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post #1 of 15
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Regular baking power for litter box odor control? As some of you have read I was using someting called Mineral Blue which worked very well, but was dyeing the feet on kitties blue. So after talking to the vet I want to minimize or completely get rid of the mineral blue. However, with 4 cats in 400 square feet odor control is a must. So I was thinking about just buying regular backing powder, thinking if it works in the fridge why not in the litter box? I'm also assumeing that it's not toxic to cats. Anyone have any experience?
post #2 of 15
Yes, you may test it. Why not?

A "home remedy".

Please tell us after it.
post #3 of 15
The litter brand I currently use (Arm&Hammer Super Scoop) has baking soda in it. I'm pretty happy with the odour control. Never mixed baking soda in other litters myself, so I don't know how that would work.
post #4 of 15
I use a shake of soda alot... works for the extra smelly pooss
post #5 of 15
Make sure you're using baking soda and not baking powder!! The powder wont do anything for odor! But yes, I do occasionally use baking soda mixed in his litter... I also have a mesh bag of lava rocks (found in walmart pet section) that absorbs odor, a covered litter box and an air purifier in my apartment (the air purifier wasnt bought just for his stinky poo, haha... I also keep hermit crabs - that eat rotting fish - and a freshwater tank and it's a small studio apartment... also helps with my allergies!).... all of these things help control the odor from the Monster's waste... also, just scoop as regularly as possible!
post #6 of 15
I've heard the lava rocks work quite well. But haven't tested them myself because I don't have any odor problem.
post #7 of 15
I always put baking soda in the bottom of the litter boxes. I never really liked the smell of the powder that is meant for odour control in litter boxes. Baking soda works great and is cheap!! the cats don't even notice it since it doesn't smell.
post #8 of 15
I use this clumping litter from Wal-Mart (Special Kitty), and it has baking soda in it. I also sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of their litter boxes. It helps to neutralize the odour, and it prevents the waste from sticking to the bottom of the litter box. I love it!
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Well I think that for the most part I've got the odor thing undercontrol. I'm just very particular about not wanting to smell the litter box at all. Which is not really a realistic expectation when you've got 4 cats in a 400 square foot apartment. They've got 3 boxes, but they pee almost exclusively in one box. That box of coarse gets particularly smelly. I use the Cat Attract kitty litter which they love. I've got a bag of the lava rocks in each of the 2 places I've got boxes. I run an air purifier for my allergies (and yes I'm allergic to the cats, but I'd rather wake up stuffy than wake up with out my babies) I scoop the litter boxes twice a day. The main problem is the one box because of coarse they all pee in the same spot. It only smells when I take the cover off to clean it. I'll give the baking soda (that's what I mean yesterday) a try.
post #10 of 15
there are a few brands of litter odor neutralizers out there. they are in powder form and some of them already have baking soda in it. I sprinkle it over the litter before I scoop to ensure it makes it down to the bottom layers for odor control. My favorite so far is by tidy cats. Good luck ChiChi and I send you lots of kitty love
post #11 of 15
Ahhh...it's a covered litter box. That retains the odor concentrated in a small space. Have you tried one of those litter box air filters? I have no idea whether they work or not....maybe someone else here knows.
post #12 of 15
I've tried it. One thing I did notice was right after the cat pees, you see some bubbles coming up. I guess the baking soda reacts to urine. I didn't find it to be super helpful enough to justify adding it in. I don't think you said if you use scooping or regular litter. I prefer scooping. I do think that Arm & Hammer is the best scooping cat litter on the market. I like fresh step too, but it is very dusty. My litter box is in the pantry and I have noticed canned goods that have a faint odor of the scent. Tidy cats is okay but doesn't clump as well. I tried the new "Small spaces" it seemed to cover smells but I didn't think it clumped that well. I am going to try out the Petsmart brand next litter box change.
I do think that baking soda is one of the most useful products however. I put some in my closet b/c my shoes were making the closet smell funny. I also sprinkle some on the bottom of trash cans to control odor. It also helps make your clothes smell fresher in the laundry!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by zak&rocky
I am going to try out the Petsmart brand next litter box change.
my guys really like the petsmart unscented scooping litter. i've used baking soda before, but most of the time i forget to add it.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
I use Cat Attract & it is clumping. Like I said I scoop twice a day. My cats actually prefer the coverd boxes, which is good because my Levi is a "high shooter" & before I switched to the covered box I used to clean pee off the floor daily. Another thing I forgot to mention is that I use the cat attract because it is supposed to be 98% dust free. I think it's got a lot less than other brand, but there is still dust. I need to continue useing it though because Jordan has very mild asthma & he needs a low dust litter. I'm just hoping the baking soda doesn't aggrivate his asthma.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rang_27
Regular baking power for litter box odor control? As some of you have read I was using someting called Mineral Blue which worked very well, but was dyeing the feet on kitties blue. So after talking to the vet I want to minimize or completely get rid of the mineral blue. However, with 4 cats in 400 square feet odor control is a must. So I was thinking about just buying regular backing powder, thinking if it works in the fridge why not in the litter box? I'm also assumeing that it's not toxic to cats. Anyone have any experience?
i used to use it before i started using the clumping litter. it would soak up the urine & i felt it really helped with odor control. i put it in the bottom of the box, then poured the pellets on top.
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