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There’s no question that cleaning the litter box is one of the less fun aspects of sharing life with cats, but it’s also one of the most important ones. And when it comes to something you’re going to be doing every day, multiple times a day, having the right tool for the job makes life so much easier.
Litter box hygiene 101
Keeping you litter boxes clean will ensure that your cats continues to use them. Boxes should be scooped at least once a day, preferably several times a day. Add litter as needed. At least once a month, dump out the entire litter box and thoroughly clean it with hot water and unscented soap. Don’t use harsh chemicals or ammonia based cleaners. Replace litter boxes completely after 6 months to a year. No matter how well you clean, the porous plastic will start to break down and eventually absorb bacteria.
If you must use litter additives to control odor, use enzyme or probiotic based products with no added scent. Baking soda is an inexpensive litter additive that provides good odor control.
When it comes to litter scoops, not all scoops are the same. The size of the scoop, the angle, the distance between the slats, the overall design – all of these can make a difference in how well a scoop works for you.
Made from solid, heavy gauge steel, and featuring a non-corrosive, powder-coated finish, these scoops are going to be virtually indestructible. Sized at about 11.5 inches long and 5 inches wide, and weighing in at 5.5 ounces, they are easy to maneuver while getting the job done.
Putting the DuraScoop® Mini to the test
I prefer a smaller litter scoop to the large, heavy duty models. I find smaller scoops easier to maneuver around corners. Despite being steel, the handle is very comfortable and feels good in my hand.
I use doggy poop baggies to collect waste before taking it to the trash can in the garage, and these scoops are the perfect size to dump waste into the baggie without having to angle the scoop.
This scoop excels at getting urine balls away from the walls of the litter box and out of corners, something my previous plastic scoops didn’t do as good a job with.
The DuraScoop® Mini comes in four colors and is available from Amazon.
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