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Spring Cleaning Your Cat's Litter Box

Spring Cleaning: Litter Box

If you have a cat, you know the litter box can be a royal pain to keep clean and smell free! Not only do you want to keep it from repelling your house guests, but it must appeal to your kitty as well. Now not all litters are created equal, so if you find that your cat isn't using his litter box, you may be using a litter that smells bad to him. I know, totally picky, but true!

Research shows that many cats prefer fine-grained, fragrance-free litters, and even a room deodorizer next to the litter box can be mistaken for a fragrant box and your cat could run the other way! For a few tips, plus my fave litter box furniture picks, just


Try sprinkling a thin layer of baking soda at the bottom of the litter box for more odor and wetness absorption. Or, if you find that your feline is one to use your houseplants or garden as his own personal litter box, next time you're refilling, mix in some potting soil with the litter for a familiar and safe smell.

I have to say, my favorite advance in modern pet design is the kitty-litter houses that look like furniture. Now you don't have to worry about kitty tracking litter particles throughout your house, plus the box stays safe, contained, and most importantly, out of sight. Check out some of my fave litter box containers for you to try this Spring in the widget below.


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pldrake pldrake 6 years
I know the advice about having 2 litter boxes for 2 cats, but when I had 2 cats and did that, they just used the same box anyway. FYI - try it first but don't be surprised if your cats choose to use one box. Now I have one cat and scoop out his clumps nightly. He's doing just fine. I've tried flushable litter in the past but it did not do any favors for my plumbing.
cathrinetj cathrinetj 9 years
I have two female cats and they share a litter box. I live in a small apartment and the litterbox fits nicely in a corner of the bathroom. I use a natural product (its from ground corn and is flushable) and rarely need to add baking soda. I probably scoop more often than most people though. Basically when I go to the bathroom I scoop their box too. Then everything sits in the toilet for a few minutes until their clumps soften and it all gets flushed away. I'm so glad I live in an area where flushable litter can be used. I'd hate to be contributing to a landfill with bags of discarded litter.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
bubba's litter box is in corner of the bathroom. I change his pan nightly. I use the pan liners with the elastic so it fits snug and change it out every night. It may not be the most cost efficient way but I don't like scooping and Bubba will go elsewhere if his box isn't to his standards!
jexika34 jexika34 9 years
I bought the "Hol" Storage cube from Ikea, put the litter box in and cut out a square so that my two cats can get to it. It's cheap & stylish furniture: 50 dollars. Plus my cats love to sit on top of it whilst the other cat do their business.
cherie2 cherie2 9 years
i got a sparkly purple dome. with a normal style litter tray Princess will stand outside the tray and scratch at it and throw it around. then she comes to get me to show me what she did.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Oh yeah the Booda Dome (theirs is sparkly green) does rock! My girls hide in theirs and when the litter is fresh they play inside it like its a playhouse.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I always put baking soda in the bottom of the box. My cats won't go if there isn't a good layer of baking soda in the bottom. Plus my girls are strange like me- they like scented litter. The stronger the scent the better. The like clay litters like Fresh Step mixed with Feline Pine. And they want no less than 9 pounds of litter in each box. I read and actually checked with my vet on this but you're supposed to have a 2 to 1 ratio of litter boxes to cats. I originally had only one and my girls were happy, then after confirming this I added a second box and they are so happy. If I had room I'd add a third. We did this with my sister's kid's cats. 4 cats and 8 litter boxes spread throughout the house (of course she has a big house). My sister noticed that the cats stopped peeing outside the box and that they all seem happier. Each cat has a favorite box but there's no fighting over boxes anymore.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 9 years
I just switched to Cat's Best Öko Plus litter and I find it amazing! There's absolutely no smell, it's quite incredible, and because it doesn't turn to dust when it gets "moist" like a lot of wood-based litters there's less tracking. Even the urine clumps into one solid ball so it's really easy to thoroughly clean the box out each morning, so we only have to empty it once every week or 8 / 9 days. It's amazing stuff, plus it can be composted and it's biodegradable, I'd really recommend it to anyone who's not happy with their brand or has an issue with smells!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
cherie, The Booda Dome ROCKS! Oliver has two pans, and guess which one gets used all the time? I think he likes the little stairwell inside! And I like it because he can't redecorate the entire bathroom with litter from his crazy scratching of the turds!
cherie2 cherie2 9 years
I use a Booda Dome for Princess. Not exactly stylish, but at least she can't throw her litter around everywhere. I always wanted to try one of these but I couldn't find any site in australia you could get them, and the best price I could find for shipping was way too high
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I have a Litter Robot, but I sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of the waste receptacle and it has completely eliminated odor that was escaping from it. I use World's Best Cat Litter and it works great. I used to use Feline Pine Scoopable, but it was soooo messy. Thankfully, it can't be used with the Litter Robot so I had an justifiable excuse to stop using it. World's Best is natural as well (corn), but I never liked it as much. It's great for the Litter Robot, though!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
For odor control, I can't say enough about Dr. Elsey's Ultra Precious Cat clumping litter. I found it about 8 months ago at my independent Mom and Pop-type pet shop. (They don't sell it at the big box pet stores.) It is nothing short of amazing! It's a bit more pricey than most clumping litters, but is sooooo worth it if you can get your paws on a bag of the stuff! :)
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
My friend keeps her cat's litterbox in her guest bathroom and it just smells nasty. Going to forward this advice to her!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
I am going to try the layer of baking soda as well.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
There are a couple of those pieces of furniture that I really like. We need something to hide the noise too since ours is automatic. Right now our litter isn't too bad, but we need to do a thorough cleaning again soon!
Rally-RE Rally-RE 9 years
i'm going to try the layer of baking soda in the bottom of the litter box. my kitty's box is in the guest bathroom. he likes to sit in the open window and we his crunchies and wet food are in there, too. it's a good thing we don't have guests too frequently!
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