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When to Change Cat Litter

The 3 Indicators To Track

As a new cat owner, you might be wondering when to change cat litter. You don't want to be wasteful and change it too often, but you don't want to leave it too long and be left with an unsavory reminder or an unhealthy environment for your cat.

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Not all cat litter products are made equal, so the "when" and "how often" of changing your litter will depend on your choice between the different types of cat litter on the market. Thankfully, the signs telling you when to change the cat litter are a matter of watching for a few key signs.

These three telltale signs will help you make changing the cat litter a part of your normal routine and more importantly better ensure your cat’s health.

Watch Out For Quirks and Clumps of Cat Litter

Most types of cats make use of the litter box at least twice a day and let's be honest, they can be a little weird about it. Some cats tip-toe into their "sandbox" while some cats are rolling in litter boxes and you are struggling to keep litter in your cat's litter box. And still, some others think it's necessary to start their business by digging through to the other side of the world.

What we're getting at is that different types of cats bring different habits. So the question of “how often should I change the litter?” is, in part, answered by your cat's quirky tendencies.

The mess in the cat's litter box – or around the litter tray, if your cat is a messy pooper or perhaps there’s cat diarrhea in the litter tray – tells a particular story. If the majority of the cat litter is clumping together or looking wet — even after you've done your regular scooping — this clumping cat litter may be a sign your cat has used up all its available real estate. It's time to change your kitty litter.

If you're using a cat litter subscription such as PrettyLitter, it will be time to change your kitty litter once all of the crystals have changed color – ideally to a yellow or lime-green color, which indicates normal urine pH.

Since there are various litter types such as paper litter, pine litter, clumping, and non-clumping cat litter, it will be easier for you to determine when to change your cat's litter when there's an indicator feature like PrettyLitter's crystal litter.

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Your Nose Knows

Factors cat owners should consider before changing their cat's litter vary. Your cat might be ill without your realizing it and thus using the litter box more frequently. Or maybe you've purchased a brand of kitty litter that doesn't live up to its claims, so your "odor-blocking" litter is getting stinky quickly.

More often than not, your nose will tell you when to change the cat litter. Cat waste has a particular smell that becomes quite noticeable when your litter is no longer doing its job.

A healthy nose will catch on quickly and there's no good reason to put up with the urine smell or cat feces. If you're fashioning potpourri pouches into a headband just so you can walk down the hallway, it's time to make a cat litter change.

Also worth noting: Some cat litters use perfumes to mask pet odors, which often compound the bad smells. The ideal cat litter should trap the smell of cat urine and cat feces through absorption, not mask it with a stronger smell.

Out With The Old, in With The Whew 

Figuring out when to change the cat litter makes for happy cats and pet owners.

Remember: To prevent bacteria and pathogens from building up, wash the cat litter box with each change. A mild detergent is best – preferably a natural litter and without citrus oils or ammonia. Some cat owners use liners or a disposable litter box for ease of dumping solid waste, while others prefer a deeper litter box. Both are more about convenience and your cat's habits, and neither affects the necessity or frequency of changing the cat litter.

How Many Cats andLitter Trays You Have Matters 

Depending on how many cats you are raising and how many litter boxes you have set up in your house will also change the frequency of changing the litter. If you're a cat mom or dad of multiple cats, then you will naturally have to set up more boxes around the house in different locations. 

If you have just one cat and multiple boxes, you can certainly spare your time and change out the cat litter at a lesser frequency. If you own multiple cats, some may be reluctant to use litter boxes that have already been used by another, so you should be on the lookout for any scooping to do. 

Keep an Eye Out For YourLitter Boxes At All Times, but PrettyLitter is Here to Help

At the end of the day, there is no fixed answer on when to change cat litter. It depends on the variables that come with your cats, so it is best to always keep an eye out for your litter boxes. For cat moms and dads, it will be easier to set up a routine as you better understand cat behavior and when fresh litter is needed.

For newer cat owners, keep in mind that regularly replacing the litter impacts cat health as well. Make sure the environment you raise your cat is hygienic and comfortable, to prevent any physical or mental stress from them.

With PrettyLitter's color-changing litter, you can easily monitor your cat's litter box and their health. It will help you save time and money, with lesser odds of making your cat sick or abandoning dirty litter boxes. 

We hope these tips give you a better understanding of how often you should change your cat's litter. Tell us how you make this necessary-but-unpleasant chore a bit easier in the comments below!





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