How to Save Money DIY kitty litter deodorizer

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Cat in the litter box located in a bathroom.
Cat In The Litter Box Located In A Bathroom.

Are you tired of battling a stinky litter box and paying big bucks for so-called deodorizing kitty litter? There are two cheap solutions that you can use. After all, there is no sense in wasting money on your cat's waste!

Commercial Cheap Litter Box Deodorizer

Regular, cheap cat litter does not deodorize for long and you will spend a lot of money on the best litters on the market. These companies make all sorts of promises, and very few of them live up to the hype. They can also cost a small fortune, and if you have more than one cat, that can add up.

How to Make Your Own Deodorizer

Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the bottom of the litter box before pouring in the kitty litter (the cheap stuff will work fine). Those litter box odors will be a thing of the past

selective focus photography of woman hugging gray kitten
selective focus photography of woman hugging gray kitten

Why this works:

Baking soda actually absorbs the odor and moisture present in the litter box instead of just covering it up. That is better for your nose and your furry friend's health.

The benefits of deodorizing with baking soda include the following:

  • Inexpensive
  • Non-toxic
  • Absorbent
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fragrance-free
black and white cat on rock
black and white cat on rock

Cheap Natural Cat Litter

Many cat families try to switch from the standard litter to something that's more natural. The clay litter can be dusty and only absorbs odor for so long. Clumping litters get expensive and can harm the environment. That is why 'natural cat litters have become so popular.

You will find a variety of natural cat litters at pet supply stores, and they are often made of biodegradable material such as pine. These bags of cat litter can be very expensive, sometimes costing up to 36 cents a pound (compared to clay cat litter, which averages 16 to 20 cents per pound for the cheap stuff). There is a much better solution.

You will find the same pine pellets at any store that sells horse supplies, so look for them at your local farm supply store for pine horse bedding pellets. On average, a 40-pound bag will cost between $5 to $6 and that means you're paying around 15 cents a pound. You will also find yourself needing to buy litter less often.

selective focus photography of brown cat on roof during daytime
selective focus photography of brown cat on roof during daytime
russian blue cat on black pot
russian blue cat on black pot

So why is there a price difference? Because we love our pets and as soon as a product is tagged under the domestic house pet label, manufacturers feel like they can increase the price. Savvy pet parents are smarter than that.

Why You Should Consider Pine Litter

Keep in mind that some older cats who are used to regular litter may not accept the change to pine litter. It's best to start with a slow introduction to see if yours will.

But there are several reasons why you should consider pine litter over the other kinds.

  • Pine bedding naturally absorbs odors and does a much better job than standard cat litter. It also has a nice pine smell when it's fresh out of the bag and covers cat urine odors perfectly.
  • The pellets will naturally break down as the cat uses the litter box. It's a good reminder that it needs to be cleaned.
  • Cleaning the litter box is actually easier. When it's time, simply dump everything into a plastic grocery bag and toss it in the trash. Every few cleanings, rinse out the litter box and allow it to dry completely before filling.
  • Many animal shelters are now using this cheap alternative because it's cleaner and healthier for the animals and people caring for them.