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Can I add a wee bit of washing powder to the litter tray of a cat on cage rest to neutralise the piss stink?

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MrsLettuce Thu 04-Apr-13 08:44:08

My dear lad has broken his shoulder and has just started an extended period of cage rest. I'm changing his litter tray morning and evening as well as scooping poo (sensitive siamese), but TBH I can't take the stench. He has a history of spraying and I suspect it's a smell that I'm over sensitized to. We're rural so the cats usually just do their toileting in the garden / field.

Anyway, after the massive vets bills that we've had I can't afford to be buying catsan, so, can I add a wee bit of washing powder to the litter or would that be potentially harmful?

chickydoo Thu 04-Apr-13 08:49:57

I got some litter fresh when my cat was unwell & couldn't go out.
Can't remember who makes it. Wasn't expensive £4.00 max & lasted ages, probably a better bet than washing powder

fuckwittery Thu 04-Apr-13 08:51:34

I wouldn't - it's quite chemical - bicarb of soda helps absorb smell and is definitely not toxic. Thick layer at bottom of litter tray and then mix with the litter as well.

fuckwittery Thu 04-Apr-13 08:53:50

Link : laundry detergents slightly to moderately toxic according to this and fabric softener extremely toxic!

fuckwittery Thu 04-Apr-13 08:54:40

Oh and put some Vicks under your nose before you change the box!

MrsLettuce Thu 04-Apr-13 08:59:19

Thanks all, I'll give it a miss then! Will have a look for a litter sanitizer when I'm out.

TBH changing the litter and the scooping doesn't bother me, 'just' the pervading stench of cat piss that wafts from the tray. His (massive) crate is in the sitting room y' see...

MrsLettuce Thu 04-Apr-13 09:00:23

Bicarb would be fab but I'm not in the uk and its hard to find and expensive here hmm

MrsLettuce Thu 04-Apr-13 12:22:12

Excellent, found some! I'd never have known to look without the tip. It smells pretty pungent it's self but anything is betting than cat piss wink

BabyRuSh Thu 04-Apr-13 13:09:21

Use a crystal silicate litter. I used tigerino. Available from zooplus (I think that was the cheapest when I shopped around). Crystal litters are the best for odour.

thecatneuterer Thu 04-Apr-13 13:51:26

Use the wood based litter pellets - there is no smell with those - ever

Cantbelieveitsnotbutter Thu 04-Apr-13 14:34:03

I'd second the crystal one. Mine lasts a week before it needs changing.
Remember anything you put on the litter goes on their paws then licked off.

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