Once upon a time, I was angry and bitter. You see, my night-shifter husband had just gone to bed AGAIN instead of helping me clean the litter boxes. We have six cats. That means a lot of litter boxes, and cleaning them solo meant an hour and a half of scrubbing and stewing over the fact that my husband was sleeping instead of helping. I’m a big believer in “if you can’t change your situation, change your attitude,” so I tried to change my attitude. Every week, I got to try again. But it wasn’t working.
So I went back to the idea of changing my situation. I wasn’t getting rid of my cats, so the boxes still had to be cleaned. But what if I didn’t have to do it myself? Surely someone was willing to do it for a price? The question became who, and what would they charge.
Shockingly, the who was the hardest part of the equation…
I started with my neighborhood Facebook group. I was immediately told that if I didn’t want to clean litter boxes, I shouldn’t have cats. (Apparently this logic doesn’t apply to dog walkers, nannies, or lawn mowers.) Next I tried local pet sitters. Then I tried local pet food stores. No one knew anyone who could help me. Finally I tried Google.
Turns out, several national companies offer litter box cleaning services!
I ended up going with “Poop 911.” Once a week, my litter box guy emails me the one-hour window of when he’ll be by. I set the used boxes on my porch, he collects them, leaves me clean and filled boxes, and we all move on with our lives.
The cats are happier because, since I don’t have to clean them, we use more boxes now. Guests are happier because the house smells better. I’m happier because I don’t have to stress over my least favorite chore, and I get an hour and a half of my week back. Plus I no longer have to worry about who will clean the boxes if I get sick or injured. Husband is happier because I’m no longer mad at him every week for refusing to help me. Our litter box guy improves the quality of life of every living being in my house, and I regularly credit him with saving my marriage.
So maybe you’re like me and you’re sick of cleaning litter boxes. Or maybe you have a cat and an illness that sucks up all of your energy. (If you have limited spoons, do you really want to use them on cleaning?) Or maybe you’re running a business and raising kids and taking care of your parents and volunteering and you literally don’t have time to clean litter boxes. I’m here to tell you that you have options. Don’t be afraid to seek them out!
P.S. The companies that clean litter boxes also scoop poop, so if you let your dog roam in a fenced yard, these guys can do double duty. Pun absolutely intended.