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post #1 of 17
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....how many do you have, how often do you scoop and full clean them? We have 4 cats and 4 boxes and scoop at least 2 times a day. My sister married a man with 1 cat - they have 1 box and I have never seen anything and unhygenic as their litter box. My hubby says it looks like "tootsie roll central". They say that as an outside/inside cat she can go potty outside. Last time I saw the box their must have been at least 40-50 poop nuggets in there. No matter what I tell them, they don't care.

What do you do with your boxes?
post #2 of 17
We have one box downstairs and one upstairs. Neither cats use the one downstairs they only use the upstairs one and we have to clean it out everyday. It cant be scooped clean it must be completly empty and with clean litter. If I dont do that they will poop on the landing of our stairs. I found this out the hard way when I stepped in poo and had it squishing in my toes...EWWW
post #3 of 17
With a kitten in the house, twice a day MINIMUM. With older cats and deep litter boxes, once a day works for me.

I have a friend whom I love, who mocked me for scooping so often. When she had a cat, she kept the litter box right next to the food & water dishes, and never "scooped" the box, instead, she'd fully empty it once a week or so. She didn't use clumping, either and the smell was AWFUL.

When I tried to get her to A.) Move the litter box away from the food/water (or vice-versa)
or
B.) Scoop on a daily basis,

she VERY pointedly told me that I take care of my cats MY way and she takes care of hers HER way.

I do value the friendship, so I shut my mouth and just felt badly for the poor kitty. Said poor kitty, by the way, reached a year old and was being disciplined on a regular basis for spraying in the house. When I brought up the topic of neutering, I was told they could not afford it.

I got them info on discounted neutering, and they missed the appointment for the mobile spay/neuter program - it would have cost them only $40. Instead, they continued to blame the poor cat instead of recognizing their own lack of responsible action.

The cat was let out of the house "by accident" one day, and was never seen again. There are coyotes in the woods behind their house. Easy guess what happened to him, poor boy.

I just do NOT discuss pets with them anymore. We've been friends for over 20 years, and I'm just glad they no longer have any pets that they "can't afford" to take care of.
post #4 of 17
We have four cats and two boxes.. and they both get scooped once in the morning and again in the evening.

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Originally Posted by WhosaMyHercules View Post
I found this out the hard way when I stepped in poo and had it squishing in my toes...EWWW
That is so gross!
post #5 of 17
This topic came at the right time. I just finished scooping my two boxes. They decided that the one in the bedroom was for BM and the one in the Den is for urine. I so wish they would switch rooms. LoL I just lectured them about the stench in the bedroom and how the den box is bigger for their BM. It varies on how long I go before I change it completely. I just scooped the yellow crystals and put fresh in the box but I didn't completely change it.
post #6 of 17
2 cats, 2 boxes scooped 1-2 times a day.

My DH stepped in poop once, you should've seen his face!
post #7 of 17
7 cats currently using the litter box. We've got two boxes but they only ever really use one. And I clean it at least 10 times a day... whenever I see a cat step out of the box it gets scooped.
post #8 of 17
6 cats.

3 cats upstairs during day, 2 at night - 2 litterboxes.

3 cats downstairs during day, 4 at night - 3 in family room, one in my bedroom

Jade has an LB of her own in the bathroom.

Scooped in the evenings. Changed regularly.
post #9 of 17
2 cats = 2 litterboxes.

They are both in our bedroom next to eachother (well, on either sides of a shelf in our room)

And I scoop every night when I get home from work. We use 2 rubbermaid totes, they work WONDERFULLY!
post #10 of 17
Ew, I had a friend like that, never cleaned the litter box.... yuck!

We have a HUGE box, we made it for Oberon when he was having hip problems. (He couldn't step over the edge to get into a regular box.) It's turned out to be great, it's like a litter box mansion it's so big. And my Lily throws litter like crazy, she loves to dig, and it stays right in the box.



