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post #1 of 23 Old 04-22-2014, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Musty-litter box smell

I recently was away from my house for an extended period of time (10 days) due to a family emergency. I got home to a really musty and litter boxy smell (I have two cats).

The cats stayed at home during this time (long story), but they had visitors just about every other day. But the litter box didn't get cleaned so it was full. I plan to buy new litter boxes because they were nasty. I am also going to deep clean their litter area. Hopefully that will take away most of the smell.

But their litter area is far from the living area. And it really smells like musty-litter in the living room...like the odors migrated into this area and are now stuck. Any ideas how to freshen it up? Open windows? We have all wood flooring exempt for the bedrooms and the cats do not have access to that area. Maybe scrub/mop the floors?
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post #2 of 23 Old 04-22-2014, 12:43 PM
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Clean and air everything out. As a guess the smell is a bit more concentrated because no one was home and you are more sensitive now because you were away for ten days. Up until we got an indoor cat I could step into any home with a litter box and smell it. I list that ability as soon as I started living with a litter box myself.
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was the heat off during all that time? That can make a house smell bad, what with a build up of moisture.
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What litter are you using? We have two large male cats (both neutered now...the baby is 8-months-old and 10lbs and the older one is 2-years-old and 20+lbs), so we have to clean our litter boxes every other day or there's no room for them to use the litter box. We use Tidy Cats Multi-cat with Glade and, since switching to it, we don't notice the litter boxes AT ALL (until we open them up to clean them). With other litters we were having to clean the boxes every day and change the litter out completely every 3-4 days because the smell from the (covered) litter boxes was atrocious.

As for getting the smell out of the house, open windows and turn on fans. Then vacuum your carpet with Arm and Hammer Pet Fresh and Febreeze all soft surfaces, like couches.
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was the heat off during all that time? That can make a house smell bad, what with a build up of moisture.
Our system was tunred to "away" mode. We have a nest system, which on away mode, keeps the temp between two extremes. We're in Texas so the weather has been mild, so the chances any heat or cooling system came on is slim to none. We might have it set to have the fan come on for an hour or so during the day but that's it.

As for our kitty litter, I'm still in the test mode. I find some that I think I like then it either ends up stinking or is a terrible clumper. I will try the tidy cats clumper with glade. FWIW - my kittens are TERRIBLE at kicking out tons and tons of litter. I've had them since they were 2 weeks so they didn't learn proper bathroom manners from an older cat so I think they've picked up bad manners. So there were a few pieces of poo that had been kicked out as well (I'm upgrading to either fully enclosed or high wall boxes now)

My plan is to open the windows this evening and clean the floors with a vinegar mix and also clean our sofa (which is pleather, but I assume it can hold smells, too).
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We went to fully-enclosed boxes before we found the Tidy Cats simply to try to contain the smell. Now we won't use anything else.
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Also, as far as the clumping goes, the Tidy Cats is amazing. Our boys pee A LOT and this stuff clumps perfectly. We never have any loose stuff or clumps that break up.

This is what we use:
Tidy Cats® Glade™ Tough Odor Solutions

We get the 35lbs tub at Walmart for $13 and it lasts us 4-6 weeks, even with two litter boxes. We also reuse the plastic tub to hold the used litter we scoop out and it keeps it sealed in and easier to dispose of.

Here's how great this stuff is. My mom came in our house for the first time right after we started using the Tidy Cats with Glade. My parents are both extremely clean and can't stand litter box odor. My mom said that if she hadn't seen both cats with her own eyes, she never would have believed that we had cats. She was even sitting right by the door to the laundry room where the litter boxes are, and the door was wide open.
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if their litter box was really bad, they might have peed in the living room. I would check around.
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if their litter box was really bad, they might have peed in the living room. I would check around.

I was weary of this happening. When they were younger and would forget where the box was or just need to go real bad, they had a spot they always hit. It will be cleaned today!

I plan to use a vinegar and water mixture - especially with my little kittens, I don't like using harsh chemicals. I've read it works really well - any other more natural suggestions?
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Also, as far as the clumping goes, the Tidy Cats is amazing. Our boys pee A LOT and this stuff clumps perfectly. We never have any loose stuff or clumps that break up.

This is what we use:
Tidy Cats® Glade™ Tough Odor Solutions

We get the 35lbs tub at Walmart for $13 and it lasts us 4-6 weeks, even with two litter boxes. We also reuse the plastic tub to hold the used litter we scoop out and it keeps it sealed in and easier to dispose of.

Here's how great this stuff is. My mom came in our house for the first time right after we started using the Tidy Cats with Glade. My parents are both extremely clean and can't stand litter box odor. My mom said that if she hadn't seen both cats with her own eyes, she never would have believed that we had cats. She was even sitting right by the door to the laundry room where the litter boxes are, and the door was wide open.
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I am DEFINETLY buying some of this tonight with my new boxes!
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