I was not planning on ever having a litter box, again. I went through that years ago. It was a hassle. But alas, we lost our beloved inside/outside cat Bright Eyes. He was a full grown cat, trained to go outside for his potty needs. Hubby saw I was sad and brought me a cute, cuddly orange kitten.
The kitten, who I named, Tigger, was too young to leave unattended outside. This meant one thing: a litter box is needed.
Day one: , I went to the store and bought the normal style liter box. I also got some cheap litter and some liners. I set up the whole thing up and showed it to kitty, who promptly christened it.
By day two, the smell began.
I forgot all about that wonderful smell.
I went online searching for answers.
I found such choices as:
Purchasing more expensive litters such as Scoop Away, especially their Maximum Odor Control version.
I could buy a litter that had carbon mixed within it.
I also found that some cat owners were using baby powders every time they cleaned the litter box. I read on and found out that baby powder and kitties don’t really go good together. I guess, the fumes from the baby powder can be harmful to kitty’s lungs. I didn’t like that fact. .
Then I went on and read how many people loved baking soda. Many of the actual litters (the more expensive varieties) contained baking soda, as well. Baking soda was also safe for kitty.
I went into the kitchen and checked. Sure enough, there sat a box in my refrigerator.
Time to get to work.
Went and got the kitty pan. Completely cleaned it (of course, I was wearing gloves). I threw away the old litter. I washed the pan with a mild soap and water. If you use a strong scented soap or bleach, kitty can be offended and may not return to box.
Then I put a brand new kitty pan liner into the pan. It was made by 9 lives and had a light fresh scent to it. Hopefully, it won’t offend Tigger.
Then I sprinkled some baking soda into the pan, place some new litter into it (yes, still using the inexpensive kind) and then placed a bit more baking soda on top.
I put the pan back into its place. Took off the gloves and searched for Tigger.
I showed him what I did. I asked him what he thought of it. He looked at it and then up at me. Then he hopped it, smelled around it and then took off to play.
Later on that evening, I checked it again. He christened it once more.
It is now day 2. I scooped it out twice yesterday and once today. The rule of thumb is to do this at least twice a day and to put new baking soda in each time you do this. So far, so good. The smell has subsided.
The rule of thumb is to also give the pan a good cleaning once a week.
Okay, not so bad, so far. No, it doesn’t smell like roses. But it doesn’t stink around here, either.
Will I give those expensive litters a try? I will only if I really have to use them. For now, I will see if my baking soda will actually make it a week. If it does, I probably will never turn to those expensive brands.