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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Stinky Litter Box Room

Does anyone else have this problem? The corner bedroom where I keep Barnaby's litter boxes kind of stinks and the odor flows into the rest of the house.

A while back I cleaned the carpet (unfortunately a thick pile carpet) and then put down a 4 X 8 piece of plywood with vinyl flooring adhered to it to set the litter boxes on, hoping that this would keep the odors from getting into the carpet but they still do. I have a plug in air cleaner with a pet odor filter right next to the boxes but that doesn't seem to help.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 04:14 PM
 
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Can you open the window? I find just a half hour of fresh air really helps in my kitties' room. You could try one of the fresh air candles. They are unscented but claim to absorb ordors. I burnt a vanilla scented candle this weekend to get rid of some of the cat smell, but some cats might not like the smell.
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The Nilodor system should rid the room of odor completely! Here's a link:

http://www.petsmart.com/cat/shopping/st ... F313.shtml

Obviously there are many other brands, but I know of people who have had colostomies who used this. I was able to buy it at the drugstore, but I want the system, because it's automatic. Good luck!




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post #4 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 06:43 PM
 
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I use a little bit of Arm & Hammer litter box deodorizer mixed into their litter every day and I find that helps eliminate the smell.
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Yes, I was concerned about any fragrance because I have heard that cats don't like perfumes. I've learned that he doesn't like scented litter, but the "stick up" that I have in the litter room doesn't seem to bother him.

Is this Nilodor system pretty strong in fragrance and/or can you control the output of the device in case it is too strong? It sounds like it is worth trying.

I've tried some of those Glade Plug Ins but even at their lowest setting they are overpowering.

Thanks for the advice.
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 08-05-2003, 08:04 PM
 
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Try to find an ENZYME cleaner. You can clean out the box and then lightly spay some on the litter. Not too much though. It won't hurt the kitties. This helps me, especially since thier litterbox is in my bedroom!!! Hope this helps.
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Nilodor, as I know it, does not have a strong scent of its own. However, you can buy the fragrant ones, like citrus, etc. However, I would get the canisters that say fresh or clean smell. You can decide how often it will go off. The kind I bought was not meant to substitute a good odor for a bad odor, but to erase the odor entirely.




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I was just wondering if you used bag liners in the litterbox. I think these kind of help to prevent the pee smell from actually absorbing into the litterbox. It is also good to wash the litterbox with soap and water every so often.
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My kitten actually doesn't like those liners cause his claws get caught on them when he's scratching around (on the sides, not the bottom). But I know a lot of people that use them.
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Litter boxes? How often do you clean the litter box? If I'm home when he "goes" I tilt the box to one side, remove the urine clump with a small plastic bag on my hand (the same way dog owners pick up poop), & spray sanitizer on the bottom of the box & wipe clean with toilet paper (which I flush). I also flush the poops promptly, that way their odor doesn't get into the litter.
Keeping up with it like this, the box never really has any waste in it, & all I do is keep the level topped up with fresh litter. It stays so clean you could almost put your hand in there. Almost
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