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?!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 11-Jan-14 17:14:32

I used to do weekly.

2kidsintow Sat 11-Jan-14 17:17:08

Remove mess as and when it is there on a daily (or more) basis. We use the litter that is the wood pellets. It's great. You can see when it needs changing as it breaks down into non-smelly damp sawdust.

WhoNickedMyName Sat 11-Jan-14 17:18:54

Weekly for me, at least!

We are in a tiny temporary home for a few months till our new house is built, so we've kept our boy indoors.

I'm not used to a litter tray at all. It is in the downstairs loo and it stinks the place out. I'm hovering over him every time he goes so I can shovel it out straight away.

I can't wait to move so he can go out again.

sonsmum Sat 11-Jan-14 17:20:53

hmmm i see, thanks. I think i'll do it weekly then. I could tell the litter was on the turn, as had changed colour. I had been topping up with fresh each day, but tray was getting a bit full.

sonsmum Sat 11-Jan-14 17:23:11

also (i am new to cat ownership) our cat goes outside via cat flap after being inside for 3 weeks (only got her in December). I had been expecting her to toilet outside and only use litter tray in emergencies (!) however she seems to go in the tray all the time! I thought cats that went outside would toilet outside? Is this not so?

MissFenella Sat 11-Jan-14 17:24:25

weekly here too

TwatWeevil Sat 11-Jan-14 17:25:24

Also weekly here.

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 11-Jan-14 20:13:22

Weekly, but washing up liquid not disinfectant or he wees on the dining table.

cozietoesie Sat 11-Jan-14 20:26:30

Every couple of weeks in the winter - perhaps more frequently if the weather is really hot. I have a good deep bed of clumping so deposits don't reach the bottom and can be scooped out as noticed (along with some extra litter, usually) and the remains just topped up.


At least two of my cats who went outside preferred to do their duty in a litter tray. (Coming in to use them and then going out again if they wanted.) I think it depends on the cat - and they preferred inside. Safer, not so exposed, warm, dry and (Huh!) self-cleaning! What's not to like?

It doesn't/didn't bother me. I don't mind cleaning trays and it sure saved any arguments with neighbours over poo in their rosebeds.

cozietoesie Sat 11-Jan-14 20:28:18

PS - it's also quite useful for keeping an eye on their health. You can tell a lot about a cat from their peeing/pooing routine.

Every other day, four cats, two enclosed trays, and I use wood pellet litter.
I am going to get another tray, so will do a bit less.

SecretNutellaFix Sat 11-Jan-14 20:54:20

I do weekly- I have two cats who share and if I leave it longer it really pongs.

umiaisha Sat 11-Jan-14 20:58:04

1 cat and 1 tray - weekly. Was doing it three times a week at the start!

MirandaWest Sat 11-Jan-14 21:06:34

Somewhere between weekly and fortnightly.

BonaDea Sat 11-Jan-14 21:08:06

Do all of you have indoor cats? We have two cats, one cat flap and no litter tray. They go outside in all weathers and never in the house. Just

2 mostly indoor cats, one covered tray, full change every 8-9 days with silicate litter which is great for absorbing urine & not smelling

(the mostly indoor thing is for the benefit of our neighbours - I used to to hate it if someone else's cat crapped in our back yard so I figure if our cats don't know they can go outside, everyone's a winner)

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 11-Jan-14 21:12:04

I have an outdoor cat with a curfew.

this litter from zooplus Do NOT bother with the scented kind.

£3.33 a bag if you buy in bulk - works out about £2.35 a week for me (mind you my 2 drink a lot & wee a lot so it turns round quickly)

Two mostly indoor cats, with us since October and kept in during the hours of darkness, two litter trays, topped up once a week, full clean once every 3 or so weeks. We use a clumping litter, just take all clumps out once a day and all poos immediately they are detected, also wipe any smears off the side as and when they occur. There is only a smell when there is an unburied poo. I am hoping they keep using the trays longterm as although it's a bit of a nuisance for me I absolutely hate cat poo in my garden and I know my neighbours do too.

hoppingmad Sat 11-Jan-14 21:25:02

I'm the odd one out here as we do full change every day! 2 kittens, 2 litter trays but we don't put a huge amount of litter in. Just can't stand any residual smell tbh. We do use the cheap pellets from home bargains (99p a bag) so it doesn't cost much and I prefer them to more expensive brands.

LST Sat 11-Jan-14 22:09:06

When it's been used. We have 3 cats and a toddler though.

Cybercat Sat 11-Jan-14 22:12:17

Two cats, one tray & a cat flap! I line the tray with newspaper and use Tesco everyday value litter. It gets changed daily but I only disinfect if the tray itself starts to whiff.

AwkwardSquad Sun 12-Jan-14 11:12:04

Daily. We have one cat. We use wood pellet litter and give her a few handfuls in a deep tray, then empty, rinse two or three times and scrub if needed, dry and refill every day. Scoop poop into the loo as soon as we notice it, so it's not left sitting in the tray.

HarpyFishwifeTwat Sun 12-Jan-14 16:10:16

Two indoor cats - one tray is fully cleaned every 3/4 days but obviously scooped as soon as poo is noticed. The other tray is hardly ever used so I do that maybe once every 7/8 days.

I use the wood pellet litter and it breaks down into sawdust when used so a rule that I follow is when there is a majority of dust rather than pellets.

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.

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

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

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?

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

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

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 was sort of thinking along Tupperware lines, catameringue


(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...)

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