So, I was in Walmart doing some shopping. Yes, again! And I found these in the pet aisle:
As you can see they are “Odor Control Pods for Litter” from Citrus Magic Pet. At $3.88 for a six-pack of the pods, it seemed like a bargain, so I picked some up.
The pods aren’t very large. They’re about the length of an pinky finger, but they definitely individually pack a wallop when it comes to smell.
They come in different scents, including Fresh Linen and Ocean Breeze. I bought the Outdoor Fresh pods. It’s sort of hard to fragrance to describe but it is pleasant; kind of like a fabric softener or a laundry detergent aroma but very concentrated.
Anyway, what you do is put a pod into the cat litter and it’s supposed to absorb odors for up to a week. (I will update you on how that goes.) If you change litter, throw out the pod with used litter after a week. If you scoop your litter daily, scoop out the pod after a week and replace it with a new one.
So, back to the scent. I have two cats and two different litter boxes. About five minutes after I put the pod in one of the litterboxes, I could smell the pod’s scent in the corner of the kitchen where the litterbox is kept. About ten minutes later, I could smell it throughout both rooms that had litterboxes.
I’m a little worried the strong smell, although pleasant to humans, might somehow scare the cats away from their litterboxes, but I will also update you if that happens.
I also wondered about the safety of the product, since I tend to be cautious when it comes to what I use to clean up around my pets. On its website, Beaumont Products, Inc. describes its pet product line as “a safe and natural, yet effective alternative to using harsh chemicals around those beloved members of any family.” In addition, I looked up the ingredients listed on the product packaging and nothing seemed terribly hazardous, although I would like to know more about what they use for “fragrance,” which is listed as one of their ingredients.
In addition to whatever “fragrance” consists of, the product is also made of water (main ingredient), sodium stearate, glyceryl stearate, glycerin, sodium chloride and sodium bicarbonate.
So, there you have it. A promising, affordable, and easy way to deal with litterbox odors.
Of course, the pods are not a substitute for regularly scooping and changing the cat litter. If you would like to download a free, printable sheet that you can hang up to keep track of when it’s time to change the kitty litter, click here.