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post #1 of 15
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Well tuesday of this week my brother brought home an adorable kitten and I fell in love with her before my mom said we couldn't keep her so my mom couldn't so no. And with that, she's making me keep the kitty litter in my room since there is no where in the house we can put it since we have a small dog in the house that hasn't been around a kitten before and the kitten wouldn't have full access to the kitty litter. But anyways, just today the smell has really gotten to me I don't even want to be in my room now and my mom said this can't go on and I don't know how to reduce the smell. I think her stomach is just upset but I'm not sure. Are there any tips are reducing the smell from a kitty litter? I was thinking of putting it in my closet since it's a walkin and right now it's still an open kitty litter...
post #2 of 15
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Originally Posted by nosilla
Well tuesday of this week my brother brought home an adorable kitten and I fell in love with her before my mom said we couldn't keep her so my mom couldn't so no. And with that, she's making me keep the kitty litter in my room since there is no where in the house we can put it since we have a small dog in the house that hasn't been around a kitten before and the kitten wouldn't have full access to the kitty litter. But anyways, just today the smell has really gotten to me I don't even want to be in my room now and my mom said this can't go on and I don't know how to reduce the smell. I think her stomach is just upset but I'm not sure. Are there any tips are reducing the smell from a kitty litter? I was thinking of putting it in my closet since it's a walkin and right now it's still an open kitty litter...

Hi and welcome to tcs! I keep the litter box in the closet so i see no problem with that as long as kitty knows where its at as far as the smell how often do you scoop? You can also buy litter deoderizers to sprinkle and mix in with the litter to refresh it.I dont know if its every kitten but from my experiences they are stinky little things until they get older
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by nosilla
...I think her stomach is just upset but I'm not sure....
Why do you say that? Does the kitten have diarhea?
post #4 of 15
A couple things:

1. I would opt for a covered litter box.
2. I would scoop once a day, no matter what (more if the smell bothers you)
3. If she has diarreha, she needs a vet. She could have worms or IBD...both of which are common in young cats. What are you feeding her?
post #5 of 15
I was gonna ask about the worming part, but someone else already has! Marlee had worms when I first got her, and her poop was awful! Since then it has gotten better, but I have also changed her food. Eukanuba and Nutro have both helped with smell. You're always gonna have smell after they first go, but with a good food, no health problems, and decent litter, you should be able to find something that works for you and your kitty! Good luck
post #6 of 15
It's hard for me to know what the set up of your house is, but I'm going to make some suggestions.
If you are worried about the dog- see if you can get a covered litter box that you can put at an angle to the cat can get to the entrace but the dog can't. It depends on how big the dog is. You could also install "cat flaps" inside of your house so the cat can get in a closed room to use the box but the dog can't. This would involve cutting the door.
Definitely get a covered box. You can try baking soda as an additive, I have found it works. Experiment with different kinds of litters- I like Fresh step, Tidy Cats and arm & hammer-all scoopable. Some people like the all crystal kind. You also can't go wrong feeding high quality food.
Another- kind of expensive solution is to get a ionic purifier. The room where I am keeping two kittens was getting a little stinky with the box and the food- it cleared up with the purifier. Between 100 to 150 bucks at wally world.
post #7 of 15
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So far that I've had her I scoop twice a day. I went to Petsmart today and couldn't find any covered litter boxes that were small enough for her from the ground. They were for adult cats and really high. I've thought about maybe using a cardboard box so it can be covered? I think I am going to just stick it in my closet and find some odorizer's, I've changed the type of kitty litter today so hopefully that helps some and I'm also changing the type of food this weekend.
post #8 of 15
Clumping litter is the best! Also, plastic liners for your litter box is great to have and easy to change. The deoderizer stuff to sprinkle in the box is nice too. I have one that smells great. There was one I didn't like the smell of at all. Can't think of the nice one just now.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Okay good, yeah we got the plastic liners and a premium clumping kitty litter that has an extra strength odor thing with it, I'm just hoping it will work. It was petsmart recommended, but eh.
post #10 of 15
The Tidy Cats box isn't too bad for a kitten to get in- I've seen it at Petsmart and Target.
post #11 of 15
A lot of times, kitten seem to have a higher concentration of smell to their poop and pee. Maybe its just cause they are not neutered or something but after neutering it seems to cut the smell a heck of a lot.

Another problems could be worms or other parasites (get kitty checked out for that) OR the type of food you are feeding. Some foods produce more smell when they are digested - canned is worse then dry.
post #12 of 15
Even though I only have the one cat right now, I use a multi cat litter, seems to keep the odors under control. I also have a covered litterbox, even though they are a bit high, the kitten will learn how to get in and out quick. As for a clumping recomendation that was made above, not a good idea for a small kitten. I like clumping for older cats but kittens sometimes will try to eat the litter, and clumping litter will cause blockage or digestive problems for your kitten. Until your kitten is a little bit older I would stick with a non clumping litter.

Welcome to TCS
post #13 of 15
Hi, nosilla! Welcome to TCS and congratulations on your new furbaby!

Over the years I've tried many different types of litter depending on various factors (how many cats I owned at one time, where I kept the litter box, the age of the cat(s), etc.). I like different litters for various reasons. But one I especially like for certain situations - and it sounds like yours would be one this would help - is a disposable litter box called Pop'n'Toss. You can find it at any of the pet supermarkets. You set the box up - it creates a covered litter box, you choose the size of opening to use (kitten or cat size) and then there's a plastic bag of this Citrus Max litter that kind of looks like wood shavings but are very soft and the odor is like oranges (but not overwhelmingly so).

The great things about this box is:

1. It's disposable. Supposed to work for 2 weeks
2. No scooping needed. I don't know how it does this, but feces somehow get "dehydrated" and disappear.
3. When it's time to change, just "deconstruct" the box and toss the whole thing.
4. Inexpensive
5. Low enough for a kitty to get inside.

The Citrus Max litter is also sold separately if you just wanted to use a small litter box and fill it with this. I'm just sold on the Pop`n`Toss concept.

Here's the web site to read more about it: http://www.citramaxpet.com/environ.html

Good luck and have fun!!

Czari - Owned by Kali II
post #14 of 15
Oh definitly don't use a cardboard box as a litter tray - you can't clean them.
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by AshleyNicole
I was gonna ask about the worming part, but someone else already has! Marlee had worms when I first got her, and her poop was awful! Since then it has gotten better, but I have also changed her food. Eukanuba and Nutro have both helped with smell. You're always gonna have smell after they first go, but with a good food, no health problems, and decent litter, you should be able to find something that works for you and your kitty! Good luck
I agree completely.
I`d get the kitten checkd for worms FIRST!
You can also put the litter in the closet or get a covered litter tray.
I scoop morning & night and in between if I see one of my cats go in there and I smell anything.
Since I`ve changed to Purina One cat food though...I`ve noticed not nearly as much smell to their poops.
I just use cheap Tidy Cat litter that I buy at Wallmarts 30#s for just under $5.
You could always sprinkle a bit of baking soda into the litter too. It obsorbs oder and the kitten should`nt mind it at all.
Linda
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