The most common reason to keep a pet is for companionship, so this benefit won’t come as a surprise to anyone. People who don’t have a cat in their lives often believe that cats are unsocial, distant pets. If you’ve ever been the recipient of an affectionate head-bunt from a friendly kitty, you know that the “unsocial” myth is indeed a myth. Cats are not the solitary animals that they had been believed to be.
Yet, as much as we adore our cats, there are definitely certain aspects that can be a challenge — smelly kitty odors being top of the list! We know that with our beloved cats living in the house, there’s bound to be a little bit of odor that may come along with it. Nothing can give your house that not-so-fresh smell like the odor of a dirty litter box or the lingering scent of old cat food. And the last thing you want it to choose between a good-smelling house and having a cat!
So how do you eliminate funky feline odors from your home? Well, a clean cat is a healthy cat and the same goes for his dishes, bedding, litter box and toys. Here are some 7 simple tips to fight the stink and keep your home and your cat seen, not smelled.
The only thing that will keep litter box odor at bay, is regular cleaning. That means scooping the box out at least twice a day, removing the solids and liquid clumps if you use clumping litter. For those who don’t use clumping litter, use a large, solid metal spoon (such as a large kitchen spoon) to lift out the most urine-soaked areas each time you clean. Make sure to wash the box weekly, replace litter and sprinkle with baking soda for an extra odor fighter.
USE AIR PURIFIERS OR HUMIDIFIERS
Air purifiers and humidifiers will not only improve the air quality in your home but will also go a long way to eliminating those unpleasant odors emanating from the litter box. Believe it or not, there are also air purifiers made especially for pet owners!
Don’t forget those caked on food dishes! Use hot, soapy water and antibacterial soap to clean your cat’s food and water bowls. Because wet cat foods can sometimes harden onto food dishes, you may want to soak dirty bowls overnight to make cleanup easier. And, be sure to wash kitty’s bowls separate from the rest of the family’s plates and eating utensils. Prefer using your dishwasher? First, remove any dried-on cat food, then add the bowls to your regular load.
Cats don’t usually have smelly fur, however, skin infections with yeast or bacteria can lead to an unpleasant odor. There are special cat wipes formulated with the correct Ph factor for feline skin, that are also hypoallergenic and non-toxic and can be used on a regular basis to wipe down fur. They are also excellent for removing general dust and detritus from the fur, too.
Clean, Clean, clean
Regular cleaning, especially of areas where your pet likes to spend most of his time, will keep smells from building up and digging in. Wash pet bedding often (weekly is ideal), and sweep and vacuum a couple of times a week or more. And don’t forget to make time for a regular deep cleaning! Hire a professional cleaner or rent power equipment to get in there deep and get it truly clean.
Use a neutralizing odor remover to eliminate odor and prevent the animal from soiling the area again. Although sprays and nice smelling candles may help mask animal odor, the only way to reduce the frequency or incidence is to eliminate the desire. Animals will mark or urinate in the same area again and again because they can smell their original scent. If you use a natural ionizer or neutralizer you will reduce the likelihood that the animal will revisit the area.
Check their diet
Your cat’s food will play a huge factor in how much they smell. Cow’s milk, for example, is known to greatly increase smell, and causes an upset stomach in a large number of cats. Cheap dry food can also cause smelliness and frequency problems. Try a half wet/half dry diet, or even swapping to a raw food diet, to see if it improves the problem.