Remember the song Smelly Cat from the television show Friends?
One of the reasons that song became so iconic was because it was funny. Another reason? It spoke the truth.
As much as we love them, our feline friends can certainly leave behind odors — around the house and on their bodies. The biggest culprit is their eliminations and the litter boxes that contain them. But, there’s more.
Medical conditions such as skin discharge and nasal discharge can lead to unpleasant odors. Cats also express their anal glands after having bowel movements, or when they’re scared, and that can be a stinky situation.
And, if you let your cat run free outside all day and night, who knows what sort of foul odors they may get exposed to!
If you’ve got a smelly cat of your own at home, there are things you can do beyond giving her a bath (which, as we all know, most cats can’t stand).
Here are our five favorite products for getting rid of cat odors.
Virbac C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste
Dental disease is the most common disease in our feline companions, and it’s also one of the most preventable and treatable ones. The best way to reduce or prevent dental disease — and eliminate bad breath — is with daily tooth brushing. C.E.T. Enzymatic Toothpaste from Virbac provides natural antibacterial action and inhibits the formation of plaque, while acting quickly to help eliminate mouth odors. These toothpastes come in cat-friendly flavors (poultry, malt, vanilla-mint, beef and seafood), contain no foaming agents, and are safe for pets to swallow.
Using wipes to get odors off of cats is a gentle way to clean them that goes beyond their own tongues, as well as offering a nice alternative to that dreaded bathtub. Earthbath Green Tea Cat Wipes are 100% biodegradable, and contain Hawaiian Awapuhi, aloe vera, and vitamin E to help keep your cat’s coat bright, shiny, and soft. And they can be safely used on a daily basis if your cat’s odor is an ongoing problem.
Two other quality wipes on the market are Quick Bath Tushee Wipes from International Veterinary Sciences and Burt’s Bees Dander Reducing Wipes for Cats.
Vet’s Best Waterless Cat Bath
Vet’s Best Waterless Cat Bath is a leave-in, no-rinse, foam cat shampoo that will moisturize your kitty’s skin and coat, while soothing cases of itching and dry skin without affecting topical flea control products. It contains aloe vera, neem oil, vitamin E, and oatmeal, and features a relaxing and calming fragrance that both you and your cat will enjoy. It is veterinarian-formulated and recommended, but it’s only recommended for use with cats 12 weeks or older.
Four Paws Magic Coat Love Glove Grooming Mitt
Sometimes just a simple grooming tool can keep your cat smelling better. The Magic Coat Love Glove Grooming Mitt from Four Pawsfeatures soft and flexible rubber tips that gently lift dirt, dust, and dead hair from your cat’s coat, while stimulating and massaging her skin. Everyday odors are quickly and easily removed. The Magic Coat Love Glove Grooming Mitt will fit any owner’s hand size, and it also works on furniture, fabrics, and carpets — so you can keep your whole home odor-free!
CLEAN+GREEN Litter Box Cleaner and Odor Remover
We all know odors from cats aren’t always directly on them. And the litter box area can be one of the stinkiest places in the home if not properly cared for. CLEAN+GREEN litter box cleaner and odor remover is a natural way to get rid of odor and stains from feces, vomit, urine, and hairballs in and around the litter box. It’s quick and easy to use; spray it and it works on contact without soaking, scrubbing, or rinsing. The product is also completely eco-friendly — it’s made from all natural ingredients, the container is recyclable, and it’s powerful and effective.