Owning a cat does NOT mean that you have to live with ‘cat smell’ in your home! The secret to a clean smelling home is to actually remove smells, not just cover them up. Free yourself from the struggle and get rid of cat smell once and for all with these tips.
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If you share your home with a cat, then you know that there are many benefits.
They bring us love and affection on a daily basis, helping to reduce stress and boost our mood regardless of what life may throw our way.
However, this loving partnership doesn’t come without challenges…
I’m not talking about the broken vase that your playful kitty accidentally knocked off the mantle (was it really an accident) or the scratch marks on your arms.
I’m talking about that infamous ‘cat smell’.
Every cat owner I have met loves it when their friends and family point out that while they know there are cats in the house, they can’t smell them.
Plus, who wants to live with that smell all the time? I sure don’t!
For that reason, I started doing research early in my time as a cat owner, determined to discover the secrets to get rid of cat smell in my home.
Are you looking for answers?
If so, you’re in luck. Today I’m going to share my go-to tips…
Get Rid of Cat Smell in Your Home with These Tips!
Clean Your Cat’s Litter Box Frequently
This may seem like an obvious statement, but it needs to be mentioned.
If you are struggling with the smell of ‘cat’ in your house, you may not be cleaning your cat’s litter box often enough.
I have heard many professionals recommend that you scoop your cat’s litter box at least every other day.
However, in our home, that isn’t nearly enough!
The litter box is in a fairly heavy traffic area (and Jinx can’t be bothered to cover more often than not), meaning that the smell is much more obvious.
Instead, we scoop their litter box twice a day, in the morning and again before bed.
This frequency will depend on several factors including the number of cats, the number of litter boxes, the size of their litter boxes, and more.
Pay attention to the condition your box is in each time that you go to scoop.
If there is quite a bit to remove, it’s likely not being cleaned often enough. However, if there’s nothing in it, you may be able to cut back to once a day.
Remember: Cats don’t like using a dirty box. If your box isn’t cleaned frequently enough, you will likely have to deal with accidents around the home.
In addition to scooping the box regularly, you also need to do a full clean of the box.
This involves completely dumping all of the contents and washing the box itself to remove any odor or germs.
Typically, this should be done once every 1-2 weeks. However, if you notice that it still smells, consider bumping this up to twice a week.
Consider Using a Litter Deodorizer
Cat litter deodorizers are products that neutralize odors on contact within your cat’s litter box.
They can be purchased as either a powder or a spray.
Unfortunately, these products are not always a hit.
Some cats are very sensitive to scents and will be turned off by the presence of a strong smell in their box.
If you notice that your cat starts having ‘accidents’ after you start using the product, it’s a good sign that you should discontinue or change the product to an unscented variety.
If you find that commercial deodorizers aren’t a hit or are simply looking for a lower-cost option, you can also use baking soda.
Simply sprinkle baking soda into the box in the same way that you would a deodorizer.
Use a Litter Disposal System to Contain Smells
After scooping your cat’s litter box into a small bag, avoid keeping it in a standard garbage bin.
While this may look like the obvious place to dispose of the bag of waste, most bins won’t fully trap the smell.
Instead, invest in a proper litter disposal unit.
Similar to a ‘diaper genie’, these units work to contain the smell in an efficient and convenient way.
All you have to do is to scoop the used litter into the unit and ensure that it is closed properly when you are finished. Easily one of the best investments that we have made!
Keep Your Cat’s Litter Box in a Well-Ventilated Area
One of the biggest mistakes that most cat owners make is to tuck the litter box in a small contained area with no way for the smell to disperse.
While this may seem like a good idea (you don’t want the smell in the rest of the house), it won’t be long before that smell begins to spread.
The easiest step that you can take to get rid of cat smell in your home is to simply move the box.
The more airflow and ventilation, the happier everyone will be (your cat included).
Clean Up Accidents Quickly Using an Enzyme Cleaner
If your cat does have an ‘accident’ in your home, you want to clean it up quickly.
The longer that cat urine sits on any surface, the more likely that smell is going to soak into the carpet, wood, etc. and then it will be here to stay.
Clean any messes up the moment that you notice them, don’t wait.
Begin by carefully soaking up any urine with a rag or paper towel (blot, don’t wipe) before using an enzyme cleaner.
Enzyme cleaners work by breaking down the molecules in the waste, fully removing it from your surface.
Replace Your Cat’s Litter Box as Needed
This is one tip that I wasn’t aware of for the first few years that I shared a home with my first cat.
However, upon hearing the explanation of why from my veterinarian, it made complete sense!
As your cat digs through their litter box, finding the perfect place to do their business, they often scratch at the sides of the box.
This can cause small grooves along the sides and bottom of the box.
When bacteria and grime get into these grooves, they are much harder to clean. The result? The odor sticks around even when the rest of the box is clean!
If you notice that your cat’s litter box is starting to show signs of wear and tear, it may be time to replace it.
Reach out to local shelters and rescue organizations to donate your used box, as many would be happy to repurpose it for the cats in their care.
Have you been working to get rid of cat smell in your home? If so, what tips and tricks have been most effective for you? I would love to hear your advice in the comments!