Does your home smell like cat urine and litter? Well, if it does hopefully you are not nose blind and unknowingly offending your friends and family that come to visit. OR even worse, hopefully the odor isn’t so bad that you leave your home with the stink all over your clothes. You know how people talk? Keep reading to find out how you can minimize or completely eliminate the odor associated with cat litter.
- Switch your cat litter. It really can be that simple. There are so many variations on the market that you might just have to play around and see which ones work the best for you and your cats. It’s definitely worth the expense to try out and a few. In some cases, you may have to spend a few bucks more but that’s better than dealing with the foul urine mixed with cat litter smell.
- Place the cat litter boxes in well ventilated locations. This is crucial. Placing the litter box in a utility room, closet or mud room with no ventilation is just asking for trouble. Even if you use the best of litters, you will encounter odors in a non-ventilated area.
- Clean the litter box at least once a day. Hopefully you’re not one of the offenders who goes days (or longer) without cleaning out the litter box! Not only is that a direct culprit of odor, you’re basically just begging your cat to pee in the bottom of your closet or on your best Persian rug. Cats like clean litter boxes!
- Change the litter twice a week. Even the best pooper scoopers leave behind traces of feces and urine and over time, the small traces of odor will turn into stronger traces of odor. Set yourself on a schedule and just do it!
- Consider using an odor deodorizer. A little sprinkle, sprinkle can at the bottom of the litter box can make a difference. However, just as with the litter – you might need to do a little trial and error with you and your cats. Keep in mind that cats are not usually fond of strong scents so a deodorizer of the unscented variety is most likely going to be your best bet.
- Scrub the litter box once per week. A little elbow grease goes a long way in terms of controlling odor. Use a mild detergent as ammonia and other strong chemicals will turn your cat away from the litter box and he might turn towards your ….yes, favorite Persian rug.
- Consider the quality of food that you are feeding your cat. Poor nutrition manifests itself in many ways, including even worse smelling urine and feces. A dietary change may be in order if you’ve tried all of the other steps and nothing seems to be working. As always, consult with your vet and other health care professionals about which food is the healthiest option for your cat.
Remember, cats one of the cleanest pets that you can have. They desire a clean litter box and overall environment. Getting rid of your cat due to the litter odor should never, ever be an option. If you are frustrated with the odor associated with cat litter, keep trying. Try these tips and speak with your health care professionals. They work with animals every day and have the best suggestions for everything from litter to food to toys! There IS a winning combination out there that will keep you and your cats happy.