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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 11-01-2009, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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How often should I completely change the litter box?

I am currently using up the last box of Ever Clean litter, and so far it's worked out well, with the exception of dust kicking up whenever I'm scooping up the droppings. I'm going to change to Feline Pine, however, I'm wondering how often one should change the entire contents of the litter box? So far I haven't been adding additional litter to the box, but it's held up well. Thoughts?
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post #2 of 38 (permalink) Old 11-01-2009, 03:13 PM
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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

I completely change Zenobi's box when I notice her seemingly having problems. i.e. Lot's of extra sniffing before using it. I use World's Best, a corn based formula.

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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

I completely change and wash Arianwen's litterboxes when I notice any odor remaining after the daily scoop. Arianwen has 2 trays, and the amount of time between washes varies.

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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

I scoop Sasha's at least once a day, sometimes more and do a complete change every other week unless for some reason it starts to smell after scooping before then.
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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

Honestly, I almost NEVER completely dump and wash the box. Don't have to. If you scoop at least 2X a day and get it ALL, there should be no smell.
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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

I use the non-clumping Feline Pine, and I dump when it's gone mostly to sawdust and when the box starts to smell like cat pee.
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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

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I use the non-clumping Feline Pine, and I dump when it's gone mostly to sawdust and when the box starts to smell like cat pee.
Yes, if you're using a non-clumping litter then you have to dump it fairly often. I would do it well BEFORE it starts to smell to you, b/c it surely smells to the cats long before you can smell it. I can't stand that Feline Pine for this and other reasons, but if your cats will use it, I would dump, clean and refill at least weekly.
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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

Nah, I only have to dump it once a week, which is the same amount as I had to dump all the clumping litters I've tried. Kudos to you if you can get the clumping=fewer changes thing to work -- it never worked that way for me!

I had to dump the clumping stuff every week anyway, clumping meant WAY more scooping, I didn't feel comfortable flushing the clumps and don't have another good way to dispose of the stuff, and even with the clumps removed the box smelled worse than the Feline Pine does. Non-clumping for me all the way!
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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

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I had to dump the clumping stuff every week anyway, clumping meant WAY more scooping, I didn't feel comfortable flushing the clumps and don't have another good way to dispose of the stuff, and even with the clumps removed the box smelled worse than the Feline Pine does. Non-clumping for me all the way!
Interesting. But it doesn't sound as if you were removing all the clumps 2X a day, right? I just put them in a bag (I use biodegradable bags that disintegrate in the landfill), tie the bag top, and put it on the porch so I can take it to the trashcan on my way past. Works great and is very easy.
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Re: How often should I completely change the litter box?

Toby refuses point blank to use a tray thats already got anything in (and I really do mean, anything). None clumping litter is therefore not an option for me and I've learned to be pretty handy with the scoop (I have to be), but still completely change the litter once a fortnight. Doesn't seem hygienic not to.

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