A pet that you love is a great thing to have, but here's one thing about it that you'd probably like to get rid of: its odor! You've probably heard of the "Zero Odor" technology, where you'd be able to spray a formula on malodorous places around your house (on pet urine stains on your carpet, for example) to neutralize the odor. The spray works at the molecular level, where the molecules of the spray bond with the odor molecules, rendering them odorless.
If you'd like to try your hand at making your own zero odor cat litter, you could always use safe, non-toxic ingredients readily available in a typical household. Here are some ways you could try out:
- Put in an adequate amount of baking soda into the cat litter. Baking soda is known to be a natural moisture- and odor-absorber and cleansing agent; it's been used since days of old for purposes such as for cleaning grout, polishing metalwork, and to deodorize the fridge. How much baking soda you use would depend on how many cats use the cat litter box; if just one cat uses it, about half a cup of baking soda should be enough. Here's what you do: just pour in the baking soda at the bottom of the litter box, covering the surface entirely, before you put in the kitty litter.
- Use an onion. Peel a whole onion and cut it across into two. Place these onion halves into a bowl, and place this near the litter box. The strong scent will cover up the odor from the litter box, plus it acts as bacterial killer that combats the odor molecules. Just remember to replace the onion at least once a week, or when it has begun to rot, whichever comes first.
- Keep the litter box very, very clean. Make it a habit to dispose of the urine clumps and litter clumps everyday. Make sure to sift through the litter box carefully so you could remove all traces of litter. Also, clean the litter box itself about twice a week. Empty it of all its contents, put on gloves, and use hot water and soap to scrub the box. Use a clean rag to dry it thoroughly. Afterwards, put in fresh cat litter. Do not use bleach! This is because it may interact with traces of ammonia (found in your cat's urine), and create a fatal mixture. Do remember that by keeping your cat's litter box clean, you'd be able to fulfill dual purposes: it will be kept smelling okay, plus your cat will keep on using it (since cats prefer using a clean litter box).
- Try commercial odor removal systems. If all else fails, you could always try out the commercially-available odor removal mixtures that are designed to neutralize cat litter odor. You could find some examples at these websites: Bad Air Sponge, Ever Clean and Zero Odor Store.
There you have it! These are just some of the ways to make sure your cat's litter box stays free from embarrassing odors. Just remember: the most important thing here is to be consistent in keeping your cat's litter box clean, and everybody's happy! Good luck!