In 2004, we had eight pets in our household – 4 dogs and 4 cats. Sadly, not all those animals made it to their senior years, but several did. Senior pets can present challenges, but I can’t even get my mind around the fact that that those problems can lead to people bringing those seniors to shelters, or even worse, just dropping them off somewhere. But that’s another subject for a different post.
That’s not how we do things around here, and if you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing you’re a true pet lover who wouldn’t dream of doing that either. Instead, we look for solutions to those challenges; we fix what we can and adjust our lifestyles when we can’t. One of those challenges is senior pets becoming incontinent, or sometimes even just tired and a bit lazy. Our cat Samantha is the last of those original eight pets, and we’re facing that with her. She hasn’t wanted to use the litter box more than occasionally for quite a while now. First, we ruled out medical issues, then we tried moving her kitty litter and changing brands.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by OdorKlenz, but all opinions are our own. Wag ‘n Woof Pets only shares products we have tried and believe in.
I didn’t like the brand of litter we had been using, even though Sam used it at times. Even though it was dustless and natural, she tracked it everywhere, little pellets that the vacuum didn’t like picking up. I figured “what do we have to lose by trying a different brand?” Unfortunately, I found out – she launched a protest and stopped using the litter completely!
Whoops. We had already moved on to doing other things to help (and have since gone back to the old litter). Because Sam is mostly blind, and our dog Luke can be too rambunctious with her, she has her own rooms. So that makes it easier to at least keep the areas she has accidents in smaller. We had pee pads left over from when our senior beagle, Cricket, had issues, so we started putting those down in the areas Sam would go. That helps, but Sam always seems to find just the edge of the pad, so she misses it. I’d think she hit it, but then realize that she was so close to the edge, the urine would run back underneath the pad, making things even worse! Because we’d sometimes leave the pee pads down for a few days, letting her use them more than once (mostly to save money – pee pads aren’t cheap!), I didn’t always notice.
Luckily her rooms have wood floors, because I don’t even want to know what a nightmare it would be to clean if it was carpeted. That’s one of the reasons I hate carpets – cleaning them is so much more work! Her rooms are in the old part of the house, with old wood floors that really need to be refinished anyway. While I don’t notice a smell in her rooms, I have a feeling it’s just because I’m used to it. I don’t want people coming into my house and immediately noticing that I have a cat because of the smell. We also like the rustic look of our floors and may decide not to ever refinish them. So, I need to keep them clean and fresh smelling.
OdorKlenz to the rescue! When it comes to cleaning products, two things are most important to me. I want them to be as natural as possible (and thereby pet safe); and I don’t want any cloying perfume-y smells either. I want the urine odor gone, not just covered up.
We were given two different products to try:
First, I wanted to try the granules. Sometimes Sam has accidents in the middle of the floor, nowhere near the pee pads. I would sop them up with a paper towel, then use another pet safe stain and odor remover. The problem after doing that was this: you’d still have a dark spot on the floor, which made me feel like I had just added more liquid to the problem, not really taken anything away.
Instead of doing that, I sprinkled the OdorKlenz granules on the wet spot, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and then just swept them up, or used my stick vacuum. As you can see in the next photo, there is no dark spot left! I really feel like all the moisture has been absorbed, and no odor is left behind! If it’s a bigger puddle, I would still sop up most of it with a paper towel (just to save on using all of the granules), and then put the granules on to get the rest of the moisture. It’s so easy!
For the daily accidents, I feel good with that, though I know for the saturated areas that got away from us around the pee pads, we needed a lot more. That’s where I used the Pet Urine Eliminator. For that, I mixed one-part product to two parts warm water. It’s a milky kind of soapy consistency, with only a very mild scent to it. The first time I just soaked my sponge mop in the mixture and applied it a few times, and then rinsed the mop and used plain water to sop up the extra soap. Then I let it dry.
One round didn’t seem like enough, I could still smell the urine when I got right down to the floor. I saw a bigger difference where I did second round. That time I used a spray bottle for the mixture, sprayed it on the floor, sponged it in just a bit with the mop, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then I again used plain water to sop up the excess, and let it dry completely. That made a much bigger difference, and when I compared areas that I had only done once to the ones I did twice, there was a HUGE difference. It was also great that it did not discolor the floor and did not leave residue (if you have newer floors you’d want to be sure to do a test area).
I know there are areas that may even have to be done a third time, but this product has made a much bigger difference than anything else I’ve used, and I feel confident that as I continue to use it, cat urine odor is no longer going to be a concern in our household!!
Now that you’ve heard our story and results, here are some important features of these products I think you should know: They are:
- Made from safe earth minerals. They use a patented technology that removes odors at the source.
- Non-toxic and safe to use around people and animals.
- Quick and easy to use. Safe for laundry and water-safe surfaces. The Pet Urine Eliminator can be used in laundry and on carpets as well. They also have laundry only products.
- Fragrance and masking agent free as well as environmentally friendly.
OdorKlenz is made in the USA and has many more products available, for sports, laundry, air quality and pets. Some of their other pet products include shampoos, skunk odor eliminators, and litter additives. They have “how-to use” guides and videos available online (be sure to read all instructions before using!). Their products include a money-back guarantee and free shipping is available over $75.
You can learn more about them and order products at OdorKlenz.com. Be sure to use our 15% off discount: Woof15!
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