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8 Ways to Beat Litterbox Odors

October 15, 2018

Cats have a way of making our houses into homes. However, Fluffy’s purrsonal powder room won’t really do much for your décor. It can also get, well, pretty smelly. We are here to help! Read on as a local Salem, VA vet offers tips on beating stinky litterbox smells.


Plants are great at filtering bad smells out of the air. They’ll also help keep your home looking nice! Check the ASPCA here for a directory of non-toxic plants.

Air Fresheners

As the name suggests, air fresheners are great at keeping foul odors at bay. Consider setting up a timed-release product near Fluffy’s bathroom. Just be sure to opt for products that destroy scent molecules, rather than masking them with perfumes that quickly fade.


First and foremost, make sure to keep your furry buddy’s litterbox clean. We recommend scooping it daily, and changing the litter every week. You can try experimenting with litterboxes that make this chore a little easier. Try stackable boxes that you ‘sift’ to clean, or automatic ones.


If you put your feline pal’s litterbox in a small, stuffy room, it won’t take long for that space to get, well, rather stinky. Keep an air purifier running near the litterbox. If you put Fluffy’s litterbox in small bathroom, keep the fan on in that room.

Product Options

At the end of the day, some litters simply work better than others do. Feel free to experiment, to see what seems to work best. Just keep Fluffy’s opinion in mind. Some of our feline friends can be quite picky about their litter!


You can find quite a few products that help minimize litterbox odors. Liners, sprays, and powders can all be effective. Even sprinkling baking soda in the box can help.


It’s probably safe to say that your furry pal’s litterbox will never smell like a flowerbed. However, if your cat’s waste smells extremely foul, there may be something going on with her digestion. Poor quality food can also make kitties’ waste extra stinky. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Avoid Overcrowding

If you have more than one cat, you’ll need multiple litterboxes. Generally, we recommend one box per furball, plus at least one extra.

Please contact us, your Salem, VA vet clinic, for all of your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’re dedicated to providing great veterinary care!

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