How to Control Cat Smells with a Self Cleaning Litter Box

Posted on May 26 2017 - 10:22pm by Susan Bewley

Tired of your house smelling not so great due to your litter box? Learn how you can control bad cat smells in your house with an self cleaning litter box here!

How many of you dislike cleaning the litter box? Better question, who DOES? It’s a necessity, but something no one enjoys. In a multi-cat household, it can be even worse since the litter box can get bad in what seems like no time at all, leaving a house smelling far from pleasant. From our own prior experience, and the experience of one of our cat testers, we found that there really are only two solutions that work for multi-cat households – clean the litter box multiple times a day, or use a self cleaning litter box. Knowing that many of you are as busy as our own household, and just as eager to use that scoop several times a day as I was, we are excited to share with you why we think using an automated litter box is the better option.

Use an Self Cleaning Litter Box

As every cat owner will tell you, keeping a litter box clean can be a major hassle, especially with multiple cats. When it comes to keeping your house smelling great and everyone as health as possible in your home (cats and humans), it is important to have a solution in place that keeps the litter box as odorless as possible. That is one reason why we prefer a self cleaning litter box. These litter boxes have sensors that clean up messes just after they happen, keeping urine smell down and feces in a special compartment to keep it away from noses, other pets, and children.

As someone who has tried quite a few litter boxes over the years and has worked with cat testers, I have to say our favorite self cleaning litter box is the PetSafe ScoopFree® Original Self Cleaning Litter Box. This super quiet litter box isn’t intimidating to cats, and is designed with busy pet parents in mind. Part of what makes it unique is a design intended to truly be self cleaning for weeks – requiring no scooping, cleaning or refilling. It even has an all-important closed waste compartment for superior odor control, and high quality crystal litter in its disposable trays absorbs urine with 5x better odor control when compared to other litters. As well, this self cleaning litter box has been lab tested to operate for 100,000+ cycles without failure or jamming, so you can work without ever worrying that your litter box will knock you senseless when you get home at the end of the day. Best of all, both the litter box and refills are currently cost effective too, allowing you to keep your litter box clean without breaking the bank, with the PetSafe ScoopFree® Original Self Cleaning Litter Box starting at $129.95 on

Tired of your house smelling not so great due to your litter box? Learn how you can control bad cat smells in your house with an self cleaning litter box here!

Litter Delivery to Your Home

One of the things that is extremely important when it comes to keeping a healthy litter box is making sure you don’t just clean the litter box, but dump dirty litter regularly. Of course, with many of us having busy schedules, sometimes picking up litter falls off the list until your nose reminds you, and this is one of the reasons our pet writers absolutely LOVE buying litter online. When it comes to remembering litter, nothing is better than a subscription service or using Amazon’s Dash buttons. We love the Petsafe ScoopFree Dash Button since it allows you to get the best price on Amazon and order litter when you first know you need it, without having to log onto Amazon. If you are a Prime member, you even get free shipping!

Regular Clean Up

Even though a self cleaning litter box is useful and makes cleanup a snap, you do need to still need to have a good regimen when it comes to changing the litter. While I have tried quite a few different self cleaning litter boxes in the past, I have to say that the PetSafe ScoopFree® Original Self-Cleaning Litter Box is the easiest for cat owners since it makes cleanup and changing the litter very easy for busy cat owners. Rather than constantly dumping the litter, the box itself has a health counter to tell you how many times cats have used the box to help you determine when the litter does need changing. Rather than dealing with dumping and cleaning new litter, PetSafe keeps pet owners hygiene in mind by making the whole litter tray disposable. Just take out the disable litter tray, put on the provided top, toss the old litter, and put in a new disposable tray with litter. Since the trays are currently cheap with the Petsafe ScoopFree Dash Button, it is fairly easy for busy cat owners to quickly keep the litter box clean for your cat and you!

Tired of your house smelling not so great due to your litter box? Learn how you can control bad cat smells in your house with an self cleaning litter box here!

Do you use an automated litter box at home? Tell us your favorite tips for keeping your house smelling amazing and your cats’ litter box under control in the comments below!

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

28 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Robin Abrams May 26, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    This self cleaning box sounds awesome. I rescue cats and am always scooping the boxes out. This would really be of help to me. To keep the odor down I sprinkle baking soda in it.

