Do people let their cats outside to avoid cleaning the litter box?

DEAR JOAN: Let’s stop beating around the bush and the kitty litter pan.

Lots of “but my cat wants to go out” people just plain don’t want to change a litter box every day, or twice, if you have as many cats as we have or who have us — yes, some ferals can’t resist “the good life” of no predators, unlimited food and air conditioning and heating.

Here is a working solution.

Cat poop stinks in part because of the food you put into the cat. Garbage in, garbage out. Some of the “top” name brands that advertise heavily do provide adequate nutrition, but I bought a bag on sale and had to return it to the store. I gagged changing the litter box and even my chair smelled awful when the cat sat in it, even without getting feces on it.

You need to go to a pet, feed or grain store, and purchase a better quality food. It is more expensive, but there will be no terrible smell.

Litter quality varies a lot, too. I get a really great clumping type. We only have to dump and renew once in a while, even with five cats using it. Scooping twice daily on two boxes does the trick, using a strainer to remove urine lumps and poop. Little particles of poop that still smell can be removed with the edge of the strainer.

Pet stores, grocery stores, and feed and grain stores all carry clumping litter. Be sure to get the dustless kind. I like the ones that have no scent, but some people like scented.

Before you open the door to let the cat out and risk your cat’s life, and drive your neighbors crazy, please try these suggestions.

Arlynn Grimm, Livermore

DEAR ARLYNN: I certainly appreciate your suggestions for providing the most healthful food for our cats, and your tips on troubleshooting the litter box.

I don’t, however, quite agree with your assessment that “lots of people” let their cats wander because they don’t want to deal with the litter box.

I’m certain there are some out there that do this, just as there are some dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets. (Shame on both.)

However, I do know people who sincerely believe that cats need to be free to roam and that keeping them indoors is cruel. I strongly disagree with them, but that decision, I believe, is based on their beliefs and

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