I do not own a cat, but I have..And I know from that experience that there are few more difficult odors to control than those associated with a cat—specifically the litter box. Poor maintenance is enough to bring tears to your eyes. And not only yours, but to your kitty’s, too.
Cats absolutely hate dirty litter boxes, and that drives them to find substitutes, whether a pile of clothes in a laundry basket or a corner of the carpet behind the door.
Your cat’s sense of smell is far stronger than yours, so a litter box that smells reasonably clean to you may outright stink to your cat.
In fact, the human nose contains about 5 million olfactory receptors that detect aromas, while a cat’s nose contains up to 200 million. Cats have an even better sense of smell than dogs!
Select the right box
Start with is a plain rectangular litter box, making sure that it is large enough that your cat can move around in it comfortably, with no overhang.
If the box is smaller than your cat, you’re just asking for trouble and I’m talking cat litter strewn outside of the box—or a box that is not being used at all.
You want it large enough to hold enough litter to preclude the bottom of the box from getting too soiled and wet between cleanings. If the box is too small or too many cats per box, prepare for your pets to choose another place in the house other than the box.
How many litter boxes?
The rule of thumb for indoor cats is one litter box per cat plus one extra. So if you have a cat, you need two litter boxes. Three cats? Four boxes. With multiple cats in the household, you can quickly feel like you’re running out of logical places for boxes.
That is when you should consider a “litter station,” placing the boxes side-by-side to accommodate more than one cat at a time. This kind of arrangement will make it easier to scoop and clean when the boxes are all located in the same area.
The location of the litter box is important. It should be as far from family and food activities as possible and placed away from doors and windows. Cats want privacy so this rules out the kitchen or other high-activity locations. The more secluded the area, the better.
Care and cleaning
Once you are sure that the cats love their litter, the boxes are well-placed and everything appears to be going well (save for that horrible odor), you’re ready to put Nok-Out to work.
1. Spray it with Nok-Out
Spray the bottom of the clean litter box with Nok-Out. You will do this each and every time you change and clean the box, which should be frequently. Nok-Out is ideal for litter boxes because other cleaners can leave a disinfectant or masking odor that repels cats.
2. Fill the box with litter
Consider a clumping unscented litter. You won’t need a pan liner and unscented litter tends to be preferred by most cats, which means they’ll use it happily.
Non-clumping litter is more challenging because depending on the number of cats in the house, it will likely need to be emptied and the box washed much more often as the urine will eventually collect at the bottom of the box. And that odor? Yikes! It will be so bad you’ll have tears in your eyes and very quickly.
Start with about two inches of litter and experiment until you find the right depth for your cat. Most litter manufacturers recommend using two to three inches of litter. However, if your cat is a deep scratcher, you may want to settle on three to four inches, You don’t your cat to feel as if he or she needs to dig all the way to the bottom of the box to get the job done.
Once the box is filled with clean, fresh, unscented litter, give the litter a final leveling off so the cats have a nice, smooth surface to dig in.
3. Spray again with Nok-Out
Next, lightly spray the top of the litter with Nok-Out.
Note: Diluted 50:50 with water, Nok-Out retains its effectiveness when treating cat litter. That means one gallon of Nok-Out can stretch to two gallons.
4. Remove solids
You’re going to need to dispose of your cat’s waste properly, and odor can be an issue. However, it will be much easier if you are disposing of clumps frequently and then frequently treating the urine-soaked litter with Nok-Out. Frequently!
Every time you remove solid wastes—multiple times a day or as clumps appear—smooth and spray the litter surface again.
Nok-Out is odor-free and leaves no smells that will offend the cats, but it does have residual effects that continue to combat odors long after the litter is dry. And it will extend the life of your litter because no odor will send the cats away and the box will remain sanitary and clean. That’s because Nok-Out (and also its companion product SNiPER) destroys everything in cat urine that causes odor and can create disease problems.
5. Litter Genie
With a product like the Litter Genie, scooping as well as disposal of litter is much easier. The way it works:
Insert the role of plastic bagging material inside the Genie, tie a knot at the end of it, secure it to a wheel, and turn the handle a half turn. Then open the top and drop in all the scoopings. Turn the handle again, and the waste is safely hidden at the bottom of the Litter Locker to keep all of the odors confined inside.
On trash day, just remove the bag of contents and discard it in its entirety in the garbage can.
If you’ve ever seen or used a Diaper Genie, you know exactly how this works. It is truly a genius!
6. What about liners?
Plastic cat box liners are not necessary, but it does make emptying a litter box of used non-clumping litter tidier.
If you are using non-clumping litter you will be changing it more often so you might consider using liners.
Just keep in mind, however, if you’re following the Nok-Out protocol described above, you won’t be emptying and throwing out litter. You will be scooping out solids, treating the litter that remains with Nok-Out, and then replenishing with fresh litter only as needed.
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