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.
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.