We all know how awful the cat litter box can smell. You may be wondering if there is anything you can do to reduce or prevent kitty litter from smelling so bad. Well, yes…below are a few tips on how you can prevent kitty litter odor from getting out of hand and it is simple, but requires a little effort on your part.
Mix Tea Leaves In With The Litter
Just mix a batch of dried tea leaves into the litter for a fresh scent. It also has anti-bacterial properties to assist with keeping the pan clean. (Amazon)
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A Few More Tips
Scoop, Scoop , Scoop
Try to scoop the litter box as much as possible. The more lumps you have in the litter box the more uncontrollable the smell is going to be. No more than five lumps should be in the litter box at a time. If it seems like you can’t keep up, you should probably get another litter box.
Seal In The Smell
Make sure you put the scoopings in a bag or trash can—or both—that can seal tightly. This will insure that the smell will be locked in.
Regularly Change The Litter
You should change the litter at least once a week. If it becomes too saturated then the smell will become overwhelming. Once you dump the old litter, wash out the litter box, before putting in a fresh batch of litter.
Regularly Wash The Litter Box
Make sure you wash your litter box really good. Take it outside and hose it down if the weather permits. Rinse out all the soap really good. Cats hate the smell of soap.
Two Boxes Per Cat
You should at least have two litter boxes per cat. Be sure to keep the boxes in different parts of the house. Your kitty may be on one side of the house where the litter box isn’t and decide not to journey to where it is. So it’s a good idea to have another option for your cat.
Put the box in a well ventilated room. Small areas only serve to concentrate the smell. Make sure there is very little traffic—away from people and other pets—and nowhere near your cat’s food. Just consider how you like to go to the bathroom and you’ll completely understand.
Clumping Litter Is Better
When you use clumping litter, it makes it easier for you to scoop up the lumps and keep the litter clean. The better job you do of keeping the litter clean, the less you’ll have to replace the litter.
Baking soda is really good at soaking up the odor without irritating the cat’s sense of smell. As we all know cat’s have really sensitive noses and the wrong odor can really turn them off. Just shake a thin layer of baking soda in the litter box before you pour in the kitty litter.
Get A New Litter Box
Replacing the litter box on a yearly bases is ideal. After a while, it becomes hard to keep the litter box sanitary. Especially with your cat constantly scratching and clawing at it.
That should be enough to get you started…remember, the key to keeping a home free from kitty litter odor is to Clean, Clean, Clean.
Also, what might help is to begin looking for a litter box enclosure. Litter box enclosures do a great job at hiding the litter box and also the smell. I do a great review on some of the better pieces on the market, to find out more click here.
I hope you find these tips useful and thanks for reading.