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Cats have always been a part of my life. Throughout my childhood and into my married life there has always been at least one cat purring its way into my heart. Until last year, we had 4 lovable felines – “our girls”. Sadly, Lilo, our almost 14-year-old suffered an unexpected stroke. She was our second feline friend of married life; it’s still hard to believe she’s gone. Needless to say, I’ve been around a lot of cats and their cat litter.
People often say litter boxes smell up your whole house. It’s true that cat urine is unbelievably strong, but that doesn’t mean your whole house has to smell like a litter box. If you think it’s impossible, check out how I keep my litter box and house fresh with three cats:
Use the Right Cat Litter
Using the right cat litter is key to keeping things fresh. To be a superb cat litter, it needs to contain your cat’s waste, reduce tracking, and most importantly control odor. Personally, I always go for a clumping litter like the New TIDY CATS® Free & Clean™ Unscented Clumping Litter I buy at Target.
TIDY CATS Free and Clean uses only activated charcoal plus TidyLock® Protection to lock away odors. Yes, that means it is completely unscented and free of fragrances and dyes. It doesn’t just mask the odor with a fresh or flowery smell, it absorbs it – eliminating odors permanently!
Try new Tidy Cats Free & Clean Unscented litter at Target and harness the odor-absorbing power of activated charcoal to lock away cat litter odors today! All without masking fragrances or dyes!!
Available in both Traditional Clump and Lightweight Cat Litter
- Traditional Clumping: 20lb, 35lb
- Lightweight: 8.5lb, 17lb
Don’t worry, Target makes this whole shopping experience quick and easy. I love that I can just run in and get anything I need. Since Target is the closest “real” store to my house, I am always there buying something for my “girls” – And you should too. Don’t you want your house to smell fresher than ever?
Put it Behind a Door
You can’t just put a litter box anywhere and expect your house to smell fresh. We’ve lived and learned. In early days of our marriage, we lived in several apartments. This meant limited litter box location options. One time we placed it in the “dining room” hiding underneath a corner table (fail) and other times it was in a laundry room (not too bad).
It is much harder to have a nice smelling apartment and a litter box due to the close proximity of everything.
Once we owned our first house, we quickly put the litter box behind a door. We made what we call “cat rooms” using a cat hole. A cat hole is like a cartoon mouse hole but only meant for cats. They get installed at the bottom of any interior door and allow the cats to exit and enter whenever they please. YET help keep any lingering or recent potty odors contained so they don’t escape to the rest of the house.
We’ve placed cat holes in unused rooms or closets and LOVE them. People are always surprised at how many cats we have when they come in our house.
Because you don’t get that lovely whiff of litter box smell when you enter my house!
Besides having a 99.9% dust free cat litter like TIDY CATS Free and Clean, how often you clean your litter box also plays a role in how much odor will linger in your house. You should preferably clean the litter box every time your cat goes to the bathroom, but minimally twice a day. Having four cats meant that we were always having to scoop the litter box. That gets old – fast!
We decided to go the automatic self-cleaning litter box route. This means any time one of our cats goes to the bathroom, it automatically scoops it clean! This has been a life saver, but remember you have to use a cat litter that provides strong clumps like TIDY CATS Free and Clean does for it to work properly.
Whether it’s scoop, non-clumping, LightWeight or alternative cat litter, Tidy knows how to make a nose happy – and you can too with these tips!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.