It may seem tempting to try to mask litter box odor by using scented litter or placing an air freshener nearby. But this smell may actually repel the cat and force it to relieve itself elsewhere. Use unscented litter and then sprinkle baking soda inside the box to help absorb odors. Baking soda should not offend the cat.
According to the Humane Society of America, research has shown that many cats prefer fine-grained litters because they have a softer feel. Clumping litters may be preferable to clay litters. Picky cats who resist commercial litters may like sand. Once a litter material is found that the cat likes, stick with it.
The primary way to prevent litter box odors is to keep the litter box clean. If the odor offends you, it is likely it will offend the cat, too. Clean the litter box of waste at least once a day, replace the litter twice a week, and at least once a week remove everything and wash the box down with warm, soapy water. Make sure there is plenty of ventilation around the litter box so that odors will not build and fester.
Treat your cat to a new litter box once per year. Over time, a cat may scratch its litter box, creating small crevices where bacteria can thrive. This may make odors worse, and the box could be more difficult to clean. Think about donating the used litter box to an animal shelter.
Cat owners don’t have to put up with litter box odor and soiling around the house. Maintenance and finding the right location and litter material go a long way toward having a happy, well-behaved cat.
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