Cat enthusiasts cannot get enough of their beloved feline balls of fur, but along with your fluffy friend comes the nasty task of disposing of kitty's waste. The litter pan is a bone of contention with any cat family, but proper care of kitty's potty, and proper disposal of her waste, can keep everyone healthier.
Danger in the Box
Dangers may lurk inside your cat's litter box, making proper disposal a must for good health. Some cat feces may contain the bacteria Toxoplasma gondii, which has been linked to schizophrenia, brain cancer, obsessive compulsive disorder and rheumatoid arthritis. Inside your home, take the necessary steps to properly handle what kitty deposits inside her littler pan.
Scoop your cat's waste into a receptacle lined with a plastic bag.
Tie off the plastic bag and deposit it into an outside waste can.
Wash your cat's scoop with soap and warm water. Use disposable paper towels to eliminate the possibility of transferring waste to a cleaning rag. Wear rubber gloves while performing this step.
Clean your cat's litter pan monthly if you're using clumping litter, or weekly if you're using the nonclumping brands. Use soap and warm water, and paper towels. Dispose of the paper towels in a plastic bag and tie it off. Wear rubber gloves while performing this step.
Add fresh litter.
Litter box liners can make litter box cleaning easier. Change the liner when it becomes soiled or torn.
Clean the area around your cat's litter box. Cats frequently transport litter and waste on their feet when they leave the litter pan.