Litter Box Tips

Essential Tips for Controlling Litter Box Odors

You don’t know what you would do without Fluffy. Cuddly and lovable, your cat provides you with hours of entertainment and companionship. The one problem? Her litter box. The smell is so strong and unpleasant, you don’t know how to deal with it. How do you control litter box odors effectively? What are your options? Before you throw in the towel, check out the tips below and take control.

Replace the Litter Box Once A Year

You might find this tip strange, but it’s a necessary part of fighting back against odors. When a litter box is used for a long time, it receives wear and tear. Small grooves that are difficult to clean could harbor odors. Replacing the box gives you (and your cat) a fresh start each year. The box doesn’t have to be fancy, so your household budget doesn’t have to take a hit.

Scoop Up Each Day

Some people feel they only need to clean the litter box once, maybe twice a week. Don’t make this mistake. Because of the unclean state of her box, Fluffy might start to use other parts of the house. The smells from the box could spread. To combat these possibilities, it’s important to clean the box once a day. Change out the litter often.

Picky about Litter

Some cats are very particular about the type of litter they use. Some common types are Clumping, Clay, Pine, Wheat, and Recycled newspaper. Try to use the same litter unless you notice Fluffy is still going outside the box even with a clean box. You may need to change the type of litter or take Fluffy in for a health checkup at your vet.

Use Deodorizers

Sprinkling some deodorizer on the litter can make a difference when it comes to odors. However, you should avoid using scented deodorizers to lessen the odds that Fluffy will stop using her litter box.

Going out of town for a week? A pet sitter can scoop your litter box for you in your absence. Contact Lincoln’s local Cat’s Pajamas hotel for Fluffy to have a home away from home, or information about in home pet care.


How to Keep Your Cat off The Counter

You love your cat, but she tends to jump on the kitchen counter. You’re tired of finding stray fur in the butter – this bad habit has to stop. But how do you tackle this problem? How can you make sure Fluffy keeps her paws planted firmly on the floor?

Make Sure Your Counter Is Clear and Clean

Don’t leave anything on the counter that you know Fluffy finds interesting. Keep food stored in containers. If you have to use a bag, seal it at the top. Check the sink and wipe away any crumbs or liquids that Fluffy might want to nibble on or lick. This may feel unnecessary, but cats can be stubborn and determined creatures – they’re always full of surprises.

Distract Your Cat with Other Activities

Keep your cat busy with other things. Invest in a toy that dispenses food and let her roll around with it at her leisure. Buy a window-mounted cat bed and place it where the sun shines most prominently in your home. With so many things to play with and see, she will be too distracted to care about your kitchen counter. If money is an issue, cut coupons and wait for sales at your local pet stores.

Be Consistent

Once you start, don’t stop. Don’t scold your cat for jumping on the counter one day and let her get away with it the next day. She won’t catch on, and you will end up even more frustrated. Consistency is the key to your success.

Don’t be afraid to ask your local Lincoln, NE Cat’s Pajamas pet sitter about additional options and assistance.