Easy Ways To Fight Litterbox Smells

Cats are extremely popular pets, and it isn’t hard to see why. Fluffy is adorable, hilarious, loving, cuddly, and quite easy to care for. Your feline friend will groom herself, and won’t need to be walked or trained. However, although litterboxes are convenient, they don’t particularly look nice, and can get, well, pretty stinky. We’re here to help! Read on as a local Anderson, IN vet offers a few helpful tips on beating litterbox smells.


First things first: keep your furry pal’s powder room clean. Scoop the litter out daily, and change it every week or so. You may want to look into litterboxes that make this task a bit easier, such as self-cleaning ones or stackable ‘sifting’ boxes.


At the end of the day, some litters simply work better at beating odors than others. Just keep your cat’s preference in mind: some kitties do have specific preferences for litters.


You’ll find quite a few products in pet stores that are made specifically for beating litterbox smells, such as liners, powders, and sprays. Or, if you want to go the DIY route, just sprinkle some baking soda into Fluffy’s litterbox.


Plants can make a huge difference as far as improving your air quality. They also make your home look nice! Put a few pretty, nontoxic plants near Fluffy’s litterbox. The ASPCA has a full directory of both safe and unsafe plants here.

Air Purifier

A good air purifier will definitely make a big dent in bad litterbox odors. Remember to change the filter regularly!

Air Fresheners

It’s probably not much of a surprise to find air fresheners on this list, since they are specifically designed for beating back foul smells. There are a few caveats here, however. For one thing, choose products that actually break down scent molecules. The perfumed ones tend to just mask smells, and often wear off quickly. You may want to consider putting a timed-release spray near your kitty’s litterbox.

Don’t Overcrowd

Cats don’t like sharing bathrooms. Overcrowding also tends to make smells even worse, as Fluffy and Mitten’s waste, when mixed, often leads to a not-very-pleasant combination smell. If you have more than one furball, you should have one box per kitty, with at least one extra.

Please reach out to us, your local Anderson, IN vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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