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Tips For Beating Litterbox Smells

June 1, 2020

Cats are very clean, which is just one of the many things we love about them. You’ll never have to rush home to walk Fluffy, as she’ll use a litterbox to do her business. However, your kitty’s purrsonal powder room can get, well, a bit stinky. Here, a Dutchess County, NY vet offers some helpful tips on defeating litterbox odors. 


Rule number one: keep up with cleaning Fluffy’s box. We recommend scooping daily and changing the litter about once a week. This is one of those tasks that is easiest if you keep up with it!

Modern Litterbox

Many types of modern litterboxes are designed to make this chore a bit easier. You can get stackable sifter ones, automated ones, or ones that you turn. Ask your vet for recommendations. (Of course, your feline buddy should be the ultimate judge.) 


Plants really do help improve your air quality. Set some pet-safe ones in the area Fluffy’s litterbox is in. Some good options are Boston ferns, Snake plants, and Spider plants. You can find many more listed online on the ASPCA website here

Avoid Overcrowding

Do you have more than one kitty? If so, you’ll need more than one litterbox. Cats don’t like sharing bathrooms. Plus, combining waste from multiple pets tends to make smells go from bad to worse. Generally, you will need one box per furball, with at least one extra. 

Deodorizing Products

Liners, sprays, air fresheners, and powders can all combat bad smells. While these products should never replace scooping, they do help. (Tip: if you want a DIY option, just sprinkle some baking soda in Fluffy’s litterbox.) 

Deep Cleans

Every now and then, take Fluffy’s litterbox outdoors for a deep cleaning. Even a good rinsing with a hose sprayer will help. 

Air Purifier

An air purifier won’t just help with litterbox smells: it will improve the overall air quality of your home. A good one is a worthy investment, even for people who don’t have pets! 

Revisit Fluffy’s Diet

It goes without saying that Fluffy’s litterbox isn’t ever going to smell like roses. However, if your furry pal’s bathroom is fairly clean but is still extremely smelly, ask your vet for nutritional advice. Digestive issues may be a factor.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health, diet, or care? Contact us, your local Dutchess County, NY vet clinic, anytime! 

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