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Pet waste may be a gross and unsightly mess nobody enjoys picking up, but that’s not all. In developed areas, doggie deposits left on the ground can also serve as a steady, abundant food source for rats and other rodents. An unwanted neighbor in any community, the presence of rodents can decrease the property values of all nearby READ MORE>>

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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat’s Litter Box from Smelling

Out of sight out of mind—but what about smell?

Just because you can’t see your cat’s litter box doesn’t mean you can’t smell it. Here are 5 helpful hints for keeping cat box odor to a minimum.

  1. Clean more frequently – One obvious reason for odor is the box needs to be cleaned. Cleaning the litter box can be a smelly job, but it only gets worse over time. Cat litter boxes need to be scooped every day and the entire box should be dumped, thoroughly cleaned and sanitized weekly or at least every other week to keep odor to a minimum and your cat(s) happy. Be sure to use unscented litter and sanitizers when cleaning the litter box. Never use deodorizers or perfume sprays to mask odors. Cats are very sensitive to new odors, and while a perfume scent may smell great to you, it may cause your cat to skip the litter box entirely.
  2. Skip the Hooded Litter Boxes – Hooded litter boxes may be great at offering cats their desired privacy, but they also trap and retain odor. If it smells bad to us, imagine how bad the smell must be for your cat. Some cats will even stop using a litter box if the smell gets too bad.
  3. Choose a clumping litter when possible – Clumping litters work well because it makes the litter box much easier to keep clean on a daily basis. Clumping litters allow you to remove the “smelly offenders” regularly and save you from having to dump the entire litter box as frequently to keep the smell down.
  4. Try some baking soda – It may help absorb some of the odor as well without offending your cat’s sense of smell. Baking soda can be sprinkled in a thin layer on the bottom of the litter box. It is safe and will not harm your cat.
  5. Consider a service like DoodyCalls – Our complete litter box service will regularly scrub and sanitize your cat’s litter box for you. If you hate changing the litter box so much that it isn’t getting done soon enough to keep odors to a minimum, this could be the solution for you! One of the best parts about a litter box service is that it also eliminates the hassle of needing to buy and haul bags of kitty litter. Learn more about our service and see if service is available in your area.

With these 5 tips your cat’s litter box will truly be out of sight and out of mind…even out of smell!

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The Washington Business Journal: Feb 18, 2011 D’Aniello was a financial systems designer for a billion-dollar technology consultancy. His then-girlfriend, Susan, was prepping for a nursing degree at Johns Hopkins University. In 2000, the pair parlayed that expertise into a new startup business plan: scooping dog poop for businesses and residents who couldn’t or wouldn’t READ MORE>>

“When Doody Calls called, we answered! The local owners are terrific. Any business that makes life easier for local dog owners—and does so in a professional eco-friendly manner –is a friend of ours.”
- Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA