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post #1 of 13
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I have two large cats and the conventional litter box just isn't cutting it...I'll scoop the box in the early morning before work, and then I come home to a stinky house because the litter box has been used since scooped, of course, and my cats don't cover their stuff.

I've read about the Omega, the Litter Maid, the Litter Robot, all of those. But...they don't mention the smell. Does anyone who uses any of these methods have any opinions on how they cut down on smell, compared to conventional litter boxes?

Thanks!!
post #2 of 13
I have tried most of the automatic litter boxes that are available and none of them seemed to work very well. That is until I got a Litter Robot. The Litter Robot is by far the best automatic litter box out there today. It really does work & it works very well in my opinion. The problem with most automatic litter boxes is the rake. Rakes just don't work as well as one would think. When I had a Litter Maid the rake needed constant cleaning and always had pieces of feces stuck in the rake. That hardly keeps the box smelling clean and fresh.

I keep the odor down in my Litter Robot by placing a box of Arm & Hammer baking soda in the drawer. It fits in there just fine. That helps a great deal with reducing/eliminating odor. You may want to give the Litter Robot a try. It will at least make your litter box duties easier & keep the litter clean for your cats. I believe the manufacturer is now offering a 3 month payment plan which helps to ease the cost of the unit. You also get 30 days to try it out. Believe me, you'll know if it works for you right away.

Hope that helps.
post #3 of 13
Perhaps you should consider switching your litter brand as well? There are many types of natural litters that mask odor safely.
post #4 of 13
I have 2 cats-- Beavis is a 18 pound (not overweight) 18 yr old cat and PB is a 8 mo old 9 pound kitten. I have 3 litter boxes. I scoop them everyday and dont have a problem with odor at all. Im wondering if you added another box to your home if it would cut down on the odor. I can imagine the odor and mess i would have on a daily basis if i only had one box. The other posters' suggestions are good too-- I am interested in the litter robot but even with that payment plan thats not something thats going to be in my house anytime soon.

Good luck with your problem!
post #5 of 13
The smell also has a lot to do with the type of food you are feeding them. Everyone laughs when I say this, but Dori doesn't stink. I can be sitting in the room when she goes and I can't smell it. I clean her box daily, but I attribute the lack of smell to her eating a good diet.
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Originally Posted by squirtle
The smell also has a lot to do with the type of food you are feeding them. Everyone laughs when I say this, but Dori doesn't stink. I can be sitting in the room when she goes and I can't smell it. I clean her box daily, but I attribute the lack of smell to her eating a good diet.
I agree with you there Tanya

If i'm in their room on the computer and they leave a package they can initially whiff a bit, but even if they leave one while i'm at work and i go straight into their room i can't smell anything.
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by julia123
I have two large cats and the conventional litter box just isn't cutting it...I'll scoop the box in the early morning before work, and then I come home to a stinky house because the litter box has been used since scooped, of course, and my cats don't cover their stuff.

I've read about the Omega, the Litter Maid, the Litter Robot, all of those. But...they don't mention the smell. Does anyone who uses any of these methods have any opinions on how they cut down on smell, compared to conventional litter boxes?

Thanks!!
i have 2 littermaids, & i feel the smell is better, because the clumps & feces are frequently scooped into a covered container. of course, when it's time to empty that container, it stinks...but only for a short period, until i can get it out of the house! before i had them, i would come home from work to a smelly house. now i don't, unless the receptacle is full. the type of litter can make a difference, too. i like tidy cats small spaces, or arm & hammer multicat.
post #8 of 13
I am finding food is very important .. I found pellets like wood and alfalfa clear the odor wuickly and last
post #9 of 13
A few months ago my best friend was raving about the Booda Dome Clean Step Litter Box, so I had to try one. I LOVE IT. The box itself is enormous, which my kitties love, but it is also rather unobtrusive because it doesn't really resemble a conventional litter box. The little steps help prevent litter tracking & even my mother (who is notoriously fussy about litter box odor) has commented on how unsmelly (for lack of a better word ) it is. I have 4 litter boxes in my home and the Booda is the most popular amongst my crew. Here's a link so you can see what it looks like: http://www.pet-dog-cat-supply-store....roduct_id=1909

Amanda
post #10 of 13
www.citypet.com
post #11 of 13
I know what you mean about smelly. Food and litter both play into that. My largest cat Gandalf has a very sensative stomach and all kinds of things mess his stomach up add into that he doesn't cover up when he goes...man the stink is enough to drive one out of the apartment.

I scoopy three times sometimes more daily (once before I go to work and once when I get home...plus right before I go to bed and sometimes inbetween if needed), feed the same food all the time and it helps a little to feed a quality food. I find though that even emotional upsets can make his little stomach go all topsy turvy. I've just wound up going to air freshners in all the rooms and scooping just as soon as I get home. Thankfully it isn't everyday that's it really bad just when he's having a bad day.

I can't imagine an automatic little box would help much due the not covering this. It takes longer for things to dry out because of that. I wish there was an easy answer to the smelly problem but I haven't found one yet.
post #12 of 13
I HIGHLY recommend you try plain ole wood stove pellets for the litter. The only smell I get is the poo right when they do it. I clean that right out and it goes in the toilet. The urine simply dissolves the pellets and you can shake out the icky and keep the good.

It's wonderful stuff and CHEAP. You can get like 40# of the pellets for around $3.

Try it and see what you think.
post #13 of 13
I know you were looking for a litter box that doesnt stink (a covered one is best I have heard) but I know for sure that Swheat Scoop (made with real wheat) will NOT stink..... not a prolonged smell anyway- I clean Oreo's daily and it never never smells like a cat lives in my room.
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