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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-21-2005, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Litter box odor - Summer?

Hi Guys,
I've had Tiger since last September. Just lately I've noticed that I can really smell his litter box more than usual. I just put all clean litter in it, and scrubbed the box, but within a day or two I could smell it again. I scoop daily and use Fresh Step w/ crystals. I've been really happy with it in the past, so I'm surprised at the "kitty smell" lately. Do you think it's because it's summertime and my home is warmer than usual (just a couple of degrees)? Any ideas? Tiger and I both really like clumping litter.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2005, 01:34 AM
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Have you changed his diet at all? I notice if my cats eat fish ( VERY rarely) their urine will smell stronger. I doubt if you just cleaned the box it has anything to do with the warmer weather but I guess it's possible. If it continues you my want to take him in for a checkup and have them run a UA just to make sure there's nothing going on. If it's suddenly that strong I can't think of any reason other than a change in diet or some sort of imbalance.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2005, 01:35 AM
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P.S. How old is he? Has he been nuetered?

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-22-2005, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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He is 11 months old and has been neutered. It seems like he's urinating as often as before. I did change his food to a mix with his regular food and Innova Evo. That might have made a difference.

Thanks, hadn't thought of that before!

He's due for a checkup pretty soon, so I'll have him checked.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2005, 11:29 AM
 
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You could need a new box enirely. The urine tends to stain the box after a while. Are there spots in the box that look like the urine has soaked into the plastic?
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-26-2005, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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No odors in the box. I scrubbed it out a week ago and I even sniffed it before I filled it, and there was no odor. I did add some of those crystals to the box and it seems to help with the odor.

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Well...baking soda is cheap. I add two boxes of baking soda into the litterbox.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-29-2005, 04:27 AM
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I'd have to guess it has something to do with diet. Recently we changed food from Natural Balance to Sensible Choice (by Royal Canin) and the box doesn't smell at all. It's amazing! They don't like the food as much as the old stuff but I'm not changing back because of the lack of litter smell, hehe. Plus they're eating less and they're definitely more active lately.

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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-29-2005, 01:16 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks for the hints! It turned out that the crystals were free with a coupon from Petsmart. I knew about Baking Soda, but I haven't put a whole box in. I'll give it a try!
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