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Mandy
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posted 10-08-2003 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mandy     Edit/Delete Message
Just curious on which type of scoopable litter everyone uses. I have tried just about every single brand on the market from the cheap to the expensive brands, and no matter what kind I use, it still always has a strong ammonia/urine scent after about a day.

I use an automated litter box (the Litter Robot) and it automatically rids the waste as soon as they go, so there is never any waste sitting in the litter box at all. I don't understand why there's always such a strong urine smell! HELP!!!

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Newton the Cat
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posted 10-08-2003 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Newton the Cat     Edit/Delete Message
I always use Arm and Hammer Baking soda litter, or Scoop Away for Multiple cats. And I always add baking soda to the litterbox. I don't have a problem with smell at all. If you scoop every day, it should not be too much of a problem. I don't have a problem with my house smelling like cat or ammonia. Is your cat covering his jobs? Some cats do not cover and that might make the smell more noticable.

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Mandy
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posted 10-08-2003 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mandy     Edit/Delete Message
NTC, thanks for your reply. I have 2 cats, and they both cover it up. Plus, like I mentioned, I have an automated box that immediately dumps the waste into a drawer right after they go, and I empty the drawer at least 3 times a day, which is way more then recommended (they say to empty it 2-3 times per week). So there is never ever any waste sitting in the litter or the drawer hardly at all.

I've used Arm and Hammer brand litter also, and still had the same smell that I get with all brands. I don't get it!!

Do you use regular baking soda in your litter box, or the Arm and Hammer cat litter deoderizer brand? Also, how much do you use in your litter?? Thanks again!!

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nern

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posted 10-08-2003 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I use Tidy Cat scoop for multiple cats and sometimes Fresh Step scoop.

My grandmother was complaining of a similar odor as you coming from her boxes...not sure if she ever figured out a solution though.

[This message has been edited by nern (edited 10-08-2003).]

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Kayliface
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posted 10-08-2003 09:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kayliface     Edit/Delete Message
I use MAXX Litter .. and I also use the animal baking soda.

I clean the litter box once a week (scrub/wash) and I scoop every night, more if needed. I put the baking soda at the bottem of the litter box before putting the litter down and I also sprinkle some on top if it ever gets a lil stinky.

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footsie
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posted 10-08-2003 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for footsie     Edit/Delete Message
I use arm and hamer fresh scent and have really noticed a decrease in odor since I switched to it.

Perhaps the smell is locked into the plastic of the container. Have you tried soaking that? Maybe a bleach and water mix to penetrate the plastic.

What's the point of the automatic litter box if you still are tending to it more than once a day and still have odors? Maybe in the container the clumps aren't covered with dry litter as the would be if they were burried.

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Cat
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posted 10-09-2003 04:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

I used to use ScoopAway until they stopped distributing it in Canada. Now I use Maxx Cat which smells great! I have two cats and it lasts up to two weeks (with regular daily cleaning of course)
Good luck!

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Mandy
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posted 10-09-2003 11:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mandy     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you all so much for your replies, you're all such a big help!!

I am currently using Fresh Step. I think it's just me, I have an extra sensitive nose, and I can smell even the faintest smell possible. Others in my house say they smell nothing, but it still bugs me that I can smell anything at all.

My automated box is actually alot less work then a manual box, all I have to do is throw a bag away each day, I don't have to scoop anything myself. And it's great for the cats because they never have to step in dirty litter. I tend to create more work for myself sometimes I think LOL

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Mandy
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posted 10-09-2003 06:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mandy     Edit/Delete Message
I bought some Arm and Hammer litter deoderizer tonight and spinkled it in the cat box, and wow.. that stuff really does work, so far anyway. I don't smell any odor at all in the box now, the litter smells nice and fresh. I completely change my scoopable litter at least once a week, so hopefully this stuff will keep on working and rid any urine smell!

Thanks again for all the tips!!

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Daisy'smom
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posted 10-10-2003 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Daisy'smom     Edit/Delete Message
One thing no one else seemed to mention, are your cats spayed or nuetered? If they aren't that is why the smell is so strong. Non altered females especially have a strong ammonia smell to their urine. I would get them fixed if you haven't already done so it will really help. I use Tidy cats and love it.

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Pepper
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posted 10-10-2003 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pepper     Edit/Delete Message
Mandy... I'm like you, I have a very extra sensitive nose, no smells get past me... which made finding the right products for the litter box quite a challenge for me.

But I think I got that problem in check... I use regular Arm & Hammer baking soda in my kitties litter, and let me tell ya... that stuff works wonders!! I can't ever smell anything at all, which is a miracle for me. I've tried the Arm & Hammer litter deoderizer brand, but I didn't like the smell of that... too perfumey, so I just buy the regular baking soda... plus it's cheaper too. I use either Fresh Step or Arm & Hammer scoopable litter, they both work good with the baking soda.

I also have a Litter Robot, just got it about 2 months ago... I love it!

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Newton the Cat
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posted 10-10-2003 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Newton the Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Umm, not to be rude or anything, but didn't I suggest to use plain ole baking soda in either this post earlier, or another post?

