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post #1 of 56
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Since I have litter on the brain I thought we should have another one of these and I couldn't find one of the first four pages!

So, how often do you scoop?

How often do you add litter?

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)?

What litter do you use and do you use any additives?

And of course, how many cats do you have?



My answers:

I scoop twice daily, and sometimes only once if I'm really lazy.

I add usually once every other day, also add deoderizer.

About every week and half to two weeks.

Haven't found my holy grail, Arm and Hammer right now, but it's too dusty for me. I use an odor additive...it's blue and from Petsmart, but I'm not sure of the name . I won't be buying it again.

I have an adult cat and my roommate has 2 kittens. The kittens use the box a little bit and we have 4 boxes total.

PS- I also have a Scoop Free automatic in my room and the box with clay litter is in my master bathroom.

post #2 of 56
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Originally Posted by venusgirltrap View Post
So, how often do you scoop?
2-3 times a day.

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Originally Posted by venusgirltrap View Post
How often do you add litter?
As it needs it. Usually after a couple days of scooping I need to add some.

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How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)?
every 2-4 weeks depending on how it holds up. Usually when I smell that "stale litter" smell that doesn't go away after scooping.

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What litter do you use and do you use any additives?
We've switched back to Tidy Cats Scoop - Red bucket. Hopefully they won't change the formula again. We had to find a litter after they changed their formula to "tidy-lock" on all formulas. We sent an angry email. They must have listened because the red bucket is back to "Original Formula" now. I know many other cat owners whose cats were pretty ticked off too.

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And of course, how many cats do you have?
3 cats.
post #3 of 56
Try to scoop every day, but most times its every other day.

We use A&H scoopable and a special additive for odor gotten at a cat show. But I'm slowly switching over to Feline Pine (or Petco's version of it). I like the Pine better and the cats don't seem to mind.

As far as adding - I add a cup or two every time I scoop as Chalie likes a lot of litter. And don't change it completely for about a month or when needed.

We have 2 cats
post #4 of 56
usually every day ...

alternate swheet scoop , chn feed( grt with more cats) and feline pine clumping ....

add as needed about twice a week

one semi feral
post #5 of 56
[quote=venusgirltrap;1982229]Since I have litter on the brain I thought we should have another one of these and I couldn't find one of the first four pages!

So, how often do you scoop? Once or twice a day.


How often do you add litter? Never



How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)? Once a week.



What litter do you use and do you use any additives?

I just started putting a handful of hamster cedar chips in for odor. I use WalMart litter.
I brainstormed this idea while in WM ready to buy Feline Pine.


And of course, how many cats do you have? Two


How many litter boxes do you have? Three
post #6 of 56
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usually every day ...

alternate swheet scoop , chn feed( grt with more cats) and feline pine clumping ....

add as needed about twice a week

one semi feral
You've got yourself a WILDCAT! They're the best.
post #7 of 56
So, how often do you scoop? Once a day


How often do you add litter? Never



How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)? Once a week



What litter do you use and do you use any additives? Yesterdays News



And of course, how many cats do you have? Two


How many litter boxes do you have? Two
post #8 of 56
I use Petco's scoopable litter with baking soda in the refillable 30-lb. tub; I scoop as needed to keep the boxes clean for them (just like us -- they don't want to have to use a dirty toilet!) but at least 5 times daily; I change altogether and clean at the same time, on an as-needed basis; and nine cats have me.
post #9 of 56
I use whatever litter....Hy Vee brand, A&H, Tidy Cats, Special Kitty, Swheat, Targer brand....mostly clumping clay. I've got 2 foster kittens, & 5 adults kitties inside.
post #10 of 56
So, how often do you scoop?

Once a day, or twice, if I have the time...I ROLL, not scoop, because I have a roll-away litter box (and I'm loving it! ).

How often do you add litter?

Every couple of days I'll add a scoop or two full (I use a dog food measure)

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)?

Change the litter about once a month, although I may up that since I've reduced the number of boxes I have.

I have not "cleaned" my box yet, as the "roll-away" boxes have very sensitive clips and I'm afraid that I might break them. With my previous boxes, about once every 2-3 months.


What litter do you use and do you use any additives?

I have been using WBCL, but am currently using chicken feed (corn). It works, it clumps, and it FLUSHES! I add some feline pine scooping to it (to deter bugs since the litter box is in a room that adjoins the garage) and for odor and I also add some Nature's Miracle litter box odor remover and/or baking soda. I do this about once every 2-3 days. The WBCL was good at absorbing odor, but the chicken feed obviously lacks and odor-reducing ingredients.

