Cat litter box odor can be unpleasant to both humans and cats. There are several approaches you can take to deodorize your cat's litter room, such as cleaning the litter box frequently, finding the best type of litter for your cat, using deodorizing products and re-evaluating what your cat eats.
Litter Box Upkeep
One of the most effective and inexpensive ways to deodorize your cat's litter box room is frequent upkeep. Litter should be scooped daily (or the litter box dumped every few days for non-scoopable litter) and the box itself should be washed once per week with mild soap and warm water. Although covered boxes provide privacy, they trap odor; which may be unpleasant for your cat. Think of a covered litter box as the equivalent to a human port-a-potty. Simply cleaning out your kitty's litter box several times each week will help keep your cat litter room odor-free. If you have more than one cat, set up at least one litter box per cat. If you can only have one litter box for two cats, clean it out twice daily.
The type of litter, or substrate, you use also affects odor in your cat litter room. Types of litter include, but are not limited to, scented, unscented, pellets, crystals, clay, wheat and corn. Different substrates of cat litter absorb odor and moisture differently. You may need to try different brands and substrates to find what fits your cat best, then stick with that type of litter to effectively combat odor.
There are many different types of deodorizer products you can use in combination with keeping your cat's litter box clean and tidy. Most litter deodorizers use baking soda as a main ingredient, as baking soda is an excellent odor and moisture-absorber. To use deodorizer products, simply sprinkle them over your cat's litter after cleaning out the box.
Food and Litter Box Odor
What your cat eats also affects the odor of the litter box. Food that is overly processed or includes meat your cat would not normally ingest in the wild will make your litter box smell, since the food may not be properly digested. Food that a cat is used to eating in the wild, like birds and chickens, will help control litter box room odor. Ensure your cat is eating the right food support his health and well-being, as well as to control litter odor.
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.
Amanda Williams has been writing since 2009 on various writing websites and blogging since 2003. She enjoys writing about health, medicine, education and home and garden topics. Williams earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at East Stroudsburg University in May 2013. Williams is also a certified emergency medical technician.