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#1 melin

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:35 PM

Hi all,

So we have an indoor cat(who does have a run he can go in outside).
His kitty litter is located in our laundry which is off our kitchen(at the opposite end of the house to the bedrooms and bathrooms)

When he does a poo it smells out the entire house and is driving me CRAZY!

Any suggestions on how to combat this?

I can't think of anywhere else to put the kitty litter?

Oh and we already have an automatic spray thing in the laundry and some extra spray to use when it's really bad(think its an orange smellie thing)


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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:34 PM

I have a similar problem. In our renovation the kitty litter had to be in the laundry. Now it's in the second bathroom, next to our laundry. It means that we pretty much ignore that room, other than to sort out the cat and I hate the proximity to my clean clothes.

Once we move back to the renovation she will be an outside cat again (we lost her sister a few weeks ago to a motorist, which has been just awful for everyone. The renovation is in a whisper quiet location) but we will still need a litter tray for the nights - and, let's face it, my cat actually comes in to poop. We have decided we will keep it in the garage, which she will be able to access. Couldn't you put the litter tray o the run, so at least it's outside?

Other than that we have found some litter seems to hold the smell more than others. And we swap scoop several times a day and swap trays every two to three days. It's so unpleasant. The smell only spreads if we don't keep on top of the changes. Maybe it's time to look at her diet. It shouldn't be powerful enough to stink out the whole house.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:42 PM


Do you think it might be the food/diet? I know when I deviate to other foods, it really makes my little man stink to high heaven.

Also, what about changing your kitty litter. I prefer Breeder's choice (I think it's called, greenish and white packet, the pellets are recycled paper) - it doesn't seem to retain the stench that other litters I've tried do.

Otherwise, re litter placement, if you have a garage with an internal access door, would you consider putting in a cat flap? What about in the cat run? Is it enclosed at all or could you get one of those litter trays that have the hoods so the litter stays dry?

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:44 PM

In our old house, we put Moni's "poo tray" outside in a dog kennel on the deck. It was like her own personal toilet outside. She loved it.

Our current house doesn't have a cat door, so Moni is indoors all the time till we come home and we are in the same situation as you. Her litter tray is in the laundry. What we've found is that she only poo's when we are home - we think she does this as she also hates the smell and knows we'll get rid of it straight away for her tongue.gif

Maybe you could try a covererd in litter tray like one of these

Covered Litter Tray

They are supposed to control litter and odors?

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 08:50 PM

We have our cats on dry food that is meant to decrease the poop smell but I don't think it makes a difference really...We have a type of litter that is meant to reduce the pee smell (and works brilliantly) however the poop smell is another story.

I can't think of anything to combat it really. We scoop the poop and flush it the minute we smell it, then spray the orange oil stuff in the room the litter is in, but you still get the stink before you flush the source. I think it's just one of those things you have to put up with having cats unfortunately! sad.gif

We also burn very mildly scented candles during the day so that there is no lingering smell around the rest of the house. It helps to make sure it doesn't longer and waft through the rest of the house, but the main thing is scooping the poop out and flushing it quick smart and spraying the orange oil spray helps diffuse the smell from lingering in the actual litter room itself.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 12:37 AM

Another vote for the Breeders Choice paper litter here. We've had far less problem with smells since getting that. Our cat is indoors most of the time but I think he really prefers to do his business outside.

I love the idea of having a special 'room' outside like Drom had.

The food definitely makes a difference. Our cat in London (see my avatar) was on a mixture of wet and dry and it was ghastly. Ollie is on completely dry, and good stuff (Science Diet) and his poop really doesn't smell much. If he gets into eating other things we notice the difference, but really the paper litter seems to not smell anything like the other types we tried, even the really good crystal one.

We also have two litter trays - one open and one closed.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:12 AM

Our litter tray is in the laundry which is just off the kitchen. I'm really slack about changing it but we have a hodded tray with a lid filter and that seems to keep most of the smell containted.

We also have a cat flap in the door into the laundry so can shut the door but that's more so we can run the dryer with back door open but it helps with smell as well.
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:18 AM

I'm pretty much just repeating the others, but definitely make sure your cat's diet is a high quality dry food, if it's not already. Tinned food makes cat poo utterly foul.

Then change to Breeder's Choice. We used to use a crystal litter because for some reason I thought that was the best for smell, but we changed to Breeder's Choice recently to try and save some $ and it is fantastic! It is much more absorbent than a crystal or clay one.

The only other thing I can suggest is perhaps to have a bowl of bicarb sitting up somewhere to absorb any lingering odours.

How big is the cat run? Is it possible to have the litter tray outside in the run?
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 05:33 PM

We were told to feed our indoor cats biscuits only. We buy a cat food that is specifically for indoors cats as it has something in it which reduces their waste odour. If you are feeding them meat I would consider changing them to a good quality indoor cat biscuit. We also bought them those expensive kitty little trays that have a roof and door but the spoilt things refused to use them and just poo'd next to them unsure.gif You can get a deodoraizer thing which you sprinkle on the kitty litter but i've not found that helps much.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:20 PM

QUOTE(--M-- @ Sep 3 2012, 03:33 PM) View Post

We also bought them those expensive kitty little trays that have a roof and door but the spoilt things refused to use them and just poo'd next to them


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#11 melin

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:28 PM

Thanks everyone for your replies.

He only has dry food but I will def look at what brand it is(hubby usually buys it) so that could be a problem. I know it's only an indoor cat one though.

Might go buy some Breeders choice cat litter tomorrow and see if that helps.

The cat run is big enough to put the litter in at the end but he has to go through a room to get to it and the cat flap is noisy plus we live on Canberra so it would probably freeze bring outside during winter.

Will talk about the possibility with hubby though.

Thanks again


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Posted 04 September 2012 - 07:53 PM

I have an indoor cat, and use breeders choice, clean the litter tray daily or twice daily if needed.
He has a hooded tray and a normal tray.

I feed Royal Canin dry food which has been excellent, we barely get any smells.




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