How To Keep Cat Litter From Sticking To The Box?

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I love being a cat parent, but figuring out how to keep cat litter from sticking to the was not a fun process.

But you are lucky!

I will share all the things I found out to help you get out of this sticky situation.

There are several methods you can use to prevent litter from sticking to the box.

You should start by using a non-stick spray at the bottom of the tray or a liner, this will help to create a barrier between the litter and the box. Also, adding a thin layer of baking soda or litter deodorizer to the bottom of the box can help preventing litter from sticking to the box.

Another method you can try is to add a small amount of olive or vegetable oil with the litter. This can help to repel the moisture from the box and prevent any clumping that may occur.

Add liners to your litter box to prevent litter from sticking

Using litter box liners is one of the simple methods to prevent the litter from sticking to the bottom of the the box. Adding it to the bottom of the tray before filling the box with litter is a very easy process, but it’s crucial to select liners that fit the box nicely for getting the best results. Many liners come with rope handles that make it easy to lift the whole liner with the litter inside, which is a godsend for cleaning. As the litter shouldn’t touch the bottom of the litter box, there won’t be any need for scraping the box for stuck things and is going to help you with the cleaning process.

Litter boxes can be a factor for sticking

scoop and litter box
Getting ready for scooping… we don’t want litter sticking to the box

One of the most important tasks is maintaining a clean litter box. If it’s dirty it can lead to health problems, such as infections that will need to be treated by a vet.

Choosing the right box is also a step that can help in preventing litter from sticking. There are many different litter box materials such as plastic, metal and ceramic, and all of them have different benefits. We tend to use the plastic boxes as they are very light and cheap. Ceramic boxes are also durable and easy to clean.

It’s very important to choose the right size and depth of a box, as well to decide between covered and uncovered boxes. Covered litter boxes may provide more privacy for your pet, but they can also contain very strong odor and cause poor ventilation.

Selecting the right litter to help for sticking

The type of litter you have selected can also be a major factor in preventing the litter from sticking. The quality and the texture of the litter are important factors to consider when selecting the right one for your cat. For example our pet likes the softer texture a lot more than the coarser one.

Crystal litter is one of the option that can provide excellent odor control and can last longer than other types of litter. However, it may not be as effective at absorbing moisture. Plant-based litter and homemade cat litter is becoming more popular due to their eco-friendliness, but they may not provide the same level of odor control as the other types of litter.

You may also want to thing about any allergies or sensitivities your pet may have when purchasing this.

Once you have the right litter box and the right litter selected it’s important to prepare it porperly. Make sure keep a layer of 3-5 inches deep on the box and try to scoop out the waste daily.

On top of this we recommend completely changing the litter every week to ensure it won’t stick to the bottom of the tray. After that the tray will have to be washed thoroughly with warm water and any soap that you want. Once washed, let it dry completely before adding a new batch of litter.

We recommend replacing the litter box every 6 to 12 months, or even sooner if you see it’s damaged or scratched. This will help with the litter box smell and prevent odors

Troubleshooting common issues with litter

Even when you take all the steps and provide the best care, some litter box problems may rise. Here are a few problems I encoutered with my pet Coco and how I dealt with them.

  1. Litter box odor control: If the litter box becomes smelly, first thing is to increase the frequency you are cleaning it at. The second one would be to add a few ingredients that can help with the smell like baking soda and essential oils that are not toxic for your cat
  2. Litter tracking: Litter tracking can be a frustrating problem, but I know a few tips that can help you. You can use a high-sided litter box or switch to a covered litter box. A good solution can be a mat in front of the litter box

Try a litter box with a non-stick coating

There are many brands out there selling litter boxes with non-stick coating, which can make it easier to clean and prevent the litter from sticking to the box. Look for boxes made from materials like stainelss steel or that are coated with something like Teflon

Consider a self-cleaning litter box

Although they are not cheap the self-cleaning litter boxes are an absolute godsend. They can help to reduce the amount of times you need to travel to the litter box to clean it, which can help preventing litter from sticking as they use sensors to detect when your cat has used the box and automatically cleans itself

Indre K Williams

Indre K Williams

Indre K Williams (DVM) graduated from the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, she brings a wealth of knowledge and a genuine passion for animals to their writing. With years of experience working closely with pets and their owners, she has developed a deep understanding of their needs and behaviour.

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