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The best cat litter for odor control is one that, not necessarily replaces the odor with a perfume but nevertheless masks the odor of a cat using the litter box.
Our kitties are super clean animals however the litter box can be stinky unless we are on guard. It isn’t possible to be on guard 24 hours a day so ideally a litter that controls odor is going to be a good choice.
It might mean a bit of give and take to find the best cat litter for odor control to suit your situation.
Beware, highly fragranced products can add to the problem instead of solving the problem.
Two of the litters reviewed contain an added fragrance and two have no added fragrance and use other methods, which are explained in each review, to control the odor.
Odor Controlling Litter
This immensely popular litter controls odor naturally, without the use of chemicals, perfume or deodorants.
For people with an allergy or intolerance to artificial fragrances this is a big plus. No added fragrance.
The odor control is linked to the fact that this is a fast clumping litter absorbing urine and fecal matter quickly whilst killing the odor.
This litter is a combination of the Dr Elsey’s Classic litter which are heavier granules with a medium grade clay which results in an excellent clumping litter that prevents moisture from falling to the bottom of the tray.
As with the other litters do not flush the litter, it must be disposed of in the trash.
This litter is designed for efficient and effective odor control even in households with more than one cat. Added fragrance.
What makes it so efficient is that the litter seals in and destroys odors whilst clumping solidly to form rock hard clumps. The clumps are then easy to scoop and remove.
The litter should be scooped daily if possible to remove the waste and keep the remaining litter fresh. More litter is then added as required to replace what has been scooped.
This product is hugely popular and as such there will be positive and negative reviews regarding the fragrance. If you are unsure of how you will react to a fragrance, ordering a smaller sized product until you have tested it yourself is an option.
This litter also has an excellent track record for dust control and tracking.
The ammonia smell from the litter box is controlled effectively with this litter and it uses an ammonia blocker that lasts for two weeks when used as directed.
The litter forms tight clumps for easy scooping.
Purina has teamed with Glade to provide a barrier against strong odors and leave behind a fresh scent.
The lightweight litter has proved to be popular because bags and boxes of litter can be very heavy whereas this lightweight version stands up very well controlling odors and clumping well and also storing easily.
With limited space, the pail with a handle makes carrying and storing easier than trying to maneuver a bag or box into a small space.
For maximum odor effectiveness litter should be scooped daily and topped up to a depth of 3 - 4 inches.
Nature's Miracle Intense Defense Odor Control litter is fragrance free and is not scented or perfumed.
It is a clay clumping litter which clumps well and controls odors even masking the dreaded ammonia odor.
This is a budget priced litter so it may not have all of the qualities in clumping that a more expensive product may have. If you are a regular scooper this may suit your purposes perfectly.
We are essentially looking at the odor control in this review and this litter stacks up even in a confined living environment. It does not release a fragrance but simply neutralizes the smell.
How does it neutralize the odor?
It uses a bio enzymatic odor control system to control odors. As Nature’s Miracle is a specialist in these cleaners it makes sense to use this method in cat litter.
This is a quote explaining how a bio enzymatic cleaner works. There are more details here.
Bio-enzymatic cleaners contain specific quantities and qualities of bacteria along with enzymes and microbial nutrients that essentially digest chemical and organic waste (soils). ... Odor-causing bacteria are "food" for these microorganisms.
Cat urine contains urea which is a waste product of protein breakdown and as we know, cats are big protein eaters. Bacteria breaks down the urea and this is what releases ammonia and the along with it the strong smell that is often associated with cat litter.
You could try feeding your cat a different source of protein.
To help combat the ammonia smell, litter needs to be changed frequently. If the ammonia smell if very strong or has changed and is now noticeably stronger than usual see your vet for advice.
To remove cat's urine an enzyme cleaner should be used - Note: This is also the same science behind the use of the bio-enzymatic system used in Nature's Miracle Intense Defense litter. This is a very good article which explains exactly how to remove cat urine and what should be used (also talks about using vinegar and baking soda).
An additive for odor control in litter is often sodium bicarbonate or baking soda.
This is a homemade solution for cat owners to help with odor control in the litter box.
Sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of baking soda into the litter. You do need to be diligent about doing this and repeating as necessary.
It will work in the same way as placing sodium bicarbonate inside a refrigerator to absorb odors which is by simply leaving an opened packet of bicarb soda in the fridge.
Regular scooping is the best way to help keep odor under control. Team this with an odor busting litter and you are on the way to success.
Scooping is most easily done with a litter that is scoop-able such as a clumping clay litter. This way it is possible to remove the hardened lumps from the litter and top up with some fresh litter.
With the removal of the scooped litter is largely the removal of odor. There is a lot more detail about caring for a litter box in this article.
Odor Controlling Litter
We recommend Dr Elsey's because the odor control is linked to the fact that this is a fast clumping litter. It forms hard lumps quickly which absorb urine and fecal matter whilst at the same time killing the odor.
We recommend Arm and Hammer because the clumps form quickly and are very hard which means that the litter is easy to scoop plus there is a slight scent from the added fragrance.
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