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Old 06-11-2016, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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Cleaning the litter box is my least favorite chore. But I want to share what I do to make cleaning the litter box a breeze . Clump litter does make it easy to clean up after your cat but you still have to clean the inside of the pan when its time to dump and refresh the litter box . Who has time for that ? The key to my "hack" is GARBAGE BAGS . You want to start with a clean litter pan . Take a garbage bag ( Scented , Hefty , drawstring ...it doesnt matter ) fold it in half and cut it . This will allow you to get more use out of one garbage bag . But it is not necessary . Whether you cut the bag or not , make a knot at the bottom of the bag . This will prevent excess bag in the bottom of the pan . Fit the garbage bag around all sides of the litter box. The tighter the better . If its loose and you dont have a drawstring bag , twist the excess bag around the rim until its tight and long enough to tie in a knot. That will prevent your cat from pulling it down when using the bathroom . However, make sure there is "slack". Meaning make sure the bag can rest on the bottom of the pan . If not , that mean your knot on the bottom of the bag may be too high or you pulled too much of the bag up while trying to tighten it around the rim . This has made dumping and keeping the litter pan clean so much easier for me . And I hope it does for you guys too . Sorry about the length . But I wanted to make sure you guys understood . ***NOTE*** Your cat may or will scratch at the rim of the pan like Midnight does and they may put a few holes in it when trying to cover their potty ( so put plenty of litter to cover the bottom of the pan ) but trust me ... You will love how easy this makes the litterbox chore .

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Old 06-12-2016, 08:40 AM
 
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Family Dollar carries new litter boxes for $5 so I just trash them when overly soiled.
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Old 06-12-2016, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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Family Dollar carries new litter boxes for $5 so I just trash them when overly soiled.


When I had my first cat I would clean it out everytime I dumped it . Now that I have Midnight , I decided to do that . Its a lot more tolerable . Lol .
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Old 06-12-2016, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I don't know what kind of litter you use, but my litter box doesn't smell. I don't use plastic bags in the pan, because I scoop it out all the time, and that goes into a small plastic trash can lined with a plastic grocery bag. That in turn, goes into the trash bin every two days.
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:26 PM
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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I don't know what kind of litter you use, but my litter box doesn't smell. I don't use plastic bags in the pan, because I scoop it out all the time, and that goes into a small plastic trash can lined with a plastic grocery bag. That in turn, goes into the trash bin every two days.

I use Scoop Away cat litter . My post was to make reference to refreshing the entire litter pan after you have cleaned the litter a few times. I use trash bags to keep the pan cleaner and I can throw all the old litter out at once and not have to dump it , clean the pan and then put fresh litter . This allows me to dump it and proceed to put new litter in the pan . The process is a lot faster and easier .
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Old 06-12-2016, 07:48 PM
 
Location: Talmadge, San Diego, CA
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I use Scoop Away, Cat's Pride and Tidy Cat. I have never used a plastic bag in the litter box, and have never had too. I've never found it necessary, and I've never had box that smells. And I rarely change the litter, because as it gets scooped, it also gets cleaned out. If it was deemed necessary, I would change it more often, but I've never had to do it.
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Old 06-13-2016, 09:49 AM
 
Location: I am right here.
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I had a cat years ago, and I used the plastic litter box liners. The problem was when he'd paw down to the bottom and get plastic and know that he was supposed to pee in the box (on the plastic), and then sometimes later, he'd find a plastic bag elsewhere (I had children and a husband at home who were not the best at picking things up and putting things away), and he'd think it would be acceptable and OK to pee on a plastic bag.

So beware....

Now, I just scoop daily for my 2 girls. There is no smell.
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Old 06-13-2016, 10:07 AM
 
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Good idea for a lot of cats. I have a friend who's cat does not claw at the plastic liners, so it works well for her. Mine dig down to the bottom of the pan (even through a 40-lb bag of litter) and will claw at the plastic till its in shreds, so it doesn't work well for us. But I scoop every day and dump once a month. No smell.

What I find really works the best is to replace the litter box itself every year. The surface of the plastic gets scratched away over time (from kitties and litter friction), making a great hiding place for bacteria (more smell) and makes the pee clumps that touch any surface of the pan, stick hard. It's like Teflon scratched out of an old pan. Stuff sticks. New box every 1-2 years (depending on how many are using it) solves all that.
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Old 06-13-2016, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Richmond, Virginia
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Good idea for a lot of cats. I have a friend who's cat does not claw at the plastic liners, so it works well for her. Mine dig down to the bottom of the pan (even through a 40-lb bag of litter) and will claw at the plastic till its in shreds, so it doesn't work well for us. But I scoop every day and dump once a month. No smell.

What I find really works the best is to replace the litter box itself every year. The surface of the plastic gets scratched away over time (from kitties and litter friction), making a great hiding place for bacteria (more smell) and makes the pee clumps that touch any surface of the pan, stick hard. It's like Teflon scratched out of an old pan. Stuff sticks. New box every 1-2 years (depending on how many are using it) solves all that.


Thank you! Thats the other reason I started doing that is because some clumps would be hard to remove. Thats a pain when trying to clean the litter pan out . The litter doesnt stink when they use the bathroom but I still dump the whole pan so that he can have fresh litter . Midnight is an only child . So I can go longer before having to change the whole pan . When I first started this he would SHRED the bag around the rim of the pan. And the bottom. But now he do dont do it . To kill bacteria and stuff I would clean the pan out with Vinegar . I hope this helps ��. I plan on buying him a new litter pan because I want something for him that is wider or longer but still high like the one I have now.

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