We scoop it twice a day, before leaving in the morning, and before going to bed.
post #11 of 17
We have 3 litter boxes for our 4 kitties. (Kojak has his own, and the girls share the other two -i tried having one for each of them but they ignored it and only went to those two- so that's why.) I scoop 1-2 times a day on theirs depending how dirty it is. My foster kittens are often way too tiny for litter pans so they have puppy pee pee pads and blankets in their carrier- i change them every single time i feed them so they stay clean. As my foster kittens get older- there is usually one in a cage if i am able to keep all the kittens in the same area- but if they have to be seperated there are 2-3 depending on who is where/etc. So it just vaires. I scoop the kitten boxes each time i feed. / At the shelter i work at we have 60+ boxes to scoop every single day (NOTHING compared to cleaning the dog kennels/runs though!) so i'm used to litter pan scooping- doesn't bother me a bit. I LOVE my animals, but i don't want my house to smell like a big litter pan so i try to keep their boxes all nice and clean. Also- i scrub down ALL litter pans in my house at least twice a week thoroughly.
post #12 of 17
2 cats, 3 boxes, scooped at least twice a day or whenever I hear digging.

They both seem to prefer one box over the other two, but if I have to leave them alone for any stretch of time, they will use the other boxes when the preferred one gets too full.

Stan likes one box for each "function", Bella likes any box Stan doesn't bother her in
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
With a kitten in the house, twice a day MINIMUM. With older cats and deep litter boxes, once a day works for me.

I have a friend whom I love, who mocked me for scooping so often. When she had a cat, she kept the litter box right next to the food & water dishes, and never "scooped" the box, instead, she'd fully empty it once a week or so. She didn't use clumping, either and the smell was AWFUL.

When I tried to get her to A.) Move the litter box away from the food/water (or vice-versa)
or
B.) Scoop on a daily basis,

she VERY pointedly told me that I take care of my cats MY way and she takes care of hers HER way.

I do value the friendship, so I shut my mouth and just felt badly for the poor kitty. Said poor kitty, by the way, reached a year old and was being disciplined on a regular basis for spraying in the house. When I brought up the topic of neutering, I was told they could not afford it.

I got them info on discounted neutering, and they missed the appointment for the mobile spay/neuter program - it would have cost them only $40. Instead, they continued to blame the poor cat instead of recognizing their own lack of responsible action.

The cat was let out of the house "by accident" one day, and was never seen again. There are coyotes in the woods behind their house. Easy guess what happened to him, poor boy.

I just do NOT discuss pets with them anymore. We've been friends for over 20 years, and I'm just glad they no longer have any pets that they "can't afford" to take care of.


I also have a few friends like that -- cat talk is off limits because we differ greatly in how much we value and how well we care for our pets. For most of my friends like this -- there cat meant so much to them until they had kids (now it is just one more thing to take care of).
post #14 of 17
I have 2cats, 1 litter box in the utility room. I scoop twice daily and put in new litter each time. I completely empty about once a month. I have no room for a second box and this is a large covered box.
post #15 of 17
we have 3 boxes for 3 cats. when we are out of town, and have a petsitter coming in, i put out a 4th box. we using scooping litter only.

i scoop 2-3x a day. depending on how the boxes look.

i completely change the boxes every 2-4 weeks depending on how long it takes before it gets that "stale" litter smell.

i knew people in college that had cats and didn't use scooping litter, let alone clean the box. and their places always smelled like a really dirty cat box. i NEVER want that. people come to our home and say "wow, i can't tell you have cats!". we got a really nice compliment when our apartment building was having a city inspection (nothing bad, just standard every so many years here). the inspector said normally when people have 3 cats they can smell it in the hallway. she couldn't smell anything in our apartment.
post #16 of 17
4 cats and 3 boxes.

Gracie and Lizzie share a box, Annabelle and Elliott each have their own.
I scoop at least three times a day and dump all litter and scrub out the boxes about once a month.
post #17 of 17
I have an automatic catbox that scoops itself, but the canister needs to be emptied. A few months ago I dislocated my shoulder and fractured my arm, and I really looked forward to being able to clean the catbox. Help, I need a life!
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