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post #1 of 15
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Does anyone have any good tricks or advice for keeping litterbox/catpoo smell down to a minimum? We live in a two bedroom apartment thats not too large with two cats and two litter boxes. For the most part we keep them cleaned out but some of our friends complain about the smell when they come over which makes me think we are just used to it.

Does anyone know of anything that would combat the smell? (Other than moving the litterboxes...in an 804sq. ft. area, there is nowhere to go)

THANKS!!!
post #2 of 15
People seem to really like Nature's Miracle for this issue. I've never tried it but had to say, Howdy! I'm a native Texan, a former Austinite, too.

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
WEll then Howdy back...and HOOK 'EM!!!!


what is nature's miracle and where can you get it?
post #4 of 15
Definately listen to your friends - they are doing you a favour.

Try switching litters - currently we are using peat moss (like for gardening) which seems to really keep the smell down (the downside is that the cats get dirt on pretty much every surface of our bathroom - but the upside is now our bathroom gets cleaned extra often).

Also, when you have friends over, keep candles burning - the flame will use up the air in the room, and (since houses aren't sealed like the space station) pull in air from outside, keeping the air in the room actually fresh, rather than covering up the smell.
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by Longhornchick29 View Post
...what is nature's miracle and where can you get it?
What is in Austin, I forget... PetSmart? Those kinds of stores would probably have it. Here's a link for the litter.

http://www.petco.com/shop/product.as...cm_ite=1006070

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Originally Posted by Satai View Post
... currently we are using peat moss (like for gardening) which seems to really keep the smell down (the downside is that the cats get dirt on pretty much every surface of our bathroom - but the upside is now our bathroom gets cleaned extra often)....
Does that make a huge mess? I envision Sparkle carrying chunks of it around in her mouth and dropping it all over the house. How often do you clean/change the peat moss?

Cheers, from
SwampWitch
post #6 of 15
I have found that what works best is:
A. Being there at the time
B. Scooping and flushing real fast
C. Striking 2, 3, or 4 matches
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Does that make a huge mess? I envision Sparkle carrying chunks of it around in her mouth and dropping it all over the house. How often do you clean/change the peat moss?
No - it does make a mess, but not a huge one by any means. I think BF scoops twice daily and changes it every few days, as a rule, but you definately can get away with a missed scooping and not notice - BF did last night, and I wouldn't have guessed except he told me.

Sláine loves to garden, so we were worried that that would cause problems - but no, she justs uses it like normal litter (except she's actually better about using the litter tray instead of using the carpet, now).
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
scooping and flushing is a good idea...but is it OK to flush some kitty litter? I didnt know if that would hurt the plumbing or not. Also, that may not be the easiest...my boyfriend and I are gone at work all day so it would be hard to be there when it happened...


These are all good ideas...keep em coming
post #9 of 15
Arm & Hammer Multi Cats- this litter is WONDERFUL on odors!!!! trust me! i have 4 girls of my own and i foster as well / (but don't use for tiny kittens- i use swheat scoop for them because it's non-toxic if they ingest it- it doesn't do a thing for odors though.) Also- it's safe to sprinkle a little baking soda in the box to freshen it up as well. Be sure to scoop regurally (at least once a day in a small house like that) and clean it out entirely once a week
post #10 of 15
I don't remember what you're feeding your kitties, but putting them on a high quality diet, especially one that removes corn/corn meal, does quite a good job at keeping the smell down. With the two of mine, I rarely had a litterbox problem and my previous apartment was smaller than yours is. A covered litterbox will also help keep the smell down. I would also recommend World's Best cat litter - its expensive, but wonderful stuff! It lasts a long time and, at least for me, does great with the smell. Hope some of that helps.
post #11 of 15
Febreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!!!!!


just kidding
post #12 of 15
I use plain clay litter, in BoodaDome litterboxes. There is a Glade plug-in, right next to the boxes and I put stick-on airfresheners on the box covers. In addition, I put a layer of cheap vanilla-scented carpet deodorizer in the bottom of the boxes and put the litter on top, as well as mixing some through the litter.

Frankly, I have more trouble with my furniture smelling like dogs, than I do with the litter boxes - thank goodness, for Febreeze.
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Arm & Hammer Multi Cats- this litter is WONDERFUL on odors!!!! trust me! i have 4 girls of my own and i foster as well / (but don't use for tiny kittens- i use swheat scoop for them because it's non-toxic if they ingest it- it doesn't do a thing for odors though.) Also- it's safe to sprinkle a little baking soda in the box to freshen it up as well. Be sure to scoop regurally (at least once a day in a small house like that) and clean it out entirely once a week


I recently changed to this too. Can't believe the difference. When I scoop, I put the clumps in a plastic bag in a small closed garbage container, and even when I open that, all I smell is the cat litter (a little perfumey, but I'll take that over cat poop smell any day.) My mom used to say she smelled dirty cat litter too. She didn't when she came this past weekend.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Satai View Post
Also, when you have friends over, keep candles burning - the flame will use up the air in the room, and (since houses aren't sealed like the space station) pull in air from outside, keeping the air in the room actually fresh, rather than covering up the smell.
I never thought of it working that way, I like that idea! Thanks!
post #15 of 15
Believe it or not, I do believe in the old baking soda trick. Sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of the litter box before you add litter, and it really helps to neutralize the odor between changing the box completely.
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