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Best litter for odor control with multiple cats?

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
I am trying to find the best litter for odor control. I have noticed lately that as my male cats are getting older the litterboxes odors are getting stronger... I have one male who is 2 1/2 years old and three who are 1 1/2 years old (all neutered). I have also found that they tend to prefer some boxes over others so some get dirty really fast while others are hardly used.
I am trying to keep the odor down and was hoping for some suggestions on what litter is best for that? I currently use Tidy Cats "power blend" which is the one with some crystals mixed in.
It's not a poor diet issue, they all eat Orijen.
post #2 of 32
Overly rich diet can also cause it ... the smell from pee is normally amonnia .. When I moved from strait grain free ( actually what you are feeding) to mostly grain free wet and a dry with rice and oats my smell dropped by half... In my experience too rich and poor quality often yeild a smelly result

I have three males and I found chicken feed with benonite clay or a clumping newspaper seems to work well and clump great
post #3 of 32
I use Dr Elsey's Precious Cat here, and there is absolutely NO pee smell whatsoever - 3 cats in a tiny apartment....
post #4 of 32
Thread Starter 
It's mostly the ammonia odor.
post #5 of 32
If you are having ammonia odor, it means the boxes are not being kept clean enough. Boxes should be scooped at least twice a day, and dumped completely and scrubbed out, and let air dry, once a week.

I use plain clay litter, and have no odor problems. Three cats, four boxes. I scoop a minimum of four times a day. My apartment also is tiny. (580 sq feet)

I have two sets of boxes, so when I pick them up to dump and scrub I have a clean set to put down right away. I think this may also help with odor as the boxes get a week to "air out" between uses.
post #6 of 32
Thread Starter 
Maybe it's not ammonia... It's that smell that people think of when they think of cats. I don't know how to describe it but when I think about it, it's really not an ammonia smell so much as a "catty" smell.
post #7 of 32
Really, if the boxes are kept clean, there should be no odor problem.

What do you do with the waste after you scoop? Do you take it out to the trash right away? If not, perhaps that is what you are smelling.

I scoop into doubled plastic grocery bags, and keep the waste bag in a lidded stainless steel container (actually an old stock pot). I put the waste bag into the trash every night, and start a new one the next morning with the first scooping.
post #8 of 32
I use the Walmart Special Kitty in the green box. It's a sand texture which the kitties like and they seem to cover better with it. The odor control works very quickly. Even when it's really stinky I never smell it for more than about 5 minutes. I used to use Tidy Cats, tried several different varieties. Some of them work okay, but none as well as Special Kitty. I also tried Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat because several people recommended it for low dust. The odor control was non-existent. I know other people say it works well for them. Maybe I just got a bad bag, but I'm not about to spend more money to find out.
post #9 of 32
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Originally Posted by GoldyCat View Post
I use the Walmart Special Kitty in the green box. .... Some of them work okay, but none as well as Special Kitty.
+1....except I like the orange scented one (I thought cats aren't supposed to like citrus scents, but the cats don't mind---I've done side-by-side comparisions just to make sure). It's the same as the green box except for the scent. I've tried just about every brand and that's the one I like best.
post #10 of 32
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Originally Posted by otto View Post
Really, if the boxes are kept clean, there should be no odor problem.

What do you do with the waste after you scoop? Do you take it out to the trash right away? If not, perhaps that is what you are smelling.

I scoop into doubled plastic grocery bags, and keep the waste bag in a lidded stainless steel container (actually an old stock pot). I put the waste bag into the trash every night, and start a new one the next morning with the first scooping.
My PH boys do have some odur but I agree regular healthy males should not have much smell in the box if well kept

Silly ? to OP
How big are your boxes?
post #11 of 32
Thread Starter 
The box sizes vary depending on what size fit in the location. One box is on the small side because the only place it would fit in that room is inside a cabinet so I had to get a box to fit the cabinet. Unfortunately that is one of the boxes the cats like the best (maybe because of the privacy?) so it tends to get smellier-- even if I scoop it 3-5 times a day they use it more than I can scoop!
I think part of the problem is with the litter I am using, the urine clumps fall apart a lot so I can't scoop them out completely. The Tidy Cat Breeze boxes I have which use special litter never really smell bad. I also have two Littermaids, one of which no longer works but I use the box like a regular litter box because it's big.