  2. Jessica Miller May 27, 2017 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    I would like to get that for my mother in law

  3. Judy Thomas May 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    It sounds awesome, I could really do with one of these.

  4. Nena Sinclair May 28, 2017 at 12:55 am - Reply

    I need this in my household! With 3 cats in the house, it’s so hard to control the litter box odor!!

  5. Natalie May 28, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I would LOVE this because I hate cleaning the litter box!

  6. J. Husin May 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    This is great! The disposable litter tray and telling you how many times the cat’s used it and when it needs replacing are great features. Thanks!

  7. Christina Gould May 28, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I desperately need one of these. Thanks for posting!

  8. Stacey A Smith May 28, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    have 8 cat’s have never use one of those thing do cat’s really like them?

    • Susan Bewley May 29, 2017 at 12:36 am - Reply

      All of my cats have loved this litter box. I had one of the competitors years ago that REALLY scared one of my cats but the new ones are super quite and just like any other litter box. Every cat I have scene seems more fascinated when it actually starts cleaning. 🙂

  9. Sarah L May 29, 2017 at 1:35 am - Reply

    I can see where this would be great for multi-cat households. I no longer have a cat.

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  11. Robin Creager May 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    We’ve had a few self-cleaning cat litter boxes in the past as well and have done well with them but the PetSafe one sounds like a true investment by far. We have 2 cats and would greatly benefit owning one of these.

  12. Tammy Myers May 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    This is not the 1st I have seen a self-cleaning box shown online- I’m quite certain I have seen a video of this particular one @ work. Every time there is the occasion such as this to read about one it sure makes me wish I had one for my 2 cats! While Im pleased with the litter I currently use, we do have two litter boxes in a small area- and the not having to clean few times a day…! Awesome

  13. Edye May 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    A self cleaning litter box sounds heavenly! 🙂

  14. Lindsay Giedosh May 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    We have two cats and a lot of times cleaning the litterbox really effects our allergies. A self-cleaning one would be great instead

  15. Lynne May 29, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    We no longer have cats, sadly we discovered my husband and one son were allergic. Cleaning the litter box was definitely my least favorite part of cat ownership…..this litter box sounds grand!

  16. Melissa Storms May 29, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    I really need to invest in a self cleaning litter box. I know that you still have to empty them and change the litter. Still though to have a clean looking box throughout the day would work for me.

  17. Deborah Caudill May 30, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I would love to have a self cleaning litter box, and this one seems fabulous, but I don’t know if it would work for our cat. For some reason, she drags anything she can find and puts it in her litter box. She drags toys, grocery bags, makeup, lipstick, empty cans from the recycle bin, paper, homework, coloring books, legos and even a soccer ball into her clean or used litter box. She has stacked boxes in there like she’s making a collage or some other artwork. We have tried everything to break her of this messy and nasty behavior. The vet just shakes his head and shrugs his shoulders. Any ideas?

  18. Tami B. May 30, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I’d love to have self-cleaning litter boxes but we have too many cats for this to be realistic for us – unfortunately!

  19. desiree May 31, 2017 at 9:35 am - Reply

    that something i could use and then i would love to
    have it and for my cat and dog

  20. amanda whitley June 2, 2017 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    such a cute kitty! i have 4 cats and one is especially picky about his box being cleaned so this would be perfect for my home.

  21. Who Let the Mum Out? June 2, 2017 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great tips!

  22. Susan Bilger June 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    I don’t own a cat but my in-laws do and when go out of town my husband and me are the lucky cat sitters. And I don’t like it because I gag when it comes to cleaning the litter box. The Self Cleaning Litter Box would have saved my stomach so much trouble if it had been available when we were sitting their cats.

  23. Michelle S June 5, 2017 at 9:50 am - Reply

    I didn’t even know they made something like this! My sister’s family own three cats and this might be a good fit for their busy life.

  24. Calvin F. June 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Great system, looks like it saves a lot of time.

  25. Deborah D June 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I am telling my sister about this litter box. This will be so nice for her since she has four little ones now.

  26. Rosie July 14, 2017 at 10:36 am - Reply

    This is a nice concept. I haven’t had a cat in a while, and now with people keeping their cats inside mostly, the litter box becomes even more important. I would definitely want this if I ever have another cat!

  27. Melanie Borhi August 10, 2017 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Great product for pet owners. This would work great.

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