Treating Kennel and Cattery Odors
Kennels and Catteries, even when cleaned and disinfected
on a frequent and regular basis, are subject to odors and conditions
that do not respond well to over the counter odor control products. Even
industrial strength odor control products have difficulty with urine odors
and frequently contain chemicals that are dangerous to both pets and
As you already know, bleach does not get rid of urine odors and when used
on fresh urine can produce free chlorine gas (Cl2)
which is a deadly poison gas for both animals and humans. It also produces
a product call tri-halo methane which is a powerful cancer causing
agent. Even the strongest and cheapest detergent "
which we recommend for urine contamination clean up does not get rid
of all of the urine odor.
Flushing the cages several times a day will help control the urine and feces
odor if the cage pans drain properly and quickly. The problem is that
the pans are often made of fiberglass which is some what pours. The
urine gets into the pours and when it dries there, it bonds to the
fiberglass and will not rise away ever.
The cage solution
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
with enzymes and bacteria, OdorXit neutralizes the bonded materials
rendering them incapable of producing the ammonia and mercaptan gasses
that are so objectionable.
This process only needs to be done occasionally to neutralize the urea
salt that bonds to new places on the pans. To control odors between
uses of OdorXit Concentrate diluted OdorXit Magic can be sprayed on
both the pans and walls behind the cages after they have dried to control
the odors for days even weeks.
The only resulting problem you will have is that workers will be come careless
hosing out the cages because there will be so little odor.
When treating bare concrete contaminated with urine and feces washing
the area with nearly any detergent and rinsing with water. Then spray the area
with with OdorXit diluted 1 ounce of OdorXit to 32 ounces of water.
In cases where the contamination has soaked deeply into the concrete, we have
found that adding 1 or 2 ounce of carpet cleaning shampoo (those
surfactant) for each ounce of OdorXit concentrate in solution
increases the penetration ability of the solution.
When using any product containing surfactants of any kind, be careful
not to get them on your skin as they are capable of soaking right through
your skin. That's why they are mentioned prominently on the warning
labels. Finally, when using carpet shampoo with OdorXit, make up only
what you can use immediately because the shampoo will slowly disable
the OdorXit. Additionally, dogs and cats should not be exposed the surfactants
either. If you do use products containing surfactants to get the odors
under control be sure to wash and flush the area after the odors have
been eliminated to get rid of the residuals.
Cattery cages, show cages and play pens are areas that often suffer
from strong odors including urine, feces, vomit, hair-balls and hormonal
spray. By far, male hormonal spray is the most pungent and difficult
to eliminate. OdorXit is fully capable of eliminating all of these
odors, generally with only one application of OdorXit diluted 1ounce
to 30 ounces of water. Catterys have an advantage over kennels because
the kittens will use a litter pan if the pan is kept clean and accessable.
In my many years of sharing my house with 1 to 12 cats at a time, there
is one thing that I have found to be absolutly true. Cats hate clumping
litter and it is really bad for kittens causing respritory problems.
Standard unscented baked clay litter is better that any of the exotic
stuff I have ever tried and incombination with OdorXit Products, there
is no smell! I have personally witnessed cats walk away from a litter
pan with clumps of litter on the surface and pee on the floor!
More on litter boxes.
Spraying the bottom of litter pans before adding standard baked clay litter
will eliminate the existing urine odor and prevent new odor from developing
for days. Spraying the sides and lid of the pan with OdorXit Magic
will absorb the excrement odors before the cat even smells them.
It is prudent to not let pets, especially small breeds and the very young,
lay in cleaning, disinfectant and odor elimination products of any kind.
Even though the warning classification for OdorXit is extremely mild
compared to cleaning and disinfectant products commonly used in kennels and
catteries, do not let pets lay in OdorXit solution and most certainly not lay in
solution containing surfactants.
If you insist on using
chlorine products to "clean" and "disinfect" areas contamintated with
- Do not use any chlorine bleach or chlorine product in combination
with or in the presence of any ammonia product. Free chlorine gas is
released! It is poison! This include all decomposing
urine. It produces ammonia gas.
- Use liquid chlorine pool shock. It has a higher concentration of chlorine and
does not have all the products to whiten and brighten your cloths.
- Flooding the contaminated area with any water
based product will dissolve some of the urine residue and spread it
around, making the contaminated area larger than it was when you started.
Use the minimum amount of water in your cleanup effort and use a wet/dry
vac or mop to pick up the water to reduce the problem.
- Wait until any chlorine product has completely dried before
applying OdorXit. Chlorine and oxygen based bleaching products will
OdorXit concentration for flooring 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 urine.
OdorXit Concentrate should never be used