Litter Box Odor Eliminator: Tips and Products

The smell of a cat litter box can be overpowering. You know, the kind of smell that is so bad you almost gag to death when you’re cleaning it. Seriously, we’ve all been there. But, I have found a few solutions through some trial and error! For starters, BOTH of my animals have a litter box of sorts.

Louie has a custom pee pad that was made for me when I lived in Manhattan. It is special K9 grass that has holes at the bottom and a tray that can be lifted off. Under the tray, there is a box with cat litter where the urine trickles down to be caught.

Beatrice has the Breeze Box! It’s actually amazing and rarely ever smells! The box has pellets that allow the urine to travel down onto a pee pad that can be changed out once a week. The pellets only need to be changed once a month! I also found ways to troubleshoot the breeze box for cats who are extra picky about their litter! But, thats for another post and review.

Okay back to the point of this post and the review of three products that have helped tremendously with keeping odor at bay. First is Prestige Pet Magic. The Prestige Pet Magic has activated carbon to help eliminate and deodorize cat litter. It is eco-friendly and the odor gets trapped in the pores of the activated carbon. It is also virtually dust free! It is for all cat box and litter box types and is safe for your home. I simply follow the directions and the amount suggested. Then, I mix it into the cat litter.

Now, if you want a stronger and more concentrated product, I highly recommend NonScents Cat Litter Deodorizer. It is described as being fragrance free but I feel it has a slight smell of cleaner– like chlorine from a pool. It is strong and neutralizes litter boxes after just a few sprinkles on top. It is also very natural and safe. However, if you are sensitive to smells, especially chlorine or pool smells, I would get the Prestige Pet Magic instead because that product has ZERO smell to it.

Lastly, I purchased an air purifier to stick to the back of Beatrice’s litter box. It is small, compact and does a great job at keeping a fresh poop smell hidden. I mean, you can’t really HIDE a cat’s poop smell. We all know how potent and strong those suckers can be! But, I’ve noticed with the air purifier it sucks up any initial smell, making the initial cleaning process bearable. I found the product on amazon and it is called SPAZEL  Pet Odor Removers, Smart Sense Home Air Purifier for Cat Dog Pee Odor Deodorizer Device for Bathroom, Kitchen, Pet Litter Box

It is automatic, has a small little filer, and is able to stick to a litter box or wall nearby. It requires 3 triple AAA batteries and can be used for bathrooms, children’s rooms, or even on trashcans. It is very versatile. I personally only use it for the litter box to keep that particular smell neutralized.

All photos are taken from amazon.com

Door Buddy Review

Picture taken from Amazon

Do you have a dog that indulges in your cat’s food? If you do… isn’t it the worst!? I have a dog who loves to feast on everything and anything that resembles food. Louie, my pug, absolutely loves to sneak into his sister’s room and eat her food when nobody is watching. It caused him to have an upset stomach and to gain weight. I couldn’t figure out how to get him to stop doing it and I tried all of the tricks out there! Soon, it became very annoying having to pick up the cat food, place it on a desk, and remember to put it back down when I was able to watch Beatrice (the cat) eat.

Picture taken from Amazon

I was googling solutions and that is when I came across the Door Buddy . It is SUPER easy to install and has prevented Louie from entering the room. Therefore, no more cat food snacks, stinky gas and stomach pains for him! The strap is adjustable to make the door space larger or smaller depending on your cat’s size. Beatrice has had zero issues entering the room and leaving when she is done eating. It is the perfect solution for my home! Who knew this tiny little knick knack would work!

But, this doesn’t just prevent dog’s who eat cat food… it also prevents them from entering the litter box and having a cat poop snack as well! Yes, some dogs eat cat poop and it is super disgusting. Louie, thank goodness, has not indulged in that delicacy. But, for dog owners who’s dogs love that type of thing, just move their litter box into the room that has the Door Buddy!

Louie and Beatrice 2019

Best Friends by Sheri Bed Review

Yup! You read the heading– I was one of those people who HAD to see what the Best Friends by Sheri bed was all about for myself. I was one of those people who took a ride on the facebook-hype train and caved. I can’t explain it, but this fuzzy pet ball bed going viral was extremely intriguing.

