Wednesday, April 9, 2008

BAKING SODA IN THE LITTER BOX... BAD OR GOOD?


Today, I need to call on all the cats in the blogosphere to help resolve a dispute between Steve and his female about the use of baking soda to help keep my litter box clean and reduce the odor (although it smells perfectly fine to me). Steve says “baking soda, si!,” but his female thinks it might be harmful to me if I get some on my paws and lick it off. Personally, I think Steve is correct on this one, but the female, a would-be nuclear physicist, is adamant that she's right. Of course, they'll check with my vet for the definitive answer, but fellow cats, I want to hear from you. Baking soda in the litter box… good or no good?

18 comments:

Daisy said...

I wish I knew the answer to that, but I do not. I could make something up though!

ps: I think they might make something like that just for litterboxes. I don't know if it is different to make it safe for cats, or if it just has different packaging and marketing though.

The Furry Kids said...

We don't know the answer, but Momma sides with the female. She thinks there might be too much sodium or something in it for dawgs and cats to ingest.

Junior said...

I have no idea but it will be interesting to see what you learn from your v-e-t.

zevo husssein calamari said...

Hmmmm not sure.. my human puts a box of it outside the litter box hoping it will absorb the smell. She also lights tons of incense whenever she thinks it stinks.(what stink?)

Our house smells like a Buddhist temple and the Vatican.

TT said...

Our vet said it was good to use cuz it was not toxic. Personally I do not know the difference if there is thats in my box or not, it all smells good to me!

Steve's female said...

Steve's female here, and yes, I'm also an organic chemist. Quasi, licking baking soda off your paws is like having an alka seltzer every time you use the litterbox. If your tummy is not quesy, there's no need for plop-plop-fizz-fizz. Plus, it makes biscuits rise. Your stomach does not need to "rise" as you are not a yeast product. I think we should just use Chanel No. 5.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

don't know but i am very glad to meet you! and thanks for stopping by, hope to see more of you!

smiles, auntie bee
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Adan*Michico said...

Oahhh My~
I don't know!

Team Tabby said...

I know we don't add any baking soda to our litterboxes, but is it bad/good, we don't really know the answer. However, it will be interesting to hear what your vet says about this. It is good to meet you, Quasi, and thanks for visiting us.

purrs,
Mindy & Moe

Skeezy said...

Arm an Hammer makes a produkt spesifkly for litter boxes. Yoo shood try that since it shood be safe for cats.

Dragonheart & Merlin said...

We don't know about baking soda, but here in Germany, they make special products just for the litterbox that are "bio" (organic) and safe for kitties.

Gandalf & Grayson said...

Mom just used plain old litter from Walmart and keeps it scooped and stirred and changes it once a week. That has been working just fine without adding Baking Soda.

dennis said...

Dennis has 2 boxes in the garage, they get changed 2x a week because he demands it. they are filled with a small amount of litter, and there is newspaper underneath. the litter is slightly scented, but Dennis tried natural Wheat litters and Feline pine and hated those!

Litter will always to an interesting topic of conversation and they will always be making new litter s and designing new boxes (Dennis has one that is round and one that is rectangle!) both have hoods/tops.

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Anonymous said...

Those who say baking soda is potentially harmful are being a little overly finicky. Baking soda is not harmful for anyone to ingest in small amounts. It's surely a lot better than using scented litter, for example. Let alone dry cat food. "Arm and hammer makes a product," please, arm and hammer makes products for the litter box that contain baking soda. Arm and hammer also makes artificially scented cat litter, which nobody should ever use (if only because the artificial scents don't need to be tested for tolerance of ingestion over the cat's lifetime, if at all, because they aren't food.) While baking soda does neutralize stomach acid, cats, like anyone, will react to this imbalance by producing more stomach acid as necessary. If it makes you feel safer to buy a product than to use a natural, effective deodorizer like baking soda, then the advertisers have already won over your human rational faculties.

I would recommend mixing the baking soda into the litter, rather than simply sprinkling it on top of the litter, so the cat's paws aren't getting coated in it. A little will do the trick but even a lot wouldn't be terribly harmful.

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