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How Often Should You Totally Change Out the Cat Litter in the Litter Box?

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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How Often Should You Totally Change Out the Cat Litter in the Litter Box?

How often should you totally change out all the litter in your cat's litter box (also known as litterboxes, litter pans or litterpans)?

How often you totally change out litter depends on what type of litter you use, how many litter boxes, and how many cats you have in your home. A good rule of thumb is to clean the litter when it has been used 5 or more times. Here are some basic guidelines on some common litter types:

1.        Regular Clay: this litter does not clump and so should be tossed away entirely when it is soiled. This can be daily, weekly or twice weekly depending on your circumstances.
2.        Scoopable Clay: these litters should be scooped daily and changed out monthly.
3.        Silica: These natural absorbent litters should be scooped for solid waste and totally changed out monthly.
4.        Wheat, Corn and Pine: These should be scooped free of solid waste daily and changed out totally at least monthly.

I hope this helps you better understand how often to change out your cat's litter box.

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