There are many things to love about our feline friends. Fluffy is cute, cuddly, charismatic, and highly entertaining. She’s also quite clean. Your pet will carefully groom herself every day, and will use her litterbox to discretely see to her needs. Although Fluffy’s purrsonal powder room will definitely make life easier for you, it doesn’t do much for your décor. Smell is another issue. We can help! Read on for some great suggestions from a Dayton, TN vet on defeating litterbox smells.
First things first: make sure to keep your cat’s litterbox nice and clean. We recommend scooping the litterbox out daily, and following up with more thorough cleanings every week.
Given that air fresheners are designed to combat bad smells, it probably isn’t a shock to find that they can be quite effective at defeating litterbox odors. There are a few caveats here, however. Look for products that actually break down scent molecules, rather than just masking them with perfumes. Consider putting a timed-release product near your feline pal’s litterbox.
Plants can not only make your home look nice, they can also help it smell better! Set out some pet-safe plants near Fluffy’s private bathroom. Check the ASPCA website for a list of suggestions.
Choosing the right spot for your kitty’s litterbox can also help. Pick an area that is well-ventilated. If you put the litterbox in a spare bathroom, keep the fan running in that room.
There are now quite a few products aimed at eliminating or—at least minimizing—litterbox smells. Powders, sprays, and liners can all be quite effective. You can also experiment with using different types of litter. Just be sure to keep your feline pal’s opinion in mind. Some kitties have very specific preferences for bathroom products!
While some litterbox odor is to be expected, if your cat’s waste smells extremely foul, she could have a medical problem. Fluffy’s diet will also affect the smell and texture of her waste, so be sure to offer her good, high-quality food. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Do you have more than one cat? You’ll need one litterbox per kitty, plus at least one extra. Cats hate sharing bathrooms!
Is your kitty due for veterinary care? Contact us, your Dayton, TN pet hospital, today! We’re here to help!