The Best Ways to Keep Your Cat’s Litter Box from Smelling

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The Best Ways to Keep Your Cat’s Litter Box from Smelling

Nadine Gourkow image of a cat sitting outside the litter box asking their human to keep it clean.

Everyone that I know absolutely loves their cat or cats. The biggest complaint that I hear from them is that when they walk in the house, they always smell the litter box. This is one of the reasons that many landlords do not like to let people have cats in the house or apartment. What if I told you there are some very simple ways that you can avoid this smell?

In this blog, I am going to go over several different ways that you can make sure that no one knows that you have a cat in the house. Well, someone that is allergic to cats is going to know. Aside from that, no one will know if you have a cat based solely on the smell. In fact, the only way they are going to know that you have a cat is if it happens to wander into the room when they are there. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in and start learning how you can keep your cat’s litter box from smelling.


By far the most important way that you can keep your cat’s litter box from smelling is by cleaning it regularly. It doesn’t matter what kind of cat you have or what kind of litter you have. The only thing that will make a difference is the amount of “product” that is in the box. No matter if it is number one or number two, cat’s bowel movements tend to be stronger smelling than ours. This has a little bit to do with the way their little bodies process the food that they eat. The rest is the fact that there is no way to flush after they are done.

In order to make sure that your pet has a clean place to do its business and limit the smell, I suggest that you clean the box at least twice a day. I know that you are thinking, “Well, I have to work for eight hours a day! How is this possible?” Well, you can easily do it in the morning before you go to work and again when you come home. If you want to go the extra mile, you can always clean it right before you go to bed as well. This way, you are cleaning it three times a day and it will have the “product” sitting in the box the least amount of time as humanly possible.

In addition to removing the “product” from the box regularly, you are going to want to give it a wash as well. I suggest that you do this a minimum of once a month. The boxes are made of plastic. If you have ever used a plastic container to store food, you know that it has a way of holding onto smells. Well, the litter box is the same thing. The more often that you clean the box, the less the smell will adhere to the plastic.

Enclosed Box

Make no mistake, even if you are able to use one of these, you are still going to want to make sure you take the step above. Enclosed boxes have a little door for your cat to go through when it is time to do their dirty work. If you can get your cat to use one of these, you are in luck. Cats love to have privacy when they are doing their business, but the problem lies in getting them through the door. Cat’s are jumpy animals and do not like to go into places they are not comfortable. They can’t see what is on the other side of the door, so they may be a little unwilling to do this.

For the cat that will not go through the door, I suggest that you remove the door if possible. Over a short period of time, we are going to replace that door. The key is to get them used to going into the dome. Once they get used to that, you are going to put the door back on, but have it held open. This will allow the cat to get used to the extra parts involved. When it comes time to close the door, you are going to want to do it somewhere they are most comfortable with the lid to the box off. We are simply going to teach them how to go in the door. You don’t want to have them scared to go into the litter box. You can simply place the dome on the ground and show them the way in and out. Once they are comfortable with doing this, place the dome back on the litter box. This will keep most of the smells trapped inside until you have a chance to clean their box.

Baking Soda

While some cat litters come with baking soda in them, they may not be the cheapest or a litter that your cat likes. In these cases, simply add some baking soda yourself. Anyone that has used baking soda in the refrigerator will tell you that it can remove smells. We are going to use the same principle here to eliminate the odor from the litter box. Don’t go crazy with this stuff. The smell might make it so your cat will not want to use the facilities. Then you are going to end up cleaning up after them all over the house. Be especially careful when using the enclosed litter box. The same mechanisms that keep the smell of the litter box in will keep the smell of the baking soda in.

Conclusion And there you have it. If you simply keep the above tips in mind when you are caring for your cat, then you too will have a clean smelling house. I suggest all of the tips to every one of my friends that ask me how to keep the smell down. The ones that use the steps report to me that they can’t smell anything when they come in the house. The ones that don’t continue to complain about the smell. So, make sure you use the tips. You and your cat will be glad that you did.