You may have heard about using baking soda in your cat’s litter, but…
Is baking soda harmful to cats?
And why would you need to, anyway?
Read on to find out more.
Is it Safe to Put Baking Soda in Cat Litter?
The simple answer is yes, it is perfectly safe to put baking soda in cat litter, and there are no health risks for your cat or you.
Baking soda is just a more familiar name for Sodium Bicarbonate. It is a salt based chemical, and it is non toxic. That is why it is safe to use around the home and to use in your cat litter.
In fact, many manufacturers of cat litter actually include baking soda to help reduce the smell of your cat urine.
Why Use Baking Soda in Cat Litter?
Some cat owners use baking soda to help control odors in a litter box. This is beneficial particularly on hotter, more humid days, or if the litter isn’t cleaned out regularly.
Anything that might help control the smell is a good thing to try to to maintain a fresh smelling home.
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 indeed, and it poses no threat to either cats or kittens.
A couple of tablespoons of baking soda is perfect for a large litter box.
If there is no baking soda ingredient in the cat litter you buy, then what most cat owners do is to 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 turns 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. Either way works really well, but just don’t use too much.
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. That will not prove to be a problem with any cat.
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, then it just helps balance out the acid in their bodies. As I mentioned, though you would not want to leave a packet sitting out, that they may try to eat.
Some baking soda sprinkled in a litter box will not be an issue in terms of digestion. It will not affect the health of your cat at all, so please don’t worry about that.
Baking Soda for Cat Fleas?
Some cat owners will use baking soda to kill fleas on their cat. This is a natural form of flea protection and many cat owners say that this works really well. You do however want to keep it away from their eyes, as this will sting a lot.
Personally, I would rather use something that is more specific at stopping fleas in the first place, like a flea collar or alternate treatment.
Conclusion on Baking Soda and 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 many household cleaning products, and also in many cosmetic products.
It is safe to use in cat litter, and it will certainly help control odors such as urine and cat poop smells.
You do however not want to leave packets of this in the open, just in case your kitty has a play with it.
I guess this is good news all round.
It is also a pretty inexpensive product to buy as well, and that is always a good thing.
Also, check the ingredients of the cat litter you are using. You might find it already has baking soda in it.
Baking Soda Information WebMD.
Bicarbonate of soda Wikipedia
Steve is a blogger with an unhealthy cat obsession. He enjoys reading non-fiction books, cooking and cuddles with his cat Fij.