Is Lime Safe for Cat Kennels?

By Andrea Krochalis | Updated September 26, 2017

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Lime can change the pH factor in soils and acidic waste, which will help reduce odors. Lime can make an environment less supportive of pathogens and bacteria. Kennels and stables use hydrated lime for odor control.

Hydrated Lime

Industrial wastewater treatment uses hydrated lime, making lime a common industrial product. Ensure hydrated lime never gets in the eyes of people or cats and other pets..


You should clean all cat kennels after use using a broad-based disinfectant and odor remover. Separate the animals from the cleaning area, and do not expose them to lime or other cleaning ingredients.

Why it Works

Many cleaning products include hydrated lime. It is a fungicide and an anti-microbial product when used as calcium hydroxide, which is lime mixed with water and sometimes calcium chloride.


The risks of using lime products around cats include inhalation of lime dust. Cat kennels include litter boxes, and cats track litter on their paws and then lick them clean. Do not allow the cat to ingest any lime product.


When cleaning cat kennels, be sure to follow product instructions carefully. This is true when using lime-containing products or any commercial or industrial cleaning product. It is best to use lime in a prepared cleaning product. You can also sit it in a kennel for 30 minutes by itself to reduce odor. Lime used directly on urine and fecal stains should not be left on the surfaces if cats are present. Wash all traces away as part of the final rinse.

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