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Tips On Keeping Your Cat's Litter Box Area Smelling Fresh

Updated on February 21, 2015

If your cat's litter box has a bad scent coming from it, you may want try a few things to prevent those odors. Here are a few tips on how to keep your cat's litter box smelling fresher and cleaner.

Tip #1: Scoop Frequently

Making sure that the cat's litter box is scooped and cleaned frequently will help to eliminate odors. Allowing the litter box to go long periods of time without cleaning can create foul odors. Try to scoop the litter every day or at least every other day to prevent harsh odors.

Tip #2: Litter Box Deodorizer

Another way to help keep the litter box smelling fresh is by using a litter box deodorizer. You can purchase a deodorizer, such as Arm & Hammer litter deodorizer, and sprinkle it into your cat's litter box. Tidy Cats also sells litter box deodorizers as well. It may be a good idea to buy a deodorizer without an overwhelming scent so that your cat does not get turned off by it.

Tip #3: Line The Box

Using a liner in your cat's litter box can help to prevent some of the odors from escaping, especially feline urine odor, which can be pretty pungent. You could line the litter box with either newspaper or a box of liners specifically made for the litter box. Tidy Cats brand sells litter box liners.

Tip #4: Self Cleaning Litter Box

If you can afford to, you may want to buy a self cleaning litter box. A self cleaning box may help to prevent odors faster by cleaning the box automatically. This might be good for people who are busy or for those who have trouble cleaning the litter frequently.

Tip #5 Litter Box With A Roof

Some litter boxes come with a roof or a lid attachment that may be helpful in trapping odors. If you decide to purchase a box with a roof attachment, make sure that it is roomy enough inside for your cat.

Tip #6: Wash Out The Litter Box

Empty the litter box completely and wash it out using water and soap. Make sure to rinse the box thoroughly after washing with soap. After rinsing, you could dry the box with an old towel or paper towels and then fill it back up with fresh litter. By washing the box out often, you will help keep the box smelling fresher.

Tip #7: Odor Control Litter

You may want to experiment with different kinds of odor control litter. Make sure that your cat is comfortable with the brand of litter that you use. If a cat does not like the scent or texture of a specific litter, it may do it's business elsewhere and not inside of the litter box. Try to find an odor controlling litter that works better at keeping the box fresh. One litter I have used that seems to keep odors to a minimum is called World's Best Cat Litter. This litter is all natural and I thought it had great odor control. Other good brands of odor controlling litter are Arm & Hammer, Tidy Cats and Fresh Step. Some people's opinions vary on brands of litter so try to find an odor controlling litter that you feel works best at controlling odors in your cat's litter box.


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