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Do you worry about your home having that "kitty" smell?

post #1 of 29
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I do.....whenever someone comes over, I ask, "do you smell the kits?" No body has said they do, although in the heat of the summer, when you go down in the basement where their food and litter is, you can smell them....the humidity doesn't help. When we first got Trixie, and I was new at this kitty stuff, I tried buying the cheapest cat litter I could find.......well, I soon learned that the more expensive stuff really does keep the odors down/gone!
post #2 of 29
I used to, but not so much anymore - since their litterbox is in our bedroom, and the door is usually partially shut, so they can have their privacy

I constantly have candles burning (not for that reason, only b/c I love them! ) But I've never had anyone say that they can smell them, or their box or anything
post #3 of 29
Try living with both boys in 750 square feet! I do my best to keep the smell down, but really there is only so much you can do.
post #4 of 29
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Originally Posted by lookingglass View Post
Try living with both boys in 750 square feet! I do my best to keep the smell down, but really there is only so much you can do.
That's right.....there's only so much we can do!
post #5 of 29
Yeah, I worry alot... and I keep the litter way in the back of the house.... and I don't ever smell anything... but I have gone to people's houses where you can really smell cat urine, or dander, or both.... and I hate that smell... it gives me the allergies.... but I don't even get them in my house. Still I worry, you know the saying a fox can't smell his own hole?
post #6 of 29
Now that the kittens are out of their bathroom, the smell has diminished to almost nothing (unless Ruby takes a big stinky poo ). I've also just gone from Feline Pine for the kitten box to Scoop Away because I figure they are old enough now. For a while, when the kittens were confined pretty much all the time, that whole side of the house smelled like Hades.
post #7 of 29
I worry more about them getting covered in the fur storm mine create jumping on people
post #8 of 29
I always ask my friends if it smells and they say no, We do have those carpeted litter box covers and I think that helps!
post #9 of 29
I don't usually worry about it too much. But whenever someone comes to visit (and I swear they do this on purpose), one of mine will go and take a gigantic poop (and not cover it). They always look so smug after then do that!!!
post #10 of 29
Honestly, I know my house smells like kitties, and dogs for that matter with as many as I have, there is no getting around it, but i very rarely have people over so it doesn't matter! I live in about 980 sq feet, but one bedroom is closed off, so I have 2 litter boxes in my bathroom, one in my Bedroom, and 3 in my kitchen, I am surrounded by litterboxes I scoop everyday, and use baking powder, but i can't control it all. I don't really notice it, but i know its there
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever View Post
.......well, I soon learned that the more expensive stuff really does keep the odors down/gone!
well said! the Cheap goes more expensive sometimes!
post #12 of 29
I don't see any reason a house would smell because you have kitties. Unless someone has just taken a poop and not covered it up, there's nothing to smell.

Once in a while I will ask people who have just entered the house whether or not they smell animals, but no one ever has. My garbage can smells from the canned cat food dishes (I use disposables and never rinse them out enough), but that is out in the garage.

We scoop twice a day into tiny plastic bags and seal them up before tossing them in the garage as well, so no smell there, either.

In days of old when all you had was that terrible clay litter, cat box odors were pretty much a given. But we are so blessed with New! and Improved! products that we really have it easy IMO.
post #13 of 29
I don't worry about it too much. I'm lucky that I have an oversized, sort of out of the way closet where I keep two of the litter boxes, so that really helps. People are always amazed when they visit and I tell them I four cats, because they don't detect any "kitty" smell. The toys and cat hair are a dead giving, though!
post #14 of 29
I worry about it too, No one says anything but I know they are just saying that.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
Honestly, I know my house smells like kitties, and dogs for that matter with as many as I have, there is no getting around it, but i very rarely have people over so it doesn't matter! I live in about 980 sq feet, but one bedroom is closed off, so I have 2 litter boxes in my bathroom, one in my Bedroom, and 3 in my kitchen, I am surrounded by litterboxes I scoop everyday, and use baking powder, but i can't control it all. I don't really notice it, but i know its there

Katie, as long as you do your best, that's all you can do. The love you give these sweet babies outweighs any kitty smell you might have!
post #16 of 29
THe only room that smells like kitty is my downstairs bathroom. We don't usually have anyone to use it but one friend does and says it does smell like kitty but he seems to always pick to go in right after one of the girls has a nice smelly poo!
post #17 of 29
I dont worry about it anymore since I met the love of my life. That is a 5lb tub of baking soda. 3 cups mixed in with each litter box change and the smell is gone. It drove me crazy when our Samuel was still intact and spraying all over the place. He thankfully quit after he was snipped. Now the clock is ticking for Bull. He has to weigh five pounds or be six months old....come on lil man fatten up for momma.
post #18 of 29
Heh, I don't care... I've certainly never asked anyone if they can smell the cats! The house is closed up all day, and gets kinda warm, and the litter tray is in the lounge room, so there is a smell when we first get home. As soon as we open up the windows it clears pretty fast. It's not a bad smell, just a "smell".

