Did you hear about the lawyer who brought his cat to work?
The judge yelled “Odor in the court”.
There are plenty of foul smelling things in the world, and while cat urine probably doesn’t rank near the top of the list, it is still definitely something you want to avoid. The reason why the smell of cat urine can be so overpowering comes from the way cats are built.
First, cats are, by nature, territorial and use their urine to mark their territories. Their pee contains enzymes and ammonia that clearly mark their territory, especially to other cats seeking to intrude. The smell of these enzymes and bacteria are all the more noticeable to the feline sense of smell, to serve as a reminder of the boundaries of their territory.
Unfortunately, the odor isn’t confined to the feline sense of smell and thus never fails to remind us that there is indeed a cat in the house. Cats conserve a lot of energy and so they spend much of their time sleeping. This makes their urine highly concentrated, and thus much more pungent which contributes to the foulness and strong smell.
Kitty litter boxes may be filled with a variety of materials, ranging from silicon crystals to sawdust and these materials absorb the urine and make the cat urine smell somewhat more tolerable for the cat owner. Still, some cat owners find themselves pulling out their hair at stubborn cats that manage to completely ignore their litter boxes. The result is a house that reeks of cat urine smell. And for someone who owns a territorial kitty, going around on ones hands and knees trying to locate the problem is a less than pleasant experience. Cleaning the pee is an even worse experience as is getting rid of the pungent smell.
Cat pee smell is definitely not something a pet owner wants. Rather, it actually poses a strain on the pet owners relationship with his cat, as the owner often mistakes his pets misdeed as a mere sign of lack of discipline. In line with this, it is important to understand the precise reason for your cats behavior. To learn more about the behavioral side of dealing with cats not using their litter box, have a look at one of our earlier posts called: Cats Not Using the Litter Box
The truth is that you don’t have to have a smelly cat to end up with litter box odors and not cleaning the cat litter box frequently can actually allow the odors to worsen over time. Cat urine is very concentrated and corrosive as it releases ammonia and mercatan, which are similar odors, associated with skunk spray.
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We hear from our readers regularly about their struggles they have in dealing with cat pee smell, so we decided to test out a product called OdorKlenz that had very good reviews for cat urine odor removal. OdorKlenz Pet Products are made from natural minerals and contain no harsh chemicals, masking agents, or fragrances making it an ideal choice for safe and effective removal of pet odors from your home, pet, furniture, vehicle, clothing, and indoor air space.
We spoke with OdorKlenz and they were kind enough to send us the following 3 products for our own review: Absorbent Granules, Pet Litter Additive and Pet Urine Eliminator. Our Cuddle Clones plush doll (below) was the only kitty co-operative enough to hold still for this photo.
1. Absorbent Granules
OdorKlenz Absorbent Granules are perfect for cleaning up liquid mishaps that you might meet throughout the day. The super absorbent granules not only soak up the mess so it’s easier to clean, but it uses the OdorKlenz patented earth mineral technology to eliminate the odors at the source.
Great for treating liquid messes, including urine, vomit, diarrhea, household chemical spills, blood, garbage spill, and food spills. We quite liked the story line from the OdorKlenz website (below):
Now you’ve got an adorable new pet running around and you’re thinking “This isn’t too bad”. But then they stop dead in their tracks and have an accident all over your floor. The carpeting and flooring in your home often fall victim to pet accidents that need to be tended to quickly. Traditional pet & urine eliminators are designed to focus on one aspect of the urine odor, often just masking it with perfumes and fragrances. OdorKlenz Pet Urine Eliminator is different as it neutralizes the odor at the source.
You begin to panic. But then you remember that you have a canister of OdorKlenz Absorbent Granules in your cupboard. You pour some on the mess and the smell is immediately gone. After sweeping the product up, you have barely lost any time or patience to play with your new four-legged friend.
It’s so simple to use, just…
- Locate the source of odor whether it be a urine stain, vomit, or diarrhea,etc..
- Sprinkle OdorKlenz Absorbent on the affected area and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
- Sweep or vacuum up the excess waste.
This product is a must have for pet owners, but also great for use in bars, restaurants, veterinary offices, day cares, and transportation companies for safe and easy clean-up.
2. Pet Litter Additive
OdorKlenz Pet Litter Additive enhances your existing kitty litter. Just scoop or sprinkle some of the litter odor elimination formulation right on top of the litter box to extend the time until the next change or even mix it in when you change the litter. OdorKlenz Pet Litter additive works immediately to remove litter box odors on existing litter without the use of harsh chemicals or fragrances.
3. Pet Urine Eliminator
OdorKlenz Pet Urine Eliminator can be used on water-safe surfaces and is designed for use on carpets, fabrics and other extractable surfaces your pet frequent. It destroys odors deep down, eliminating stubborn pet & urine odors at the source. OdorKlenz Pet Urine Eliminator is a specially formulated product to provide maximum neutralization and urine odor extraction by capturing, destroying, and eliminating urine odors safely and effectively.
Check out this short video by OdorKlenz on the science behind their patented technology.
We’ve used all three of the products and all delivered exactly as promised. To be fair we didn’t have an accident caused by our cats, but had the opportunity to bring the granules over to a friend who has a new puppy that still pees on their floors/carpets. They were so happy with the granules that they asked to keep them…we reluctantly agreed. Let’s hope our cats keep using their litter boxes.
We regularly clean our litter boxes (2x/day) and they don’t tend to smell but at times when the cats are synced up to pee at the same time there can be a definite odor. We’ve been sprinkling the litter additive in their boxes and must say it completely got rid of any smell. We’re not kitten…it really does work!
As for the pet urine eliminator…again, usage was tested on the puppy (above) who pee’d on the carpet. The product worked beautifully. No stain. No smell. No more worry.
- Are these products effective? Yes.
- Are they easy to use? Yes.
- Did they deliver as promised? Yes.
- Did they clean out the litter box so we wouldn’t have to? No…but that’s not their promise. >^..^<
- Would we recommend getting these products to keep in your home if you have pets? Yes.
Our Purrington Post score for the OdorKlenz trio of products (above) came in at a solid 4.5 /5.0 (FYI – we never give a 5.0 rating…nothing is purrfect…except of course cats!).
Now for some really good news…want to try them for yourself? The kind folks at OdorKlenz have offered us 5 ‘Home Kits’ each containing the 3 products above to be raffled off to 5 lucky Purrington Post readers! This smells like a great deal!
* Contest Now Closed
This contest ended on August 18th, 2017 and was available to residents of the United States and Canada only. To enter the contest you simply needed to submit a comment in our “Leave a Reply” section at the bottom of this page saying:
My cat(s) think we need to have OdorKlenz at our house because… [reason]
The 5 winners were be chosen by the OdorKlenz team from all correct entries and contacted by email on.
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