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Q: cat litter

May 23, 2009 | By Meghan S. | 12 answers | Expired: 1930 days ago

Meghan S.

i just adopted a new kitten and ive been trying different cat litters i was wonder what anyone would suggest that would eliminate the odor of the cat box ive tried arm n hammer but it still smells bad please help

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dawn
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Jun 01, 2009

I used Tidy Cat scoopable and the scented variety did a good job...however one of my cats had a reaction to it, so I went back to the store brand which is sold at Pet Smart...it''s unscent, so I add baking soda to help with stink...plus I clean the 3 boxes twice a day. With just one cat you shouldn't have to do that. Enjoy your kitty.

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Colleen H.
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May 28, 2009

We use Fresh Step multi-cat scoopable and find it controls odor better than others.

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VetTech81
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May 27, 2009

I use Yesterday's News which you can get at WalMart and Petsmart among others, and is made from recycled newspapers which is then formed into pellets. The downside is that it isn't "clumping" but the good news is that it is incredibly absorbent and doesn't cost alot. I flush her stool as it occurs, and use litter box liners which makes it easy to change the whole thing 1-2 times weekly (I have one cat). There is usually only an odor if I forget to change the box on time! There are also pine litters with cedar shavings which some people like, and one called World's Best Cat Litter which is supposed to be excellent but expensive.

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denise
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May 25, 2009

I have three indoor cats and have found that Soop Away unscented or "Free" works the best. It is very similar to Fresh Step Scoop Free, in fact I think that they were once owned by the same company - probably real close to the same litter. I see others have recommended Fresh Step and that seems to be easier to find than Scoop Away (at least where I live), so give it a try.

Also, I would recommend the unscented or free. The scented ones can be hard on my nose, so imagine how it feels to the cat. Also, I have one cat that is sensitvie to the scented kind and wouldn't use it. I have absolutely no problem with smelly boxes, so scented really isn't necessary.

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Jerry M.
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May 24, 2009

We swear by fresh step (multiple cat/scoopable clumping)... Sometimes we have gone with other brands since they are cheaper. But my wife has a sensitive nose and the other ones are horrible smelling. Tidy cat especially.

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Melsdogs
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May 24, 2009

I'm down to 1 cat know but had 6 fosters for a few years. I've been happy with tidy cat multi-cat (even with just the one).

And someone pointed out already but can't stress this enough, feeding your cat quality food makes a HUGE difference on the odor.

The other thing I did was either use liners (never really found any i liked) or what I ended uup doing was getting on a schedule to replace the litter box regularly if you don't have one of the robot ones and area away a lot during the day.

And no matter what litter you choose, if you are feeding your kitty a mid-high grade food and it still smells really bad a trip to the vet might be in order to check things out!

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5ineveryroom
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May 23, 2009

I have 6 cats and have had good luck with Tidy cat. Also, scoop it often. That way it has less time to stink up the room. And try feeding a good quality food. The cheaper stuff is full of additives and artificial colors that can mess with the kitten's system and make their waste smell extra bad. Also, the better the quality of food, the less waste they will have because more of teh food can be digested and absorbed, so you will have to scoop less.

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m s.
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May 23, 2009

Remember -- whatever you may choose, none of them are perfect. But, i have 6 sweeties and this is what i use -- Fresh Step non-clumping clay litter (it looks exactly like gravel and it's blue and white) and has a wonderful aroma. Tidy Cats is very good -- it is dust free, it also looks like gravel -- the color is industrial dark gray, though -- get the one that is made for multiple cats -- i combine these two gravels -- and this is the best it's going to get ever. I've tried most brands out there. Of course, things improve constantly, so who knows in the future what new product will reveal itself. But, right now, the two i mentioned are the best. Keep in mind, that if you have a preference for clumping litter and/or crystals, you will make a choice different from mine -- i'm not too crazy about the crystals or the clumping litter. Good Luck.

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Ourstaff
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May 23, 2009

I like to blend the clumping litter that has been suggested with Ceder (see review section for exact brand ). You didn't say how ole the kitten was but if it is very small be careful with the blended/scented/etc litters until it is older. Some kittens will eat little bits of litter. You may also want to change what the kitten is eating. The cheap foods can be hard on the kittens systems and that is why the smell is so bad (It is the same as you getting cheap junk food. The next day well... you need to leave matches and room fresheners in the bathroom) .

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The Funny Farm
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May 23, 2009

Definately Fresh Step Scoopable, with the odor eliminating carbon. Trust me, I have 43 cats and have tested pretty much every brand. That one clumps the best and they actually have one now that has a lavender scent. Good luck with your new addition!

Colleen P.
www.gafunnyfarm.org

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