Sure, there are many cat litters on the market today that boast advanced odor control, but what if that is not enough? Perhaps your cat is ultra-smelly, or you just aren’t having luck with your current litter brand – what can you do to eliminate the smell?
Luckily, there are many simple ways to eliminate odor from a litter box, using items that are generally available in the average household.
Baking soda is a powerful odor-stopper. For the average size litter box, ½ cups is adequate. Simply empty litter box of litter, scrub with a cleaner, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the box, covering all sections. Once covered, add litter. This almost always solves the odor problem.
Double the Efforts
If the baking soda is not enough to eliminate the odor, than in addition to the baking soda, add a car freshener to the inside of the litter box. However, be sure to observe your cat. If he sneezes, his eyes water, his starts scratching, acts odd, or stops using his box, remove the freshener; he is likely allergic to it. If this proves to be the case, try moving the freshener to the outside of the cage. If symptoms persist, eliminate freshener completely.
Get a Closed Box
If your cat box is a flat, open type, than consider buying a box that has a ‘dome’ lid over the top. This will help concentrate the odor to one location. If you do this, purchase the square odor catchers that are intended to ‘suck’ the odor from refrigerators. They are square, thin, and have sticky edges. Stick these over the air vents on the box dome. They should draw the odor into the catcher, which you can then peel off and replace.
Attack the Room
If you still have a persistent odor after applying the above remedies, you need to branch out to the room also. Apply air freshener strips to the doorway to the room that contains the box. This will help eliminate offensive odor from entering other rooms. Add stationary air fresheners around the room, or consider purchasing an electric air filter/freshener. Electric air fresheners will plug into an outlet and circulate air around the room with a fan. Electric air filters are larger, plug into an outlet, and draw air into the unit, pushing out filtered, clean air.
If the odor is still offensive after all of this, it is time to look at your cat’s diet. Talk to your vet, and ask for a diet that may cause less of a smell. Also, ask about having your pet checked for any parasites that can contribute to the offensive smell.