Cat Litter Box Tips - Do's & Don'ts of Litter

Tidy Cats is helping you get back to the litter basics. Whether you’re a first-time cat owner or just need a little refresher on best practices, here’s a simple list of the litter to-do’s and not-to-do’s.


  • Scoop waste daily. Cats prefer a clean area to do their business (and we can’t blame them!) So if you’re using clumping litter, scoop and toss clumps every day. 
  • Clean litter boxes regularly. Wash the litter box monthly with water and mild detergent and refill with fresh litter. It’s all about keeping things TIDY.  
  • Refill the litter box with fresh litter about 3-4 inches deep for clumping litter. This ensures enough litter to cover their waste if they prefer to do so and allows enough depth to form tight clumps. (Non-clumping litter should be filled to about 2-3 inches). 
  • Have enough boxes for each cat to have their own, plus one. (So, 1 cat = 2 boxes. 2 cats = 3 boxes. It just goes up from there, you get it!) 



  • Flush litter clumps down the toilet (your house plumbing is not made for cat litter) or empty the litter box in the garden (it could attract flies or other cats). 
  • Use cleaning products with ammonia, as it could irritate your cat.  
  • Switch litter types suddenly. Cats need time to adjust; a quick switch might cause stress in your cat and litter box rejection. 
  • Neglect the boxes. Cats like clean, and if a box isn’t tended to, your cat may avoid it, resulting in more “accidents” outside the litter box. 
  • Place the boxes in undesirable areas. Undesirable can mean a few different things: too small, too hard to get to, or too close to their food—just to name a few. General rule of thumb: if you wouldn’t want to do your business there, neither does your cat. 


cat products

Purina offers formulas designed for your cat's unique needs and products that fit within your lifestyle. We'll help you find the perfect match.