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Top Tips for Controlling Litter Box Odors

July 06, 2022

ginger cat sitting in covered litter box, how to control litter box odors

If you're a cat lover, then you know that one of the downsides of having a feline friend is dealing with the litter box. While cats are relatively clean animals, cat urine and waste can produce an unpleasant odor that can be tough to get rid of.

If you're looking for ways to control the litter box smell in your home, check out these top tips.

1. Make sure you have enough litter boxes

If you have a multi-cat household, you should have a litter box plus one for every cat in the home. So, if you have 2 cats, you should have 3 boxes. Four cat homes should have 5 boxes, and so on.

two cats curious about litter box, if you have multiple cats, you need extra litter boxes to keep litter box odors under control

2. Scoop the box daily

The best way to keep litter box odors under control is to scoop it every day. This will remove the urine and waste that causes the odor in the first place. Regular scooping also makes it more likely your cat will use the box when it's time to "go," rather than the carpet or furniture.

3. Use a quality litter

Not all litters are created equal. Some types of litter are better at masking odors than others. If you're looking for a litter that will help control odor, look for one that contains baking soda or zeolite.

4. Change the litter regularly

It's important to replace the litter regularly, even if you're using a quality product. The general rule of thumb is to completely dump and change your litter every two to three weeks.

to keep litter box odors at bay you'll need to replace your litter every 2 to 3 weeks

5. Keep the litter box clean

unique pet odor and stain eliminator is perfect for keeping cat urine, feces, and litter box odors under control

In addition to scooping and changing the litter regularly, you need to also keep the box itself clean. To most effectively clean the litter box and eliminate odors, wash it out with soap and water to remove any litter or waste remaining in the box. Then, spray Unique Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator over the entire box, both inside and out, and allow the box to air dry naturally. Follow these steps every time you change the litter.

6. Add a dash of baking soda to the cat litter

Baking soda is a natural odor absorber, so adding a bit to your litter can help to control smells.

7. Place the litter box in a well-ventilated area

A good way to keep odors from getting out of control is to place the litter box in a well-ventilated area. This will help to dissipate any smells that do occur.

By following these simple tips, you can help to control litter box odors in your home. While there is no guarantee that you'll never have to deal with a smelly litter box again, taking these steps will definitely help to reduce the problem of litter box odors throughout the home.

Check out our Tinkle Talk Blog for more great articles about controlling pet stains and odors in your home, vehicle, and outdoors!

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