Stinky Jobs....Cleaning the Litter Box

United States
March 27, 2007 5:31pm CST
This has got to be one of the most dreaded jobs ever. I really don't enjoy doing it. For some reason there is an abundance of stink to them. We have two boxes and use scoopable litter. But, with 3 cats, it can be pretty intense. I have added baking soda to them too, but they are still pretty bad. Any suggestions?
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
27 Mar 07
Thats would I do too. Everytime I go by I scoop them. Maybe you can move them to another place. I keep mine in the laudry room which goes out to the porch so theres always fresh air coming in. I also have 3 cats.
• United States
11 Apr 07
Now if I can get the males who reside in the household trained to do the scoop thing, all will be right with the world.
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
12 Apr 07
sounds like a plan to me.LOL Thankyou for the best response.
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• United States
1 May 07
Wish I could say my plan worked. I am still the one to clean out the boxes.
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@dfinster (3535)
• United States
27 Mar 07
What kind of clumpable litter are you using? I use scoopaway brand for multiple cats. I just go in and scoop out the box once a day and it only takes me about 2 minutes and it seems like the litter lasts a little longer too.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
I bought the Aldi brand which was really cheap. ONce it is gone I am going back to the multiple cat brand by Walmart. It is best. But, still, they really stink.
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@qouniq (1968)
• Malaysia
28 Mar 07
well, i can say everybody love our cat but when the cleaning time for the litter box, then most of us especially me will get my self silence. I just can't stand the smell, so my niece or my sisters will do the thing. But luckily my sister have bought a special sand which did not even gives any smell of those thing's out from the sand. it's not a simple sand, that sand will cover anything which is come out from our cat's tummy by it self and help to keep the smell in the sand. I don't know what is the brand of the sand which my sister bought for our cat. But i think it depend on what the cat eat every day. Our cat eat only the cat's biscuits made from vegetable and chicken ( whiskes brand). We never face a smell problem with our cat even though we put the litter box in the TV area in our house.
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• United States
27 Mar 07
I have the perfect suggestion. I use natural pine, and there is absolutely no urine smell, and 99% of the tracking of litter is stopped. I get it in Petsmart, a 25 lb bag for $10.00. I love it, they love it, and no smell. People never ever know that I have cats in my home. It is biodegradeable too.
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@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I got "sifting" litter pans for our house. We have 2 cats and 2 boxes and it takes me a grand total of 3 minutes to clean both. Keeping them clean is the key and it is so easy and quick with these litter pans. Everything stays stay nice and clean. But, nothing will help immediately after one of them had just done a "real stinker" until the smell has had time to disapate. After all, they can't "light a match". A spray "odor nuetralizer" does help then; just like it does in the bathroom when my husband does "that"!
@kaperkitty (1097)
• Canada
28 Mar 07
you know I'm not a fan of the scoop-able litter anymore i too use the lifting litter pan i love it. I use arm and hammer for the pet box deodorizer and I seem to find that works..mine stays pretty fresh and needs a complete change after 5 days..but the best part is its johns job lol its on his side of the chore wheel..oh btw the reason for the scoop able litter change was i have a blue Persian with very long bum hair and the scoop able litter was not a pretty sight for dinner guests hugs Cheryl
• United States
11 Apr 07
I have never heard of the lifting litter pan. Where do you find it?
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
27 Mar 07
None--- No matter what you do they just stink! I just got done cleaning my kitties litter pan! GROSS! I'm telling you this though- Our last cat was a Bangle (Tiger) He was a huge cat and he took some huge Poops! He was also a male- and his urine smelled so bad that whenever he went and did his business no matter where you were in the house you knew- I would always go and scoop right away.. Poor Bozo got hit in the road- Gracie- our petite Female cat takes little poops and her urine doesn't smell near as bad! SO the job isn't as gross as it was- Have you tried the arm n hammer cat litter stuff?? Its a deodarizer? We got a free sample when we bought the cat from the Humane Society-- It smells like flowers-- Not sure how it works yet- As little Gracie hasn't gone since I cleaned it!
• United States
18 Apr 07
Not sure if you tried the Arm and Hammer litter deodorizer yet but I love that stuff. I buy it at Wal-mart and it keeps working longer than just the litter alone.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
27 Mar 07
I dont mind it in summer because I take them outside and rince them out then I spray them down with Dow scrubbing bubbles. It works great. It is the only thing that will take any of the smell out. I leave if for about 20 min or so and spray it out again. Let it dry in the sun and it is good to go again. In winter, it is hard. It is too cold and too windy to do it outside
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• United States
27 Mar 07
I can't wait until warm weather gets here so I can take them out and scrub them out. They need it badly.
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@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
29 Mar 07
I have a bunch of cats and luckily they seem to do alot of their business outside. Still I always buy the good stuff when it comes to litter. AND I scoop it out everyday. I can't handle it otherwise. It is just too stinky.
• United States
28 Mar 07
I love cats but hate cleaning the cat box so I purchased a Litter Maid Self Cleaning Cat and buy only the Hard Clumping Cat Litter, it has changed my life, I have 2 cats and this is a life saver, it not only scoups the litter but disposes of it in a container that you empty every few days, I highly recommend it with anyone with cats.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
28 Mar 07
You can clean it more often. Use bleach to disinfect it more. Put up air fresheners near the litter boxes. That is about all I can think of. A necessar job when you share your home with your feline companions. Good luck with this.
