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    Cat litter recommendations

    My sister brought her cat* from Japan. All she knows is Japanese cat litter.

    We've never had an indoor cat before. We know nothing.

    Cat people, what are your litter system recommendations?

    *corrected because phone typing -_-
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    That "clumping" cat litter (tiny little balls that turn to clay upon contact with urine) is a nightmare because it gets betwen their toes and they leave it all over the house. Not to mention cleaning the box is difficult because you have to scoop up hardened clay.

    The "absorbing crystals" are awful because they also drag them around and if you step on them barefoot it's like stepping on glass. I can hardly believe it doesn't hurt them as well.

    Just go for the cheap coarse gravel kind. It can be a bit dusty (leaving paw prints) if the quality is bad, but it's the lesser evil.
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    https://www.mypetwarehouse.com.au/tr...oda-7l-p-26364

    we use that, with a little mat between the cat litter box and the door to tap residual tracking. has a tendency to create a fine dust layer around the kitty litter tray, but other than that is worked better for us than the other products, and its not registering on the air quality measure we've got got, so thumbs up...

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    Thank you!

    Any tips on what kind of box to use?
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    Wood pellets. It's cheap and cheerful. We recently bought a month's work for £5.99

    The clumping stuff is awful and I'm not fond of the gravel.

    Other stuff branded "odour neutraliser" is excessively expensive.

    But just stick to the wood pellets and you can get buy a separate jar or odour neutraliser, you just sprinkle it in.

    Make sure the litter tray is lined with newspaper (the only thing I buy the newspapers for) and use a shallow pile of pellets.

    Then you just change the litter every day.

    I prefer to use less & change often, rather than use loads & change less often... And that's how you keep the odour at bay. Using less also means its more easily cleaned, it's not heavy to pick up, you just empty the tray into a small bin liner, with no fuss.

    Try to always keep the litter tray on a hard, washable floor & away from carpet.

    The less that builds up, the less often you have to "deep clean".

    I've got to change my cat litter today. Actually a day late because I was too lazy yesterday, wish I never because it's a lot grosser today. Gonna need a disinfect & rinse.

    I'll show you mine in a sec.

    https://imgur.com/a/gSXphwr
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    https://www.chewy.com/dr-elseys-prec...gaAl6GEALw_wcB

    More expensive, but lasts twice as long as anything else I've seen. I scoop it every night, add more as needed, and do a total change every couple of months when the smell becomes detectable.

    I also use these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bX2z3qsyjQ ... I keep them next to the box so that scooping litter isn't much trouble. I buy off brand refills for a fraction of the cost. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0784BRYYJ...?psc=1&ie=UTF8
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    I've got a cat litter scoop, can't say that I ever scoop poop though.

    I just change the whole thing.
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    Apologies for my potato quality typos, on mobile again

    We scoop twice a day, currently in sync with reliable nappy changes (once in the morning after sleep, and once before baby bed time), so I just combine the two, and garbage chute is just out the front door, so haven't worried about needing bins or anything.

    Top up the litter arbitrarily, full change every few weeks or so. Obviously that's a bit dependent on the product.

    I'm terms of cat litter box, we've got just a basic plastic tray, but with a raised edge. I think it depends a bit on the cat, but ours misses the box if its just a low edge one, but manages 99% of the time with this. There's fancy boxes and even robot scoop ones we've seen, but haven't really used them or thought about upgrading.

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    You can train your cat to use a human toilet. It takes a few weeks, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    You can train your cat to use a human toilet. It takes a few weeks, however.
    Do you have to have any special sort of lid?

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