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The bare necessities

When it comes to cleaning cat pans, I tend to hover on the brink of disaster. I wash pans on a rotating basis, determined by how often they’re used, which is easier than washing all of them at once. In a multi-cat household, that makes it much easier.
No one truly likes the task, do they? But it’s one that’s necessary for the households of un-potty trained pets. And much as I’d like to think that our cats are capable of using the toilet – as so many felines are shown doing just that on the internet – I don’t think all members our crew of cats are up to the task. Plus, it would take a long time to train them, and it might all be undone by some human forgetting to leave the lid up.
Meanwhile, the goal of making a sanitary arrangement for those cute four-legged creatures to use indoors is a necessity. Dreams of cats eager to use household plumbing will have to settle for the supply side for now – say, to get a drink of tap water, (certainly not to take a bath)!
Kitty litter manufacturers advise consumers how to use their products, and sometimes give some instructions for how to dispose of the used or waste materials. If you’re not satisfied with the first product, you’re apt to purchase another variety of product to see if that will bring about the desired result.
Some communities have ordinances that require disposal of animal wastes with household septic wastes, and in that case, you’ll have to be certain that the litter you use is septic-safe. Check what standards must be met where you live. Also make sure that your plumbing can handle whatever litter you’re going to purchase. A few are flushable, some are not.
There are many choices of litter, litter pans and accessories. Only you and your cat can determine what works best for you. Hopefully all the cats in your household will agree on one product that will also stay within your budget and be easy to use.
A bi-weekly or monthly washing of litter pans with hot water and a mild soap, such as unscented dish soap, is suggested by most litter companies. (You can determine if a full washing is needed by watching how your cats react to the state of the litter pan.) Empty the pan thoroughly so that no litter remains (you don’t want that clogging up your laundry basin plumbing). If litter materials are still stuck to the litter pan, sprinkling some baking soda in the wet pan and scrubbing with a soft paper towel should help dislodge them. Finish up with a rinse of chlorine bleach in a 1:10 ratio to water, rinse well and let dry, preferably in the fresh air and sunlight. The sun’s rays are a great deodorizer and may kill some germs, too.
There are so many variables in setting up a cat’s living quarters, it can get frustrating. But, trust me, you’ll know when it’s finally purr-fect by the reaction of your favorite feline.



a little off-center, but full of good intentions