Pros: Easy to use, fairly inexpensive, and works!
Cons: Doesn?t last forever; re-sprinkle daily.
Sometimes I knowingly decide to succumb to a marketing ploy; and Im O.K. with it. Ill decide to spend extra money on a product when Im pretty sure something cheaper would do just as well. I admit it.
This could happen if the box is particularly cute, theres not much money involved, and when I have just the teensiest hope that the product might really be better than the generic or home-grown solution I had in mind.
This was one of those times.
I was perfectly confident that Arm & Hammer baking soda would work just as well to deodorize kitty litter as the Arm & Hammer baking soda that had a cat on the front of the box. Arm & Hammer baking soda: 50 cents. Arm & Hammer baking soda with a cat on the box: $2.50.
But its a cute cat. And it says cat litter deodorizer, right there on the box. No cooking recipes, and nothing about putting it in your refrigerator.
I decided to waste two bucks, chuckled at my stupidity, and silently congratulated Arm & Hammer for effective packaging.
I try to admit when I'm wrong, and I was wrong! This stuff is great! Of course, not only did I have low expectations, I had no expectations.
Our kitty litter box is in the laundry room, so its a small area that can become malodorous fast. Its also a place where Id prefer our clothes not absorb the aroma of cat urine!
One sweeping sprinkle of the stuff across the top of the litter, and the smell was gone. Really. Not perfumed; gone.
Of course, thats not the way youre supposed to use it. Youre to cover the bottom of a clean litter box, add the litter, sprinkle the deodorizer on top of that, and mix it in. Ive since done all that, and its great. Nonetheless, I did get my quick fix with just a sprinkle to start.
Now, each time I do the daily scoop, I just add a bit more, do a quick mix with the scooper, and its fresh again. I do have to do this daily, or the deodorizing effect diminishes. It only takes a small amount, however, so the box lasts a long time. It also works with all types of kitty litters.
I wondered what made this product different from regular baking soda. I looked at the Arm & Hammer site (http://www.armhammerpets.com/deodorizer.aspx ) and this is what I found:
What are the ingredients in ARM & HAMMER? Cat Litter Deodorizer?
Cat Litter Deodorizer contains 96% odor-fighting ingredients including genuine ARM & HAMMER? Baking Soda as well as a specially formulated moisture-activated fragrance. An additional ingredient is a high-grade flowing agent that keeps the Cat Litter Deodorizer flowing freely out of the package. Also included is an ingredient to keep litter from sticking to the box, making clean up easier.
Sounds like theyre keeping some sort of secret recipe.
Arm & Hammer states that the scent is moisture-activated, refreshing litter every time your cat uses the litter box. I cant say that it miraculously releases fresh air scents with each poop, but it does smell better.
They also claim a patented technology helps prevent urine clumps from sticking to the litter box. Ill give them this; there is less yuck-iness attached to the box. I laugh to think of my cat pooping on patented technology though.
Of primary importance to me is that my cat doesnt mind! In fact, this aromatic addition to his box doesnt seem to bother him at all. Also, I dont find the smell of the deodorizer overly perfumed, and evidently my cat doesnt either. Its more of a fresh scent, which is infinitely better than the untreated, uhm , un-fresh scent we had before.
So, unless you are particularly sensitive to perfumed, scented products, Id recommend this for anyone who has a feline friend with an indoor bathroom in their home!
Thanks for reading!