Beating Litterbox Smells

There are many things to love about kitties: they’re cute, cuddly, and hilariously quirky. They’re also quite easy to care for. Your pet will groom herself daily, keeping her fur nice and clean, and will discretely do her business in her litterbox. However, your pet’s purrsonal powder room probably won’t do much for your décor. It can also get, well, pretty stinky. Read on as a local Rochester, NY vet offers some helpful tips on beating litterbox smells.

Cleaning

The best way to defeat litterbox odors is just to keep your feline friend’s litterbox clean. Scoop it out daily, and replace the litter every week or so. To make the job a little easier, try getting stackable litterboxes, or even automated ones.

Ventilation

Keep Fluffy’s litterbox in an area with good ventilation. If you put your furry buddy’s litterbox in a spare bathroom, keep the fan running in that room.

Products

Choosing the right products can have a huge effect on how smelly—or not smelly—your cat’s litterbox smells. Some furballs do have specific preferences when it comes to litterbox styles and litter types, so keep an eye on your feline pal, to see if she seems to like or dislike specific things.

Plants

Plants help filter air, and can help keep your home both looking and smelling fresh. Just be sure to only pick nontoxic plants. Boston ferns, spider plants, and African violets are all good options. You’ll find more pet-safe plants online at the ASPCA website.

Deodorizers

You can now find quite a few different products made specifically for Fluffy’s bathroom, such as liners, powders, and sprays. Sprinkling baking soda in your pet’s litterbox can also help.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners can also help beat foul litterbox odors. Look for products that actually break down scent molecules, rather than simply masking them with strong perfumes. You may also want to consider putting a timed-release spray near your furry little friend’s purrsonal bathroom.

Diet

Your feline buddy’s diet will also have an effect on how her waste smells. While Fluffy’s powder room will probably never smell like flowers, extreme foul odors can be a sign of poor nutrition and/or medical issues. Ask your vet for more information.

Please reach out to us, your Rochester, NY pet clinic, for all of your kitty’s veterinary care needs. We are dedicated to keeping cats happy and purring!

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