Treating Cat Litter Box Odors
Even when cats are well trained and behaved their litter box or litter boxes can smell very bad. This is partly due to the obvious accumulation of urine and feces but it is also controlled to a very great extent by the food given to the cat and the type of cat involve. In any case, even after scooping out the clumps of wet litter (which lay on top of the dry litter), the litter box can have very bad odors that are normally difficult to control..
Additionally, a recent manufacture sponsored study entitled "Effect
of an odor eliminator on feline litter box behavior" by Nicole
Cottam MS and Nicholas H Dodman B.V.M.S., D.V.A. found that by spraying
the inside of a covered litter box twice per
day with Zero Odor® ** they noted "...a 40% decrease
in the average number of inappropriate eliminations..." (house-soiling)
during the test period. No other products were tested.
** Our own tests comparing the product used in the
test with OdorXit® Magic
have shown that OdorXit® Magic
sprayed on the inside of a covered cat box lasts 30 to 60 times longer
while introducing no odor of its own.
The bottom line is that your cat(s) probably do not like the smell of the
litter box either. To solve this problem, we would like to put forth
some ideas for controlling the litter box odors.
- Clumping litter leaves wet clumps of litter laying on top of the
dry litter and blocks access to the dry litter under it. To promote litter
box usage, you need to buy one of those electric scoop boxes or do
it yourself several times per day per box OR use standard non-clumping baked clay
litter. The cats will dig a pit in which to urinate or defecate. The urine wets
the litter at the bottom of the box and accumulates while leaving
the litter above dry. This also retards the evaporation of the water
from the urine and the resulting ammonia odor.
- Use a large covered litter box. The key here is to spray and wet the inside walls
and top of the cover with OdorXit Magic. It will
absorb the odors coming from the litter for about 1 weeks! When you
change the litter on garbage night, dump the entire contents of the litter box into the garbage can (use a 3 or 4 inch drywall knife to scrape out the wet litter) and then wet the bottom of the litter
box with diluted OdorXit Concentrate. It completely eliminates the
odor from the previous weeks accumulation of urine so you are starting
fresh. Put 4 quarts of baked clay litter in the pan and put it back
in service. Before replacing the cover for the litter box, lightly wet the inside of the cover with OdorXit Magic. The litter pan will normally require no further service for a
- If you have more than 1 cat, you really should have 1 litter box per
cat plus one. Sometimes you can get by with 1 box per 2 cats, but they need
to be well behaved and willing to share. With most cats, the baked
clay litter called OilDry at around $4 for a 25 pound bag is a real benefit.
Use the money you used to spend on litter on better quality cat food
that often produces less smelly stool.
- For cats that still do not consistently use the litter box, there is
a litter product called "Cat Attract". This is available it 2
forms. Sometimes you can get a small bottle of powder from your
vet to sprinkle on top of the litter. That not being the case,
you can get a clumping litter that you can use exclusively or just
spread a couple of cups on top of the regular litter. It attracts
the cats to use the litter box and it is quite effective. When just
spread on top of non-clumping litter, it does not clump.
As you already know, bleach does not get rid of urine odors. Even the
strongest and cheapest detergent "
does not get rid of all of the urine
We at OdorXit would like to offer a solution that is both safe and
effective. Instead of trying to digest the odor causing urine by products,
OdorXit neutralizes these materials rendering them incapable of producing the
ammonia and mercaptan gasses that are so objectionable.
OdorXit concentration for litter box applications should
be 1:30 or 4 ounces per gallon. The concentration is less important
than getting the solution in contact with all of the wet and/or dried
OdorXit Concentrate should never be used
OdorXit Products Make Life Smell Fresh!
Last Update January 2011