The bed is designed to be a donut shape with a faux-shag material to make your pet feel warm and comfortable. It is machine washable, which is a huge plus, and is also described to give orthopedic support.

I purchased the medium, in the color frost, for Louie and Beatrice and needless to say… THEY LOVE IT! Yup, you read it right people… Louie and Beatrice love the soft, fuzzy and silky feel to this bed. In fact, they lay in it together and separately.

The bed itself is super soft and silky. The sides are very fluffy and have a lot of stuffing. The middle is not as stuffed. In fact, Louie sinks into it (probably touching the ground) but then cuddles up into the sides. It works for us and he really enjoys sleeping in the bed. I personally don’t see how it is orthopedic or has orthopedic properties. But, I’m not a scientist or doctor so I am just simply going by the physical feel and the “feel” doesn’t come across like it would be super supportive for a pet who needs a supportive bed due to specific medical reasons.

They sell the bed on amazon but I personally bought mine from Chewy.com

Dog Harness: For The Escape Artist

Louie wearing Ruffwear Dog Harness

Yep! You read the heading right. There is a dog harness for our little fur baby butts who tend to escape out of the regular joe-schmo harnesses. Since Louie was little, he has pulled on the leash. Now, before you think to yourself, “get him trained”- I did. Lots of times! We tried everything to get him to stop pulling and each time he would either escape, pull harder, or break the harness all together.

How does such a tiny pug break a harness!? Hell if I know! But, it happened and he has escaped numerous times. Each time, I age from baby strokes and heart attacks. However, I FINALLY found the holy grail of harnesses for dogs and its called RUFFWEAR – Web Master, Multi-Use Support Dog Harness, Hiking and Trail Running, Service and Working, Everyday Wear

The harness is designed to be super sturdy and padded in all of the right places to make sure your dog is comfortable. It has two points on the back where you can clip the leash, and there are two buckles that go under the stomach. Unlike traditional harnesses that only have one strap (which Louie would downward dog and pull out from it), the Ruffwear harness has a second strap to act as a security measure incase the dog pulls out of the first! However, we never had an issue of Louie escaping or even trying to pull out from this one!

I am not the only one who loves this harness. The reviews on amazon speak for themselves. If you need a super heavy duty harness that is intended for trail hiking, working, everyday wear, security, etc. then this is the perfect solution.

As always, this is my own personal experience. I advise people to do their own research and talk to the company with any questions before purchasing.

Only Natural Pet: Immune System Strengthener

As pet parents, it is our job to make sure our little fur babies and their health are in tip top shape! Over the years, I have gotten asked if I give Louie any supplements. The short answer- Yes! Louie, my pug, has had many minor health issues since he was a young pup. He was the runt of the litter and was very tiny when I first brought him home. He suffered from mange, kidney issues and was extremely food sensitive. After many vet visits and thousands of dollars later, I realized taking an alternative approach might be my best bet for finding a cure for him.

Now, mange is normally treated with scary chemical treatments and different medications which can have a lot of side effects. I was worried about these side effects and did not want to expose Louie to them! But, his poor skin was red, inflamed and he was losing hair in patches. It wasn’t cute. I began researching different supplements and products to help boost his immune system. You see, mange isn’t just an exterior problem…it is an INTERNAL problem as well in young animals. I realized if I wanted to cure his mange it would have to be both external and internal.

That is when I found Only Pet Immune Strengthener and began giving it to Louie in his food. The results were outstanding! His kidney levels went back to normal after switching him to a lower protein food and while giving him this supplement. His mange completely healed within a few months. I was shocked! On the outside, I rubbed a paste I made from apple cider vinegar, yogurt and coconut oil and then I simply broke a capsule of the supplement open and poured it over his food. After consistency of doing this a couple of weeks, I noticed massive improvements!

To this day, I give Louie and my kitten, Beatrice, this supplement in their food to keep their immune system healthy and strong!

There are man other solutions such as using borax, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil, and other methods but the above method worked for me! As always, check with your veterinarian as this is just what I did after my own research.

Beatrice and Louie