And of course, how many cats do you have?
Three- one adult 15lb and two kittens @5.5lbs each


Also, I have one litter box right now (and all is going well.... so far ...

Art
post #11 of 56
I scoop once or twice a day ideally.
I add litter every few days to a week and change the litter every week or so.
We use Fresh Step multiple cat and have 2 cats.
post #12 of 56
Dr Elsyees litter is really good but not sure I spelled it right.
post #13 of 56
So, how often do you scoop? Every day.

How often do you add litter? Every day.

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)? Every three weeks

What litter do you use and do you use any additives? I use Tidy Cats and baking soda.

And of course, how many cats do you have? 11
post #14 of 56
So, how often do you scoop? 1-2x per day

How often do you add litter? every other day

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)? every 2-3 weeks

What litter do you use and do you use any additives? Fresh Step Free

And of course, how many cats do you have? One
post #15 of 56
*I scoop the poop whenever I see poop in the box. I have Feline Pine so I just shake to settle the "used" pellets.

*I don't usually add new litter until I clean/change it.

*Before, when I was using clumping litter, I'd completely clean/change the litter about once every 6 weeks, or whenever that "stale litter" smell came around like others have mentioned. I have been using Feline Pine for a few weeks and haven't seemed to even come close to needing to clean it yet.

*Feline Pine! I am a new user and don't think I'll be going back. I have been searching for 3 years for the perfect litter and have tried nearly everything! Of course I don't need any additives with this stuff.

*I have two kitties and two litter boxes.
post #16 of 56
So, how often do you scoop?
3-4 times a day

How often do you add litter?
Every day or every other day

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)?
Monthly

What litter do you use and do you use any additives?
Store brand clumping with bi-carb soda

And of course, how many cats do you have?
10 in the house, 3 are mine they all share litterboxes
post #17 of 56
So, how often do you scoop? Every few days.

How often do you add litter? Rarely.

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)? Change twice a week. Clean the box with hot water and Murphy's Oil soap at least one of those times.

What litter do you use and do you use any additives? Tidy Cat red. I tried several other kinds but I couldn't stand the smell of the litter itself.

And of course, how many cats do you have? 1
post #18 of 56
So, how often do you scoop?
Twice a day

How often do you add litter?
Approx every 2 days

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)?
I don't do these together. Each weekend I empty the litter into a bag and clean the box (scrub and disinfect) then I put the same litter back into the box. Approx every 4-6 weeks I let the litter run as low as I dare and then I replace it and start over.

What litter do you use and do you use any additives?
At the moment I use Golden Grey clay clumping litter, but I am going to try out worlds best cat litter (and the cheaper alternative, chick crumbs) soon as I'm not happy using clay litter for a variety of reasons. The cats like it though and I'm happy with the performance of the Golden Grey.

And of course, how many cats do you have?
2 cats sharing 1 large, covered tray
post #19 of 56
I scoop once a day, never add litter, change the whole thing once a month. I only have one cat, so it is not that gross at all.

I just use whatever is cheapest and it works fine
post #20 of 56
So, how often do you scoop? Once a day most times, sometimes every other day if I get lazy, he'll hit the box and give me the look if I get lazy like he did tonight

How often do you add litter? If I feel like it's low, but rarely do I add unless there's some left over in the bucket

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)? Every few weeks, when it starts stinkin...

What litter do you use and do you use any additives? Use Scoop Away odor free... may start lookin for something less messy and less dusty

And of course, how many cats do you have? Just the one, he's more than enough while I'm still renting...
post #21 of 56
Right now we have 14 cats and 12 kittens. There is a total of 15 litterboxes. We use a clay scooping litter for the cats. I think it's called Premium Choice. We get it in 50lb bags. For the kittens we use World's Best.

The litterboxes are scooped twice daily and litter is added as needed. Some boxes are used much more than others. Seems the favorite of one is the favorite of many.

All boxes are changed and disinfected every week. Sometimes more often.

We don't use any additives.
post #22 of 56
So, how often do you scoop? After Chuckie poops so maybe 1-2 times a day

How often do you add litter? I don't top up

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)? Once a week.

What litter do you use and do you use any additives? We;ve tried a few different ones, but he likes the clay stuff the best, even though it's messy. Sometimes (if i remember) we put in the deodoriser as well.

