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All About Kitty Litter Pans: When to Change Pans or Litter, How Many You Need, and More

When you share your living quarters with a cat, litter boxes and kitty litter are just necessary parts of the living arrangement. If you're new to taking care of a cat, you may run into a few questions about litter pans, changing litter, and more. Here is a quick guide to help you find the best litter pan for your cat, learn when it should be changed, and more.

Signs You Need a New Litter Pan or Box

Litter pans can last a really long time with the proper care, but occasionally, you may need to pick up a new model. A few signs you need a new cat litter box include:

  • Your cat is too large for the pan you have

  • The litter pan is breaking down, stained, or not in good condition

  • Your cat refuses to use the litter pan you have (some cats are highly particular about the type of litter box they use)

  • The litter pan is especially hard to keep clean and sanitary

Numerous cat litter pans are available. So, if you have issues with one type, it is well worth it to look into a different model. For example, if you have a standard litter box with no lid, and your cat seems hesitant to use it, you may want to look at something like a Catit Hooded Cat Pan, which gives your feline a more private space. You can also find more modern litter boxes, such as the top-entry models or the Booda Dome Cleanstep Litter Box.

How Often Should Litter Be Changed?

Usually, your kitty's litter pan should be scooped daily and fully changed once a week. Having a good kitty litter scoop can really make your life easier, such as the Petmate Scoop 'N' Hide Cat Litter Scoop or the Ethical Pet Spot Chrome Cat Litter Scoop. Using good liners in the litter pan can also make changing litter much easier; you can simply pull out the liner, give the pan a quick rinse, and add a new liner. Keep in mind, the type of litter you are using can also affect how often you need to scoop or change the litter. For example, silica crystal litter may not have to be changed as frequently.

How Many Litter Pans Do You Need?

Cats are more reserved and less social than dogs, so they prefer their privacy and elimination is a private process for sure. Therefore, the general rule is to have one litter pan for each cat in your home and one extra. So, for example, if you have three cats, you need a litter pan for each cat and one extra litter pan.

Best-Placement Practices for Cat Litter Boxes

Location is key where litter pans are concerned. Placing the "toilet" in the wrong area can mean you have a cat that is less likely to use the litter pan as you want them to. Opt for a nice, out-of-the-way spot in the home that is convenient for the kitty to access. For example, a quiet bathroom, hallway, or laundry area can work well. Keep in mind if you have multiple cats, you may not want to keep all the litter pans in the same locations.

In the end, living harmoniously with a cat can have a lot to do with the type of litter pan and litter you use, where you place the pan, and even how clean you keep it. To find all the litter supplies you need for your beloved cat, check out our product collection at Feeders Supply.



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