Proper organization of the toilet is a mandatory aspect of life and education of a city cat, which is unable to go outside to cope with the need.
One of the easiest ways to ensure the comfort of a pet in these cases is to install a special tray with a litter in it. We have already told about the choice of quality and a convenient tray, which means that now it is time to pay attention to the second question: how to use cat litter.
Why do I need cat litter at all?
Our grandmothers did not even think about the need to buy specialized cat litter and used what is on the farm: old newspapers, sawdust, and sand. Such a folk method would not be so popular if it was not effective, but compared to modern special granules, it still loses out.
Paper and sand absorb moisture well but absolutely can not cope with the smell. Only sawdust can fight it, but they also have their disadvantages: because of its lightweight, they cling to the wool and are spread throughout the apartment. In this regard, we can fairly say that the ready-made artificial cat litter is much more practical, and it is much more convenient to use.
How much litter should I pour into the cat tray?
The answer to this question depends directly on whether you use a cat tray: simple or with a cat grate.
In the first case, the granules are poured on the bottom of the tray, that is, the cat stands with its paws right on them. The amount directly depends on your free time and desire to clean. If you pour the litter too thin, barely covering the bottom, it will get dirty quickly enough and will require complete replacement and thorough cleaning of the container. If you overdo it, the cat will throw pellets when buried, adding to your work while cleaning the apartment. The approximate “ideal” thickness is 1.5-2 cm depending on the height of the edge.
If there is a grating in the tray, which protects the cat’s feet from direct contact with the loose mass, the question of its quantity is solved by itself – the litter should fill almost all the space under it. This will allow us to prolong the interval between cleanings.
How to clean after the cat?
Two things will help you in this matter:
- a specialized perforated scoop, which is obligatory for any cat owner,
- optional packages for the tray.
The trowel should be used to remove wet, sticky litter, and solid excreta. This should be done regularly, as soon as your pet has done his job. The fact is that all cats are very clean and are very likely to refuse to go to the “dirty” toilet. The perforation in the trowel will help sift through the clean granules, thus saving the litter.
Tray bags are used as bedding so that the plastic base itself does not have to be washed. This is quite convenient, but only if a tray with a frame or grate is used. The edges of the bag are clamped between it and the base, so it does not knock down or tear when used. In other cases, the cat will likely tear the bag when buried.
How often should I do a full cleaning?
Here, everything depends on the type and quality of litter used: some do a better job of absorbing and holding the smell, while others do worse. Most manufacturers also give recommendations right on the packages, but we recommend just to keep the tray clean: as soon as you smell a slight smell or notice that the litter after regular cleaning with a scoop is too little for comfortable use, you can make a full replacement with a wash container and scoop.
How do I dispose of the litter?
The last important aspect of cat litter used is its disposal. The principle of cleaning for regular removal of used mass and residues with full tray washing is general and depends on the type of cat litter used.
Litters can be:
- absorbent – the simplest example – wood, which falls apart when wet,
- lumpy – consist of small pieces of clay or synthetic material, when wet, they are glued together.
Lumpy species should be disposed of only in a bag together with other household waste. You should not wash the toilet bowl as you can do with absorbent ones. Because of their ability to stick together, they can cause serious clogging of sewage pipes. If in doubt, check the information on the package. Quality litters are always accompanied by instructions for disposal.
As you can see, cat litter is very easy to use, especially if you take care of all the associated “tools” and a handy litter tray.