How to Deodorize a Cat Litter Box

A clean litter box keeps your furry friend happy.
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Your cat's superior sense of smell can keep her from using the litter box if it's stinky and dirty. Unfortunately for you, she'd rather go potty elsewhere in the house. Ensure the litter box is clean and free of odors so both you and your finicky feline are happy campers.

Step 1

Empty out the litter box every two to three weeks for a thorough cleaning. Scrape dried litter that's stuck to the box with a metal paint scraper. If you have more than one cat, you might have to clean the box more often.

Step 2

Wet the litter box with hot water and scrub it with a scrub brush to get rid of any litter residue.

Step 3

Mix 1 teaspoon of household bleach per gallon of hot water. Fill the litter box with the sanitizing solution and let it sit for about five minutes. Thoroughly rinse the box and dry it with paper towels.

Step 4

Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on the bottom of the litter box. The baking soda absorbs odors and helps keep the box smelling fresh. Alternatively, use a commercial litter box deodorizer.

Step 5

Fill the litter box with a 2-inch layer of cat litter. Use a non-scented, clumping litter, because cats tend to dislike scented litter, and clumping litter keeps the odor to a minimum. Hold the litter close to the litter box as you pour it in to avoid a lot of dust.

Step 6

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap and water after cleaning the litter box.

Step 7

Scoop out soiled litter and feces at least once a day if you have one cat and more often if you have multiple cats. If needed, add clean litter to maintain a 2-inch layer and always wash your hands after handling the litter box.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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