Baking soda can be used to help eliminate unpleasant litter box odors in your home. The Humane Society of the United States recommends putting a thin layer of baking soda in the bottom of your cat's litter box to help keep odor at a minimum.
Baking Soda and Litter Boxes
Baking soda can be added with any type of cat litter, though it probably will not make much of a difference in terms of controlling smell if it is used along with a litter that is already significantly scented.
To add baking soda to your cat's litter box:
- Completely empty the litter box. Use your litter scoop to scrape any old litter or feces off the sides of the box.
- Wash the litter box thoroughly with warm water and a mild detergent.
- Allow the box to air dry or use a paper towel to dry it.
- Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda into the bottom of the litter box. Use enough litter to cover the bottom of the box.
- Pour approximately 2 inches of regular litter on top of the baking soda.
- Sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda across the top of the litter if desired.
- Allow your cat to resume regular use of the box.
Keeping Your Litter Box Clean
Baking soda can help improve litter box odor, but nothing is more effective at cutting down odor than regular cleaning and maintenance.
- Scoop all feces and urine clumps out of your litter box daily.
- Make sure you have at least one litter box in your home for every cat in your home plus one additional litter box.
- Clean your litter box completely once or twice each week.
If your cat begins eliminating outside the litter box for no apparent reason, take him to the veterinarian. Litter box problems can be a sign that your cat is suffering from an underlying health issue.
Cat feces can contain harmful bacteria, which can cause illness in humans. Make sure to wear protective safety gear, such as gloves and a mask, when cleaning your cat's litter box.