Beating Litterbox Smells

Beating Litterbox Smells

There are many things to love about cats. Fluffy’s adorable face, cute vocalizations, hilarious quirks, and loving purrs have all helped her earn a very special place in our hearts and homes. Another great thing about kitties is the fact that they are so clean. Your pet will discretely use her litterbox to do her business. This is both a blessing and a curse for people owned by cats. On the one hand, you won’t have to rush home to walk your pet. On the other hand, litterboxes won’t do much for your décor, and they can get, well, pretty stinky. Here, a Fox Chapel, PA vet discusses beating litterbox smells.


The best way to keep Fluffy’s powder room from smelling bad is also the simplest: keep it clean. We recommend scooping daily and changing the litter every week.


Did you know that plants help keep the air in your home smelling fresh? They also keep your place looking nice. Set out some pet-safe plants near your furball’s litterbox. Check the ASPCA website for a full list.


Make sure the area near Fluffy’s litterbox is well-ventilated. If your put your kitty’s purrsonal powder room in a spare bathroom, keep the fan on in that room.

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners may be an obvious choice for beating smells, but some work better than others do. Opt for products that break up scent molecules instead of just covering them with perfume. (Tip: consider putting a timed-release one near your pet’s litterbox.)


There are quite a few products available which are specifically made to defeat litterbox smells. Feel free to experiment with liners and powders. You may also find that simply sprinkling baking soda in Fluffy’s box is quite efficient.

Feeding Fluffy

Your cat’s diet has a big effect on how stinky her waste is. Feed your pet a premium, high-quality food. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Kitties don’t like to share bathrooms. If you have more than one cat, you’ll need one box per kitty, plus at least one extra.


Litterbox issues can signify some very serious health problems in our feline friends. If you notice Fluffy straining to go, treat it like an emergency and contact your vet immediately.

Do you have questions about your cat’s health or care? Contact River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel area!

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