7 Tips to Reduce Cat Litter Odor

Let’s be real, nobody likes the smell of cat litter. Even if it doesn’t bother us, the last thing we want as cat owners is for other people to notice our kitty’s odor in the house. It’s embarrassing for both us as owners, and them as pets!

Reduce the Smell of Your Cat Litter

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to make sure your cat litter doesn’t smell. Here are our 7 tips for making sure your cat’s litter doesn’t have an odor problem!

Scoop the Litter Daily

The best way to reduce odor is to get rid of the source. By scooping feces and urine daily from the litter box, you will greatly reduce the amount of odor in your home. This will help both yours - and your cat’s - life be much more comfortable and convenient.

Replace Litter Daily

If you do this regularly and get into a habit of scooping at least once a day, you should be able to cut down on smells from your kitty’s litter box.

Weekly Litter Replacement

Although fresh waste typically smells the worst and your litter should fight some of the odor, it will still cause smell the longer it’s left unattended. Failing to replace the litter regularly will leave the odor hanging around. Simply scooping regularly and topping the litter off isn’t enough!

Replace Litter Weekly


Make sure you fully change the litter at least once a week, but preferably twice a week. Completely remove old litter, clean the litter box, and then fill it with new litter. This should help reduce odors that are lingering throughout your home, and help make sure the litter box maintains a decent smell and doesn’t get to be too dirty.

Replace Your Litter Box Annually

Although many litter boxes are meant to resist odor and ensure that they do not absorb smells, but rather repel them, they can still take on your cat’s odor over time. Many of these boxes are built out of plastics that are designed to resist odors and smells. However, your cat claws and scratches the bottom of the litter box, creating grooves in which odor can stay.

Litter Odor Control

Over time, these grooves allow more odor to stick to the litter box. Replacing the litter box once a year can help stop this odor from affecting the smell of your home. Starting with a fresh litter box every once in awhile is a good way to eliminate some of the odor that has settled in and is lingering in your litter box. If this is the source, even the early steps of daily scooping and weekly changing of litter won’t help you eliminate the odor completely.

Use Litter Deodorizers

Using a deodorizer can be a great way of combatting the smells from your litter box as well. Getting a scented deodorizer will help you manage the smell of your litter box regularly. These can come in powdered options as well as crystals, all of which function relatively the same. Baking soda is a great alternative to deodorizers, as it does a great job of absorbing smells.

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Simply sprinkle some of the deodorizer or baking soda over the litter box when you scoop to ensure you consistently deodorize the litter box. A deodorizer will not only help you, but will also make the box more appealing to your cat, ensuring that they exercise proper hygiene.

Provide Proper Ventilation

Leaving your litter box in an enclosed area with little air flow is one of the worst places to put it. Odor will concentrate, leaving this area smelling terrible, which will in turn affect the entire smell of your household. To minimize odor concentration and the build-up of unwanted scents from your litter box, make sure you provide adequate ventilation for your litter box.

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By making sure it has space and room to breath, you will keep the odor from collecting and concentrating, making it much worse. This will make sure that the litter box stays fresher and doesn’t build up odor over time.

Use Air Fresheners

Another thing to consider is alternative air treatments that are meant to freshen up your home. Traditional air fresheners, typically on a time-delay method, work great for maintaining odor throughout the home, and can greatly help with cat odors. Keep one near the litter box, or simply in public areas of the home that are most affected by the odor of the litter box.

Alter Your Cat’s Diet

Your cat’s diet can also have an impact on the odor in the litter box and throughout your home as well. What they eat directly impacts what comes out, so monitoring and adjusting their diet can impact the scent of their litter box and your home.

cat's diet

By avoiding or reducing the amount of dry cat food, grain, and potato that your cat eats, you can minimize their odor. Dry cat food contains an extremely low amount of moisture, which means that their urine has a higher concentration of waste and will be more pungent.

Similarly, grain and potato are not staples of cat’s regular diet, so adding them is essentially filler. This filler is just extra waste that contributes to your cat’s poor odor.

Monitoring and managing your cat’s diet, and eliminating or reducing the intake of some foods, should help reduce odors that are associated with your litter box.

Reducing Cat Litter Odor

Reducing and eliminating cat odor is always something you strive for. The last thing you want is to deal with your cat’s odor throughout your home, or have others deal with it! By following our tips on how to make cat litter not smell, you should be able to eliminate, or at least reduce, the odor associated with your cat and it’s litter box.

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