The Real Scoop on Scoopable Litter

  • 01 May, 2010
That's right covered litter boxes do stink unless action is taken to control the odor inside the box and that action is so simple most people will not even consider it to be effective. The solution is: The post The Real Scoop on Scoopable Litter appeared first on Odor Removal for Just About Everything.

The Scoop on Litter

(as found on http://www.catsinternational.org/articles/housesoiling/the_scoop_on_litter.html )

Before the advent of kitty litter, cat boxes were filled with newspapers. Entrepreneur George Plitt came up with the idea of packaging ashes from burned wood for cats to use. The cat litter industry had its birth one day in 1947 when one of Edward Lowe’s neighbors who was tired of dealing with sooty paw prints, asked for some sand. Edward’s father owned an industrial absorbents company in Cassopolis, Michigan so instead of sand, Lowe suggested using absorbent clay. The neighbor loved the product and soon returned for more.

Realizing that he was on to a good thing, Lowe filled 10 small bags with ground clay, called it Kitty Litter and approached a local pet store. The shop owner was skeptical because sand was available for next-to-nothing and he doubted that anyone would pay 65 cents for a five-pound bag of Kitty Litter. “So give it away,” Ed told him. Soon customers were asking for more and were willing to pay for it. Lowe visited cat shows and traveled to pet stores across the country selling Kitty Litter from the back of his 1943 Chevy Coupe. By 1990, Edward Lowe Industries, Inc. was the nation’s largest producer of cat box filler with retail sales of more than $210 million annually.

The next major advance in cat box filler came in 1984 when Thomas Nelson, Ph.D., an enterprising biochemist, developed the first clumping litter. While studying organic chemistry, he investigated the molecular structure of clay. He discovered that some types of clay trapped urea through hydrogen bonding and prevented it from breaking down. Consequently, there was no offensive ammonia odor. He found that clays that were dried but not baked were very absorbent and would form a clump when the cat urinated on them. The clump could then be removed, thereby getting rid of the urine in the litter box and making the jobs of litter box cleaners everywhere much easier.

Between the two men, a wildly competitive and ever-growing industry was spawned that is expected to bring in an astounding $765 million by 2003.

