First, I believe all cats’ paws should touch the Earth to feel the energy fields of nature and be connected to what they innately know. Therefore, business should be done outside, as nature intended, and litter boxes should be a last resort, but not the norm.
However, if this is not possible, and litter is required, then it MUST meet the following criteria:
1. Nothing food based such as corn or wheat.
2. Nothing with a scent.
3. Nothing with any sort of residue.
4. No plastic liners.
5. It must come from a SINGLE natural source with no additives, such as pine pellets or bark. It therefore, will have minimal dust / residue and will be recognizable by the organic body. The reason for this is, if ingested, the body will therefore, know how to process it out.
All this litter with the additives, the dust, and the chemicals (not to mention the crazy prices the pet industry is charging), I believe are also contributing to kidney failure in cats. This is just common sense to me. The cat’s and people’s homes are absolutely covered in it. The cats are definitely ingesting it daily, because it is all over their coats.
I would love to take a UV Wand and show people in the dark what they and their animals are living in. It would look like a CSI crime scene!
Type of Box
Most cat litter boxes are much too narrow, much too high, and much too small, like the one shown on this page. Your cat’s litter box should also never be covered.
What you are looking for is a large, plastic storage box, with easily accessible sides, which allows the cat the freedom to move easily in and out and has a good “outdoor” feel as far as accessibility. You may find these at any container store.
Location of the Box
The litter box should be located:
- In a quiet space
- Where there is no traffic in the house, it is private
- Where it is easily accessible
- Where there is good light and air, not in a smelly, dark room
- Where the cat feels safe
Cleaning the litter box is another consideration when it comes to exposing the feline body to toxicity.Using bleach or any chemicals is harmful to your animal as they process far more than humans realize via smell. These products are carcinogenic to the body and completely unnecessary.
I use Dr. Bronner’s Castile Rose or Unscented Soap to clean our litter boxes in the Winter when they are required, and the boxes have stayed smell-free and very much user friendly for years.
All this information about having to rotate boxes because they smell, this is because of bad diet. Smelly urine and feces equal chemicals and waste product in your animals’ food, and thus, in your animal. Their internal toxic load is just too great.
If your cat is on a fresh raw or cooked diet, nothing smells, and their urine amount is small compared to cats having to drink volumes of water when on dry food, which is pressuring their kidneys.
Cleaning / Clearing
Please empty the box after each use. Wash and clean the litter box at least once daily. No animal would EVER use the same patch of Earth to do their business on. And scooping is just completely gross. This is not healthy, clean or natural. Please keep the litter box in your home crystal clean and free of chemicals. They deserve it and so do you!