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@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
28 Mar 07
I started to laugh when I first read this. I have dealt with litter trays for half my life. It is a yucky job. Do you use the litter boxes with the lids? The ones that cats can almost hide in? I find they stop the smell spreading quite a bit. Other than that, I have no useful advice.Fortunately one of my cats does all her business outside, and can hang on during the night when she is inside. The other cat uses the litter tray, but not so much in summer. I just dump the lot under the fruit trees, clean it with detergent & hose, & refill. I use the cheap homebrand litter.
@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
28 Mar 07
i donĀ“t know how much you pay for your "litter" however it is like it is with all other stuff. you kind of get what u pay for. i know it might sound weird spending lots of money on it - but it is definately worth it. I am sure that the brand I used to use is not available for you since it is swedish, however when the cat went to the box and had his buisness done, the litter clumped up and also left no smell at all, and nothing got waisted. Sure it was expensive - but it lasted longer and there was neither mess or smell =)
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@gabs8513 (48714)
• United Kingdom
28 Mar 07
Lol nope it was my most hated Job to lol with 4 Cats about. But a couple of our Cats sit by the Door now when they went to go out lol. Couldn't train the other 2 to do it.
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@AndiCat (326)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Buster's litterbox is kept in the masterbathroom in the garden tub. I've never been a "tub" person, so it works well for us. My hubby and I have an arrangement where whichever one of us gets up in the morning last gets to scoop the box. Whoever gets up first feeds him his breakfast. One funny thing about having the box in our bathroom is when Buster is using the box while I am in the middle of using the toilet (not to share too many details!!). We sort of sit and stare at each other. It is soooo funny!!
@AndiCat (326)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Oh, and to answer your question, I find that 3 cats using the same box may be too much. Better to use at least 2 boxes for 3 cats and stock up on the baking soda. And you may need to change the boxes more often than for a single cat.
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@AndiCat (326)
• United States
26 Apr 07
Sorry - meant to say 3 boxes, not 2. I guess it's time to go to sleep!
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• United States
1 May 07
We have 2 boxes that are side-by-side. They alternate between the two. Even with baking soda it gets stinky.
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
19 Apr 07
We only have one cat but I'll tell you what I use. It's a scoopable litter that is for multi-cats and has those blue crystals in it. Boy, I'll tell you what, it works for us. That is, until it's a hot muggy day, and then the urine smell can knock you over when you come in from outside. You have to make sure that you scoop everyday. It's a pain but has to be done. Good luck.
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• United States
1 May 07
Is it the one that is just crystals? I am at my wits end here. WE changed to Yesterdays News and they don't care for that much.
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@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
4 May 07
Sorry for not getting back to you until now. For the life of me I can't remember the name of the brand we used before we went with the generic one that works just as well, or at least almost as well. Mark doesn't want to spend more money than he has to on litter. I just went to look at the generic container and realized it's not the one we usually get. He spends less and less each time and then gripes that it stinks. I will look again when we go to Walmart for the brand that worked really well and then I'll go to HyVee and look at the good generic we got before and I'll let you know.
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
4 May 07
Oh, I forgot to answer your question. No, it's not the one that's all crystals. It may have been Fresh Step Multi Cat but I'm not sure. Will let you know.
• United States
10 Apr 07
i have 5 cats-4 of them male. oh,i feel for you.i think sometimes my nose hairs are burned out cleaning the box. i rinse them out every week and put baking soda in also-that seems to be the only way to cut the smell. the covered catboxes with the charcoal filters in the top don't seem to do a bad job,i just just can't use them anymore myself because 2 of mine are very,very big cats.
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• United States
11 Apr 07
LOL on the nose hairs! I know what you mean. Usually when I get 3/4 of the way finished cleaning them out my husband will tell me that he will do it.
@CatEyes (2449)
• United States
6 Apr 07
I have the same problem but only one cat. I use the arm and hammer cat deoderizer baking soda for cat boxes. It works really really well. Also you may want to put a little charchole in the same room; it will help to asorb the smell. Salt also helps to mix in the litter.
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I would have thought to put baking powder in it like everyone else, but I would have never thought to put salt in it. Does it really help, or does it help a little? I do not know how charcoal would help...but for someone with a cat it may be a good idea to try something new! :)
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
28 Mar 07
I know how you feel about the cat box. My cat don't use the litter box she uses the newspaper its easier to clean. I have tried the letter box when she was a kitten so she just use the paper on the same spot and I clean it up
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• Canada
25 Apr 07
Ugh, I can definately relate. Having 4 (sometimes 5) cats and kittens going in one box...I was cleaning it every day, and it wasn't any better than doing it once or twice a week with just one. Just have to grin and bare it I guess. Or have a very smelly house!
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@deebomb (15322)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Cat poo can be very stinky. I keep the litter box in the bathroom because there is not any place else to keep it. The cat likes to comein and go poo when I am doing something in there. It will stink you out. I have found thhat the arm and hammer flushable litter to keep the order almost nil after She gets it covered up. I do like the arm& hammer litter. It's a little more expensive but it's worth it.