5 Ways of Fighting Cat Odor in Your Home

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Cats are one of the most popular companion animals in the world. In some countries, they are even worshiped.

With every cat there is always a litter box. And with every litter box there is always an odor.

Unless, you take steps to prevent the odor from illuminating throughout the house.

If you want to learn how to prevent cat odor in your home, keep reading. Today we will be covering 5 basic and easy ways to fight cat odor.

1. Change Litter Type

The litter brand you are using can have a huge impact on the smell it emits. We use Purina Tidy Cat 24/7 for our three cats. The fact is that most cats do not like a lot of scent in their litter boxes and take to more odorless brands of cat litter.

Stay away from eco-friendly brands in order to control how much scent emits from the litter box. With these brands they carry a lot of scents like oils and other fragrance smells.

NOTE: Some litter works best for others and some do not. You will have to experiment on litter brands that fit your cats needs.

2. Scoop Daily

For every cat you have you should have 1 litter box. If you have more than one cat you should have 1 litter box plus 1 for every extra cat you have.

You can keep one litter box as long as it is scooped daily. However, some cats are picky and prefer their own litter boxes.

So, if you have 2 cats, you should have 3 litter boxes. Or, if you are like me and have 3 cats, you should have 5 litter boxes.

You should scoop their litter out on a daily basis to prevent more odor. Litter Genie’s are marvelous inventions. If you invest in one, you won’t be sorry. Amazon sells them at only $17.09.

Cleaning out your litter box on a daily basis also eliminates how much ammonia gets trapped inside.

3. Use Cat Pan Liners

Litter box liners can be a life saver. It helps protect the actual litter box from trapping cat urine inside the plastic. Liners should be replaced every 3 days or if you have more than 2 cats, every other day.

These are great for easy cleaning on a weekly basis. Just pull it out and dump it. As easy as 1, 2, 3.

4. Ventilation

Placing your litter box in a well vented area can help ventilate your litter box odor. Keeping enclosed will trap the smell and will no longer be ventilated.

Using open-topped litter boxes can be helpful. If you have multiple cats the smell that gets trapped inside a topped litter box can repel them.

Often times people like to use the topped litter boxes cause they believe it helps enclose the smell, but it can also cause behavioral problems in your cat(s).

5. Change Your Cat’s Diet

RAW feed is the best, next to canned and then dry kibble. HOWEVER, some cat moms do not have the funds or means to be able to feed their cat a raw diet. For anyone wanting to feed RAW, check out this great article!

A cat’s diet can play such a huge role in how much odor comes from your litter box.

If you choose to feed your cat cheap brands like Meowmix or 9 Lives, then your cat’s fecal material will have a very strong and gross odor to it. Cheap brands are not nutritious for you cat.

We feed our cat’s Science Diet Sensitive Skin and Stomach. The main reason we feed this is because our Ragdoll with throw up any other brand of cat food we try to feed him. Picky eaters, I’ll tell you. We have tried raw food but the only raw meat they eat are the birds they catch and the mice they bring inside.

{UPDATE} We will be switching our cats to a grain-free diet!


What do you do to help eliminate cat odor?

By | 2017-09-13T20:38:11+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Health|7 Comments

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  1. Monika September 13, 2017 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great tips. Fortunately, I dont have a cat odor in my house but that is probably because I already do everything you suggest, (except feeding raw) 🙂

  2. Kate September 13, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Nice tips! I agree that the type of litter you use can make a huge difference. When I foster kittens and have 6 cats in a room (mama + 5 babies), scooping the couple of boxes twice daily and using a good quality litter really helps.

  3. Lola The REscued Cat September 13, 2017 at 11:04 pm - Reply

    Even though I scoop daily, odor can still be a problem at times. I don’t use scented litter because it makes my already stuffy cat stuffier! And you’re so right – the type of food makes a big difference in odor.

  4. Happy-Go-Doodle September 14, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Thanks for the tips. I’m happy to hear that you found a food that your Ragdoll enjoys! It’s no fun when our pets have tummy troubles.

  5. Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew September 14, 2017 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Our cats refuse to eat raw. We have tried various different approaches and methods but with seven who will, may, might it’s not worth the expensive trial and error.

    But we have an advantage our cats have garden access and this is a big help when reducing odours.

  6. Sweet Purrfections September 14, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    I used to use liners with my previous cat (the sifting king) but can’t with Truffle because she likes to chew on plastic. I do have 3 litter boxes for my two cats and it really seems to help.

  7. Michelle September 15, 2017 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I need to invest in a Litter Genie.

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