If you’re like most cat owners, you adore your cat but don’t particularly enjoy the mess it leaves in its litter box. You may have a hard time entering the room with the litter box after your pet has gone potty. That’s when it’s time to get a cat litter deodorizer.
As the name suggests, a cat litter deodorizer is an extra product you put in your cat’s litter to cover up the pungent aroma. Which cat litter deodorizer is best? Find out for yourself below, and make life a little more pleasant for you and your feline.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Hepper Litter Additive||CHECK PRICE|
|Budget Buy||Arm & Hammer Litter Deodorizing Crystals||CHECK PRICE|
|Arm & Hammer Cat Litter Deodorizer||CHECK PRICE|
|NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer||CHECK PRICE|
|TriNova Natural Cat Litter Box Deodorizer||CHECK PRICE|
The 10 Best Cat Litter Deodorizers of 2023
1. Hepper Litter Additive – Best Overall
|Package Size:||12 ounces|
This excellent deodorizer uses bio-enzymes to break down odor-causing agents naturally and is safe for all cats. It can be used on any type of litter and will get to work immediately, destroying odors without a heavy, artificial smell. It’s fragrance-free because it doesn’t need to cover up smells.
What we really like about Hepper Litter Additive, our choice for best cat litter deodorizer, is that you can use it in other areas that smell, like the trash can where you dump used litter or a crate you use when your cat has kittens. We also like that it extends the life of your litter to save you a few extra dollars and extend your budget.
At Excited Cats, we’ve admired Hepper for many years and decided to take a controlling ownership interest so that we could benefit from the outstanding designs of this cool cat company!
2. Arm & Hammer Litter Box Deodorizing Crystals – Budget Buy
|Package Size:||15 ounces|
Arm & Hammer Litter Restoring Clary Sage & Mint Scent Cat Litter Box Deodorizing Crystals uses baking soda and essential oils to control and eliminate odors in your cat’s litter box. Unlike most other products on our list, Arm & Hammer dissolves, so there’s less to clean up later. Also, the sage and mint help calm your cat. Because of those features, we picked Arm & Hammer Litter Restoring as our budget buy option. You should note, though, that this product covers the smell rather than eliminating it like some of the others on our list.
3. Arm & Hammer Cat Litter Deodorizer
|Package Size:||20 ounces|
Arm & Hammer Litter Cat Litter Deodorizer Powder instantly eliminates odors the moment you sprinkle it on top of your cat’s regular litter. It’s also moisture activated, which means every time your cat uses their litter box, the product jumps into action to eliminate the smell.
This great deodorizer prevents clumping on the bottom of the box when your cat pees, making it easier for you to clean the litter box. As you might have guessed from the Arm & Hammer name, it also uses baking soda, one of the all-time great odor-absorbing substances.
4. NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer
|Package Size:||16 ounces|
NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer goes to work immediately after sprinkling it on your cat’s litter. The key is its natural zeolite which doesn’t just mask odors but eliminates them at the source. NonScents is also concentrated, so a little goes a long way, and it extends the life of your litter, so you don’t have to change it as often.
You should note that, although most reviews for this product are stellar, several say the smell of bleach or chlorine was overwhelming. This might be problematic for some cats with sensitive noses, but most customers say it works like a charm.
5. TriNova Natural Cat Litter Box Deodorizer
|Package Size:||16 ounces|
TriNova Natural Cat Litter Box Deodorizer is a bio-based product that absorbs odors rather than simply covering them up with a heavy fragrance. Like most on this list, this product helps extend the life of the litter and can keep your cat-related budget under control. The formula is also hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free.
The manufacturer recommends putting their cat litter deodorizer on fresh litter or after scooping out any poop in your cat’s litter box. It’s also suitable for any litter, but some customers say it doesn’t work as well as they thought.
6. SCENT AWAY Cat Litter Deodorizer Litter Box Odor Eliminator
|Package Size:||10.5 ounces|
This all-natural, odor-fighting cat litter deodorizer uses active carbon to eliminate smells and remove greenhouse gases at the same time. Yes, cat feces lets off greenhouse gases. Scent Away Cat Litter Deodorizer Litter Box Odor Eliminator also contains zeolite, which is a natural ingredient that absorbs moisture and prevents clumping.
Scent Away extends the life of your litter with less frequent changes, saving you some money. One common complaint was that it stuck to the feet of cats after using their litter box, which could be problematic. Some reviews also claimed it didn’t cover odors as well as they would have liked.
7. Fresh Step Cat Litter Crystals
|Package Size:||15 ounces|
We like the fact that Fresh Step Cat Litter Crystals dissolve after application, making cleanup time a bit easier and faster. What’s even better about this product is that it only activates when your cat goes potty, so you don’t always smell it.
One major drawback of this cat litter deodorizer is that if several cats use the same litter box, it might not function sufficiently to cover up the smell. In other words, it might not work as well as you hope in a multi-cat household unless you have multiple boxes.
