Using an Electronic Litter Box Odor Eliminator

Litter box odor can pose a problem when litter boxes are in high-traffic areas. If the owner can't or doesn't want to have to scoop waste each time the cat deposits it, the odor can travel throughout the home. Plugging in an electronic odor eliminator near the litter box can help destroy odors almost instantaneously, and keep the home smelling fresh.

Installing the Odor Eliminator

Installing a litter box odor eliminator is usually as simple as plugging it into an outlet. Depending on the individual eliminator's instructions, you will need to place the litter box within a certain number of feet of the outlet and the eliminator. The typical eliminator can work within the span of several feet from the box.

Other types of odor eliminators are actually more flexible. They may be plugged in via a cord that spans several feet, allowing you to stretch the device away from the electrical outlet in order to mount it on the wall near the litter box, or affix it directly to the top of an enclosed litter box.

How the Odor Eliminator Works

The exact method by which the litter box odor eliminator removes odors will depend on the model, but will usually involve emitting oxygen-ions, which oxidize and destroy odors, bacteria, germs, viruses, mildew and fumes within the treatable area of the eliminator. An eliminator will also use a negative ionizer, which helps clean air. Some models have optional fans to blow aromatherapy out as well, which the owner can typically fill with a specialized pheromone formula that helps calm and relax a cat. This can help a cat adjust to a stressful situation and can also improve regular use of the litter box if the cat has been defecating or urinating outside of the box due to stress.

Silent Operation

Most litter box odor eliminators work silently. This is important for several reasons. One, because the owner would be bothered by a device that puts out noise and may prefer to deal with cat odors over a loud machine. Secondly, because a disturbing noise in the vicinity of the litter box may startle and scare the cat and make her less likely to use her litter box out of fear of the new noise.

The Importance of Regular Cleanings

One drawback of the litter box odor eliminator is that owners may be less likely to clean the litter box as often, because the stench is no longer a problem. However, for the health of both the cat and the people living in the home, it's essential that the owner still clean the litter box regularly. The eliminator can remove many harmful emissions of the waste, but it can still have a high level of bacteria.

The owner should scoop the litter box once or twice a day (the more cats in the home, the more often the box should be scooped) and completely change the litter and clean the box every one to two weeks.