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Beating Litterbox Odors

May 15, 2023

Cats are wonderful pets: they’re cute, fun, and personable, and they’re just the right size to fit into our laps. There’s only one major downside to having Fluffy as a roommate: her litterbox, and its associated smells. We have a few tricks up our sleeves on that one! A local vet offers some ways to defeat litterbox odors in this article from Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas.


First and foremost, the best—and, in many ways, only—real solution is also the simplest: keep Fluffy’s powder room clean. We recommend scooping the box daily, and changing the litter out every week.

Box Choice

An open-style litterbox may make scooping the litterbox easier, but a covered one will contain the smell better. Modern technology can also make keeping your furry buddy’s box clean a bit easier for you: self-cleaning litter boxes can definitely come in handy. There are several different types and models available. Read reviews, and ask your vet for advice.

Litter Choices

Picking the right litter can also go a long way here. Just pay attention to your kitty’s reaction: if you change brands and Fluffy starts having accidents, she may be letting you know she doesn’t like the new product. For the most part, you can experiment and just see what you and your furry pal prefer. There is a caveat here, though: if your feline buddy is still a baby, avoid clay and clumping litters until she’s grown up. The reason is that kittens sometimes accidentally swallow litter as they’re getting the hang of being cats. That could potentially cause dangerous intestinal blockages.

Smell-Busting Products

You’ll also find a variety of products made for containing smells, such as liners, deodorizers, and litterbox inserts. These do help, but you may find putting baking soda in the litterbox is just as effective, not to mention cheaper. As far as aerosols and sprays, choose ones that break down scent molecules. Simply masking the smell with perfume may only add to the odors. 


Pay attention to what you find in Fluffy’s litterbox. Changes in the amount, color, smell, or texture of your furry friend’s waste can be signs of serious medical issues. Contact your vet if you notice anything unusual.

Here at Arapahoe Animal Hospital, your Boulder, CO vet, serving Louisville and surrounding areas, we’re here to help. Contact us anytime!