Getting Rid of Cat Smell in Your Home

September 28, 2015

Thinks his pee smells like flowers. It doesn't.

Thinks his pee smells like flowers. It doesn’t.

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The last thing you want someone to notice when they walk in your home is the smell of a litter box. Heck, the last thing I want to notice when I walk into my own home is litter box smell! Fortunately with a bit of diligence and a few tricks, you can keep that odor at bay!

While a little air freshener or pretty candles might help short term, they aren’t going to solve your problem. You need to get to the source.

There are a couple of key places to focus on when ensuring the litter box smell stays in check.

The Litter Box

According to petMD the most important aspect is to keep the cat litter box fastidiously clean. Seriously. It’s not that hard to scoop a few times a day. Plus, the more frequently you check the box the less work it becomes each time.

And, by the way, your cat will appreciate it. Nothing will send your cat peeing or pooping elsewhere than an overflowing dirty litter box. Can you blame him?

Scoop the litter boxes at least once a day and I recommend more. And, of course, get the waste out of your house!

Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the litter box. Many people swear by this method to help minimize odors.

Change the kitty litter frequently. Experts’ recommendations vary but I think it’s optimal to change it completely a couple of times a month to really keep odors under control. Also, each time you change the litter, wash out the box with mild soap and water.

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Also, replace boxes completely once a year, or more frequently. No matter how well you wash them, over time, plastic boxes can trap bacteria and begin to smell.

Check out these DIY litter box area fresheners from petMD.

Outside the Litter Box

You may not realize your cat is choosing somewhere other than the litter box to do his business until you stumble upon a favorite pee spot behind the couch, for example.

Don’t make him get creative with his potty spots.

There are a few reasons a cat might poop or pee outside his box. First, take him to the vet. There are a number of medical issues that could be the cause.

A dirty litter box might be the cause. Or, your cat might not like the litter, the depth of litter. The box might be too small. Check out petMD’s resource center for additional reasons your cat might be avoiding the litter box.

Do a check of your carpets, walls and furniture to make sure your cat has not been marking them or using them as his personal potty. Then, use an enzymatic cleaner to clean. If he keeps going there after you’ve cleaned, you may have no choice but to pitch the items. Cats can smell their own scent better than we can so even if you don’t smell it, your cat might still think, “here’s where I go pee!” Focus your attention on the cat litter box, stay on top of it and make it a daily habit and you and your cat will be much happier!


Leigh November 14, 2016 at

Oh I haven’t tried that baking soda at the bottom of the litter box. I better try that so I can check for myself.

Yasmine Ahmed June 9, 2016 at

I absolutely loved the hint about baking soda at the bottom of the litter box! I usually buy the Arm and Hammer scented powder designed mainly for litter boxes, but we run out of it so fast.I’m definitely gonna try the baking soda trick next time. And nothing is worse than having to search the deepest corners of your house for unnoticed fur balls, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Currently trying to get my brother to clean out our cat’s litter box everyday, but he keeps slacking behind on that – and so I end up breaking my back doing it, but I’d rather have that then the stink of cat litter all over the house. Thanks so much for this post, it was a fun read :)

Alex June 8, 2016 at

This is so useful for every cat owner out there. There were lots of great techniques that I had never thought of as a cat owner myself and I liked how you included hyperlinks to some of the products that can be used to deal with the cat litter smell. There were some great pointers on how often to clean out the litter box that I will definitely employ in the future. As for going beyond the litter box, those were great tips and explanations that it could even be a medical problem. It shows that you are knowledgeable about the topic and passionate. Thanks for posting!

My Austin Dog January 11, 2016 at

I never knew that cats had odors like that. I guess we get immune by it by the time we get into our doors. Thanks for sharing this one by the way.

The Island Cats October 6, 2015 at

Those are some good tips for keeping the house smelling good. The mom always worries that ours smells.

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