how often do you fully clean out the litter tray?

(58 Posts)
sonsmum Sat 11-Jan-14 17:12:12

By cleaning, I'm meaning a removal of all litter and a disinfectant clean and replacement with fresh litter. This is an enclosed tray for 1 cat's use.
I had anticipated doing this once every 3 weeks (litter packets says once a month). However utility room was starting to pong so I fully cleaned out the tray today and it is only 2 weeks since this was last done. The litter absolutely reeked. I can still smell it now in my nostrils. How often do you do a full clean?!

catameringue Mon 13-Jan-14 08:00:03

Hardly ever.

Dig for treasure once a day, top up litter once a week, clean the whole thing and ditch litter as required.

catameringue Mon 13-Jan-14 08:00:10

Hardly ever.

Dig for treasure once a day, top up litter once a week, clean the whole thing and ditch litter as required.

sulkygirl Mon 13-Jan-14 11:10:56

I take any poo out straight away, tip the whole lot out and replace once a day, I don't have the litter deep though, it just covers the bottom of the tray, I have a four month old kitten, have always done it this way and use the wood pellet type litter.

sharonosaurus Mon 13-Jan-14 11:16:07

1-2 times a week.

I use newspaper on the bottom,
Take out poo straight away with a poo bag
I use Tesco value litter £1.49 its brilliant.

DCat has a catflap, but would rather go in the privacy of her own palace home grin

About every 5 days - 1 big tray for 2 cats - one is extremely ancient and almost totally indoors these days, younger one goes out most of the time but appreciates the convenience at night. wood pellet stuff from wilko.

Hoppinggreen Mon 13-Jan-14 21:09:39

I used to do a scoop after every poo, a general scoop once a day and full clean once a week. I used the wood pellets as I liked the smell.
From being about 6 months old all my cats have gone out via a cat flap and I got rid of the litter tray.

RussianBlu Tue 14-Jan-14 19:05:36

I don't understand why some of you are having to do it so often and why it is causing such a bad smell. I live in a flat, have an indoor cat. There is no smell from the litter tray. I use clumping litter so I scoop anything out as and when needed daily but never have to disinfect and totally throw away the litter. The only time I have noticed a bad smell is when I have once used a pack of cheap food. I think it was felix or something similar. I imagine its to do with what you are feeding the cats that is causing the bad smell.
I use Oko plus cats best clumping litter, the bag is mostly green. It probably looks expensive but I rarely have to change it/top it up so it is actually very cheap. For example, I get through a 10litre bag approx. every 12 weeks or so. A friend of min buys the 'cheap' shops own brand and gets through a bag in less than a week which must be time consuming and expensive!

sharonosaurus Tue 14-Jan-14 20:36:45

Mine doesn't smell, its just that its so heavy from all her weeing in it,

mine doesn't smell either (& there's nothing wrong with Felix, smell-wise) but still needs emptying after just over a week because the crystals can't absorb any more urine; my cats wee a lot

Over 12 weeks I will probably use about 8 bags of Tigerino crystals at £3.33 per bag; if I had only one cat that would probably be 4 bags, still much more expensive than yours, RussianBlu, but I'm happy with that

MrsBennetsEldest Tue 14-Jan-14 23:51:26

Every day. 2 cats. 1 enormous litter tray.
My old boy has renal failure and is poorly. He drinks and pees constantly.
I line the tray with a puppy piddle pad, put 5-6" of Bio Catolet in. By the next day it is soaked through. I've tried every type of cat litter and this is the best for us. Soaks up the pee and does not smell at all. Both are house cats.

catameringue Wed 15-Jan-14 00:58:44

Im with Russian on this. When people say the tray can't hold any more wee - then there must be a massice difference in litter types. Oki plus and world's best are clumping so you remove the poo/wee clump and that's it. Top up the litter once a week, change it fully every few weeks.

Poos definitely smell more when a cat is on wet food ime.

Thingymajigs Wed 15-Jan-14 02:49:58

3 (mainly) housecats, (one goes out for an hour a day) with two enclosed trays need cleaning out once or twice a week. Usually every 5th day works out ok and I scoop out their trays several times a day.

Thingymajigs Wed 15-Jan-14 02:49:58

3 (mainly) housecats, (one goes out for an hour a day) with two enclosed trays need cleaning out once or twice a week. Usually every 5th day works out ok and I scoop out their trays several times a day.

We use the Cats Best Oko Plus and just lift out the wee clumps with the scoop whenever we lift out poos, it clumps really well.

akachan Wed 15-Jan-14 11:45:13

One indoor cat and wooden pellets. About every 3/4 days.

RussianBlu Wed 15-Jan-14 23:00:27

I have never tried any other cat litter as Im happy with the Cats best Oko plus. Is it the case that with crystals you leave it all in for the week and then throw it out totally? I would imagine it would start to smell after a week!

I still believe that felix type food causes a bad smell. I once bought a tin of food to try out, was a german brand, high end type and the smell after she had done her business was so bad it actually woke me up and I had to go and dispose immediately of the offending article! I try to only give raw food unless I am very tired or want to give her a change for a day. This causes no smell.

redbinneo Wed 15-Jan-14 23:04:11

3 cats, but only one uses the litter tray (the others go in the neighbors garden), change it twice a week.

with crystals you stir every time you remove poo; each crystal absorbs urine, & that keeps the whole thing dry with no smells. crystals start out white & turn yellow when full of urine; when the whole lot has turned yellow it does get a bit whiffy!

atm I also have a kitten with her own tray. She doesn't wee much, it doesn't smell at all, & I imagine one bag of crystals will last at least 3-4 weeks with her. Previously she had an ordinary non-clumping litter & that smelt dreadful after a very short time even after picking out the nasties

gobbin Fri 17-Jan-14 21:46:10

I use Oko Cats Best with 3 adult cats - scoop once a day, top up once a week, clean out totally about no later than every three weeks, sometimes sooner. Cats Best is the dogs bollocks!

2 cats, 2 trays here. Both indoor cats.

The poop is scooped every day, or more if it's noticed, and the trays are both cleaned and washed with washing up liquid every Wednesday, when we re-fill them with fresh litter.

StormyBrid Sat 18-Jan-14 17:11:59

We never disinfect the tray itself. Litter tray liners mean it never gets anything manly on it. Just tie it up and chuck the whole thing in the bin. Two cats, one tray, changed about three times a week (less in summer when they're mostly outside).

newpup Sat 18-Jan-14 18:15:54

My ancient cat has just given up on the cat flap (too old to get through it) she recently had a urine problem and I decided that it was time to get a litter tray! I hate it but it has made her life 100% better! She is much happier given the amount of rain recently and I haven't missed the muddy prints everywhere.

I scoop out the doings as and when and empty it once a week, wash, spray with Dettol, wipe and refill, simple. I use Pets at home, non clumping clay litter and it does not smell at all.

Q for Oko Cats Best users

it says it can be put into household compost bins - presumably that means after you've picked the poo out? Or can that go in too? Anybody know, please?

catameringue Mon 20-Jan-14 11:34:06

Im not sure I'd want cat poo in my compost - it doesn't get long enough to rot down. Maybe if I had the space and could leave it for 2/3 years, but I don't.

I wouldn't want poo in my compost bin, the smell, the flies, not to mention the general ickiness.

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