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Maintaining the litter box

We just got Lucy four days ago and she's been excellent about using the litter box (Second nature box and litter). I have been removing all feces with toilet paper and flushing it down the toilet immediately after she delivers. My questions are:

1) How often should I empty the litter completely and refill?
2) Do you know if the litter is septic-tank safe?
3) Should I been scooping out the litter she pees on? I cannot even tell where she's peed.

Thank you in advance for your answers.
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1) How often should I empty the litter completely and refill?
For the Second Nature litter, anytime it develops a hint of ammonia. With the Second Nature litter-we used it for years since it first came out until we switched to wood pellets-the liquid goes to the bottom and turns into a mush with the newspaper pulp.

2) Do you know if the litter is septic-tank safe? For the little bit that you can't help but getting when you pick up poop with toilet paper, I wouldn't worry about it. For the mush at the bottom, keep plastic grocery bags to put it in and throw out with the trash. We find the best scoops for either newspaper or wood pellets to be the little dust pans sold in Dollar type stores that have a snap in cleaning brush. They are the only straight edged scoops Pam has found in a small size.

3) Should I been scooping out the litter she pees on? I cannot even tell where she's peed. With wood pellets you can see where they pee because it turns back into sawdust on the way to the bottom and forms a little "volcano", which makes it easy to see what to get. Second Nature doesn't cycle back into pulp quickly, so the urine runs to the bottom where it sits and forms a mush. Enough must stick to the pellets it goes down through, because even when the box looks clean on the bottom, it will still develop an ammonia smell.

A litter box needs to be kept clean, or some pups will stop using it.
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Tom, thank you so much for the quick response. I'm cleaning the box out right now!
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If it was quick it was just by chance. I usually only check in on forums a time or two a day. I have a bunch of interests, and have thousands of friends on different forums that cover topics on things I'm active in.
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I don't like the Second Nature stuff at all, and neither did Kodi. He is VERY finicky about his box being clean, and as Tom said, you just can't see where they've peed in it the way you can with wood pellets. I didn't realize HOW smelly it was getting, while looking completely clean until Kodi started peeing beside the box rather than in it. When I got my face down near the box I was astounded at the ammonia build-up.

I only bought the Second Nature because I ran out of wood pellets, and my regular supplier was out of stock. From then on, I've made sure I stock enough ahead so that I never run out.

I think you were also asking about your puppy eating pellets ianother thread. I thought you were talking about wood pellets. Wood pellets break down when they get wet, and I wouldn't worry about a puppy ingetsing one here or there. Second Nature swells ALARMINGLY! i would be really worried about a dog swallowing these things.


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