Litter Box Cleaning

People with cats are often in need of housecleaning tips when it comes to the litter box.

Some cats are neater than others when using the litter box. The neat ones saunter in, do their business, cover up and move on.

The not-so-neat ones toss litter around until half of what was in the box is on the floor in front of the box.

Older cats can be especially messy, as they often lose sight of the fact that while the head and paws are inside the box, the "business" end may not be.

Replacing Litter:

Shake the litter box from side to side. As you shake you should see clumps of littler emerge and settle on top on the litter box.

Gently scoop up the clumps from the tops and sides of the box.

Try not to break the clumps of litter up as this will distribute little balls of urine soaked litter in the “clean” litter and you won’t be able to scoop them out.

Continue shaking the box from side to side to bring remaining clumps of litter to the top. If you are using a liner in the cat box, you can pull on it to help dislodge stuck-on clumps.

Put the used clumps of litter in a plastic bag and take to the garbage can.

Refill the litter box with enough litter to equal 2 inches tall.

You should scoop the litter box daily.

In general, you should completely replace the cat litter twice a week. Your changing frequency will vary based on the number of cats and the type of litter you use.

Cat Nip:

​The active ingredient that causes a high in cats is an essential oil called nepetalactone, which can be found in the leaves and stems of the plant.

Nepetalactone causes a hallucinogenic effect. Some say the effects are similar to LSD; others say they are more similar to marijuana, Because cats affected by catnip roll on the floor—which mimics a female in estrus—it has been suggested that the plant acts as an aphrodisiac, but this is unlikely, as males react the same way as females. What is probable is the cat is reacting to similar feel-good pheromones released during sexual courtship/activity. However, non-sexual behaviour—including playing, chasing, and hunting—can also be observed.  So before you give your cat cat nip consider the above.