We’ve already discussed the fact that 25% of the worst things about having a cat have to do with the litter box and today we’re going to take a look at all the weird aromatic devices I fill my house with to combat the smell.
If you’d told me seven years ago that I’d spend lots and lots of money and even more hours of my life fending off feline fecal odors, I would still collect all three of my cats because cats are the best. Ready? Let’s talk about poop.
My friends with kids have just accepted the fact that my offensive and eyeroll-worthy comparisons of having cats to having kids will never ever end, so let’s just go here… Dating with a house full of cats and dating as a single parent with any number of kids is the exact same thing. While a single parent might hesitate to allow a suitor into her life and home as a way to protect her kids from any unnecessary emotional attachment too early in the game, I don’t allow suitors into my home because it is full of cats that poop. Same same.
I don’t have a whole lot of people over because I’m hermit-y and introverted and hoarding cats in here, but when I do I find that one of the first things people say is, “It doesn’t smell like cats in here at all.” I can’t decide if this is sheer sarcasm, an underhanded compliment, or an offensive jab rooted in the assumption that of course my house should smell like cats but… I’ll take it.
It wasn’t always this way. When I first got cats I severely underestimated the unstoppable force that is the litter box and I just didn’t make any proactive attempts to fight back. In fact, my very first litter box strategy involved scooping the litter out of the box into a trash can next to it and leaving it there. Which is basically like leaving it in the litter box. Which is basically the worst thing you could ever do. I was young and lazy then. Now I’m an expert.
If it doesn’t go without saying, the most important step in the litter box management process is to get the poop out of your house immediately. Scoop it and get it outside. Faster.
Beyond that you can add some odor fighters into every inch of your home for extra protection. I use the following:
- Airwick Plugins – I live in a very small studio apartment. I have four of these plugged in. One over each litter box and anywhere else I can find a plug.
- Febreeze Air – Multiple times a day I run through the apartment spraying a trail of Gain scent in my wake. It is the best smell on earth. Like jumping in a pile of clean laundry.
- Glade (or Febreeze) Fabric – Just in case the Febreeze Air isn’t cutting it, I also spray all upholstered surfaces with a clean-linen-scented backup.
- Candles – Everywhere. I buy them at TJMaxx because you can get the good ones on the cheap.
- Febreeze Extra Strength Pet Odor Eliminator Carpet Deodorizing Powder – Every time I vacuum I dump this powder all over the carpet first so everything smells awesome.
- Arm & Hammer Litter Box Deodorizer – Aaaaand just for good measure, I sprinkle this deodorizer directly into the litter boxes as a first line of defense.
And there you have it. I can already tell I’ve said too much.