No doubt your house is home to the world’s smartest, cutest, most intelligent feline in the world. But let’s be honest here, your cat’s litter box can be the source of some truly powerful stink. Your nose and the noses of your family may well have gotten used to the odor, but there’s nothing worse than seeing sour faces on guests as they enter your house. Fortunately, you never have to worry about that again. There are lots of helpful tips for preventing litter box odors from taking over your house. A few of the better bits of advice are offered below.
1. Choose the Right Litter Box
Have you spent any time considering the best litter box to use? Believe it or not, it can make a huge difference. While just about any easily-cleaned plastic container will work, it’s best to get the largest box possible for your home. One simple guideline to follow is find a box which is at least as wide as your cat is long and about one and a half times your cat's length on the longer side. They should have room to comfortably turn around in. As you’ve probably noticed, cats are fussy. They don’t want to step or dig in already soiled areas. Can you blame them?
2. Try Different Kinds of Litter
Another thing you probably don’t spend much time thinking about is different kinds of litter, but maybe you should! The kind of litter used is very important in controlling control. That means, you should test which litter works best for you… or works best for your cat. Some clumping clay-based litters come with odor blockers and are usually the cheapest of the litters. However, other types may cost more at the store, but save money in the long run. So-called crystal litters are made up of silicone-based crystals that do a good job of absorbing urine and the moisture in feces as well as the accompanying odors. This type of litter is super-absorbent, so you don't need to use as much, which is where you can save money. Some litters are a combination of clumping, crystals and deodorizing.
3. Place the Litter Box in an Open, Ventilated Area
Your first thought might be to hide the litter box in some out-of-the-way concealed spot. Resist this urge! While you should place the litter boxes away from busy areas of your house, they need to be placed in well-ventilated spots. Sticking the box in a cupboard or small closet without ventilation will only guarantee greater odor problems. Small areas can also make it tougher for your cat to use the litter box at all. That’s definitely not what you want! With just a few steps, you and your cat can live in a pleasant, odor-free home. And your guests can stop wrinkling their noses!