Cat Owner's Guide to an Odour-Free Home
Our feline friends bring us a lot of joy every day and we really couldn’t imagine our lives without them. However, owning a cat has its own set of challenges that can sometimes make our lives harder. They are known to shred the furniture and wage war on just about every plant we own. They can also make our homes smell bad. Now, cat owners get used to the smell pretty quickly, and therefore don’t tend to notice it, but keep in mind that that won’t be the case with people who come to visit. Getting rid of the odour is no colossal task – it is simply a matter of changing a few habits.
Most of the kitty odour comes from the litter box, which is really not surprising. Some owners think that scooping the litter box “once it seems full” is an appropriate thing to do, but that is not only unhygienic, but it can also be dangerous for you and your cat. You should scoop daily or even twice per day, depending on how many cats you have.
Keep the litter box in an open space
You might be tempted to tuck away the litter box but, while the litter box should definitely not be in the middle of a room, it still needs to be in an open, well-ventilated space. If there is no proper ventilation, the smell will only get worse and that room will become practically unusable.
Change your cat’s diet
If you notice that the odour got worse after changing in your cat’s diet, you know what to do. The quality and the amount of food directly influence the odour coming from the litter box, as well as how often it is being used. You should provide your cats with high-quality food, since that’s not something you should skimp on.
Feline bodies are very clean: they self-groom with great dedication and they usually don’t smell at all. However, if they suffer from any sort of infection, they can develop quite an odour. Besides taking them to the vet immediately and seeking the appropriate treatment, you can use cat wipes to clean them to reduce the odour.
It’s not only the litter box that can smell bad. Any mess your cat makes can start to smell, especially if it goes unnoticed. People tend to place their pet’s food bowls in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen, but the commotion can often make a mess all around. Consider moving the bowls to an area that is still easily accessible for both you and the feline, but not as crowded, so that your cat can eat and drink in peace without making a mess. You can also place anti-slip rubber matting in the area, to prevent accidental spills.
Use an air purifier
To make that your indoor air is as clean and odour-free as possible, you should ventilate your space regularly. You can always open a window and let some fresh air in, but sometimes, especially during the colder months, that isn’t quite possible. In those cases, you can use an air purifier to not only improve the quality of your air, but also get rid of the odour.
An odour-free space will be a happier, healthier space for both you and your pets, and you will be able to enjoy your time with them without having to worry about any potential health risks. All of these things are simple to do and can be implemented today, so don’t delay and make the small changes to better the life of your pet, as well as your own.
Olivia is a psychologist and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs, Teo and Mia. She is passionate about writing and always inspiring her readers to be clever in their lives. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.