About 2001 a salesman called me at OdorXit Products and tried to convince me that he had a complete “spray on” deodorant for pet odor. I had a great deal of difficulty believing this claim but figured that since he was local and was giving product away I should give it a try.
As I had suspected it was not complete, but it was very fast acting and effective for days and sometimes weeks per application, and when reapplied to the odorous area the odor disappeared for days to weeks again depending on the amount of product applied and the amount of odor being produced by the stuff causing the odor.
Well, since a big part of the OdorXit customer base at that time was real estate investors and rehabbers, I considered this temporary product to produce a prime opportunity to temporarily eliminate odors from a contaminated house so the property could be sold before the odor returned.  Fortunately, I underestimated the ethics of the vast majority of investors and rehabbers. Most preferred to use the more costly and labor intensive but complete solution offered by OdorXit Concentrate.
A larger segment of my customer base were people who simply had odors that would not respond to anything they could get over the counter at pet stores or hardware stores. Often the source of these odors were so inaccessible that they could not be effectively treated with OdorXit Concentrate,  so OdorXit Magic was born.
So how does this connect with clumping cat litter?  Well, here is the link!
Clumping cat litter makes it easy for humans to remove smelly urine from a litter box. The catch is that it needs to be removed several times a day so that there is un-clumped litter available to the cat when they need to urinate or have a bowel movement. If there is no un-clumped litter available, the cat will either use another litter box (if one is available) or find another place to do their business (called house soiling).
The dilemma is easily solved with OdorXit Products and a covered litter box.
A covered litter box!!!My cat won’t use a covered litter box, they stink!
That’s right covered litter boxes do stink unless action is taken to control the odor inside the box and that action is so simple most people will not even consider it to be effective.  The solution is:
  • Replace your clumping litter with standard clay litter or even the course clay oil absorbents available at any auto parts store  for about $.15 per pound.  Just 4 quarts of litter are needed to fill a standard size litter box.
  • When changing the litter on garbage day and the box is empty, scrape any wet litter off the bottom with your litter scoop and  spray the bottom of the litter box with diluted OdorXit Concentrate (1 part concentrate 30 parts water). This will eliminate the urine odor on the bottom of the litter box that can not be washed away.
  • After the box has been refilled with fresh litter, spray the inside of the litter box cover with 4 squirts of OdorXit Magic’s mist sprayer (one on the inside of the top of the cover and 1 on each of the inside walls of the cover).  It is not necessary to spray the litter.
  • Fit the cover on the litter box and observe the difference. Your cat will dig in the litter and bury there feces and urine deposits just like they are supposed to do. Further you will notice that there was no odor escaping from the litter box.  And unless you are grossly over feeding your cat, the box will normally need to emptied only once a week.
  • If your cat has reservations about using the newly covered litter box, sprinkle a cup or 2 of “Cat Attract” litter (yes it’s clumping but with only 2 cups it doesn’t clump) to entice them to try the new box configuration.
  • Finally, the one litter box per cat plus 1 rule still applies.
If you have a dog as well as a cat (like I do) and the dog likes to hunt for Tootsie Roles in the litter box, using a covered litter box will eliminate that problem too.
If the dog persists, you can make the entrance to the covered box too small for the dog with a piece of cardboard taped over the entrance. The hole needs to be  big enough for the cat but too small for the dog. It works great. If the dog is really insistent, you may have to use the latches on the cover as well to keep the pooch from lifting the cover off the box.
Where do you get OdorXit products?  The easiest place is on the internet at the OdorXit website , and if you live around Cincinnati, there are a number of stores that carry nearly a complete line of OdorXit Products.  You will be pleased to know that all OdorXit Products are guaranteed to perform as advertised or you money back

OdorXit Odor Eliminator

By Terri Friedhoff 24 Oct, 2017

The recent storms that have ravaged multiple parts of the US have caused unprecedented damage. If you or your loved ones were affected by any of these storms, our thoughts and best wishes go out to you. Because these storms were so large in scale, people have experienced everything from moderate to complete damage.


Since getting rid of bad odors is our area of expertise, we want to help anyone who lost power for an extended period of time during one of these storms but didn't face complete damage to their home and belongings. Even if you're dealing with a refrigerator that smells incredibly bad due to it being fully defrosted and having items like frozen food decompose for days or even weeks, we want to go over how you can fully restore your appliance to its former condition.


5 Steps to Saving Your Refrigerator After Losing Electricity


The first step is to remove all of the spoiled food. This can be a truly nasty and smelly experience, which is why you'll want to wear a protective mask and gloves as you do it. Once your refrigerator is clean, take it outside and spray it out with a garden hose. If you have a truck or access to one, consider taking your appliance to a car wash and use the high-powered equipment to spray it out.


The next step is to spray one ounce of OdorXit Concentrate mixed with 30 ounces of water everywhere the refrigerator smells. That means spraying the insulation behind the doors,

under and around the door gaskets, the inside, behind the drawers and every little opening where the defrosted food might have dripped. Once the OdorXit Concentrate solution comes in contact with the rotten food smells, it will remove them from your refrigerator completely and safely.


The second to last step is to let the refrigerator dry outside then bring it back in the house. Don't panic if it still smells a little. It just means there is still at least one spot that hasn't been treated yet. You'll be able to knock it out by continuing to sniff and spraying wherever you detect even a slight odor.


The final step is to remember to be a good neighbor! Spray a few shots of the OdorXit Concentrate solution in the drain at the car wash or wherever you ended up treating your appliance. Anyone who comes by after you will be very glad you did.


By following the process above, it's possible to save even the worst smelling refrigerator, which in turns means saving hundreds of dollars by not needing to buy a replacement. So if you know anyone who's currently trying to restore belongings like their refrigerator, feel free to share this post with them by email or on Facebook.


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