When it comes to my cat, I’d do almost anything for her. That’s why I’ve put up with litter box systems and litters that continuously fail me. The only real thing I wish I could change about my cat is having to deal with and take care of her litter box (and the smells that come with it).
I know that you’re probably thinking that I don’t do enough and need to give it more attention and care, but I’m not lazy when it comes to this. That’s part of the problem, you need to be on top of it no matter how little you want to manage your cat’s litter. I scoop a handful of times a day and I still sometimes have problems. No matter what, you do need to keep on top of it and clean regularly.
Now, there is more to it than just that. If you want to keep your home in good condition so that you don’t have to deal with a mess, the odor, or any embarrassment when you have guests, keep reading. I’ll give you the tips I’ve used to get rid of all these problems.
No More Messes
There are a number of ways that you can clear out your home and avoid all of the messes that you hate! I don’t like when waste is traipsed around, but I also hate finding litter all over the home as well.
It’s important to get cat litters that resist the likelihood of sticking. There are a couple different ways to do this. First, avoid clumping litters altogether. While they are efficient and convenient for clean-up and can save you money on the cost of litter (less is wasted), they are more likely to stick to hair.
The other thing to do is to pick a less sticky material. Clay litter is a great choice, since it isn’t as sticky and won’t cling to your cat’s fur. This keeps it where it belongs; in the litter box!
A great way to help reduce the amount of litter that your cat drags through the house is to get a litter mat for your litter box. Ideally, you want it to surround the litter box entirely so that no matter how they get out, the land on the mat. It’s especially important to have one at the entranceway to the litter box so that they land on it when exiting.
This helps catch everything that they land on. I’ve found mine are great, I keep one around the entire litter box and then a more heavy-duty one at the front entrance. It’s worked wonders for me. I just vacuum it every couple weeks and it stays clean! Best of all, there isn’t litter all over my house; it’s all in one place.
A great way to eliminate odor is by using a scented litter. This will help overpower the scent and make sure that what you smell is what you want rather than your cat’s litter. I use this at home, and it definitely helps, but there are a few others things I do to help fight it. This doesn’t always work on it’s own.
You should also consider if you’re sensitive to fragrances though. If that’s the case, it’s probably best for you to stick to a non-scented litter. Instead, you’ll want to use different tactics to eliminate the odor. Even if you’re using a scented litter, you’ll want to try different tactics to eliminate the odor, since fragrances mostly cover it up.
Use Disposable Pads
Another great way to get rid of odor is to use disposable pads at the bottom of your litter box. One of my biggest problems was that while the litter caught and clumped feces well, urine would get through to the bottom of the litter box. This meant that the odor collected and got worse over time.
I don’t like changing the litter box more than I have to. Not just because it’s a pain, but also because it gets costly. I got a litter box with a disposable tray at the bottom of the litter box off www.catlittersource.com at a great price! This lets me easily put disposable pads in the tray, pulling it out and changing it when needed.
While fragrances cover up the smell of litter and waste, deodorizers actually fight the waste and eliminate it. They have ingredients that fight bacteria to actually eliminate the odors at the source rather than simply cover up the problem. You can mix these into your litter or get spray that you can conveniently apply.
No matter which type you get, it should help to get rid of bacteria and eliminate the actual source of the odor. You can even pair it with a fragrant litter so that it isn’t just covering up the odor but actually cutting it out completely.