Cats, Litter Boxes, and Mold: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Published by Eric Bustamante on June 4th 2015

Cats, Litter Boxes, and Mold: What Pet Owners Need to Know

We all love our pets! Show them some love today by giving them a hug, just watch out for hairballs! With the health and happiness of your feline friends in mind, here is some information on the relationship between cat litter and mold:

1.) Scoop those Litter Boxes Daily
If you’re a cat owner and use litter boxes, make sure to scoop the dirty litter at least 1-2 times a day. If possible, clean up immediately after your cat does its business because mold can begin growing inside and around a litter box in as little as 24-48 hours.

2.) Avoid Corn or Plant-Based Litter

There are many types of litter but pet owners should specifically avoid the purchase of corn or plant-based litter for their cat’s litter box. Both, when combined with moisture or a damp environment, promote the growth of deadly aflatoxin mold.

3.) Regularly Clean and Change the Box

In addition to scooping out dirty litter daily, it is essential to change the litter as well. It should be changed every 2 weeks for non-clumping litter, monthly for clumping litter. Also, remember to clean your cat’s litter box with soap and water or specifically bleach if you already see signs of mold.

4.) Consider a Self-Cleaning Litter Box

For those pet owners that don’t have the time, resources, or patience to clean out their litter boxes daily, there are self-cleaning litter boxes on the market that do most or all of the work for you. Some model designs even connect directly to your home’s plumbing, making the cleaning process automatic.

So there you have it. Mold is a very real threat when it comes to cats and their litter boxes, but as you can see the potential for mold growth is minimized with just a few proper preventive maintenance techniques. If you notice mildew or a complete mold infestation in your bathroom or in any other area of your home, call 911 Restoration right away and our mold remediation technicians will come give your house a Fresh Start!