If you share your house with a cat or two, you're probably always looking for the best cat litter for odor control. Eliminating cat box odor is a combination of frequent cleaning, using a product that controls odors, and choosing kitty litter that your cat will actually use. Here are some options available. 

Silica Crystal Cat Litter

Cat litter made with silica crystals can absorb a lot of urine so that urine odors are kept under control. You'll still need to scoop out feces every day, but you might be able to cut down on the frequency of changing the cat box which will offset the higher cost of crystal litter. Silica crystal litter is one of the most absorbent options available, and it's a good match for automatic cat box cleaners that rake out feces for you. Just don't be tempted to go too long between changing the litter or you won't enjoy the benefits of odor control.

Clay Cat Litter

Clay cat litter is absorbent too, and it helps control litter as long as you clean the box daily and change the litter about once a week. You have a choice between clumping and non-clumping clay litter. You may prefer clumping because it makes it easier to scoop out clumps of urine-soaked clay every day. Some of these products also have baking soda or charcoal added to help reduce cat box odors.

Scented Kitty Litter

Scented cat litter doesn't really get rid of cat box odor; it just masks it. If you're sensitive to perfume odors, you may not like having scented kitty litter in your home. Cats are sensitive to odors too, and if your cat doesn't like the fragrance of the litter, they may stop using the litter box in protest. However, if both you and your cat enjoy the fragrance of the litter, then a mild scent might cover up the less pleasant odors in the cat box.

Pine Litter

Pine litter has a natural odor both you and your cat may like that masks and controls kitty odors. The pine nuggets absorb urine to help hide the odor, and the natural aroma of pine helps cover up the unpleasant smell. However, just like perfume scents added to other litters, you and your cat may not like the way pine litter smells, and your cat may not like the texture of it on the paws. Since your cat's reaction is hard to predict, you may have to try pine litter to see if your cat will love or hate it. Try mixing it with your regular litter a little at a time until you make the transition to a full box of pine to get your cat used to the change in smell.

Controlling odor is an important job for kitty litter, but you also have to consider the smell of the litter, how much dust the litter makes, how easy the pan is to clean with the type of litter, and how the litter feels on your cat's paws. Most of all, you have to consider your cat's preference. You may never know why your cat seems to like one brand of kitty litter over another.

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