Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Smelly cat, oh smelly cat!

Smelly Cat, Smelly cat what are they feeding you?
Smelly Cat, smelly cat it's not your fault...
They won't take you to the vet.
You're obviously not their favorite pet.
You may not be a bed of roses,
And you're no friend to those with noses. I promise you when we're done
all the world will smell as one
Smelly cat, smelly cat what are they feeding you?
Smelly cat, smelly cat it's not your fault!


Don't fret, you don't have to have a smelly cat.

In my apartment, I had the luxury of having the cat box on the [screened] back patio. In the Fall/Winter, the sliding doors stayed open so they had the freedom to go as they pleased. In the summer months, I would let them outside to do their business and not have my nose run for cover. Plus, well, it's an apartment and there isn't much room for cat boxes. They're both boys, and they are fixed, but it can still get pretty funky when tinkle continuously seeps into the plastic. I've always wondered what you were supposed to use to clean a cat box?

Bleach is a NO NO!! Bleach + ammonia = bad news. I used bleach once or twice with no consequence but was paranoid the entire time. Some things I've read highly advised against it, and well, not worth the risk. So now what? From then on out, I used my bleach-free Lysol bathroom cleaner. It worked, but the box was kind of perfumey and not all that fresh.... and then the light bulb came on!

 [cha-ching!]


Duh! This stuff is good for everything, so why not try it to tackle the mighty cat box!? I figured I had nothing to lose, it couldn't be worse than what I have been using previously.


[yes, I have a funky space age cat box - don't judge me]

•Rinse the box out really well with water to get any lingering litter and put the scoop inside with it. 
•Add an inch or so of white vinegar to the bottom of the box and swish around a bit with the scoop to start loosening things up.
•Generously sprinkle in the baking soda and watch the magic happen! Fizzzzz! Swish the scoop around in the fizzy fun!
•Repeat those steps if you are anything like me and enjoy watching the reaction.
•Let it hang out for a few minutes, then come back and scrub everything down with a scrubby brillo pad [that little green thing]. Scrub the scoop and all the walls/bottom of the box.
•Rinse, dry, and voila! CLEAN! You can even put your face in it and smell nothing but sparkly clean.

I usually air dry mine outside. If you do, remember to go grab it before your boyfriend/husband mows the grass and you have to rinse it out again...

[cat approval]