Sunday, January 1, 2017
A helpful hint for cat owners
Now that we have two cats, we've had to double our litter boxes, too, and deal with competition between our feline masters for possession of the most desirable one. (What it is that makes one better than the other, we haven't quite figured out yet, but clearly it's important to them!)
We've also had to deal with increased odor from our cats' digestive detritus. We use non-scented Precious Cat kitty litter, which we find is very absorbent and minimizes the dust problem; but, being non-scented, it can get odoriferous after a while. We tried adding NonScents deodorizer from time to time, which helped, but didn't last long under heavy use - and that got expensive.
Fortunately, in reading reviews of our kitty litter on Amazon.com, several reviewers mentioned adding a fish tank odor-neutralizing product, Marineland's Diamond Blend.
Reviewers claimed that when added to kitty litter, it neutralized the ammonia scent of cat urine very well. I tried it, and was instantly impressed. What's more, it's very affordable. Where NonScents cost us $10.99 for 16 ounces (or 69c per ounce), Diamond Blend costs only $7.29 for 50 ounces (or 15c per ounce). We're still working out how much to use, but it looks as if one 50-ounce jar will cater for at least one 40 pound bag of kitty litter, and perhaps more. We'll be able to be more specific after a bit more experience.
I now have a cat litter box in my study (albeit only because Kili, our adult female, became insistent on peeing in the corner of my office, and wouldn't be persuaded otherwise; so we made a virtue out of a necessity). By adding Diamond Blend to it, the odor is almost unnoticeable, even just after it's been used, so I can carry on working without problems. The other litter box is in our bathroom, where the same applies.
We're very glad to have found a solution to the smell problem. I thought readers who own cats might like to try it for themselves. It seems pretty effective.