7 Ways to Beat Litterbox Smells

7 Ways to Beat Litterbox Smells

One of the many wonderful things we love about cats is the fact that they are quite clean, and will use their own purrsonal powder rooms to do their business. However, while Fluffy’s litterbox can make caring for her much easier, it does also have some downsides, such as, well, stinkiness. Read on as a Flushing, MI vet discusses defeating litterbox odors.

Scoop, Scoop, Scoop

The best way to keep your feline buddy’s litterbox from stinking is to simply keep it clean. We recommend scooping daily, and changing the litter weekly. Every now and then, you’ll also want to give your kitty’s powder room a good scrubbing.


Choosing the right spot for the litterbox is very important. Make sure that Fluffy’s bathroom is both private and easily accessible for her. Be sure to choose a spot with good ventilation. If you put the box spare bathroom, keep the fan running in that room. Putting an air filter nearby will also help.

Product Choice

Don’t be afraid to try different products. Some litters have better odor-absorbing qualities than others do. Cats can be quite purrticular about their bathrooms, so make sure Fluffy agrees with your choices! You can also experiment with liners and deodorizers. (Tip: sprinkling baking soda in your furball’s powder room will also help.)

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners are very helpful in fighting odors. Look for products that break down scent molecules, instead of simply masking them with perfumes. Consider putting a timed-release spray near the litterbox.

A Good Diet

Fluffy’s menu will also affect how her waste smells. Make sure your kitty is getting good, nutritious food. Ask your vet for specific advice. If your feline friend’s litterbox is extremely smelly, despite being kept clean, contact your vet right away to schedule an exam.

Set Plants Out

Houseplants of course make your home look nice, but, because they filter air, they also can really help with controlling odors. Set some non-toxic plants near the litterbox. You can find a full list at the ASPCA website.

Prevent Overcrowding

Kitties may not mind sharing beds, but they hate sharing bathrooms! If you have more than one cat, you’ll need multiple litterboxes. We recommend one box per furball, plus at least one extra.

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Flushing, MI animal hospital, today!

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