Cats and Their Litter Box, A Constant Struggle

Cats make wonderful companions and are wonderful pets for people who don’t want, or have time for, a dog. But, there is the litter box to contend with. In a small space, litter box maintenance is crucial. Here are a few tips to keep your cat’s box, and your apartment, smelling fresh.


Type Matters

Choosing the right brand can make all the difference. Spring for a higher quality when it comes to your pet’s box. Litter comes in both scented and unscented. While it is a personal choice, the scented litters are often associated with litter boxes so it could actually imply that the box is dirty when it is, in fact, clean.

Cat Food

What your cat eats matters. For their health, you should be feeding them a high quality dry food anyway. Of course they love the canned wet food, treats, and milk, but those things aren’t necessarily good for your cat. Find other ways, such as a new toy, some play time, or a cat garden, to treat your pet.

Aren’t sure what a cat garden is? Read our blog to find out more.

Change the litter often

The litter box should be cleaned out at least once a day and the litter should be completely changed out at least once a week, more often depending on use and number of cats. Using a liner will make changing the litter a much smoother process.

Baking Soda

To help cut down on odor, add baking soda to the mix, Rather than masking the smell with another smell like the scented litters do, baking soda works as a true odor eliminator. And it’s cheap!

Placement Matters

In a small space, it can be difficult to find the right place for your pet’s box. Make sure, when setting it up, your cat’s litter box goes in a well-vented area.


Fresh litter boxes are essential for a healthy and happy cat. What do you do when, once your cat has finished their business, they get loose litter everywhere?

  • Buy a denser litter, if it’s something that will work for you and your cat.
  • Buy a box with taller sides. This will reduce the chances of the litter leaving the box.
  • Place the litter box in a secondary container. Some cats like to scratch and dig after they go. Putting a mat they can scratch and you can easily clean will make you and your cat happy.

Litter boxes may not be for you. There is an alternative. You an try potty training your cat. Yep. Some cats, with patience and work, can be taught to use the toilet. Here’s how it’s done.

The most important thing is to find something that works for both you and your cat. A clean litter box is important to their overall health and will keep your place smelling so fresh and so clean.