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My House Stinks Like a Litter Box!

smelly litter boxWe all love our cats. They are an important part of our life. One part of being a cat parent is dealing with the dreaded litter box! Most people hate the litter box and with good reason. It gets smelly fast. Of course, being smelly isn’t the only issue. There is a big health issue with maintaining a clean litter box as well. You want your home to smell clean and fresh, and keep your cat healthy, so how can you do that with a cat litter box around? There are some tips we have to share with you.

Keep your box in a well-ventilated area. This may seem easier said than done.  Humans go to great lengths to hide the litter box. It is ugly. It reminds us that our cats go poo. We put it in a closet, under the stairs, or in a tiny utility room. Keeping the litter box in a small dark place like this promotes odors. You need to keep it in an area that promotes good airflow to eliminate odors. On that note a covered litter box makes smells worse, not better.

Try a new litter. If it seems like your current cat litter is not doing the job, then try a new one. There are many types of litter available. You can find brands with different levels of odor control available. Maybe you need a multi-cat formula. Your cat may be turned off by scented litter and you will need to purchase unscented. Try some out and see what brand you get the best results with. Just because it is scented does not mean it smells good. Smelling scented litter is still smelling litter.

Get rid of that old litter box. Even a well-cleaned box needs to be replaced at least once a year. You should be scooping that litter box out daily at a minimum. Once a week you will do a complete litter change and you need to wash the box out with soap and water before refilling. You will notice the litter box is getting scratches and grooves in the plastic. These grooves with trap odors and over time will become harder to clean effectively. Make sure to get rid of that litter pan and get a new one at least once per year.

If you have any questions on how to maintain a healthy litter box for your pet ask us during your next visit.