The task of changing cat litter is one that nobody enjoys, however it is an essential part of looking after your cat and keeping your home clean and tidy.
How often should I be changing cat litter?
The frequency that you will need to change the cat litter will depend upon several different factors, and the most important of these is the type of cat litter that you are using.
Changing clumping cat litter
If your cat prefers clumping cat litter, then you should be scooping the clumps of used litter out of the tray as soon as possible, so this will probably end up being a couple of times a day. You should then completely change the litter and thoroughly clean out the litter box at least once every couple of weeks.
Changing non-clumping cat litter
A non-clumping cat litter such as wood pellet cat litter or silica cat litter does not require as much maintenance, as the litter will absorb the moisture and it does not need to be changed every day. You should remove any solid waste as soon as possible though!
A tray of good quality non-clumping cat litter can last up to a week, although if the tray is left for much longer than this it can become quite unpleasant for the cat. Silica cat litter will need to be changed less frequency than wood pellet cat litter as it is more absorbent.
It is recommended that you clean your litter tray as thoroughly as possible, as this will help to keep your cat in the best of health and also means they won’t become discouraged from using the litter try. Make sure you don’t use bleach as this can be toxic for cats.
A concern of some cat owners associated with changing cat litter is regarding how to dispose of the used litter. This will also vary according to the type of litter than has been used and we have covered this subject in a separate post about cat litter disposal.
Changing cat litter when pregnant
If you are pregnant, or planning to conceive then it is highly recommended that you don’t help out with changing cat litter.
This is because cat faeces can contain a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis infection, and this can be very harmful to your unborn baby.
If there really isn’t anyone else that can help out with changing cat litter, then you should use disposable rubber gloves and thoroughly wash your hands afterwards. You should also use gloves when gardening, even if you don’t have a cat as there could be faeces present in the soil.
The most important thing to consider when changing cat litter is to make sure that the litter tray stays clean and attractive for the cat to use. Apply common sense and change the tray if there is a build up of waste or the litter has become saturated, and remember to keep the area around the litter tray as clean and private for the cat as well.