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I Need Your Help . . . Spring Cleaning For Cats' Litter Box!

I Need Your Help . . . Spring Cleaning For Cats' Litter Box!

No one wants to smell a pet before you see her, and I think cleaning up can be one of the trickiest balances to manage, especially for litter boxes. Many felines are finicky about which type and time they like to use and that doesn't always correspond with keeping the freshest scent.

I've recommended to sprinkle a thin layer of odor-fighting baking soda in the bottom of the box, but I'm curious which litter brand/box you use and if it could improve. So share your best litter products or tips to spring clean the kitty's box . . . and keep it that way well into the next season.


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robertodenise robertodenise 8 years
I have also switched to Feline Pine. I agree that the smell is almost non existent compared to what I encounter with the clumping litters. You cannot even tell I have the litter box around anymore.
shopping42 shopping42 8 years
I use fresh step-sometimes try something new but always go back to fresh step b/c using this products keeps the room smelling fresh and clean!
Noelle7176 Noelle7176 8 years
We switched to Swheat Scoop for a couple of reasons - first and foremost, one of our kitties has sinus issues and the dust and perfume of clay litters irritated her. Secondly, I was a little concerned about some of the health problems that could come about from using clay litter. I think it clumps almost as well and it's worth it to keep my girls happy. I also sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the litter box after I scrub it. I just started spraying a light coating of cooking oil on the bottom of the pan to keep clumps from sticking to the bottom too.
psterling psterling 8 years
my husband and I chose nature's miracle litter because it was all natural and does and excellent job masking odors. We love it! When switching from clay littler we first tried feline pine but found that the cats HATED the pellets and when they disintegrated, it was hard to clean. We also use a booda dome litter box and that cuts down a lot of the mess but its kinda big and wouldn't fit into a small bathroom.
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I use the baking soda also BUT for the past few months my cat is super lazy and doesn't even cover up his poop... resulting in a much SMELLIER box. :( why does he do that?!
CallMeBoiWonder CallMeBoiWonder 8 years
Brody, much as I love him, pees more than any living thing on earth ought to. It's kinda gross. I have been 100% thirilled with Feline Pine, the original kind. I invested in the custom litter box about 3 months ago, and it is honestly the most incredible pet product I can imagine. Perfectly simple, cheap, and does exactly what it is supposed to do. I save so, so much money on litter that its has far more than paid for itself already. Plus there is no goofy clay smell or dust, there is pretty much zero issue with tracking, and you cannot smell that I have a cat. And I am a single guy who lives alone and occasionally does his dishes in the shower, if that says anything about my cleaning habits. DO IT!
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 8 years
I use Tidy Cat: Small space for multiple cats and baking soda. You don't know I have cats unless you see them :)
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I love Dr. Elsey's clumping litter. I recently saw that the brand came out a litter for long haired cats and gave it a go. Not my favorite. The original works like nothing else I've used when it comes to odor control and clumping, though.
MsSwank MsSwank 8 years
I mix feline pine pelltets into clay (non-clumping/unscented) litter. I also use some odor eliminating powder called Citrus Magic (which is 100% natural). I also recommend one box for each cat in your house. My cats' litter boxes rarely if ever have any lingering odors!
luna08 luna08 8 years
Tidy Cats, Small Spaces for Multiple Cats. I only have one cat & a pretty large flat, but I'm not taking any chances!:) I tried the baking soda thing, but it drove her nuts. She's pretty picky. I also can't use the liners with her, so I replace her litterbox every month. I think when they scratch it damages the plastic and makes it smell permanently.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
To keep my girls boxes super clean and "unstinky" I first clean the box thoroughly using 2 tablespoons of bleach. I scrubb the boxes then empty them and add the bleach and fill the box with scalding hot water. I let the box soak for 30 minutes (during which my girls do the happy dance). I then rinse the box with hot water and add more scalding hot water to the clean box and let it soak for 10 minutes - to remove any strong bleach smell. Then I actually put my nose in the box and smell. Do I smell pee pee? Do I smell bleach? No and no. Then I dry the box with cotton towels and prop them up against something to air dry a bit. Now for Ursy and Chloe's special mix. I add a cup of baking soda to the bottom of each box. My cat's like a good thick layer of baking soda in the boxes - why? Don't know . I only know that if I don't add at least a cup they get pissed and scratch the cat litter to the sides of the box and then look at me waiting for more baking soda. Anyway, after the baking soda I add about an inch of Feline Pine Litter. My girls love the pine scent and the weird texture. The I add regular old clay non-clumping cat litter. My cats hate clumping litter- it sticks in their paws and to their coats if they were playing in water before using the box. Is that complicated enough? Guests to my apartment do not know that I have two cats let alone two huge cat boxes even if I don't scoop for a week. They can sit right next to the boxes and never know that business has been conducted in there.
TinaDenali TinaDenali 8 years
For my two kitties I use Feline Pine. After reading about all the health problems caused (not to mention environment impact) by tradition clay litters, I knew I had to make a change. It is a little harder to clean up, I will admit, but it doesn't smell hardly at all. If any thing, it smells good because of the fresh pine scent. I also do use baking soda, both a layer on the bottom and on the top with a gentle stir to mix it in a bit. Also to help with the smell- my cat box is a large Rubbermaid containing (with lid) that I cut a cat sized hole in the side of. So, I simply remove the lid and clean, then place it back on and no smells can waft all over the place. I keep the kitty food and water bowls on top of the container, so that saves space and their food (from the doggies!).
runningesq runningesq 8 years
we use the generic brand of unscented clumping - works just fine !
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