8. Nature’s Pure Edge Cat Litter Odor Control Deodorizer
|Package Size:||16 ounces|
Nature’s Pure Edge Cat Litter Odor Control Deodorizer is a good choice if you have a single cat since it doesn’t last as long with multiple cats. It’s commercial strength, however, and will usually work well with one cat even if they have pungent waste. Because it’s concentrated, you don’t need to use as much product. Plus, Nature’s Edge is odor-free, so there’s none of the chemical smell you get from many cat litter deodorizers. Although Nature’s Pure Edge is effective for most customers, it’s not ideal for multi-cat homes.
9. Nature’s Miracle Litter Box Deodorizer, 20 oz, Litter Deodorizing Powder
|Package Size:||20 ounces|
We think you’ll find the best thing about Nature’s Miracle Litter Box Deodorizer to be that you only need a little to get a lot of odor neutralization. That makes it one of the more economical on our list, but it’s not as highly rated by consumers as some of the others. One reason might be that the fragrance can be overpowering.
Still, this is a good choice for multi-cat homes since it’s concentrated, and you don’t need to use as much in every litter box. Also, since Nature’s Miracle absorbs moisture, it makes clean-up time easier and quicker.
10. Gizmo Pet Supplies Odor Eliminator – Organic and All-Natural Cat Litter Odor Neutralizer
|Package Size:||8.82 ounces|
Gizmo Pet Supplies Odor Eliminator is unique in that it uses granules of different sizes to capture and eliminate odors. These small and large granules capture more odors and maximize the coverage area you get when using the product. We also like that it’s 100% organic, something you don’t see with many litter deodorizers. It has no fragrances, artificial scents, or other chemicals and solvents, making it very safe for your precious cat.
Possibly the biggest drawback is that Gizmo’s litter only comes in 250-gram (8.82 oz) packages. That’s a tiny amount, and if you have multiple cats, it probably won’t last long before you need to purchase more.
Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Cat Litter Deodorizer
Like any product you purchase for your cats, certain factors make one cat litter deodorizer better than another. We’ve listed the most important of those below to help you choose the right cat litter deodorizer for your cat, whether you have one or multiple felines in your home.
The Number of Cats That Live with You
One of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a cat litter deodorizer is how many cats you have in your home. If you have one cat, the type of deodorizer you choose isn’t as important since most will work well for one cat. For multiple cats, however, it’s best to choose a deodorizer that’s quite a bit stronger. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a bio-enzymatic deodorizer works best for multiple-cat households.
The Litter Box You’re Using
Depending on the litter box you have, a litter box deodorizer might work better or worse. For example, if you have a motorized litter box, deodorizers can actually make the odors worse in some cases. If that’s what you use, you might need to use a stronger deodorizer or more litter with every application. For regular, tray-type litter boxes, however, a milder litter box deodorizer will work just fine.
Cat Allergies and Sensitivity
If your cat has allergies or is sensitive to strong smells, you must purchase a cat litter deodorizer with no fragrance. It would also be a good idea to purchase a hypoallergenic cat litter deodorizer or one that’s all-natural. If you’re not sure, check with your veterinarian.
The Location of Your Litter Box
Although the location of your cat’s litter box isn’t a huge factor, if it’s located inside a closet or other small space, the smell can be a lot worse than if it’s in the open. For litter boxes in small spaces, a stronger deodorizer is recommended.
Our best overall choice for cat litter deodorizers goes to Hepper Litter Additive because it’s all-natural, biodegradable, fragrance-free, and works remarkably well. Arm & Hammer Litter Restoring Clary Sage & Mint Scent Cat Litter Box Deodorizing Crystals is our budget option, for its price tag and the essential oils they use that help your cat stay calm.
The rest of the cat litter deodorizers on our list are all excellent products and worth considering. Whichever one you choose will help reduce the admittedly awful odors that many cats make when they go potty. That, in turn, can make your life a little more pleasant for both you and your precious cat.
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- 2 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- 3 The 10 Best Cat Litter Deodorizers of 2023
- 3.1 1. Hepper Litter Additive – Best Overall
- 3.2 2. Arm & Hammer Litter Box Deodorizing Crystals – Budget Buy
- 3.3 3. Arm & Hammer Cat Litter Deodorizer
- 3.4 4. NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer
- 3.5 5. TriNova Natural Cat Litter Box Deodorizer
- 3.6 6. SCENT AWAY Cat Litter Deodorizer Litter Box Odor Eliminator
- 3.7 7. Fresh Step Cat Litter Crystals
- 3.8 8. Nature’s Pure Edge Cat Litter Odor Control Deodorizer
- 3.9 9. Nature’s Miracle Litter Box Deodorizer, 20 oz, Litter Deodorizing Powder
- 3.10 10. Gizmo Pet Supplies Odor Eliminator – Organic and All-Natural Cat Litter Odor Neutralizer
- 4 Buyer’s Guide – How to Choose the Right Cat Litter Deodorizer
- 5 Final Thoughts