And of course, how many cats do you have? 1 at my house, 2 at Tristans

Ok this is what happens once a week -

Empty contents of the tray, newspaper paper that lines the floor, and brush up any litter on the floor (we have floorboards) into a garbage bag. Put down new paper. Wash the tray as the urine can get through the liner when he scratches it. Dry. Put a new plastic liner in the tray. Put in deodoriser. Fill with new clean litter. Put it down and expect it to be christened withing 5 seconds

It takes probably 15 mins to get it all done as the litter is kept in the garage and the bags are heavy, and you have to go out to the garbage bin as well.
post #23 of 56
I have two cats using Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat and Nature's Miracle litter additive in two "large" uncovered litter boxes. I scoop once a day (okay, sometimes every other day). I add more when a scooping session seems to leave the box a little empty. I dump everything and start over once a week. I only add the Nature's Miracle when I start a "new" box (once a week).

I want to switch to Feline Pine, but I haven't decided between the regular pellets or the clumping/scoopable. I use the regular pellets for my ferret, so I'm already familiar with its odor-absorbing capabilities, but I'm not yet sold on the Feline Pine litter box for the regular pellets. I can get my Arm & Hammer Multi-Cat just about anywhere, but the Feline Pine clumping/scoopable isn't as readily available, so I'm trying to do my research before switching.
post #24 of 56
So, how often do you scoop? Rarely

How often do you add litter? Rarely

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)? Bi-daily

What litter do you use and do you use any additives? It's simply the pelleted animal bedding, works great and is cheap.

And of course, how many cats do you have? My litter box maintenance is based around when I have foster families, it varies, usually 5-ish.
post #25 of 56
KJ, I'm just trying to get a little clarification...

You use the pellet litter and dump it all out twice a day? If so, what size/type box do you use?

If not, could you explain?

When I had foster kittens, I did the "shelter method" and just used shallow cardboard boxes with non-clumping clay litter and threw out the whole thing once or twice a day (depending on how old they were). With bigger cats, it seems impractical in a home setting, so I'm curious as to how you make it work, if that's what you're actually doing.
post #26 of 56
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Originally Posted by venusgirltrap View Post
So, how often do you scoop?

How often do you add litter?

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box (I do this together, don't know if everyone does)?

What litter do you use and do you use any additives?

And of course, how many cats do you have?
Scoop: one or twice daily, mostly twice
Add litter : occassionally
Totally clean: Not sure; every 2-3 weeks
Additives: lots of baking soda
Cats: only one inside kitty, I am really wanting a litter robot though, scooping up cat poo twice daily is not fun.
post #27 of 56
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KJ, I'm just trying to get a little clarification...

You use the pellet litter and dump it all out twice a day? If so, what size/type box do you use?

If not, could you explain?

When I had foster kittens, I did the "shelter method" and just used shallow cardboard boxes with non-clumping clay litter and threw out the whole thing once or twice a day (depending on how old they were). With bigger cats, it seems impractical in a home setting, so I'm curious as to how you make it work, if that's what you're actually doing.
Average size, I dunno. I fostered. See, all it is is one mother cat and four or so kittens. Lots of poo and pee. too much scooping. It was far easier to just dump it - if you don't use expensive litter, it's fine. Also, my kittens had a problem with litter eating. They couldn't eat pelleted litter, so it was fine. Our permenant cats are indoor/outdoor so in the summer they go outside. I've yet to encounter a winter with that litter, so I can't really tell you much about that yet. You could easily scoop it, but if you want something that deodorizes, it's not for you. They only cost 3$ for a 25 or so pound bag, and for about 4 pounds each box dumping (you don't really have to dump twice a day) it's a good deal, imo. I think the cats very much appreciate having a clean box.
post #28 of 56
KJ, so you're using regular plastic litter boxes, just dumping the litter out?

With a mom and kittens, I can see scooping being a pain. Actually, scooping is never really fun.
post #29 of 56
Lol yeah.. I found scooping to be annoying... you know how kitten poo is, and I never could seem to be able to rid it of the scent. Plus, clay litter has a yucky smell anyway. It makes me sneeze, though I have no known allergy to it.
post #30 of 56
So, how often do you scoop?
I scoop whenever I see/smell poop; basically, once a day.

How often do you add litter?
About twice a week.

How often do you totally change the litter/clean the box?
I've just started using the Feline Pine litter box, so I won't be dumping any unused litter. I don't yet know how often I will dump the used pellets; maybe once a month?

What litter do you use and do you use any additives?
Pellet fuel!! Specifically, oak pellets made by Ozark Hardwood Products. $4 for a 40 lb bag, and it's great litter. I love it (and the FP litter box)!

And of course, how many cats do you have?
One cat, one box.
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