Do you have a cat that is litter box trained? Read our tips for How to Keep the Cat Litter Area Clean and Tidy!
Having a cat is a major responsibility. Even though cats seem easy to take care of, they do require daily feedings, clean water, regular vet appointments, and regular snuggle time (which usually consists of Candie cat laying on my head every night and taking up half of my pillow!)
There’s also the dreaded litter box cleanings that must take place regularly to keep your cat happy and healthy!
Before we get started, let’s answer these two important questions:
How Often Should I Scoop My Cat’s Litter Box?
Litter boxes should be scooped out at least once or twice a day. If you can scoop the box after each use, that’s even better for your cat.
How Often Should I Clean My Cat’s Litter Box?
It’s best to replace the cat litter and clean out the box with soap and warm water at least once a week.
NOTE: If you keep your litter box in a location that’s hard to be seen on a daily basis, it may be easy to forget to keep an eye on it! Post a reminder somewhere in your home to make sure you remember to scoop and clean the litter box regularly!
(Meet Candie! She’s our 15 year old Calico cat. You can find her on Instagram!)
Cleaning the cat litter area doesn’t have to be a dreadful task.
In fact, over the last few years, I’ve developed a system that works for me when it comes to tidying up my cat’s litter box area.
When you have all of the right cleaning supplies nearby, cleaning the litter box area can be a simple task!
Below, I’ve put together tips on how I keep my cat litter area clean and tidy. I’m including my must-have litter box supplies that make cleaning up a cat litter area a breeze!
How to Keep the Cat Litter Area Clean and Tidy
1. Keep a scoop and a small trash can nearby.
It’s a good idea to scoop your cat’s litter box at least once daily.
I keep a small trash can lined with these scented trash bags next to Candie’s litter box. When it’s time to scoop Candie’s litter, I simply scoop and toss the contents into the bag.
Then, I throw the bag away in the in the garbage can outside and line the trash can with a new liner.
You can also use these pet waste bags to dispose of your pet’s mess!
2. Choose a high quality litter box with a lid.
We do keep our litter box covered with a lid (not pictured above.) Here are a few examples of litter boxes with lids.
We made the mistake of not using the lid once in an old rental house and had to pay $200 in damages because she missed the box every now and then and it soaked into the baseboards. (Yuck, I know!)
Shop for a litter box that is right for your cat’s needs. Have you heard of an automatic self-cleaning litter box? This may be a good option to try! I personally have not tried a self-cleaning litter box, so read reviews before purchasing if you are interested.
3. Use litter box liners.
I do still scrub the box with mild detergent like dish soap. I do like the bags made specifically for litter boxes because they are thick and Candie can’t tear her claws through them as easily!
4. Place a mat in front of the litter box.
A cat litter mat can help catch any litter that may be left on your cat’s paws. When you are ready to clean your cat’s litter box area, gently shake the contents of the mat into the trash can.
5. Use a small broom and dust pan for messes.
A small broom and dust pan set comes in handy to sweep up small messes, like litter tracking.
6. Choose a low tracking litter.
Nothing is more annoying than stepping on cat litter in your home or seeing it tracked all over your freshly mopped floors. One of the reasons I implemented a cat litter cleaning routine is because I was tired of stepping on cat litter!
We invest in low tracking litter to help cut down on litter tracking. This litter helps keep Candie’s paws clean (and my home clean!) This low dust formula also helps to keep our surfaces cleaner!
Today I shared with you tips on how to keep the cat litter area clean and tidy. Candie is an important part of our family. I like to keep her happy by keeping her space neat for her.
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How do you keep your cat litter area clean and tidy? Please leave your tips below!