#1 Get The Right Scoop
The perfect scoop can make all the difference. For clumping litter, pick a scoop like the Litter Lifter ($6) that has triangular-shaped tines that cannot pick up clean litter, reducing the need to shake each time you scoop!
#2 Make Clean Up Effortless
Keep sweeping or vacuuming tools handy so you can tidy up the area each time you scoop (once a day is best!) with little effort. Small consistent efforts will keep the area pleasant for all involved. We love the Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Vacuum for making clean up a breeze!
#3 Mix Things Up!
Give a new type of litter a try. Corn, wheat, newsprint, and other alternatives to clay might be a perfect fit for your furry family, or a new type of clay litter might make you and Mr. Fluffy smile. Experiment with different types to find the right kind of odour control and tracking level for your cat’s needs. If you are trying a new type, be sure to introduce it gradually, mixing the old and new together to let your cat adjust.
There are all sorts of options out there. For example, Neon Litter comes in super-bright colours—kitty litter art, anyone? Though your cat may not appreciate your artistic efforts, you’ll both love this litter’s super-absorbent sand-sized micro crystals made of silica gel. Soft on paws, it provides outstanding odour control and needs to be scooped only two or three times a week. If you’re looking for a natural cat litter with no synthetic chemicals, clays or perfumes, try World’s Best Cat Litter, an all-natural eco-friendly corn-based kitty litter offering high performance clumping and superb odour control, so you use less and save more!
#4 Try A New Litter Box Type
Make sure the box is big enough to comfortably accommodate your cat. We’re big fans of the NVR Miss Litter Box ($21) because its high sides help cut down on litter escaping due to overzealous digging techniques.
#5 Don’t Hide The Litter Box
Don’t hide the litter box. Make sure your cat has a comfortable spot for taking care of business. The litter box needs to be placed in a socially important area for your cats. You might prefer that the box is kept out of sight, but stashing it in a dark basement or closet might lead to unwanted elimination elsewhere in the house, and that’s not good for anyone. Also keep in mind that cats are most at ease when they can see out of their litter box.
#6 Try A Litter Box Decdorizer
If your cat’s litter box is located in a social space as it should be (see #5), you’ll likely want to take extra action against odours. It’s normal for poop to smell for a few minutes, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. A litter box deodorizer like the one Skout’s Honor makes ($20) lets you reclaim your home environment and breathe deeply. We love it, not just because it works—goodbye litter box smell!—but because it’s non-toxic, biodegradable, eco-friendly, and free of harsh chemicals, meaning you can make that litter last a little longer and freshen everything safely and responsibly!