Eliminating Cat Box Odors

How do I eliminate cat odors? I clean kitty litter 2-3x a day, vacuum at least every other day, clean surfaces daily, and wash curtains, etc. weekly. I do use lemon grass oil to keep spiders away which scents the air, but doesn't always clean the air. How are scented candles like Febreze for cats?


By Sharon from Newark, CA

December 28, 20100 found this helpful

Just as baking soda eliminates odors in you refrigerator, it will do the same in your litter box. Just clean out your kitty's gifts as you normally do then sprinkle a generous amount in the litter box. It's not harmful to your cat and will be kind to your nose :)

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December 29, 20100 found this helpful

Sam's Club sells a product called Odo-Ban that is an all natural odor eliminator. It is highly concentrated and you mix some of the Odo-Ban with water in a spray bottle that comes with the product. It is safe to spray on all surfaces, and will not harm your kitties. Another thing you can do is clean your carpets and upholstery with an enzymatic carpet cleaner.

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December 30, 20100 found this helpful

Ditto to Sarie Lynn's baking soda recommendation. We haven't had cats for a few years, I miss them terribly, as old age finally overtook them, but when they did live with us, it was easy to keep a washed and re-purposed grated Parmesan Cheese, plastic container re-filled with baking soda next to the litter box. Daily scooping kept it reasonably clean and a generous dusting of sprinkled on baking soda always kept it odor free.

Baking soda is very inexpensive and invaluable as a natural, frugal, homespun, cleaning, deodorizing and human hygiene product. (Want whiter teeth? Brush them with a paste of baking soda moistened with a few drops of water.)

Nothing against the manufactured products that work, but ya' can't beat the price and utility of a box of baking soda! Good luck!

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December 30, 20100 found this helpful

I am not sure what type of litter you use but I use scoop-able litter and never have an odor problem unless I forget to scoop once per day (I have one cat but if I had more I would scoop more often). I use used veggie bags to put the pee pee and poopy poddy in, tie it up and place it in the trash under my kitchen sink for until the trash goes out.

Many people think scoop-able litter is expensive but it truly isn't because you're just scooping up the used portion instead of having to throw all the litter away every couple of days and then having to also wash the box that the urine has soaked in to. The urine barely soaks in to the box itself using scoop-able so you really only need to clean the box itself every two or three weeks (I put the still good litter in a large bag and then return it to the box after the box has dried after cleaning).

You can buy generic store brands rather than name brands. I buy Safeway's 'Priority Brand' in 14 pound containers for about $6.00 (less when on sale) and one container lasts for a month for my Rachel.

Another secret with using scoop-able successfully is to always keep the litter box 1/2 to 3/4 full of litter.

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December 30, 20100 found this helpful

I've read that any type of fragrance is not good for pets.

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December 30, 20100 found this helpful

Duh! I never knew you could use baking soda! I have been using Arm and Hammer litter powder for years! (It works great) I do agree scoopable litter is better and more economical.. The urine clumps and you can remove only what is used. When I have people over, they don't know I have a cat until he brushes up against them.

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January 1, 20110 found this helpful

Baking soda is great but also, I use Special Kitty that comes in the green box from Walmart. I've tried all the others and really nothing compares for the price. Also, try to keep enough kitty litter in the kitty box, at least 1/2 full.

I should mention I have two cats and never have an odor problem. :) Good luck!

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January 2, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks to all of you for the suggestions. They are very helpful.

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January 12, 20110 found this helpful

I would be careful about using perfumes, candles, or scented litters for a cat or cats. And be careful that the litter is not too powdery as the cat can breathe in the dust it causes when it uses the box & also some litter stick to the cats fur just from using box. I try not to use a litter that states too strongly language about controlling odors, etc because of this. Cats can have allergies too & I certainly wouldn't want to be breathing litter dust 2-3 times day. Anyway, that is my humble opinion.

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