Treating Kennels, Cages & Litter Boxes
Kennels and Catteries, even when cleaned and disinfected on a frequent and regular basis, are subject to odors and conditions that do not respond well to over the counter odor control products. Even industrial strength odor control products have difficulty with urine odors and frequently contain chemicals that are dangerous to both pets and humans.
As you already know, bleach does not get rid of urine odors and when used on fresh urine can produce free chlorine gas (Cl2) which is a deadly poison gas for both animals and humans. It also produces a product call tri-halo methane which is a powerful cancer causing agent. Even the strongest and cheapest detergent " TSP" which we recommend for urine contamination clean up does not get rid of all of the urine odor.
Flushing the cages several times a day will help control the urine and feces odor if the cage pans drain properly and quickly. The problem is that the pans are often made of fiberglass which is some what pours. The urine gets into the pours and when it dries there, it bonds to the fiberglass and will not rise away ever.
The cage solution
We at OdorXit would like to offer a solution that is both safe and effective. Instead of trying to digest the odor causing urine by products with enzymes and bacteria, OdorXit neutralizes the bonded materials rendering them incapable of producing the ammonia and mercaptan gasses that are so objectionable. This process only needs to be done occasionally to neutralize the urea salt that bonds to new places on the pans. To control odors between uses of OdorXit Concentrate diluted OdorXit Magic can be sprayed on both the pans and walls behind the cages after they have dried to control the odors for days even weeks.
The only resulting problem you will have is that workers will be come careless hosing out the cages because there will be so little odor.
When treating bare concrete contaminated with urine and feces washing the area with nearly any detergent and rinsing with water. Then spray the area with with OdorXit diluted 1 ounce of OdorXit to 32 ounces of water.
In cases where the contamination has soaked deeply into the concrete, we have found that adding 1 or 2 ounce of carpet cleaning shampoo (those that contain surfactant) for each ounce of OdorXit concentrate in solution increases the penetration ability of the solution.
When using any product containing surfactants of any kind, be careful not to get them on your skin as they are capable of soaking right through your skin. That's why they are mentioned prominently on the warning labels. Finally, when using carpet shampoo with OdorXit, make up only what you can use immediately because the shampoo will slowly disable the OdorXit. Additionally, dogs and cats should not be exposed the surfactants either. If you do use products containing surfactants to get the odors under control be sure to wash and flush the area after the odors have been eliminated to get rid of the residuals.
Cattery cages, show cages and play pens are areas that often suffer from strong odors including urine, feces, vomit, hair-balls and hormonal spray. By far, male hormonal spray is the most pungent and difficult to eliminate. OdorXit is fully capable of eliminating all of these odors, generally with only one application of OdorXit diluted 1ounce to 30 ounces of water. Catterys have an advantage over kennels because the kittens will use a litter pan if the pan is kept clean and accessable. In my many years of sharing my house with 1 to 12 cats at a time, there is one thing that I have found to be absolutly true. Cats hate clumping litter and it is really bad for kittens causing respritory problems. Standard unscented baked clay litter is better that any of the exotic stuff I have ever tried and incombination with OdorXit Products, there is no smell! I have personally witnessed cats walk away from a litter pan with clumps of litter on the surface and pee on the floor! More on litter boxes.
Spraying the bottom of litter pans before adding standard baked clay litter will eliminate the existing urine odor and prevent new odor from developing for days. Spraying the sides and lid of the pan with OdorXit Magic will absorb the excrement odors before the cat even smells them.
Even when cats are well trained and behaved their litter box or litter boxes can smell very bad. This is partly due to the obvious accumulation of urine and feces but it is also controlled to a very great extent by the food given to the cat, the type of cat involved ane the design and placement of the litter box. In any case, even after scooping out the clumps of wet clumping litter (which lay on top of the dry litter), the litter box can have very bad odors that are normally difficult to control.
Additionally, a recent manufacture sponsored study entitled "Effect of an odor eliminator on feline litter box behavior" by Nicole Cottam MS and Nicholas H Dodman B.V.M.S., D.V.A. found that by spraying the inside of a covered litter box twice per day with Zero Odor® ** they noted "a 40% decrease in the average number of inappropriate eliminations" (house-soiling) during the test period. No other products were tested.
