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Finding Ways of Dealing with Cat Litter


litter boxThe litter box is one of the biggest complaints cat owners typically have regarding feline adoption. There’s pretty much no way to get around it as every animal needs to do their business, but cats specifically tend to go in one specific place over and over again, which can be both very sanitary and also aggravate the problem. Dealing with the litter box is never fun, but there are a few things you can do to help sidestep a lot of the frustration.

Most owners will opt to stick with a simple clay-based litter. It’s simple, effective, and overall very affordable. All cats tend to enjoy scratching in some fresh clay litter, but it’s also unavoidable that eventually you’ll encounter a lot of litter being tracked around the house, as well as the overall smell of an unchecked litter box. The thing is, clay-based litter is meant to clump when moisture is introduced, so a cat with a large bladder will end up needing their litter changed far more frequently before the box is full.

There are a handful of solutions for the constant need for changing with the first being an automatic litter box cleaner. These are expensive though, but they do work wonders for taking care of the daily cleaning and eliminating all of the smell since there’ll be nothing ever left in the box, plus your cat will be happy to always have fresh litter. Another more cost effective method is to switch to litter crystals. These typically cost slightly more than a standard bag of clay litter, but they’re meant to last a lot longer. They absorb moisture rather than clump with it, so urine is soaked up and the smell is generally neutralized. With regular cleaning, litter crystals can last for two months before needing a completely fresh bag.

Another alternative is switching to wood pellets. These are typically great as they are cheap, absorb both moisture and smell, and act as a more natural alternative to the usual litter types. However, the most natural method is to just let your cat go outside, though that’s not really an option in most places. It is unquestionably the cheapest and cleanest solution for your home as you won’t have to buy much litter or clean it often at all.

The other aspect, the ability of litter to be tracked just about any and everywhere, is a bit more tricky to figure out. It’s helpful a lot of times to get a covering for the litter box so that things can’t easily be flung when your cat starts scratching, though that doesn’t stop it completely. Placing down a mat or some fabric or something right in front of the tray as it gives your cat a chance to get any access litter off of their paws before wandering the house again. This will, unfortunately, not work all the time, so you may just need to learn to live with some litter in your home.

Cats need a litter box, but you don’t have to adhere to one specific style. None of the options are necessarily “best” for all cats, so experiment and see what’s best for you and your cat!



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