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meow
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posted 10-10-2003 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for meow     Edit/Delete Message
newton the cat: umm u r being rude! no1 said u didnt suggest using baking soda. but what makes u think ur the only one that can use it? the girl asked what people use and from what i read, that is what people told her. so why do u think ur the only one that can say they use it? that is just dumb. quit being rude

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meow
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posted 10-10-2003 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for meow     Edit/Delete Message
u act like ur the one that invented the use of baking soda in litter, and some1 stole ur precious idea, puhleaze!

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Mandy
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posted 10-10-2003 09:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mandy     Edit/Delete Message
Daisy - Yes, my cats are fixed. I think the odor problem has finally been taken care of thanks to all of you good people and your suggestions.

NTC - Yes, I did take your Baking Soda advice, and it worked. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Pepper - I LOVEEEEE my litter robot too, I've had mine for about one year now, still working great. I also use the same brand of litter in mine, thanks for your help.

Thanks again everyone!!!!!!!!!!!

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Newton the Cat
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posted 10-11-2003 07:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Newton the Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Meow, I don't know what crawled up your rear, but I didn't mean it as you state in your post. In fact I know I didn't invent it. I got the idea from a magazine I read. So unbind your twisted knickers.

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meow
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posted 10-11-2003 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for meow     Edit/Delete Message
newton the cat: here is what u said::: "Umm, not to be rude or anything, but didn't I suggest to use plain ole baking soda in either this post earlier, or another post?"

how did U mean it than ? why did u say that ? what was ur point ? and how about i slap u upside ur head with my knickers instead? u dont have to be so rude to peeps u know ?

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meow
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posted 10-11-2003 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for meow     Edit/Delete Message
what do u want a gold star award for ur suggestion or what ?

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Newton the Cat
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posted 10-11-2003 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Newton the Cat     Edit/Delete Message
What is your problem? This whole thing is old hat now. I already said I didn't mean it to be rude, I even said "not to be rude". Why do you have to come here start trolling and causing trouble? If you don't have anything constructive to offer except criticism of other's post then please remove yourself.

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meow
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posted 10-12-2003 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for meow     Edit/Delete Message
newton the cat: i dont have a problem other than u being rude to peeps. the fact that u had to say "not to be rude" proves right there that u knew u were being rude by asking such a stupid question. i have a right to post here just as well as anybody, so who are U to tell me to remove myself, bite me.

and why will U not answer the question asked, why did U say that to begin with????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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fleafly
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posted 10-17-2003 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Mandy:

I have a lot of cats and have tried just about every litter on the market. I have found that the best litter is either:
-Arm & Hammer or
-Tidy Cat Multiple cat

I use Tidy cat now b/c it is cheaper where I live and it comes in a bigger size tub than the Arm & Hammer does.

My mom has started using the Petco brand scoopable litter. You buy a big bucket then when it is empty you take it back and they re-fill it for you. She said it is cheaper to get it re-filled. I don't have a Petco where I live so I haven't tried that brand.

Regular old baking soda does work great to periodically deodorize. When I clean my pans out I usually sprinkle some in the bottom before I put the litter in.

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garith77
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posted 10-17-2003 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for garith77     Edit/Delete Message

We have air fresheners around the litter boxes. The plug in reusable kind. This prevents any urine or stool oder from lingering.

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jenn.bob
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posted 10-18-2003 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jenn.bob     Edit/Delete Message
I like the natural pine kitty litter, it is easy to work with, makes a great flowerbed fertilizer and eliminates all odors. not to mention it is 100% dust free.

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nern

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posted 10-18-2003 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
jenn.bob: Is that the kind called "Feline Pine"? If so, I've tried that and really liked it...the odor control was great and it was so easy to clean unfortunately my cats did'nt agree.

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Greypaw
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posted 10-18-2003 11:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Greypaw     Edit/Delete Message
I just want to answer a question from the top of this thread. The reason why baking soda works is because it reduces the urine into ammonia. So initially you will smell more ammonia that normal, but after the gas disapates, the litter will be cleaner (and full of calcium (or sodium - can never remember with baking product names) carbonate but thats ok). Just make sure your litter room has ventilation.

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Neko_Oni
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posted 10-19-2003 06:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neko_Oni     Edit/Delete Message
I use that, TIDY CATS stuff, yeah,And ARM&HAMMER baking soda stuff.

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vanderlleef
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posted 10-21-2003 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vanderlleef     Edit/Delete Message
I have four cats and a VERY sensitive nose. I switched from a scoopable litter to Feline Pine about a year ago, and I would never go back. The only time I can smell any pee is when I was neglecting my litter box duties for too long. When I first introduced the new litter though, I didn't follow the instructions on the bag that suggests mixing the old-type litter with the new to get the cats used to the new. As a result there were many "accidents". After I slowly weaned them off the old litter and on to the Feline Pine, they didn't have a problem.

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nern

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posted 10-21-2003 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
I'd love to try the Feline Pine again, maybe I will try mixing it with their regular litter this time....apparently, I did'nt read the instructions either.

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Mandy
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posted 10-22-2003 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mandy     Edit/Delete Message
Unfortunately I can't use the Feline Pine, because I use an automated litter box called the Litter Robot, and you can't use that type of litter in it.

But luckily, the baking soda has been working great, I don't ever have any litter box odor at all now.

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