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We travel with a cat and no matter how often we clean his litter pan, there is always a noticeable litter odor in the RV. We've tried putting the litter pan in out of the way places, but in an RV there aren't too many of those. Well, we have now found a litter that works very well. It is called "clump & seal" by Arm and Hammer. Their TV commercials claim to leave your home odor free in 7 days. It works great. Now there is no noticeable odor from the litter box. I just thought I'd pass this on to others who may have a cat in their RV. We have nothing to gain but only wish to tell others about this great product that has helped to keep our RV fresh smelling. It is fairly new and there are other types of litter with similar names. So, if you wish to give it a try, it is Arm and Hammer, clump & seal. We think it is a great product especially in the confined space of an RV. (Again, we have nothing to gain with this info.) Dave

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Try switching the forum to text mode, the little switch looking icon at the far left of the tool bar, switch it back after pasting in the link.

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We took a cat on one trip, and used that fancy litter that has no smell, can't remember the name of it but it works great. The bigger problem is that the dogs think things they find in the litter box are almond roca.

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Another good litter is Fresh Step Extreme. We never have that litter smell. One time I tried a different litter - big mistake. I never realized what a difference it was making until then. It's great.

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Where do you all put your litter box? I'm thinking the shower stall...

We put it on the floor in the bedroom closet and just leave the sliding closet door open enough for him to get in and out. Then we can still keep the bedroom door closed because as long as we don't latch it, he can open it to go in there when he wants to.

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We kept ours in the shower stall and made sure that no litter went down the drain (bad place to clump).

 

We used Tidy Cat clumping and cleaned it after each use.

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I probably should add that we tried adding baking soda and tried numerous other brands but still noticed a litter box smell. Cleaning it out right away helped but this litter really made the difference. As far as litter box placement we found the best, out of the way spot in our MH, was in front of the passenger seat on the floor. This is out of our living area and not visible. Just what works for us. Thanks, Dave.

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Scoop Away is the best i've found, over 20 years. the best deal is a bulk package from BJ'2: 42 pounds for $12.50.

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We were using the Fresh Step Extreme until recently, it worked well but required changing at a minimum weekly to keep the odor down.

 

We learned from another forum of a new product, Ultra Pearls, from UltraPet. http://ultrapetcatlitter.com/products/ultra-pearls/%C2'>

 

One note, this stuff is considerably more expensive than traditional litter but considering the extended time between changes it's not substantially more and the convenience make the additional cost wort the price. One five pound bag is all you need for a month, cost is about $9.00.

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If you have litter box smell "no matter how often" you scoop, you're feeding your cat junk for food. Switch to an all meat, grain free food. The shedding will nearly disappear, the stools will become MUCH smaller, and they won't smell - even during the act of deposit.

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We have used a Pine Litter for 14 years and have 3 cats using the same litter box in the Rv and you cannot tell that we have any. It is Exquisecat Pine litter pellets. It is not a clumping litter but that has never been a problem. We have fulltimes for 9 years with no problems.

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We took a cat on one trip, and used that fancy litter that has no smell, can't remember the name of it but it works great. The bigger problem is that the dogs think things they find in the litter box are almond roca.

We had the same problem. We got a covered litter box with a door but the darn dogs (two Shelties now passed away) started putting their heads through the door.

I ended up attaching two Plexiglas side panels with a piece on the front with a U shaped opening that was large enough for the cat but not the dogs.

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If you have litter box smell "no matter how often" you scoop, you're feeding your cat junk for food. Switch to an all meat, grain free food. The shedding will nearly disappear, the stools will become MUCH smaller, and they won't smell - even during the act of deposit.

 

I would love to know what you're feeding. Our youngest male cat eats only Instinct Rabbit wet/kibble (possible food allergies) and our older boy eats chicken, and rare salmon varieties, of Fancy Feast, Friskies and some Instinct wet, but also loves the rabbit kibble. Both will wake you from a dead sleep in the middle of the night with any serious business in the litterbox. Solid, minimal business but Lord have mercy the 'grain free' route in our house thus far is worse smelling than the junk. Honestly looking at options other than our Tidy Cat Breeze litterbox. Love the dust free pellet route .. but we're retired & can almost instantly scoop .. doesn't matter on this particular wet/dry food. So considering Shweat Scoop, World's Best or Feline Pine and moving back to traditional, clumping litter.

 

And plan on reincorporating and/or changing the kibble back over to the EVO turkey/chicken or bite the bullet & try Origen.

Edited by Kellie Roberts

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We have 7 cats. in a 39 foot class A. We knew from the start smell would be an issue, so we brainstormed...

The washer dryer went Buh-Bye. in it's place I built a custom cat restroom, complete with exhaust fan. I can post pics upon request....

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If you have litter box smell "no matter how often" you scoop, you're feeding your cat junk for food. Switch to an all meat, grain free food. The shedding will nearly disappear, the stools will become MUCH smaller, and they won't smell - even during the act of deposit.

 

I completely agree. We moved our cats off any of the commercially produced foods and started our 3 cats on a raw food diet. We did this initially due to some health issues that no vet could resolve. Doing some Google searching for a cure, the raw food diet kept coming up and we have had a couple of friends who had their dog on raw food and never have you seen such a health old dog.

We gave it a try, made our own food and the cats dietary issues resolved themselves. The most amazing side benefit was the the #2 has ZERO odor including the cat who had a "wake me from a dead sleep" #2 previously. We now use the Fresh Pet Brand cat food on occasion but primarily Janet grinds some chicken and chicken livers, add the necessary supplements and all 3 cats are healthy and odor free!

Edited by Bill Adams

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Fancy Feast, Friskies - anything you can buy at Walmart - is junk. That includes IAMS and Science Diet. Read the label. Avoid any pet food with a grain as an ingredient.

 

Additionally, I've never witnessed a cat in the wild eating cranberries, potato, sweet potato, peas, carrots, oats, apples ... whatever. That's marketing (those are healthy foods for YOU, but not necessarily for your cat). A raw food diet that mimics a cat's diet in the wild is best, but in lieu of that, making sure he/she eats as naturally as possible benefits everyone within sniffing distance.

 

I feed Paisan Pride by Instinct Grain-Free chicken, tuna, salmon, rabbit, lamb, and duck. The minced is her favorite, with tiny bits of protein and lots of savory gravy. Also, she has an occasional asthma attack, so I use only Dr. Elsey's R&R cat litter.

 

And I scoop at least once per day.

 

What used to make our eyes water and prompt the frantic opening of windows now only annoys us via the scratching / scraping sound of burying the evidence. No smell is evident. None. Even later, when I scoop. Scentless.

 

BearandMoon might be able to coach you with building a motion-activated fan exhausted litter area. i thought about this as a solution, but found I didn't need to.

 

And Bill Adams can likely be convinced to share more about the raw food diet they use for their cats.

 

My intended contribution is this: stink-proof cohabitation with cats can be obtained; you only need to pay attention to the details.

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