Is it possible to get rid of the smelly cat litter box without tucking away it in the basement? Cat litter box odor seems to be the one of most common reasons why people choose not to have a cat, or even dumping a cat.
However you should not dump a cat, what you should do, is to dump the litter box odor. In this article you will be able to learn how to control odor coming from your cat’s litter box.
Stop cat litter box odor by scooping frequently
Well, well, our mind blowing solution is to clean the box frequently enough. The truth is, it’s the most important task in order to prevent the smell.
Why? Because most smells usually have a source. In your situation, it’s the soiled litter. If you remove it, the odor will stop spreading. If you don’t remove it, all the other odor controlling tries will give no result.
Let us ask you a question? How often do you clean the box? Weekly? Every other day? Daily? Unfortunately, in most cases, it’s not enough.
So, how often should you clean the litter box?
How much is enough, may be different in each case.
- In most households, twice daily might be enough, stating that you have an appropriate number of litter boxes (read here to know how many litter boxes you should have).
- Also, dumping the whole box weekly or every other week is necessary to rid the cat litter box odor.
Please note – the smell from the box will still fill the room at about the same time your cat steps out of it; however, it usually last for few minutes only.
Change your cat’s diet to limit the litter box odor
It’s simple as that, the more digestible your cat’s food will be – the less your cat’s litter box will smell.
Unfortunately, statistics show, most popular cat food is the dry one. Unfortunately, cats who are on dry food, will have stronger odor coming from their litter box. Here’s why.
First, dry food is extremely… dry. It contains too little water, and makes your cat under-hydrated. What it has do do with litter box?
When cat is ingesting water in insufficient amounts, its body begins to preserve the water it already has and creates more concentrated urine. No need to prove it – it smells more.
Second, dry foods contain tons of grain and other unnecessary components. They are not only unnecessary to your cat, they are also are not very digestible, thus, the most part of them is converted to wastes.
Cat owners who have changed their cats to a diet of higher quality (more meat, less grains) are always reporting the the stools are first, smaller, second, produced less frequently, third, they are stinking less.
Our cat eats home made raw diet, and guess what, it’s extremely rare when our litter boxes stink.
Didn’t stop the litter box odor? What else can you try?
Sometimes people may refer with a response “We already scoop the box almost after every use, but it still smells. Aren’t there other ways to control cat litter box odor?”
Yes, there are few more things, but, indeed, if you do clean the box properly, both scooping twice daily, and dumping it weekly you will hardly need any of those. We promise.
If you do find it being other way, here’s a list of few more things to try:
- Air treatment in the room. Having an air purifier in the bathroom has become a common thing. They are either manually operated, or automated with a timer. No matter which you choose, do not put it too close to the litter box itself, or you lose. That is, your cat may start to avoid it.
- Odor eliminator crystals are a pack of very porous crystals which, due to their large surface area (because of pores) absorb odors quickly. The packet can be attached to the wall right on top of the litter box to neutralize PART of the scent when your cat has just eliminated.
- Switching the litter type may also change the scent of the litter box. Our tests showed the absorbing litter fights odor the worst from types we tried. However, frequently dumping the box will help you to avoid this. Clumping and pine litters have higher odor fighting capabilities. Be aware though, due to strong smell, pine litter is avoided by many cats. You might want to read an additional info about most popular cat litter types, that we have tested.
Things not to do in order to control the litter box odor
There are also few not so good things that cat owners often try, in order to avoid the litter box scent. We should point them out with a label – “don’t try this at home“:
- Don’t choose scented litter. Cats naturally identify their elimination location by smell. Even if your box is clean, he will still be able to catch the tiniest amount of it. If, the smell if overwhelmed by something else, like a perfume scent from pink cat litter, he’s going to avoid it. It is also true for pine litter, mentioned above; however, if we told you to avoid pine litter, it, first would contradict with what we said above, second, we could not have a chance to mention, that pine is not as bad as perfume. We are going to write an article about disadvantages of scented litters in the near future.
- Don’t switch to a covered cat litter box. They are commonly used for odor neutralizing; however, if this is your purpose for covered box, don’t switch to one. You see, when you avoid the smell from spreading in the room, you are not neutralizing it, but you are keeping, and concentrating it inside the box. That is not something your cat could be thankful to, in addition to other disadvantages covered litter boxes have. Read more about covered litter boxes here.
- Do not reallocate the litter box in order to rid the scent. While we always want to put the box out of our sight, around the corner, in the bathroom, basement or outdoors, it may fire back at you. There’s a general rule – the cat litter box must be easily accessible. If you put it away, it becomes less accessible, or your cat may stop using it. Litter box location reconsideration should serve for improving the usability of it. If you are interested, you can read how to improve your cat’s litter box location here.