You may have heard about using baking soda in cat litter, but…
Is baking soda harmful to cats?
And why would you need to, anyway?
Read on to find out more.
Table of Contents
- Is it Safe to Put Baking Soda in Cat Litter?
- What is Baking Soda and Why Use it?
- How Much Baking Soda to Use in Your Cats’ Litter?
- Scented Litters or Litters with Baking Soda?
- Will Cats Eat Baking Soda?
- Conclusion on Using Baking Soda in Cat Litter
Is it Safe to Put Baking Soda in Cat Litter?
The simple answer is yes, it is safe to put baking soda in cat litter, but can be harmful to cats if ingested in large quantities.
According to VetMeds.org, signs your cat may have eaten too much baking soda are diarrea, tremors, shortness of breath, and vomiting.
However, if you sprinkle a small amount of baking soda in your cats litter, there should be no problems – just monitor your cat for a few days if you start using it.
What is Baking Soda and Why Use it?
Baking soda is a more familiar name for Sodium Bicarbonate. It is a salt based chemical, and it is non toxic to adults.
Baking soda can be mixed with water and drank in small amounts to relieve indigestion by neutralizing excess stomach acid.
However, it is more commonly used as a baking ingredient and sometimes found in toothpaste and household cleaning products.
Some cat litter manufacturers actually include baking soda to help reduce urine odor in cat litter.
If your cat litter doesn’t have any, you can add some baking soda to help control odors in a litter box. This is beneficial on hotter days or if the litter isn’t cleaned often.
How Much Baking Soda to Use in Your Cats’ Litter?
Too much of anything is usually a bad thing, and it is the same with baking soda.
Don’t worry though, as the amount of baking soda in commercial cat litter is tiny and poses no threat to either cats or kittens.
1-2 tablespoons of baking soda is sufficient for a large litter box.
If there is no baking soda ingredient in the cat litter you buy, then most cat owners will sprinkle some lightly on the bottom of the litter box, before adding the litter.
You don’t need to add a lot of baking soda to the litter.
As and when the cat uses the box, they kick up the litter to cover their business. That helps mix the baking soda into the litter, and that in turn helps control the odors.
Some users add a thin layer of litter, then a couple of spoons of baking soda, and then top the box up with litter.
Scented Litters or Litters with Baking Soda?
Many cat owners will buy a commercial litter that has a scent added to it. Many cats are quite happy to use a litter with a scent, but some find the scent too strong.
That has a lot to do with the type of scent that’s used.
Most cats dislike a citrus scent, so be aware of that. Cats are individual creatures though, and what smells they will tolerate will vary.
The good news with baking soda is that it does not have a smell, so your cats shouldn’t have a problem with it.
Will Cats Eat Baking Soda?
Baking soda has a very slight salty taste to it, and it does not taste that good. That will put most cats off eating it. Kittens and younger cats may try to eat it, but it is not really anything major to worry about.
If they consume a little, there shouldn’t be any issue, just as long as they don’t consume a lot of it.
As long as you only mix a little in the cat’s litter, it is unlikely your cat will attempt to eat any.
Conclusion on Using Baking Soda in Cat Litter
Baking soda is a natural chemical that has strong alkaline properties. That means that it can react with any acidic material.
It’s used in toothpaste and many household cleaning products and is commonly used in baked foods like cakes to make them fluffy.
Baking soda is relatively safe to use in cat litter, as long as you cat doesn’t eat any. It will help control odors in the home and is already included in some commercial cat litters.
Check the ingredients of the cat litter you are using. You might find it already has baking soda in it.