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electricflyzapper Wed 26-Oct-16 19:56:05

I have a new kitten. Keeping him separate from my other cats for a while so he is mainly in one room with a litter tray. My other cats have access to the outdoors so I haven't had much experience of a cat using a litter tray.

So, my question. I am using clumping litter. When kitty poos, it is easy enough to scoop up, but when he wees, the litter doesn't clump properly. So, while I can remove a poo and the rest of the litter is uncontaminated, the same cannot be said when he wees. So am I meant to completely empty the tray after each wee? Or is it enough to just remove as much wet litter as I can?

Thanks very much for any advice.

cozietoesie Wed 26-Oct-16 21:16:13

Our litter clumps perfectly - you obtain a little ball or ovoid which can quickly be disposed of. What kind are you using? And how deep is it? (If you just have a thin covering, there may not be enough time for the clump to form before it reaches the bottom of the tray.)

electricflyzapper Wed 26-Oct-16 22:03:10

I've bought Catsan clumping litter and I guess the tray is about half full, so maybe about 3cm deep. Is that not enough?

cozietoesie Wed 26-Oct-16 22:11:41

I use regular clay clumping but it's a longish time since I had a real young kitten and I seem to recall that they can't use it. (I'll have to leave it to others to comment on the Catsan suitability.) 3 cm seems a little skimpy though: they often shoogle their backsides around in it a bit ( thus potentially reducing the depth even more) so I think I'd put a bit more in. smile

electricflyzapper Wed 26-Oct-16 23:17:50

Thanks for the advice. It might be a bit more than 3cm. I've not actually stuck a ruler in and measured it! He is not a tiny kitten - about 4 months old. I was worried that too much litter would result in it being flipped over the side, but I will increase the depth a bit.

So how often should the tray be completely emptied and washed? I feel quite a fool not knowing these basic things, as I am an experienced cat owner otherwise.

Toddlerteaplease Thu 27-Oct-16 06:26:23

Frequency of cleaning depends on the litter you use. Mine clumps really well so only needs doing once a month.

Toddlerteaplease Thu 27-Oct-16 06:26:46

And that is with two indoor cats sharing the same tray.

Shesgotelectricboobs Thu 27-Oct-16 06:56:45

I'm using wood pellet litter for mine. The poop is scooped and the pee turns the wood to sawdust which I scoop out and get rid of.

I empty and clean the tray once a week.

previously1474907171 Fri 28-Oct-16 17:23:28

You need to leave the litter a while for it to form a clump. If you try to remove it straight away it will fall apart and make a mess.

I use OKO Nature Gold pellets, they don't track as much as regular OKO Cats Best or anything else I have tried (which is an awful lot).

cozietoesie Fri 28-Oct-16 18:05:53

That's true - I normally give it a good 5 or 10 minutes to 'set' before lifting out the clump. (Despite being yelled at to clean it up. grin)

One thing I would recommend is not to use those stupid plastic serrated scoops - no use to man nor beast those things. You're far better off using something that is metal with hard edges e.g. I generally use large flour scoops but I guess that a cheap garden trowel would do just as well. (I think that Poundland often have them.)

electricflyzapper Fri 28-Oct-16 20:22:52

Ok, well, I am a few days down the line now and yes, I definitely think my problem was I was trying to scoop too soon. Left a while, it clumps quite well, hard to tell between wee and poo in a way.

And I am getting on with my plastic scoop too. It has a kind of mesh which allows you to sieve out the unused litter.

cozietoesie Fri 28-Oct-16 21:21:06

Good luck with it then. (I hate them!grin)

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