Stop Cat Urine Smell By Removing Cat Litter Box Waste
Cat urine smell is one of the most powerful pet odors imaginable. If you don't scoop the cat litter box and dispose of her waste, your kitty may deposit her waste all over your home.
This article gives you some advice on why you should quickly remove kitty deposits from the cat litter box, and how it encourages her from making your home her giant litter box.
Cats are fussy, clean creatures and they usually have high cat litter box standards. You can help your cat maintain her good litter box habits by developing one of your own - scooping her deposits from the cat litter box as quickly as you discover them. But, that's only half the battle. If you keep the trash can too close to the cat litter box, the smell may overwhelm your cat and drive her away from her box.
Since cats have staff (us!), one of our jobs is to keep their litter boxes very clean. If you develop the habit of checking her cat litter box every time you pass by, and scoop out her waste if you see it, this is a great partnership for maintaining a wonderful relationship between you and your cat. She deposits, you scoop, the box is clean again, and everyone's happy.
Kitty sees a clean box every time she needs to relieve herself. The urine clumps and other solid waste don't lie in the box, permeating your home with the odor.
The other critical part of this partnership is making certain the scooped items aren't in close proximity to the cat litter box. Why? The smell is overwhelming to both you and kitty. Since cats have a much keener sense of smell than you and I, she's going to get bowled over by the odor far earlier than you, and she'll find a fresher-smelling area to meet her litter box needs. If that area doesn't have a cat litter box handy, too bad for you!
In order to keep The Cat happy, scoop out her production and deposit it into a plastic bag. Wrap the bag tight, and select a wastebasket that's far enough away from the cat litter box not to be noticeable by you and your cat. This might a neutral room where the cat litter box isn't located. Empty that wastebasket early and often to keep that part of your home from smelling like a litter box.
Even if you only have one cat, you may have more than one cat litter box. There are many kitties who like to have one box for liquid deposits, and another for solid waste. Here's a good rule of thumb for determining the minimum number of cat litter boxes you need in your home:
"X" cats +1 = minimum number of cat litter boxes
Pretty easy, huh? If you have two cats, you need at least 3 cat litter boxes.
So if you do have more than one cat litter box, you'll need to check all of them on a regular basis. Many cats evacuate their bladder and bowels on a fairly regular basis, so you'll get a sense of the time of day and/or evening you need to make your rounds. My cat Scout usually voids her bladder anytime between 4:30 AM - 5:30 AM. She usually passes solid waste about an hour later. In the evening, she will urinate around 5:30 - 6:00PM, with a feces sample shortly afterward.
By knowing the approximate schedule your cat uses the litter box, you can plan your trips to check for scoopable products at fairly regular times. Her box is always clean and up to her standards. You can strategically position a waste can far away enough from all cat litter boxes in your home to keep the smell out of her cat litter box area, thus encouraging kitty to use her box all the time.
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The Cat Urine Odor Advisor helps you save money and stop the damage in your household by offering solutions that work together to eliminate cat urine odor from your home.