“ Brand: Bob Martin / Type: Cat litter freshener „
It goes without saying that I absolutely love and adore my wonderful cat Myrtle. As a house cat though I do have to deal with her awful, stinky bottom that she has and the tray that she uses on a regular basis which is my least favourite job I have to admit and the real downside of owning a cat lol.
Because she has a stinky bum she has a cat litter box that uses filters in my home and often we go and stay with my parents to which there she has a high edged posh cat litter tray which is more open. For the litter trays I do buy liners, filters (for the one in our home) and some sort of powder to give us instant freshness to which I sprinkle on cat litter when first popped in the tray or when I remove lumps of any kind I use some powder just for a quick freshen up and to get away with using the cat litter for a bit longer.
I bought the 500ml size in the product and it comes in a white plastic tall bottle and to the top of of there is a red plastic lid and underneath there are holes and then on the front of the bottle there is a photograph of a kitten shown and we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it 'Locks away odour, Anti-bacterial' and has a pleasant fragrance and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, we are told how to use it, the composition is given, the size is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are given. This is a nice looking bottle, functional and informative enough and simple to use.
The Product Itself:
What this is, is a soft white talcum powder looking....well powder! You can apply as little or as much as you want to of this and as often as you like.
This does have a very pleasant and light fragrance of baby talc really, think Johnson's and the likes however for me this is a pretty pointless product really to be honest. Instantly it gives a nice fragrance, sadly though it doesn't linger above a few minutes and I can't say if it kills germs as it promises but it certainly doesn't lock away odours as the scent of it just isn't strong enough to achieve much at all!
I paid about £4.00 for our bottle of this from Amazon.co.uk and it can be found in pet stores and the likes or Google if interested but sadly I think this is simply a waste of money!
With a house cat I am constantly on the lookout for things that will minimise the smell of his cat litter tray. Even though I clean it out often you can still smell it so I bought this Bob Martin litter freshener to see if it would help with keeping it smelling fresher for longer.
I have to say that I was left feeling really disappointed with this even though I didn't have the highest expectations about it in the first place it was pretty rubbish and didn't really do anything to help with the odour issue.
This freshener comes in a bottle and is a sort of powder freshener as opposed to a liquid one and to use it you just have to sprinkle the powder in the tray on top of the litter every time you clean it.
The smell starts off pretty good and it does actually smell like baby talc which is a nice fresh and pleasant smell. However it just isn't strong enough to eliminate the smell of the litter and soon fades away to nothing.
This is supposed to give 24 hours of freshness but this has been completely exaggerated as I was lucky if I got even 2 hours before the smell had completely disappeared. As well as masking the smell with the fresh baby powder smell this is supposed to work as an odour eliminator but again this isn't exactly true. As far as I am concerned this did nothing to help with eliminating odours.
When I first change my cats litter tray it takes him using it a couple of times before I can actually smell it and with this it was the exact same as it was when I wasn't using the freshener so as far as I'm concerned it did nothing. The smell was the same with or without this so I have to say that I wasn't impressed.
There are other litter fresheners that are much better than this though in my experience there are none which will completely eliminate the odour and changing the cat litter often is the only way to minimise the smell of it.
I personally wouldn't buy this again or recommend it. As far as I am concerned this was useless and did exactly nothing to help with the smell. It is a shame as the smell of baby talc is really nice and I was hoping that this fresh smell would do something to combat the odour.
The only good thing about this is that it is relatively inexpensive and only cost about £1.50 but even this small amount is too much for a product that doesn't actually work.
I am a bit fussy with smells, I think a nice fresh smell in a house acts as a big indication of hygiene and cleanliness. Now, as lovely as cats are, and as clean as they are, the smell of their litter and the things that go in it are, let's face it, quite an assault on the nose! And with the litter tray being a constant presence - at least when the cat is young - its aroma lingers throughout the day and gr adually drifts throughout the entire house. On discovering Bob Martin's litter tray freshener I thought this would be the answer to everything. The container holds the fragranced powder and it is sprinkled out of two holes that can be exposed at the top - similar to how Shake 'n' Vac works, if you've ever used that. The principle behind it is that the product is sprinkled onto the top of the litter after each cleaning, and this is supposed to ensure 24 hours of freshness. I beg to differ.
On lifting the top and smelling the fragrance I admit it's a very nice, clean smell. Even for the first few minutes after sprinkling I was very pleased with this product. However, much to my disappointment i found that after not even 10 minutes I could no longer smell the fragrance. Giving it the benefit of the doubt, I decided that perhaps it works as more of an odour neutraliser than a fragrance, but as soon as my cat went for a wee that familiar whiff arrived back to greet me. Add to this the fact that as soon as the cat goes in there and starts to scratch and dig, much of the top surface of the litter - where the powder is - is disgarded on to the surrounding floor!
I think the product is a really good idea in theory, and if you don't obkect to using quite a large amount of the product, very frequently, you may be impressed with it. For this reason, at approximately £1.50, I didn't think it was good value. Had it worked as I was hoping for I would have probably happily payed more.
Personally, I won't be purchasing this again - I have found a standard spray/plug-in air freshener more effective, and even though they cost a little more they are better value.
I've tried a litter freshener before, and was slightly underwhelmed with the results. I have recently noticed, due to the warmer weather, that our house has a distinctive "cat" odour to it, which is never a good thing. I spotted this litter freshener in Morrisons recently, and as it was a different scent to the one I'd previously tried, I thought I'd give it a try.
The product is part of the Bob Martin range, and is a litter freshener which is designed to lock away odour whilst releasing a pleasant fragrance to disguise any nasty smells in your cat's litter tray in between cleans. This product is new to the range, and claims to have a new formula which is designed to keep your cat's litter tray fresher for longer. According to their research, it improves odour control up to 4 times (not sure how you measure cat odour?!), and is anti-bacterial to help kill germs (product info taken from www.bobmartin.co.uk).
It isn't expensive to buy, I can't remember the exact price but a 500ml tub cost me around £1, so it's very purse-friendly. It comes in a tub with a flip lid, and has a grid over the opening of the tub so you don't accidentally pour out more than you intended.
The scent of this litter freshener is pleasant enough, if not a little strange. It basically smells of a baby's talcum powder, which is a bit strange considering it's for cats not babies! The scent doesn't last very long, but does freshen up the tray a little for a couple of hours after using it. I wasn't expecting much more than this, as the only way to avoid the litter tray issue is by regular cleaning.
The product itself isn't a powder like some of the other Bob Martin products litter fresheners I've used, but instead they are more like tiny balls of polystyrene. I'm not suggesting for one second they're made of polystyrene, but they have the same appearance and weight to them. When you pour onto the litter, they bounce around a little, and you'll probably find some lurking outside the tray as they are so weightless.
Using this freshener is easy enough, you just sprinkle it on top of the fresh litter once you've changed it, and it goes to work killing germs and making it smell a bit more pleasant. I tend to mix it in with the litter a bit, because I worry my cat won't use his tray if he spots suspicious looking objects in it, and that would lead to a whole new load of problems!
Overall, I would say this is useful to have in the house if you're expecting visitors and want to take an extra step to prevent the house smelling like a vet's surgery, but when I run out I won't be in a massive hurry to replace it, as it's just not that effective.
(This review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)