The biggest variable in odor control in cat litter is your choice of crystal litter. Using a premium crystal such as our Just the Crystals mentioned above, and doing an occasional “rake and stir” will extend the life of your litter significantly and at the same time reduce odor. This is a very important point that can make a huge difference in both extending the life of your crystals and in reducing odors. Stirring them around will allow them to release moisture to the air (not urine, but water vapor) and will generally allow them to then be able to absorb more liquid and odor. This tip is illustrated in our “Basic Box Maintenance” video at our How to Use web page.
“Reality vs. advertising”: While crystal litter is very, very good the best way to get the most of it is to do an occasional stir of the litter and and at the same time rake out excess dried feces. The operative word is “occasional” — maybe once every other day is ideal. It really helps, and is still less trouble and smell than any other litter you have used. Cats tend to always urinate in the same spot, so what we mean by “stir” is to rake up the crystals from this dampest spot and distribute (really mix them in) with the dry crystals. This allows them to release moisture to the air (called “off “gassing) and extends crystal life significantly.
Remember, moisture is the enemy of your crystal cat litter. Placement of your litter box in a dry, well ventilated area will pay huge dividends in getting the most out of it.
A great tip from one of our customers to help you extend crystal life:
“My tip on making the litter last longer: good air circulation. Silica gel absorbs liquid fairly quickly, and releases it as water vapor fairly slowly.
When used as litter, it absorbs urine and desiccates solid waste. Unless the silica gel itself can dry out (by releasing water vapor), it won’t last long at all in a litter box. So, it works better in the summer than in the winter, and better on dry days than rainy ones.
If you can place the litter box where there’s a breeze, the litter will last a lot longer. Or, you can try what I’ve recently done: put a small fan above the box, so that it gently blows air across the litter.
During the winter and spring, the litter has been lasting only 10 days with two cats whereas in the summer it was stretching out to 14 days). With the fan in the spring, the litter was still OK after 15 days.
The litter still needs to be stirred every other day, especially towards the end of its useful life.”