** Our own tests comparing the product used in the test with OdorXit Magic have shown that OdorXit Magic sprayed on the inside of a covered cat box lasts 30 to 60 times longer while introducing no odor of its own.
The bottom line is that your cat(s) probably do not like the smell of the litter box any more than you do. To solve this problem, we would like to put forth some ideas for controlling the litter box odors.
As you already know, bleach does not get rid of urine odors. Even the strongest and cheapest detergent " TSP" does not get rid of all of the urine odor.
- Clumping litter leaves wet clumps of litter laying on top of the dry litter and blocks access to the dry litter under it. To promote litter box usage, you need to buy one of those electric scoop boxes or do it yourself several times per day per box OR use standard non-clumping baked clay litter. The cats will dig a pit in which to urinate or defecate. The urine wets the litter at the bottom of the box and accumulates while leaving the litter above dry. This also retards the evaporation of the water from the urine and the resulting ammonia odor.
- Use a large covered litter box. The key here is to spray and wet the inside walls and top of the cover with OdorXit Magic. It will absorb the odors coming from the litter for about 1 weeks! When you change the litter on garbage night, dump the entire contents of the litter box into the garbage can (use a 3 or 4 inch drywall knife to scrape out the wet litter) and then wet the bottom of the litter box with diluted OdorXit Concentrate. It completely eliminates the odor from the previous weeks accumulation of urine so you are starting fresh. Put 4 quarts of baked clay litter in the pan and put it back in service. Before replacing the cover for the litter box, lightly wet the inside of the cover with OdorXit Magic. The litter pan will normally require no further service for a week
- If you have more than 1 cat, you really should have 1 litter box per cat plus one. Sometimes you can get by with 1 box per 2 cats, but they need to be well behaved and willing to share. With most cats, the baked clay litter called OilDry at around $4 for a 25 pound bag is a real benefit. Use the money you used to spend on litter on better quality cat food that often produces less smelly stool.
- For cats that still do not consistently use the litter box, there is a litter product called Dr. Elsey's Precious Cat Ultra Litter Attractantavailable at many local pet stores sprinkled on top of the litter will almost always do the trick without resorting to expensive clumping litter or alternatives to standard baked clay litter. Sometimes you can get a bottle of powder from your vet to sprinkle on top of the litter. That not being the case, you can get a clumping litter that you can use exclusively or just spread a couple of cups on top of the regular litter. It attracts the cats to use the litter box and it is quite effective. When just spread on top of non-clumping litter, it does not clump.
We at OdorXit would like to offer a solution that is both safe and effective. Instead of trying to digest the odor causing urine by products, OdorXit neutralizes these materials rendering them incapable of producing the ammonia and mercaptan gasses that are so objectionable.
OdorXit concentration for litter box applications should be 1:30 or 4 ounces per gallon. The concentration is less important than getting the solution in contact with all of the wet and/or dried urine. OdorXit Concentrate should never be used undiluted!!
It is prudent to not let pets, especially small breeds and the very young, lay in cleaning, disinfectant and odor elimination products of any kind. Even though the warning classification for OdorXit is extremely mild compared to cleaning and disinfectant products commonly used in kennels and catteries, do not let pets lay in OdorXit solution and most certainly not lay in solution containing surfactants.
If you insist on using chlorine products to "clean" and "disinfect" areas contamintated with urine,
- Do not use any chlorine bleach or chlorine product in combination with or in the presence of any ammonia product. Free chlorine gas is released! It is poison! This include all decomposing urine. It produces ammonia gas.
- Use liquid chlorine pool shock. It has a higher concentration of chlorine and does not have all the products to whiten and brighten your cloths.
- Flooding the contaminated area with any water based product will dissolve some of the urine residue and spread it around, making the contaminated area larger than it was when you started. Use the minimum amount of water in your cleanup effort and use a wet/dry vac or mop to pick up the water to reduce the problem.
- Wait until any chlorine product has completely dried before applying OdorXit. Chlorine and oxygen based bleaching products will disable OdorXit.