleach: one part bleach to nine parts water. Rinse
thoroughly and then wash with mild soap.
If you are using clay litter, apply a relatively shallow
layer and dump it out completely each day. A less desirable
option is to scoop twice daily. You can use a slotted scoop
to remove feces and a designated un-slotted spoon to scoop
out urine-saturated litter. Do not spread the wet litter
around the box. This just spreads the smell and makes the
box seem unclean to Kitty. Apply a small amount of litter
after scooping. You may be able to manage for two to three
days with this method, but if you notice any aversion whatsoever
(urinating elsewhere, perching on the end of the box, running
out of the box immediately after eliminating without covering),
then resume with the daily dumping.
If using clay litter, the box needs to be completely cleaned
weekly. This means dumping all litter, scrubbing the box
with mild soap and water, and refilling with new clean litter.
Some longhaired cats prefer clay litter because the fine
sand grains of clumping litter sometimes adhere to their
Warning: Pregnant women
should not clean the litter box due to the danger of
Toxplasmosis. Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that cats
can spread thorough egg spores in their feces. Toxplasma
can cause birth defects in humans.
Daily scooping and disposing of litter helps to decrease
this risk since the spores require incubation for several
days before they reach an infective state. If a pregnant
woman must clean the litter box, it is imperative to
wear disposable gloves and wash hands thoroughly afterwards.
To help control litter tracking around the house you may
want to place a mat at the exit of the box. A short-napped
rug such as a doormat or sisal rug is useful for catching
litter. Dont use a plush fabric such as a bathroom
rug. Kitty may prefer this substrate and begin to use
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