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?!

I was sort of thinking along Tupperware lines, catameringue

Ewww!!!

(But CAT POO in permanent marker should avoid unpleasant lunch incidents)

Currently I use bio-degradable dog poo bags for the big bits, & crystals are emptied into one of those charity doorstep bags (I always knew they would have a useful purpose one day...)

catameringue Tue 21-Jan-14 20:37:53

You could use nappy bags to transport, which admittedly would go to landfill, but is less impact than poo plus crystals.

Or some kind of cat poo tupperware , that you don't tgen accidentally use for sandwiches? !

I just take the trays to the bathroom and rest it on the edge of the bath while scooping.

17leftfeet Mon 20-Jan-14 12:32:35

My cats are odd -they poo outside but choose to wee in the litter trays

I've got 2 trays, one is rarely used and gets cleaned out very occasionally
The other tray seems to be the tray of choice and I properly clean it every couple of weeks (they do wee outside sometimes) but you can absolutely guarantee that the second I put it down after cleaning, one or both will come and use it

Niklepic Mon 20-Jan-14 12:31:08

We've got to entirely change litter every 2 days. We've got 6 cats but only the 2 elderly gentlemen use the tray. One's been in renal failure for 5 years and pees a hell of a lot. We use catsan but it gets soaked through. Any recommendations for litter?

where do you put them to transport them between litter tray & loo? (or is your litter tray in the bathroom?)

I do yes, and the clumps of wee. So far no blockages! Been using it for about 2 months.

I wouldn't want it in my own compost bin, no grin

but we now have a council green waste bin, for garden waste & kitchen peelings etc. Assume I could put the litter in there, but it would be best to remove all the big bits first

(sometimes there are tiny bits, can't always get all of those out)

I'm considering trying Cats Best since the crystal stuff, & scooped poo, has to go to landfill, & I usually try to minimise our household contribution to that. Do you put all your cat poo down the loo?

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

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.

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?

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.

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).

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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