The aromatics of cat pee. It’s just not pleasant. But for sommeliers, it’s an actual term used to describe and identify a solid sauvignon blanc. For cat-loving apartment dwellers, however, it’s a note that’s always sour.
Survey data by market research firm Packaged Facts reveals that 87 percent of cat owners purchase litter. But they’re not alone in their search for the best pet odor eliminator. According to petbusiness.com, the cat litter category has become more complicated than ever.
Now, it offers an increasing number of choices for pet owners. It’s about calling out those pain points that consumers are dealing with and offering easy solutions that fit the need. Musty dog beds and blankets, smelly litter boxes, even stinky Guinea pig habitats can wreak (reek!) havoc in the close quarters of an apartment.
So, we’ve done some digging for products to resolve this universal cat conundrum. We found both store-bought solutions and DIY.
Get ready to breathe fresh air again! Here are six ways to turn your pad from ammonia-fueled to fragrant with a few simple steps.
1. Eliminate icky odors and stains
Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Remover has more than 7,000 Amazon reviews and maintains a 4.5-star rating. We recommend reading this hilarious user’s take on how life changes for the better with a quality pet odor eliminator.
It’s safe for carpets, floors, furniture, clothing, litter boxes, kennels, carriers and all pet living and sleeping areas. And it doesn’t just promise to eliminate smells, but stains, too. The company offers a 100 percent refund if you’re unhappy.
Fans describe it as: “Miracle product!” “Uh May Zing!” “Money well spent!” For $20, this could be one you want to take a chance on.
2. Deodorize with a DIY recipe
Here’s an online recipe submitted to Genius Kitchen. It has nearly 50 five-star reviews at press time. You use only three ingredients: hydrogen peroxide, liquid dishwashing soap and baking soda. Fans of the inexpensive concoction claim it solved their odor issues with ease.
3. Fresh air with a simple sprinkle application
Amazon reviewers (more than 1,400 of them!) have NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer at a star rating of 4.5. It’s made up of 99 percent zeolite. That’s a volcanic mineral touted for benefits like controlling asthma and allergies. A thin layer on top of the litter is all it takes to turn the tide on a smelly apartment.
One user (who has six cats and four ferrets!) says it has become a staple in her household, the product that has exceeded all the others she’s tried. A small investment of around $11 lets you give it a try!
4. Advanced bio-enzyme blend win-win
As of press time, Smiling Paws Pet Stain and Odor Eliminator has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon. The enzymatic formula is designed for a bunch of surfaces to help get rid of odors. These include hotspot litter boxes, hardwood floors, rugs, carriers, kennels and more.
The product’s natural enzymes dig in and activate on contact with stains and odors that consume ammonia. Odors are fully eliminated. It’s a win-win for kids and pets, too. The spray is non-toxic, the manufacturer offers a satisfaction guarantee and customers seem thrilled by the results. An Amazon shopper declares, “Don’t know how they did it, but this is my new go-to for any type of pet mess!”
5. Pet odor miracle worth believing in
Don’t let the brand’s doggy mascot lead you astray. Bubba’s Pet Stain and Odor Terminator is for kitty litter odor as much as for pup issues. With 4.5 stars on Amazon, the potent formula is safe to use around kids and pets.
It uses a natural dormant bacteria that becomes active upon hitting strong-smelling cat pee. If there are out-of-the-box issues on carpets, Bubba’s billions of enzymes destroy stains down to the carpet pad.
A satisfied user’s review: “This stuff is magic and I am so glad I found it. If you have a pet that pees in the house. Keep this on hand, always!” And another: ” The best carpet cleaner for cat pee! I had an older cat with some serious litter box aversion, and he peed all over our carpets down to the subflooring. After one use of Bubba’s, no more pee!”
6. DIY remedy: Paper and charcoal to remove stench
Here’s a DIY project for getting the cat pee stench out as fast as possible. Wrap a couple of charcoal pieces into a newspaper, advises welllivingideas.com. Next, place them in the affected areas of the house. Be sure to keep the house well ventilated as you leave them in place for a few hours. After, the odor will be much less obvious and likely even disappear.
Check your cleaning chops
Are you cleaning techniques up to par? Have you been doing all that you can to keep that pet odor to a minimum? Before trying these suggestions, make sure you’ve cleaned your apartment to the fullest extent.
Start with a thorough dusting. Allow it all to settle. Next, vacuum. Pet hair and dander are penetrative and can get deep into the carpets, wall seams and any fabric window coverings. Use a crevice tool. Repeat the process more than once.
Before your third pass with the vac, sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet. It’s a natural odor neutralizer. Let it sit a few hours. This allows those funky smells to absorb. Then vacuum again. If possible, open all the windows to let in air and light. Even if the odors aren’t completely gone, you’ve done a great job of reducing them. And of course, a few plug in air fresheners won’t hurt, either!
Published at Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:45:12 +0000