From purrs to cuddles, your fur buddy is a delightful friend. Cats – as pets- are the best choice for people who have a busy lifestyle because they can generally entertain and act independently for themselves. But nothing worth having comes easy; same holds true for raising your snuggly furball. Your cute, adorable and heartwarming four-legged beauty can turn into a source of stinky cleaning issues if it messes with the litter trays. Summer, with all its heat and humidity, makes your house a stinky place if there is no proper litter handling. And interestingly, if litter trays are stinky, your cuddly buddy is likely to eliminate outside of the litter tray too (totally understandable). Sounds awful? Hold on; nothing to worry about. Here are a couple of litter tray tips to wade through the summertime leaving both your house and your cat fresh and happy.
The right selection of litter trays:
For cat owners, careful management of litter trays is very important. In fact, handling cat litter is the main downside of being a feline parent. The right selection of the size of litter trays is very important to avoid any mess around the floor and the furniture. The litter tray should be shaped properly with enough depth and space allowing the cat to turn freely and comfortably still within the tray for good catchment. Litter trays made up of non-toxic durable material are always preferred for easy access and cleaning.
Right placement of litter trays:
Cats are very particular about their toileting so they need a peaceful corner with minimum disturbance to eliminate. Right placement of litter trays is very important both for the kitty as well as the master. Place the litter trays in a suitable part of the house which is quiet yet easily accessible. Litter trays should never be placed close to food and water bowls because by instinct cats do not like to eliminate where they eat. The same rule applies when you opt for modern easy litter handling options. The Automatic Litter Robot – an automated and hassle-free toileting system – should be placed at a quiet and approachable place to get maximum results. Find a socially appropriate area in your house which is nicely ventilated and monitor that your cat is comfortable with this place.
Practice proper litter tray hygiene:
Scooping is something that is to be done twice a day to cut down the odor. Your fur buddy has a very strong sense of smell; therefore a smelly litter is as detesting for your cat as it is for you. It is highly advisable to wash the litter tray properly once a week before putting in fresh litter. A simple hack is to sprinkle your litter tray with a little bit of baking soda before putting in new litter. This works wonders with controlling the stink
Timely replacement of your worn out trays:
Wear and tear are normal no matter how clean you keep your litter trays. Over a certain period of time, the surface of a litter tray is scrapped due to cat scratching and scooping making tiny grooves on it which later on turn out to be the breeding beds of bacteria. It is highly advisable to replace your litter trays at least once a year and of course there can be no other best time to do so than in summers. The key consideration here is to get a new litter tray of the same size and depth as the old one because such changes are often unwelcomed by your cuddle buddy.
Choose the right brand of litter:
Departmental store shelves are amassed with a variety of litter options – ranging from corn and wheat to wood and clay – often making it a hard choice. If possible, try and do an odor test before making a final selection. Take small bags of different litter brands; scoop out one cup of litter from each bag in separate bowls and mix a quarter cup of ammonia. After several hours of settling, sniff the ammonia-soaked litter(s) and go for the one that smells the best among all.
Keep in mind that your feline buddy hates artificial smells; therefore scented litters are always unappealing to a cat. Despite their high marketing, scented litters have poor odor control properties. For a fresher summer, do not get trapped by the rosy promises made by scented litter brands and go for the one that your kitty likes the most. In case of switching to a new litter brand, introduce the change gradually by using it with the older one for a couple of weeks until your cat becomes comfortable with the change.
Use litter tray liners:
Another way to improve a stinky litter tray is to line it with carbon liners. These liners look like sheets of fine sandpaper and are placed in the bottom of the litter box to absorb the foul smell, and are a good inclusion in your odor fighting accessories. Now there are also litter boxes that have special slots for carbon filters or have a built-in carbon filter system.
In short, for an enjoyable cat parenting experience, your cat’s litter box needs the same consideration as you give to your bathroom. A clean and stink free litter tray makes it easy for your cat to eliminate in the right place. Keeping in mind your lifestyle, you can further enhance your experience with a fully automated cat self-cleaning system. These systems are specifically designed keeping in mind your cuddly buddy’s needs and likeness. You can order one online through Cat Evolution. Give yourself a well-deserved treat this summer because our self-cleaning Automatic Litter-Robot III Open Air is a onetime investment with innumerable benefits. This is really magical in the literal sense of the word. It offloads you from the dreaded scooping chore and conveniently caters for multi-cat households. Its remarkable self-cleaning system lets you breeze through a no scooping and pleasantly odour free summer time.