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August 5, 20050 found this helpful

Take a big garbage bag and set in your kitties litter box along with some arm and hammer baking soda. It makes for fast clean up and the smells are gone. Keep an extra bag on the bottom, so every time you clean up you have another one right at hand.


By Cheri Warner

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By Joan in CT. (Guest Post)
August 5, 20050 found this helpful

Rather than plain baking soda, arm and hammer makes a really nicely scented litter box odor deodorizer of which the base is baking soda. It lasts considerable longer than the plain bak. soda as it spreads out quite thinly and is great with one sprinkle a day. And since you will toss everything, place a section of newspaper on the bottom. The cats won't scratch through it and it helps with the odor also.

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August 6, 20050 found this helpful

Do not use the scented litter box deodorizer. They're made with chemicals, more expensive than plain baking soda, and probably an unnatural scent for your cat to have to inhale.


I spray with Litterbox Kleen each time I clean out the boxes and when I change the boxes. (Changing means new litter AND a clean box. I always have 2 filled with litter -NOT SCOOPABLE- and 2 extra clean litter boxes for 2 cats.)

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By Melissa in Charlotte, NC (Guest Post)
August 8, 20050 found this helpful

I can't stress enough that cleaning it out EVERY DAY is the most important tip. It only takes a couple of minutes and saves so much time in the long run. We have seven cats, use the clay type litter and since it's cleaned every morning, there are no lingering odors. We don't use anything special, just keep it cleared out.

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August 18, 20050 found this helpful

We have had a cat in the house for the last 14 years. She uses the scoopable non deodorized litter in the box. I have a large 6" high 12" x 17" plastic container for her. I do NOT buy the liners anymore because of the cost and the bother of the liner in the box. I just put the litter straight into the box. Each time I am in the laundry room I check the box and scoop out the "stuff", placing it into a old plastic coffee container with a lid. When the container is full, I dump it out into the day's garbage from the rest of the house and start again. Leaving the litter box for a week or two is too long and I find that it takes "seconds" just to check the litter box at the same time I feed her in the morning and it's done.


I have placed her little box in the laundry room in such a way so that she is boarded by 3 sides when in there...wall, dryer and garbage can. I have placed a kitchen mat in front of the litter box on the 4th side for her to step on when getting in and out of the box. This has cut down on the mess of those little clay pieces on the floor immensely. Once in a while I will shake the mat over the litter box to put all the little pieces back (ones that have stuck to her feet when she climbed out). Once or twice a year even though it doesn't look dirty I will throw it into the wash just to make it "clean" again.

I buy the no name scoopable cat litter in the 20 kg box and pour it into a rubbermaid container near the litter box. The rubbermaid container is large enough to hold 2 boxes of litter and I have put a scoop in it. The box was a bother to open and close and to try to scoop litter out of because of the plastic bag inside of it that actually held the litter.

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