When you have a cat, you are bound to run into some stinky issues when it comes to the litter box. Whether you buy the high-end odor-blocking litter that costs a bundle or you buy the cheapest clay litter you can find, you will at some point get a creeping odor from your cat’s bathroom that can make your eyes water. Here are tips I use to keep my kitty’s litter box from making me gag.
Cat urine is the nastiest smell on earth. Somehow when it mixes in with their litter it smells immediately like ammonia, and cleaning the box sends those odors straight to your nose and eyes and burns your throat. To combat this nasty odor, simply pour baking soda along the bottom of the litter box to absorb that burning stench that bothers your nose and irritates your cat as well. Baking soda will help trap those nasty fumes from both your cat’s urine and their poo (who knew a little kitty could crap so much?) and makes the litter box a more enjoyable experience for your cat and you when you clean out the box.
You can further eradicate litter box scents by adding a few drops of lavender or vanilla oil to the baking soda while still in the box so when you pour it in the bottom of the box before adding litter you have a fresh scent that won’t irritate your cat or you.
If using the cheap stuff like I do (I buy the cheapest, biggest bag of regular clay litter I can find) you have to scoop out the box every day, and change out the litter at least once a week. I skipped a week and when I finally did get to the litter box to change out the litter the ammonia odor was so strong I could hardly breathe. Your cat will let you know their box needs changed too by not-so-subtly crapping in other areas of your house (in my case, the kitchen rug). Based on how her box smelled when I got to it, I couldn’t blame her.
Have a car freshener hanging on the top of the box, or if your cat is wanting to chew on it or play with it, hang a car freshener on the wall near the box to help mask kitty odors while your cat is taking their daily (or twice or thrice daily) poo. This helps the odor stay where it is.
Have a litter box with a cover on it, or a box that is not entirely exposed. If it has a little rubber or plastic door on it, all the better. This helps keep the odors from creeping out of the box.
Cat urine is the smell that lingers. If you don’t buy clumping litter, your best bet is to simply dump out all the litter every time you do a litter change. I always dump my kitty’s litter because it’s just too odorous to re-use.
If you like the cheap stuff, buy a bag of odor crystals that you can mix with it to boost its odor-blocking abilities. If you use baking soda along the bottom of the box and wash out the box regularly, you should be fine, but if this is an annoyance, simply buying a bag of odor-blocking crystals can make a huge difference. Simply add a cup of the crystals to your cat’s full litter box to help trap their odors.
When washing the cat’s litter box, use a strong dish soap or bleach it out outdoors, careful to get the sides and outside of the litter box. Wash the top of the litter box as well. Make sure it’s fully rinsed and dried before refilling the box for your cat’s enjoyment.
A deodorizing spray near the litter box can work wonders around the carpet or flooring surrounding the litter box. Placing a large garbage bag under the litter box to catch the litter that tinkles out of the box when your cat buries or climbs out of the box keeps the litter from tracking all over your home. Simply change the garbage bag when you change the litter out. I place a lavender-scented car freshener inside the garbage bag before placing it under the litter box for a pleasant scent.
Cleaning the box regularly is a must. For your cat’s health and to keep them from finding alternate bathrooms in your house, you have to keep their box relatively clean. Even if you fill the box with a lot of litter, you still need to clean it out regularly and change out the litter to keep those offensive odors at bay.