Feline Pine With Baking Soda

Bad news. Baking soda is not a good idea to sprinkle in your litter box to reduce odor. It could actually do the opposite of what you want and even cause harm to your cat.

Baking soda can be a smart addition to cat litter. Baking soda can have unintended side effects and potentially dangerous consequences for your cat.

Baking Soda Can Lead To Negative Odor Control

  1. The Science Behind Litter and Smells

Controlling odor is as simple as controlling the pH of your cat litter. Keep the pH of your cat litter below 8.0 to prevent ammonia gas from being released. Natural litter made from whole kernel corn has a pH between 6.0 to 7.0. Baking soda has a pH 8.4, while clay cat litter can have a pH between 8.0 to 9.0. Baking soda can increase the pH of your litter and encourage the release of ammonia in your home.

  1. Baking soda can make your litter more dusty

Dust is one of the most common litterbox problems reported by cat owners. This is a sign that you don’t want baking soda in your litterbox. Mixing two can lead to more dust.

Baking soda’s average particle size is small enough that it can become airborne in cat litter boxes.

  1. Baking Soda Can Cause Health Problems

Baking soda can release ammonia. This can not only make your cat smell bad, but can also cause respiratory problems.

Ammonia can be an irritant gas. High levels of ammonia can cause eye irritation, sinus problems, irritation of the upper airway, and irritation to the eyes.

Is Baking Soda Safe For Cat Litter?

Although it is not uncommon to use scented litter or an air freshener to mask litterbox odors, cats can be irritated by these odors. Your cat will absorb the odors if you put a thin layer baking soda on the bottom.

Is baking soda harmful to cats?

Baking soda is not harmful to pets or children if it isn’t ingested in large amounts. Baking soda can mask urine odours but too much could backfire and make things worse. Baking soda can cause your cat to ingest dangerous amounts over time. Baking soda can be used to clean furniture and carpets. Baking soda is a common ingredient in carpet deodorizers, which means that your cat can use it safely. Carpet to skin is your cat’s most likely contact area when the deodorizer is applied to carpet. Because it is so small, this interaction poses no risk to your cat. You should vacuum your carpet if your cat is known for licking the carpet. You can relax knowing that the baking soda has served its purpose.

How to make your pine pellet litter box smell better

  1. Sift Pine Pellets Daily

Pine pellets are broken down into sawdust when they get wet. This traps moisture and helps to prevent odors.

Pine, in particular, is an antimicrobial wood. It will naturally reduce the growth of odor-causing bacteria in your cat’s urine.

However, this doesn’t mean that you should clean your litter box less often.

You can take advantage of pine’s natural ability for controlling odor by sifting your litter boxes at least twice daily to maximize its effectiveness. If you have multiple cats, or cats with urinary issues, it may be necessary to sift your litter boxes twice per day.

  1. Completely replace wood pellet litter every four to six weeks

Pine pallet litter should always be changed at least every six weeks.

Wood pellets can dissolve when they are wet but the pellets that remain must be replaced completely.

Undissolved pellets can still contain bacteria from urine or feces, even after sifting and scooping. The bacteria accumulation will eventually become unsanitary, and the smell will begin to get worse.

  1. Grab Solids as Soon As Possible

Wood pellets can be used to manage the odors urine and ammonia. However, they are not effective at controlling odors in feces.

The process of diffusion is where airborne odor particles are randomly distributed from high-concentration areas to lower concentrations.

Clay litter can trap odor particles in waste, making it less likely that they will escape. The clay pieces are smaller and have narrower passageways.

The problem with pellet litter is that the larger litter opens up more airways for odor particles to become airborne.

To make things worse, cats are less likely to use pellet litter to cover their poop.

  1. You can clean the litter box yourself regularly

Regular upkeep is not only necessary for litter. You should clean the litter box at least once per month.

Every few weeks, empty and clean litter boxes using warm water and mild detergent.

Avoid harsh chemicals. These chemicals can remain in trace amounts and make your cat nervous about using the litter box.

  1. Baking soda

Baking soda can be used to neutralize the odor of litter boxes, but it is important to use caution.

In excess, it can dry out your cat’s skin and paws, cause respiratory problems and irritation to the eyes. It can cause severe allergic reactions in cats if ingested in large quantities. Keep in mind that not all foods safe for humans are safe for pets.

It is fine to sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on top of the litter. To avoid accidental ingestion, use only a teaspoon or two of baking soda per litter box.

Feline Pine Platinum is made from baking soda that has been compacted into the pellets. This reduces dust and keeps the baking soda to a safe level.

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