questionstips to remove cat box odor from the air?


Try a few Renuzits in the room. Open them up as far as they open and have two or three.

In the house I'm living in, one of the rooms smelled like dog urine (previous owner let the house go to hell). Landlord put in four or five renuzits, most of the smell was gone in a day. It was completely gone within a few days


@thedogma: I could try a few. Did you need to keep them in the room, or did they sort of "absorb" the odor and make it go away so you could stop using them?


Might want to try a new brand of litter? We have two cats and use Fresh Step Extreme something or other. We also scoop every single day. The box is housed in one of those fancy-schmancy end table-like boxes with a door to facilitate easy cleaning. The litter box inside the unit also has the additional open-topped "lid" that keeps the granules inside the litter box rather than all over the interior.
I bought a three-pack of paper envelope type of lavender linen closet sachets from Bed Bath & Beyond. I keep one on either side of the actual litter box inside the unit. Between constant cleaning (adding fresh litter every time), the enclosed box set up and the sachets, we notice no bad odors.


@lavikinga: I can try the lavender. The cat may appreciate that as well when he goes into his "room". I've found that no matter what the litter is, I will smell it. No matter what, the cat will somehow spill some out, or track a little on the carpet.

And, poop is poop. I don't care what you roll on it, it's still poop :-) It stinks! Luckily, no pee smell though.


I don't know how well it works, but in looking for some similar information for hacking some ikea pieces for a litter box concealer, I came across this:

Obviously you don't need to build anything-- you've done that part, but the step 3 (Deodorizer (baking soda and homemade activated charcoal bag) additions are optional, but seems to reduce litter bin odour significantly.) is what I'm planning on doing. I don't know where to find the activated charcoal yet, and I am trying to find that specific arm and hammer container type thing, but an open box might serve the same purpose.

I would be careful about putting anything too obviously "good smell-y" in there, like renuzits, though. Cats are really sensitive to smells. I think it's something like fourteen times stronger than the human sense of smell, and even I think those are really strong smelling. It might actually cause the cat to stop using their litter box.


I failed to mention we also have a plastic mat with tiny fingery nubs placed right out side of the box so and litter in the cat paws gets caught on it. I think I paid about 4 dollars for it. Easy to clean and dump.

The only other thing I can think of is to pick up a scented wax warmer. Walmart carries small wall units and also larger, more decorative ones which rely on a small light bulb as the heat source (I hate using Walmart so much but their prices on some items are too good not to pass up). The wax cubes run around $2 for a pack of six. Some of the scent smell are pretty darned good.


Some cats are better than others are covering their business, too, so smoe cats require more immediate attention to the box. One thing I think people get wrong about cats is that because they go in a box, you can just it handle it until your normal box time. It might not be fun, but if you treat it more like a dog, cleaning up as soon as possible after it drops a stinker, or at minimum daily, it goes better.


We have the exact same setup. And since we have a 660sq foot house, it's the only way to have the litterbox even slightly hidden.
We use the "Multiple Cat" litter despite having one cat. We also use a "Bad Air Sponge" and empty the litterbox frequently.
Occasionally it requires lighting the vanilla Yankee Candle, too, but usually we don't notice it at all.


@kmeltzer: We kept them in the room until they dried out. Given how bad the odor was, they were completely gone in less than a week, but the smell was pretty much gone for good. It came back a teeny bit a month or two later, and he placed one or two more in the room. The smell was gone in a matter of hours.

This was well over a year ago and the smell has yet to come back. It's a very good fix


@phoenixgirrl: "Bad Air Sponge"... bingo! I think that's something I need to try! I think using that right near the box would be great, then maybe a Renuzit in a different part of the room more near the sitting area.

All great ideas, all worth trying!


It sounds like you have a great setup for keeping the litter box out of sight, but I think the setup might be part of your problem. Have you tried moving the litter box out of the confined space?

We used to have our litter box (the dome kind) inside our bathroom, inside the closet. Between the humidity from taking showers and the litter box being enclosed in a small space, we not only got bad smell but also permanently moist litter. I tried deodorizers and different brands of litter and nothing worked, until I moved the box out to the hallway where it's more open. I've also found that Scoop Away is my preferred litter - even after moving the box some of the litters I tried just weren't cutting it for the smell.


I use fresh step and the only time there is odor is when the cat is actually using the box.
Clean it 3 times a week.
He has two boxes in the house. I put one in the basement in case he ever got locked down there. He uses the upstairs box more.


I have one of those electric litterboxes that moves the scat to a closed container as soon as the cat is finished. My elderly cat has recently started dropping some weapon-grade stank, though, and even quick removal doesn't save us. But using an odor neutralizing spray takes the smell out of the air. If the litterbox is surrounded by wood you are at risk of the wood absorbing the smell and it becoming a permanent feature of your house.


New litter. That clay-based stuff holds the stink. Switch to World's Best multi-cat even if you have only one cat fogging the box. Scoop at least daily, twice daily would be better. Install a motion-activated exhaust fan if possible, to suck out the fumes before you go in to handle a bomb.