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For those of you who have cats, how do you clean your litter boxes? Do you only change them every once in a while, and scoop in between, or do you change them completely every week?

I used to dump them (each cat has her own box) and put all fresh litter once a week, but I decided to try scooping once a week and only changing every other week. However, I scooped today (for the first time) and it just seems like it takes forever and is a hassle. It's so much easier to just dump and refill, even though I'm spending lots of money on litter that way.

Thoughts? Opinions?


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Jan. 10th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
We only change them every once in a while and scoop in between. Honestly every since we started trying to get pregnant, the litter box has been Matt's domain (there are some recommendations I am milking, this is one of them) but I never really felt like it took too much time, but agree that it's a hassle. It was always the way we did the litter boxes growing up so it never really occurred to me there was another way. My mom has to scoop everyday to keep up with her 3 but we do it every other day (or admittedly since Drake has his own room where his litter lives, sometimes only twice a week)
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Pat hasn't realized that I probably could go back to doing the litter now, and I am not helping him to that realization either haha.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Grace and Lucky's boxes are in the basement, so that's why I only scoop or change once a week. I used to buy a really cheap litter, and you could smell them when you were right by them, but now that I bought FreshStep, they don't smell at all even with only weekly cleanings.

When we had them at the top of the basement steps, my mom or dad would clean them MUCH more often. (This was when I was in high school.)
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:07 pm (UTC)
I have this: http://www.catgenie.com/

Which means, I never ever have to deal with litter. It's fantastic.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Oooh...so it really does work??
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, its awesome.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
We're terrible, we have two boxes and buy scoopable litter, and every week we say "we're going to start scooping this week" and we never do. So instead of buying cheap clay and save money (we dump and change weekly), we keep deluding ourselves.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
Our cats litter box gets scooped every night. if there is a particularly offensive pile of poo in there then it will get scooped right away. We don't always add new litter each time it gets scooped, we add more every other morning. We don't get the expensive litter because they dislike it, we get the inexpensive box of Special Kitty litter from Wal Mart (ugh) for about $8.00 and it lasts about a month.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:20 pm (UTC)
We have three cats that share two litter boxes. The boxes get scooped every other day, and litter is added if it's running low (litter is usually added about once a week). About once every three weeks/month, I wash out the litter boxes with soap, let them dry, and fill them with fresh litter.

Our cats seem to be content with this action plan. If it's been a bit too long since I've washed them out, our cat Kudzu will let us know by spite-pooping right next to the litter box. lol
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:24 pm (UTC)
We have 5 cats and 4 boxes (ideally we'd have 6 boxes, but we don't have room). We scoop in the morning, and at night every day.

On "week one" after a change, after 7 days of scooping, we add 1 full fresh scoop (using a big plastic cup we have in the litter bag) to each box, and mix in some baking soda. At the end of "week two" we do a full change on all 4 boxes.

We use sWheatScoop multi-cat and we go through 1 40lb (I think it is?) bag a month.

Spencer's mom never, ever scoops and goes through twice as much litter as we do with 2 cats. It's ridiculous.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
We had a self scooping litter box. So, it would clean itself each time a cat went in it, then we'd clean it out once a week and replace the litter.

"World's Best Cat Litter" is flushable and there's a box that connects to the toilet and can be cleaned that way if you have the room in your bathroom.

However... our cats poop outside now. So no more litter box for us. Hooray!
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
I scoop every night and freshen with one cup each time I scoop. Every three days I completely change but ummm you know I am a bit psycho about those things.
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
I think we aren't doing it enough. We have one big litter box for our 2 cats. We have a sifting litter box, so we sift/dump once a week and then add new litter [roughly equivalent to the amount that was dumped. We only dump the entire thing and fill with all new litter maaaaaybe every 3 months or so? Eric deals with the cat litter about 80% of the time, the litter box is too heavy for me and I hate having to vacuum after!
Jan. 10th, 2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
Do you have that box you roll to scoop? I kind of want to test one out, but I'm scared of change.

Jan. 10th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
Nope, we have this one [in blue]:

I've seen the one where you roll to scoop but it makes me even more nervous about spilling litter all over the place!
Jan. 10th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Yet another reason why I'm actually thankful for my animal allergies: No litter. :) (Though I'm jealous of all y'all who have kitties regardless!)
Jan. 10th, 2011 10:47 pm (UTC)
I currently have one big box for my two cats (when James and I were in our own place we had two boxes) and I clean it twice a day. I have a finicky cat who won't use the box unless it's close to spotless lol I completely change about once a week or so
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
We change them completely every week (like SB, Rob hasn't figured out that I'm allowed to do this now & I haven't told him, haha!), but we line the litter trays with garbage bags, which makes changing a super-easy 30 second job with minimal mess: lift & tie up bags, put new bag in, add litter & then dispose of old bags - easy!
Jan. 11th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
That is BRILLIANT, Jules!! What size garbage bags do you guys buy? Just regular ones and kind of the tie a knot around the outside of the box so it "fits" kind of??

Also, you and SB are scandalous!! ;)
Jan. 11th, 2011 05:29 am (UTC)
Yep, exactly! Though lately Rob doesn't even knot them, he just leaves the extra bit loose, so it covers part of the floor as well (which is good in our case as our cats are pretty dumb sometimes & apparently like to aim for the very edge of the box instead of the middle, so there's less floor scrubbing this way!).

I know! Don't tell our husbands! ;)
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
One cat - I scoop every few days (as needed) and put back in about the same as I take out. Full litter change as needed.
Jan. 11th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
We don't do it as often as we should. Ross mostly does it, because he says it's only fair since I'm at work all day and he gets to sit around for at least half the day while he's in school. I'm not going to fight him!

Anyway, it gets scooped every couple of days (I know, disgusting) and litter gets poured in to replace what was scooped out. And then maybe ever 1.5 weeks the whole thing is replaced entirely. Though I see that sifting one Gena posted, above, and I think I might get that! Even I'd be willing to do it if I didn't physically have to scoop (blech!), and I know Ross would definitely do it more!
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