What Causes Litter Box Odor And What’s The Best Way To Control It?

by Patty Pastor

Big Stinks Come In Little Packages.

For many of us, cleaning out the litter box is pretty much the hardest part of owning a kitty. And we’re always worried about an embarrassing ‘smelly cat house ’ situation when friends and family come over. Does my house smell like a litter box?

Here are some easy solutions for controlling and keeping that smelly cat odor out of your house and keeping everyone happy!

Clean your box daily.

The longer existing kitty business sits in the box, the more the odor will linger and take over your house. Cleaning the box twice a day is ideal—once in the morning and once in the evening. Most vets recommend at least 1-2 litter boxes per cat, 2-3 for 2 cats and so on.

Change out the litter at least once a week.

Although you’re doing the best you can to clean everything out of the litter box, there’s no way of getting it all. And after a while those left over bits start to smell and linger. Emptying the litter box once a week, washing it and the scooper with soap and warm water only (do not use chemicals, especially ammonia- based products), dry the box and fill with fresh litter. Try adding a ½ -1 cup of baking soda to each clean batch of litter and mix it around completely. This helps keep both the litter box and your house a little fresher.

Keep the litter box in a well-ventilated area and consider an air-purifier

Keep your litter box in an open, well-ventilated area, with space for them to move freely. While some prefer open litter boxes to covered ones because a closed box traps odors in, if you clean out the covered box twice a day, there should be no problem with smell. Another way to help with ventilation and odor- consider placing an air-purifier in the litter box area. However, do not place it too close to the box, as most kitties do not appreciate loud and/or humming noises near their box.