Defeating Litterbox Odors

One wonderful thing about kitties is the fact that they are very clean. Fluffy will carefully groom herself every day to make sure her pretty fur stays soft and clean. Kitties are also very good about using their litterboxes. Fluffy’s private bathroom can get a bit smelly, however. Below, an Indianapolis, IN vet offers tips on beating litterbox smells.


First and foremost, be sure to keep Fluffy’s powder room clean. Scoop it out daily, and change the litter completely about once a week.

Litter Choice

Some litters are better than others are at containing smells. Look for a clumping litter with odor-control properties. (Note: clay and clumping litters are not safe for kittens, so if your furball is a baby, skip this option for now.)


Choosing the right spot for Fluffy’s litterbox is also important. It should go in a room with plenty of ventilation. If you put it in a spare bathroom, keep the fan running in that room.

Air Purifiers

A good air purifier will not only control litterbox smells, it will also help reduce the dust, fur, and dander in your home. Be sure to change the filter regularly.


There are many products that help control odors, such as liners, sprays, and powders. You can also use baking soda.

Air Fresheners

Consider getting a battery-operated air freshener that is on a timed release, and put it in same room as the litterbox. Don’t put it too close, however; if the smell is too strong, your kitty may avoid her bathroom. Air freshening sprays can also help. Look for ones that break down scent molecules.


Plants not only make your home look nice, they also help filter your air. Choose pet-safe plants that are great at air purification. Some good ones are spider plants, Boston ferns, Areca palms, and Moth orchids. You can find more kitty-safe plants at the ASCPA website.

Multiple Cats

Do you have more than one kitty? If so, you’ll need a few litterboxes, because cats don’t like sharing bathrooms. The general rule of thumb is one box per furball, plus at least one extra. Be sure to put them in different areas, though: if they sit side-by-side, your cats may think it’s just one big box.

Do you have questions or concerns about your cat’s health or care? Contact us, your Indianapolis, IN animal clinic, today!

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