Follow me here..you start life with a pan full of clean possibility...then your cat takes a big shit...luckily you have clumping litter (coping mechanisms, rationalizations) it really cuts the smell..
We clean our litter box three times a week...I am sure some clean more, some clean less...but what if you didn't clean it at all? What if, every time your cat took a big shit in your litter box, your either ignored it, or spritzed perfume? Or what if you ran around accusing everyone else of stinking....or pointed to and said"that is why i can never enjoy my room...it smells in here!"
Seems silly, doesn't it?
Or worse..what if we were given someone else's shit filled litter pan..and we dragged it with us throughout life? We have no reason to drag this around, but we believe it represents us...it's a part of us...we base our worth on it...the perception other people have...based on the smell that permeates us.
Why would you drag that around? Habit? Laziness? A belief that you deserve that shit?
Or even better...say we clean our litter pan. But we put it in a paper Sack, in the closet.
Our pan looks clean..but we are holding on to the crap...as proof? To take it out and show to others? As evidence?
Who lives with it? Who smells it?
Hanging on to that shit makes as much sense as hanging on to the anger, pain and bitterness of past grievances...when someone shits on you...don't count on your internal rationalization to clump the smell into non existence...don't ignore it, and pretend it doesn't exist. Bend over, face that shit, recognize it for what it is, and throw that shit away! And for God's sake...if you are hauling someone else's shit around...dump that shit too.