When Lily does a poo MAN it stinks!!!!! How can such a little cat do such big smelly poos???? We haven't had people over since we got her, and she's fairly timid, so hopefully when we have people over she'll hold off until they're gone

The cats are clean, I scoop the litter box regularly and don't leave wet food sitting in their bowls, so am pretty confident if there's a smell in the house, it's probably not them
post #19 of 29
Anyone thats come to my home have said they can't smell cats at all, and Gil said you wouldn't even know i had them because he couldnt smell them, well until Sophie paid a visit on the litter tray that is while he was painting

I use those plug in air freshners as well.
post #20 of 29
We have the smell and know it. So what?
post #21 of 29
I'm always paranoid that my house smells because when I was a kid, we had too many cats (a few of the males sprayed because there were so many). So I know our house stunk really bad, although I couldn't smell it, since I lived there.

On Monday, though, Scot's parents were in town, and Scot's mom said, "I have to tell you, your house does not smell like cat." I said that I use good litter and clean the boxes frequently. Her BIL temporarily had his daughter's cat, Marble, because Marble's owners lost their house in Katrina. She said her BIL's house smelled. I don't think he's had a cat before, so my guess is he just didn't know how to keep the box clean.

But, yeah, I'm really paranoid and always asking my friends if it smells like cat. They always say no, but then I'm worried that they're just being nice.
post #22 of 29
I do think about it, but I have a very sensitive nose, and I figure if I can't smell it when I walk in from outside, no one else will either. Yep, good litter and regular cleaning pretty much take the stink away.

I have been in people's homes that just reek of cat, and as soon as you see the litterbox you know why. Earl had a roommate for a while with one cat, and it smelled something awful, but she kept the litterbox in the bathroom and probably only scooped once a week if that? Guests wouldn't be going through her medicine cabinet, that's for sure! You wanted out of that room as soon as possible!!!
post #23 of 29
I worry about it sometimes, although my mom has assured me that our apartment doesn't smell--and I am positive she is the one person who would tell me if it did.
post #24 of 29
I'm not too worried about it, and I don't think it usually smells. Although the last 2 times we had company here Reilly went and dropped a huge "S" bomb in the box...my company noticed that!
post #25 of 29
I do worry about it. Probably too much. But like you all said..There's only so much one can do.
Mushi never covers his poop up, and if there there a hunk of poop in the box, he'll wait untill I take it out to go again..He's such a little stinker. He pooped in the bathtub this morning because I hadn't scooped for 2 days.
At least he knows where it's easy for me to clean it.
My next thing to buy for the smell is one them neat self scooping litter boxes.
But we live in sort of a small place, and I can smell it bad sometimes. But it doesnt take long to clean it up ya know? Scoop here, scrub there..and BA DAM!! no more smell!
post #26 of 29
I never worry and I never ask. I don't ever smell anything here and we live in an apartment (only for a few more weeks though!) and I have the litterbox in the bathroom and Sash's food is in the kitchen, although sometimes I bring it to him in the living room or bedroom if he prefers, so everything is relatively close and no smell.

Seriously though, if anyone would have a problem with the smell of my very clean and precious boy they would not be welcome in my house since Sash rules the roost here!
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by lisalee View Post
Sash's food is in the kitchen, although sometimes I bring it to him in the living room or bedroom if he prefers
They do have us trained, don't they? After Nedicks was first diagnosed with bladder stones, I would sometimes follow her around with the dish of wet food.
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by gemlady View Post
We have the smell and know it. So what?
Well said! I know Twitch always poops as soon as guests come over. If someone comments on it, I simply tell them "You try pooping in a box with people around!".

I do use sprays and a candle warmer, and a candle that works wonders on pet odors. My biggest concerns is the dogs. One dog always smells funny....even after getting professionally groomed! (her coat is short & thick, so holds odors well)
post #29 of 29
We have no kitty smell, minus when someone takes a big poop and we run over to scoop it. We use FreshStep Crystals and they smell great...so no smell for us at all.

I'm cat-sitting right now and they use clumping litter...man oh man, I remember that smell. I'm glad we switched!
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