When I scoop/clean the boxes I usually take the bag outside right away.
post #12 of 32
I won't use clumping litter, we use wood pellets with a sieve tray.

Lasts far longer than other litters and no odour.
post #13 of 32
I use Sweat Scoop..and have for the past kittys.. But this one really is stinky. LOL So I may change. We have the Big Booda Litter pan. And I scoop Daily.. Once. Should I do it more? We have 2 boxes.. but 3 Kittys.. *2 are used to using one* And they all use each others. LOL He is the only male.. the other 2 are females.
So I am interested in seeing what people suggest as we are trying something new next shopping trip!
post #14 of 32
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Originally Posted by Nekochan View Post
The box sizes vary depending on what size fit in the location. One box is on the small side because the only place it would fit in that room is inside a cabinet so I had to get a box to fit the cabinet. Unfortunately that is one of the boxes the cats like the best (maybe because of the privacy?) so it tends to get smellier-- even if I scoop it 3-5 times a day they use it more than I can scoop!
I think part of the problem is with the litter I am using, the urine clumps fall apart a lot so I can't scoop them out completely. The Tidy Cat Breeze boxes I have which use special litter never really smell bad. I also have two Littermaids, one of which no longer works but I use the box like a regular litter box because it's big.

When I scoop/clean the boxes I usually take the bag outside right away.
I have found that enclosed litter boxes hold in odor. This may be why that particular box smells. If you are keeping it clean (and don't forget, plastic holds odor, so the boxes should be dumped and scrubbed, or changed out like I described earlier, weekly) perhaps the odor is just lingering in the cabinet as it has no way to dissipate.

You could try keeping a box of baking soda in there, but change it frequently.
post #15 of 32
i use the dye & perfume free fresh step scoopable litter, and can NEVER smell the litterboxes, even though they are in our basement family room where we spend most of our leisure time. i have two big boxes for 3 cats, and scoop them 1x day.

i know many don't like clumping litters because of their possible dangers (which i was unaware of when i started using this litter years ago). since then, i've tried to switch them to brands like yesterday's news and others, but each attempted change invariably led to 'accidents'

if you're not averse to clumping litter, fresh step has always worked for us.
post #16 of 32
My cats like Precious cat. I've tried almost all the earth friendly cat litter and we always go back to Precious cat. It seems to work the best. I stopped searching for fear of accidents. Precious cat works well for odor control. We have 3 cats and there is no catty smell. I scoop 2x per day and do a complete litter change with a clean box once a month. I think the enclosed area would trap odor. I use a plain, open box. I thought about getting a hooded box but read somewhere that most cats like easy access and an open box is the best option.
post #17 of 32
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Originally Posted by lovemahkitties View Post
i use the dye & perfume free fresh step scoopable litter, and can NEVER smell the litterboxes, even though they are in our basement family room where we spend most of our leisure time. i have two big boxes for 3 cats, and scoop them 1x day.

i know many don't like clumping litters because of their possible dangers (which i was unaware of when i started using this litter years ago). since then, i've tried to switch them to brands like yesterday's news and others, but each attempted change invariably led to 'accidents'

if you're not averse to clumping litter, fresh step has always worked for us.
I use this also with 3 cats/one box (covered) I scoop up to 3 times a day and buy a new litter box twice a year. Change out the litter completely once a month. Never smell anything. Are they getting stuff on the sides of the boxes? Just a thought. They have litter box wipes or just use a cloth, that might help.
post #18 of 32
I use a little from costco in a green bottle (not a tub) and it's cheap and works pretty good. I used to use natures miracle additive and it really works great, but I only have one cat now and she's not very stinky. I only change my litter out twice a week, but again, only one cat, but I do scrub down the litter mat and the lip of the box every few days. Also, I use fresh wave in my house and I swear by it, but it's kind of expensive. http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Wave-Odo...5068982&sr=8-8 That is the regular jar, but I bought a jar and a big jug and the jug lasted about 6 months. Greatest home refresher imo.
post #19 of 32
I also use Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter. We've tried a lot of different litters but this is the best for us.

