I have 2 cats, and 2 litter boxes. We do them when they seem full, but I'm wondering, should we do them more often than that? At what intervals, if I have 1 litter box per cat, should I clean their litter boxes?

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Rule of thumb: number of litter boxes = number of cats + 1.

You should add 1 additional box to the 2 already present, boxes should be cleaned once to twice a day. Cats are clean and therefore like clean boxes to soil in.

Wash entire box once a week: remove litter, wash box and refill.

  • Once or twice a day? My gosh; I currently am more on a 1 or twice a week.
    – Fredy31
    Apr 3, 2017 at 20:40
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    Scoop daily and full clean (remove all old litter, wash box and refill) once a week. :) Apr 3, 2017 at 20:58
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    Think of it as a toilet for us, when poo's are in the toilet we would rather flush it before using it ourselves. I don't normally humanize our pets but this is one of those situations that we have in common. Apr 3, 2017 at 20:59
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    Yes, you need to clean the litter boxes once or twice a day.
    – mhwombat
    Apr 3, 2017 at 21:41
  • You might be able to make do with just 2 boxes. We have the same setup and our experience is that if we don't dig up their shit twice a day they stop covering it. Which is good incentive to do it regularly...
    – Kempeth
    Apr 4, 2017 at 14:19

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