Stop holding your breath when you clean that litter box. While your cat will never poo or pee rainbows or flowers, there are some ways you can handle and reduce litter box odor. If your cat has been pooping outside the box, it’s time to look into how clean that box truly is.
Finding a litter that’s a dream for city apartments, multi-cat homes, and easy to clean can help reduce cat litter odor, but your kitty box cleaning routine is often equally as important. If you’re skipping any of these steps when fully cleaning your kitty’s box, you’re missing out on having the cleanest cat box on the block!
Give your kitty a box she’ll be proud to pee in. Eliminate the offensive odors using these tips.
This is a no-brainer, right? If you read my previous article, you know that your cat’s urine contains urea which reacts with the air to form ammonia, and the sulfur and bacteria present in your kitty’s poo is rather stinky as well. Removing the source of the odor can easily eliminate the problem.
If you use flushable litter like TofuKitty, you can easily scoop, flush, and quickly forget the unpleasant aroma.
Non-flushable litter, you can scoop your kitty’s waste and tie it up in a plastic bag to trap the stench then toss it in the trash.
How often should you scoop? The sooner the better and the more frequent the less stink.
Make sure your cat has potty options. Most experts recommend one to two boxes per cat in your household. Round up when caught between numbers. This will extend the lifespan of your cat’s litter box and prevent the smell from concentrating in one area. This can encourage your cat to use the box more frequently, reducing how concentrated your cat’s urine becomes.
Claws + Plastic = Odors. Most litter boxes are plastic, which is porous and is susceptible to scratches. These scratches can hold bacteria and therefore odor. So, think about scrubbing the litter box as a way to eliminate stinky bacteria. The more often you scrub, the cleaner the box will be.
If you’re looking for more tips and even a thorough routine to keep that litter box squeaky clean, make sure to check out my other blog post Health Hazards of a Dirty Litter Box.
I always recommend finding a litter that works well for small spaces, even if you don’t live in an apartment. Why? Because your cat’s litter box is likely in a room, closet, or bathroom, which is a tight space. A lack of airflow can concentrate the ammonia smell created by your cat’s urine.
Which litter is best for you? Let’s take a look at how most litter handles odor, and you can determine which is right for your cat and home.
Traditional Clay Litter
Clay litter is made of calcium bentonite (clumping) or sodium bentonite (non-clumping) which absorbs moisture. In its natural habitat, on a hillside or mountaintop, before being stripped from the land, the clay transformed into litter hold about twice its weight in water. This water is baked off, emptying the tiny spaces in the clay where cat urine can be absorbed.
What about the odor? For the most part, clay litter on its own doesn’t absorb odor but often masks it with perfumes and other additives.
Non-Clumping Alternative Litters: Pine, Corn, Wheat, and Paper
The plant-based alternatives stick to your cat’s waste to coat it and absorb some moisture. Some of these products, like pine, have a naturally fresh scent that is pleasant. These can often be flushable, making it easy to clean your cat’s litter on-demand.
TofuKitty Cat Litter
Tofu, when dried and made into litter, acts like a sponge to rapidly absorb liquids and trap odor. This makes it easy to scoop and flush without batting an eye. TofuKitty performs two to three times better than clay litter, making it the best apartment cat litter with its superb odor control for small spaces.
Cats have extra sensitive snoots. When you choose a litter that smells like an island paradise, your cat’s sense of smell can be overloaded and find using her litter box unpleasant. These perfumes also mask the unpleasant odor, which can result in waste being left too long and grow harmful bacteria. Most vets advise cat parents to choose perfume-free cat litters.
There are some aspects of your kitty’s diet that can make their waste extra smelly. Some of these will naturally take care of themselves while others may need the help of your vet.
Keeping your litter box clean and fresh creates a world where we can forget about the only downside of cat ownership. It also helps your cat feel more comfortable when using her litter box. So, think outside the box, clean it regularly, and enjoy some fresh snuggles from your beloved kitty!