Litter Box Odor

Cat Litter Box Odor is a problem for many owners, including me. I want to share my experience in dealing with this problem, which eventually led me to a surprising solution.

Our original cat came to us as a stray. She always wanted to go outside, and usually did her business outside. When the weather was nice, I would only clean the litter box once a week, and sometimes it would be unused since the last cleaning. Unfortunately, she passed away from feline leukemia (If you have a cat may come in contact with infected cats, please have them vaccinated). We then adopted the two little kittens below from the Humane Society. We decided to keep them inside so they won't pick up any infections from other cats in the neighborhood.
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While these kittens are cute as can be and very friendly (They love to be petted), their feces were very stinky & they seemed to go quite a bit. The smell from the litter box was Awful! I tried cleaning the litter box twice a day, but it didn't help. I dreaded when my wife came home. She would immediately start complaining about the smell, which was pretty bad. When I took the kittens to the vet, I asked him for suggestions. He recommended trying a higher quality cat food. I tried another canned food, which was about twice as expensive as the Little Friskies that we had been using. After a couple weeks it was obvious that idea wasn't working. I tried some different brands of cat litter, but there was no improvement in the smell. So I had 2 delightful little kittens that I didn't want to give up, but something had to be done about the stinky litter box, and I was willing to pay a high price.

Cat Genie

I turned to the Internet to try & find a solution. One of the first things I considered was the Cat Genie. It is a self-cleaning litter box. It's pricey & you need to connect a water line to it & attach a drain line. I read the online reviews & while they were mostly very positive (4.3 out of 5 stars overall & over half the reviewers gave it 5 stars), There were some reviewers who were very dissatisfied. Some said their cats wouldn't use it, some said it didn't clean properly, and others said the cats would track the plastic granules (used in place of litter) all over the house. I decided I would hold off on trying the Cat Genie.

Booda Clean Step Litter Box

I read online that someone said he had a litter box with a charcoal filter & a little fan to blow air through it. This sounded promising to me, but I couldn't find one online. There is a Booda litter box which has a charcoal filter, but no fan. It's also pretty good size (22" diameter by 21" high). It also got good reviews (4.3 out of 5 & many 5 star reviews), but again there were users who were very dissatisfied. The biggest complaints were its large size and the fact that there was no seal between the bottom and the covering dome. Some owners reported urine leaking out when the cats urinated on the sides. I decided I would also hold off on trying this item. In addition to the leaking problem, I also was concerned that without a fan to circulate air, I wasn't sure if the charcoal filter would do much good.

World's Best Cat Litter

There is some cat litter out there called "world's Best Cat Litter" that says it is better because it is made from corn. This item was rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, but again there were a few folks who were very dissapointed with it. I thought this might be an item to try, since it would be easy to implement and it would not be a big investment, although it is pricey compared to regular cat litter. If it didn't work, I could just go back to the old litter.

Planet Petco Natural Cat Litter Deodorizer

One day at PETCO I purchased their cat litter deodorizer. It wasn't too expensive, so I thought I would give it a try. I couldn't really tell any difference.

CatMouse Electronic Litter Box Odor Eliminator

Back on the Internet, I found an item called the CatMouse Electronic Litter Box odor Eliminator. It claimed to work by producing Oxyions. I have a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering, and I have never heard of Oxyions, so I figured this was thing was a scam. In fact, I thought this was the stupidest thing I had ever heard of. I did take a look at some of the reviews & saw that about 2/3 thought it was great & 1/3 thought it was terrible. One review really resonnated with me. The guy said he really didn't think it would work, but he has desparate, so he decided to give it a try & was surprised when it worked. I thought, well I'm pretty desparate too, so I'll give it a try & maybe I'll get lucky. It certainly doesn't get rid of all the odor, but I would say it gets rid of 75-90% of the smell. It changed the smell from "Intolerable" to merely "Annoying".


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