Originally Posted by mellen04
(Still working on getting the smell out...)
Ah! You need an enzymatic cleaner, one that removes all trace of the odor causing bacteria. The enzymes break down the organic matter and eliminate the smell. I like to soak the area, give it a good scrubb with a small white shop-towel (I keep several handy for cleaning hairballs and other accidents
) and then re-soak with the enzymatic solution and let it air dry. You may need to reapply the enzymatic solution several times to completely remove the odor because when it dries, the enzymes stop working and if it dried before they broke down all of the bacteria there will still be traces of odor.
My fave products:
I use hooded jumbo boxes to prevent vigorous diggers from kicking litter out. I also have a huge home-made LitterChest (2'x2'x4' and vented outside with clothes-dryer ducting
). As long as I scoop all of the pee clumps out I have only minimal odor problems. Something that helps considerably, is *how* you clean the litterbox. I scoop/sift *everything* from side to side, scraping the bottom and sides as I go. If you have a flimsy plastic scoop, this will make the task more difficult, because you need to be careful and not stress/break the scoop.
I used to use this:
But I keep my litterboxes 3" deep in litter material and it was just too much for the plastic scoop to handle. Being careful, I could get a lot of life out of that plastic scoop, but I also needed to make certain I had a "back up scoop" handy because they *would* eventually break.
I now use this, Dura Scoop:
I think this will be The Last
litter scoop I ever have to buy.
I like to push all litter to one side of the box/chest and have a clear area at one end. I then take 'bites' of the mounded litter (scraping the bottom of the tray/chest
) and sift it over the cleared area until I have worked my way through all of the litter and scraped the bottom and sides of the entire tray/chest. I learned this technique when cleaning horse stalls and I transferred the skills I learned from horse care to caring for my cats' litterboxes. Scooping in this manner allows me to be certain I've removed all waste and nothing is left behind or buried.