Petsmart has it by us. Here's a link:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754842

Three cats and no smell (except if Zachary forgets to cover his poo). Scooping is done twice a day.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
I use Dr Elsey's Precious Cat here, and there is absolutely NO pee smell whatsoever - 3 cats in a tiny apartment....
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Originally Posted by Shashagirl View Post
My cats like Precious cat. I've tried almost all the earth friendly cat litter and we always go back to Precious cat. It seems to work the best. I stopped searching for fear of accidents. Precious cat works well for odor control. We have 3 cats and there is no catty smell. I scoop 2x per day and do a complete litter change with a clean box once a month.
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Originally Posted by AudioCat View Post
I also use Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter. We've tried a lot of different litters but this is the best for us.

Petsmart has it by us. Here's a link:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754842

Three cats and no smell (except if Zachary forgets to cover his poo). Scooping is done twice a day.
I'm still trying to figure out why the Precious Cat litter I got seems to work differently for me than for everybody else. When I tried it I found that there was NO odor control. Even when the cats completely covered their poop it stunk up the whole house for 20 minutes, which was as long as I could stand it before I scooped it and hauled it out to the dumpster.
post #21 of 32
I like Arm & Hammer Multi-cat. It comes in 40 lb boxes and I have had zero odor problems. It even works if I don't scoop daily, and I never totally clean out a box unless it get really bad which isn't often since they go through it quickly enough(3 cats 3 boxes) that the new stuff quickly replaces the old stuff. I have only had to do it once since all the cats moved in and that was with cheap-o crappy cat litter where the clumps just broke apart anything you scooped. I know this prolly makes me look like a horrible person but I see no need unless it's getting stinky. I also transfer the litter into a scooping litter box so I can do cleanups of the box if they are gross.

I have never done total box cleanouts, most cats go throught the old stuff quickly enough that it replaces it with all new stuff anf the new stuff gets mixed in with the old anyways. If I had odor problems then I would do it. The cats don't mind and as I said there is no cat smell in here.

Taryn
post #22 of 32
I've been using Fresh Step Multicat Scoopable. It works in my auto litterbox and works well for manual scooping like I have to do while I'm away from home with my furry pals like now.

Excellent odor control. Even the regular Fresh Step works well, but the Multi-Cat just has that little extra strength. I had tried a number of other litters before, including Arm & Hammer, Dr. Elsey's, and a bunch more that I can't even remember the names of. I'm sold on Fresh Step Multi-cat. I didn't like the texture of some of the other ones and felt that the cats felt similarly. Ally started with Dr. Elsey's Kitten Attract, so she was used to fine particle litter rather than large chunky litter. I found that some litters had a mix of fine particles and chunky particles (particularly Arm & Hammer) and I didn't like that. Fresh Step is more uniform.

My only complaint is that I wish they would process it an additional step so that it is dust free too. Pouring it in the litter box makes a little cloud of dust form. If they fixed that, it would be the perfect litter.

However, if odor control is all you desire, the Arm & Hammer multi-cat is excellent too. I just prefer Fresh Step multi-cat.
post #23 of 32
I have been using Tidy Cats: Instant Action clumping litter since last year and have had no issues with it. I have 4 cats and 6 litter boxes and have no problem with odor control or mess. There is a slight "fresh" scent to it, but it isn't overpowering and even I, being a person with asthma and allergies, am not bothered by it.

I never was someone who liked scoopable litter, but regular clay litter was out of the question due to allergies. I've tried the wood pellet litter and found the sawdust left behind after getting wet to be impossible to work with. And, I wasn't impressed with the odor control they provided at all. I did use Yesterday's News for a long time, but the odor control was nearly non-existent and I found it to be wasteful since I'd have to completely change the litter either daily or every other day. I've also used Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Litter and was unimpressed by the odor control. World's Best Cat Litter was also a no go, but because my cats would not use it. Special Kitty and Fresh Step were both way too dusty for my likes, but I did like the Arm and Hammer litter -- especially the one marketed for multiple cats. I would totally recommend the Arm and Hammer and would use it myself, but it is more pricey than the Tidy Cats and not as readily available to me.

