Cats are sensitive pets. They require a clean litter box to use otherwise they will find a different place to do their business. You therefore need to learn how to clean your cats litter, be it clumping or non clumping litter.
Non clumping litter is a cheap litter that is easy to use and maintain. Depending on the material, it has good absorbency and good odor control.
However, non-clumping litter does not bind to your cat’s waste. Therefore, to clean it, you need to change the entire litter completely.
We have written this article to provide you with a guide on how you can easily clean non clumping litter.
Why use non clumping litter
Non clumping litter has been used by many cat owners for several years.
It makes a good cat litter because it has a high absorbency rate and good odor control.
Additionally, non-clumping litter is made from materials that are safe for cats even when accidentally ingested unlike clumping litter.
In fact many cat experts recommend using non clumping litter for kittens.
You can read our separate article here to find out why you need to use non clumping litter for kittens.
Furthermore, non-clumping litter is generally cheaper than clumping litter.
How do you clean non clumping litter?
There are three steps that you can follow to easily clean non clumping litter including.
- Scoop out your cats poop daily – you can remove your cats poop once daily or several times over the day. This is dependent on the number of cats that you have and the number of litter boxes that you have. Removing your cats poop daily helps to minimize the scent of your cats waste prolonging the litterbox life.
- Dispose of the entire litter weekly – non clumping litter does not stick to your cat’s urine to form clumps that can be removed. To clean out the urine, let it be absorbed by the litter until it pools at the bottom or starts to smell. Once this happens, you need to dispose of the entire litter and replace it with new fresh litter.
- Clean the litter box regularly – depending on the type of non-clumping litter you are using, you need to clean the litter box on a regular basis. Use a mild detergent when cleaning the litter box as some cats are sensitive to strong scents and may refuse to use the litter box. Note that you might need to chisel out dried litter from the litter box with some types of non-clumping litter.
How often do you change non clumping litter?
Non clumping litter does not have a long litter box life. It therefore needs to be changed more often than clumping litter.
Non clumping litter has a high absorbency rate. As such, it can absorb several times its weight of your cat’s urine. As the litter absorbs the urine it becomes saturated such that the urine begins to pool at the bottom of the litter box. You therefore need to change the entire litter on a regular basis.
Generally speaking, you need to change non clumping litter weekly. You can choose to change the litter either once or twice weekly depending on the type of non-clumping litter you are using and the number of cats you have.
How to dispose of non clumping litter
There are a number of ways that you can use to properly dispose of non-clumping litter including.
The safest way to dispose of cat litter is to put it in the trash, preferably in a separate heavy duty bag
- Put it in the trash – the easiest way to dispose of used cat litter is to include it in your trash. Use a heavy duty trash bag as used cat litter may be heavy and can tear normal trash bags. Ensure that you have tied the bag into a tight knot before putting it in the trash. This helps to prevent odor and bacterial spillage from the used litter. We recommend that you use a separate trash bag for used cat litter.
- Composting used non clumping cat litter – the other method that you can use to dispose of non-clumping cat litter is through composting. Some types of non-clumping cat litter are listed as biodegradable and compostable by their manufacturers. There are several ways through which you can compost used cat litter including the use of a bucket compost or in ground composting. Note however that we do not advocate composting of cat litter for vegetable garden use. This is because cat feces can be a source of toxoplasmosis to people and other animals.
- Flushing non clumping litter – some non-clumping litters are flushable. Meaning that you can flush the cat litter down the toilet. We do not advocate for this method as the used cat litter may clog pipes. Additionally, flushing used cat litter may contaminate the water system with bacteria and other parasitic infectious agents such as Toxoplasmosis leading to health hazards. Furthermore, you may check with your municipality to find out if flushing of cat waste is allowed in your neighbourhood.
FAQs about non clumping cat litter
Can you flush non clumping cat litter down the toilet?
You should NEVER flush any type of cat litter down the toilet. Most cat litters do not easily disintegrate and can block waste pipes leading to plumbing problems. Even if the litter has been labelled as flushable it may still be difficult to disintegrate leading to blockage.
Additionally, cat waste may contain bacteria, viruses and parasites such as the protozoan parasite present in cats called Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma gondii can lead to severe diseases in other animals such fish and wild animals that are prone to the disease.
While people with a good immune system can fight off infection with this parasite, it can lead to severe infection in individuals with a poor immune system. In pregnant women, it can lead to foetal deformities.
Flushing your cat litter down the toilet may lead to contamination of the water system leading to infection of man and other animals with these parasites. This is because this cat waste may eventually get into a water and sewage treatment plant that may not be able to filter out these parasites.
Furthermore, all pet waste including cat waste are classified as environmental pollutants by the Environment protection agency.