How to Control Litter Box Odor
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

Q. How do I control litter box odor?
A. There are a number of things you can do to control litter box odor.

A cat in litter box

Clean litter box regularly

Clean the litter box at least once a day and change the litter at least once a week. Although it is never going to be on your list of 'My Favorite Things to Do,' removing the waste and changing the litter is often the best way to control odors.

Ventilate the area

Place the litter box in a well-ventilated area, in a room with a window you can leave partially open would be best.

Add more litter boxes

If you have more than one cat, consider getting more litter boxes. The general rule is to have one more litter box than the number of cats in the household.

Use a deodorizer

Add baking soda, or better yet, add an enzyme product such as Nature's Miracle Litter Treatment to the litter. The Nature's Miracle uses natural enzymes that actually 'eat' the odor-causing bacteria.

Use a product like Pet-Clear Crystals to eliminate odor from the air. You may also want to consider installing an automatic air deodorizer.

Get a self-cleaning box

Consider investing in a self-cleaning litter box. These completely automatic boxes rake away waste into a self-contained bag 10 minutes after your cat leaves the litter box. They are a little pricey, but if you hate or are unable to clean the litter box regularly and want to keep your home odor-free, this is the best solution on the market.

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