I should mention that I scoop a minimum of 3 times per day. The dirty litter goes straight into a plastic grocery bag (double bagged) and then into a sealed Rubbermaid container. I change the bag in the container every day. I also do a complete litter change every 7 days and scrub the boxes and let them air out for a week. I have a second set that's available when the others are getting cleaned. Just those small changes have helped make my home smell better and be more sanitary -- for both myself and the kitties.
post #24 of 32
We are also using the wood stove pellets. Only once in awhile if they have gone close together will it smell. But the pellets break down quickly and absorb the odors. I won't go back to clay or scoopable litters any more.

The pellets are cheap too; $5 for 40 lb bag. If you do switch to the pellets, you have to first mix them into the scoopable litter and as you clean the box out, keep adding more pellets till its all pellets. Otherwise, they will not know its litter if you just dump in the pellets.

I was lucky when we got Jack - his breeder already was using the pellets (many breeders are doing that now) and he used his pan right away. I do have some scoopable in case the next Ocicat is not used to pellets.
post #25 of 32
I use Special Kitty both the green and orange boxes (I mix them up in a big tupperware container) those two seem to work good for my three. I have two big litter boxes and one small one go figure the biggest cat likes to use the smallest litter box..LOL...Ive also found a litter thats scoopable and cheap at the local tractor supply that provides adequate odor control however I dont like how all the pee piles seem to stick to the litter box more than the Special Kitty litter. So for me I vote special kitty either green or orange boxes.
post #26 of 32
Just to add a little tip to my earlier post... I buy my litter (Fresh Step - Perfume & Dye Free) in the big plastic recyclable tub w/lid. Once empty, I line the tub with a plastic grocery store bag and keep it near the litter boxes.

The daily 'scoopings' go into the lined tub, which is kept lidded. There is no smell. I take the bag out of the tub once per week, on trash night, and put a fresh bag in it. This saves daily trips to the trash (which for us is far from the litter boxes).
post #27 of 32
This is what works for me, might not work for other people. I have 4 cats, and 3 litter boxes. I know the rule is 1 box per cat, plus 1 extra. I just don't have very much space for that many boxes, so the boxes I have are very large. I'd say they hold enough litter to fill 5 boxes. I use Dr Elsey's Precious Cat litter. I scoop once a day, and add a few cups of litter to each box once a week, and once a month I'll dump the boxes and wash them out. The only time I have any issues is when it's really humid and the clumps don't dry out enough and fall apart. I can't use any scented litter or dusty litter because my rats have sensitive respiratory systems.
post #28 of 32
I have 11 cats and only 6 litter boxes. i have the jumbo petco brand ones that are beige colored and have no lid. They're great. I scoop daily and dump and scrub once a month. Like someone else said, i know the rule is one per cat plus one, but I've been lucky to have no litter box issues thus far. Everyone goes in the box. I never have any odor whatsoever, unless you happen to be standing in the laundry room at the exact moment someone goes. I foster also, so I have people at my house all the time meeting and adopting, and most people are very surprised when they learn I have 11 cats in my house, and most comment on how good it smells.
post #29 of 32
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Originally Posted by Kit E Cat View Post
I have 11 cats and only 6 litter boxes. i have the jumbo petco brand ones that are beige colored and have no lid. They're great. I scoop daily and dump and scrub once a month. Like someone else said, i know the rule is one per cat plus one, but I've been lucky to have no litter box issues thus far. Everyone goes in the box. I never have any odor whatsoever, unless you happen to be standing in the laundry room at the exact moment someone goes. I foster also, so I have people at my house all the time meeting and adopting, and most people are very surprised when they learn I have 11 cats in my house, and most comment on how good it smells.
What litter are you using?
post #30 of 32
We always used Fresh Step at my house growing up but, I think it's because it was available in bulk at Costco. I've read good things online about the Breeze system. Have you tried that one? It's made by Tidy Cat.
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