As we have 3 cats 2 of whom are older and virtually indoor cats a litter tray is a must in our house. I always think as we like our loo clean then so will the cat, although at the moment the litter tray is Marks department. Litter does quite a reasonable job of masking smells but is doesn't keep them 100% at bay. Up until a rather embarrassing incident recently when one of my girls decided to wait until we had friends round before making the biggest smell ever, I had resisted buying anything to add to the litter to mask smells and keep it fresh. I have always been worried about the cats hating it and refusing to use the tray, however after this I decided to try some. I bought some Glade litter fresh from my local Tesco where it cost me £1.35 for a 500g tub.
The litter fresh comes in a plastic green container very similar to Glades carpet freshener, it has a cartoon type picture of a cat on the front and displays the Glade logo at the top. The front informs the customer that this is cat litter deodorizer and has a few flowers on there I assume to emphasise the freshness of the product.
On opening the tub I gave the litter fresher quick sniff, it has quite a strong smell and in my opinion not that nice, it smells like a bad household cleaner. The actual product is a powdery substance that is a grey/white colour.
To use the litter fresh we just sprinkle a very small amount on the clean litter and mix it in a bit. I was worried my girls would smell it and refuse to use the tray, one of my cats hates change and made herself poorly when we moved the bedrooms around so I was very dubious about how she would react. I need not have worried though they didn't even seem to know the deodorizer was there and went about their business as usual.
We have been using this product in the litter tray for about a month now and I have been very pleased with the results. The litter tray and the area around it smells so much fresher than before, obviously we still clean it out regularly but the litter fresh ensures the tray doesn't get as smelly. Cats are so fussy about their litter trays, as we are about our loos and this really helps to keep nasty smells at bay without upsetting them.
If your fur babies use a tray then I would certainly recommend trying Glade litter fresh, we have been using the tub for a month and its just about all gone so I would say on average you would need to buy one tub a month , of course this depends on how much you sprinkle in, how often you change the litter and wash the tray and how many cats you have, but on the whole its good value for money and keeps litter trays smelling a lot sweeter.
Glade Fresh Litter:
Ah the smell of a summer breeze wafts from the litter tray since I got this.... ok well it is not that good but it smells a lot better than cat poo. Our cat, the crazy little monster that she has, has always been very picky when it comes to where she will go to the loo but as an indoor cat there is only one place that we will tolerate and despite her thinking better of it and using behind the TV or right beside her litter tray the only place she is allowed to go is in the litter tray.
Our cat though will not use the litter tray if the litter has not been changed in the last ten minutes (ok so I'm exaggerating) and it was not economical to change it as much as she liked and this meant the choice of using the smelly litter tray or the nice clean carpet and this wasn't much of a competition for her. We initially used an alternative product to freshen her tray and while this worked I can no longer find it, however on a recent look through Amazon I saw this product listed at a bargain price of £12 for 12 units of 500g so I snapped it up.
The set of 12 arrived promptly and were well packed in bulk packing but this was easy to get into. The individual units are in a green tub about 15cm tall and are convenient to store upright as they don't fall over but could also be stored on their side as they don't leak. We straight away cleaned the litter tray and put in fresh litter with a sprinkling of this stuff, it was clear from the powerful aroma that it was potent stuff and that we didn't need to use much at all to cover the (awful) smells she makes. Sure enough it is a month later and the litter tray has been used and cleaned numerous times and we are not only still on the first tub of Glade Fresh Litter but still have some left in it , which means for £12 we have enough to last us over a year. There is no way however that I would ever consider leaving the litter tray without cleaning it for more than a week as after this length of time the smell of the glade, although still present, has stopped beating the combination of the smell of cat pee and poo.
Does the product work? Yes it does and it is definitely worth the price paid for it and more, the smell coming from her litter tray has been much less pooey and much more neutral which not only do we find nice so does the cat, that makes us smile and her purr, if they could only make something that cleans the litter tray as well.
=== The product ===
This is a pot full of cat litter tray freshener granules.
=== The packaging ===
This is provided in a plastic cylinder which is a bright green colour, a little garish really, but one that stands out when I am searching on the stall for it. There is a plastic flip top lid that allows this to be dispensed either by pouring direct out of a large hole or out of a series of small holes allowing for a slower flow to be poured.
=== How to use this ===
When refreshing your cats litter tray just sprinkle this and then mix it in with the litter.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
You can purchase this from several of the larger supermarkets for around £1.00, however, I pay just 79p for mine from a local market stall that offers lots of pet related products.
=== Overall opinion ===
We use this, in our home, every time we change our cats litter and this is usually around every five days or so. We generally stick to using cheaper cat litters and this means that they are not always the best quality, however, they are all used for the same purpose so we don't mind much. This can mean that the litter becomes a little smelly earlier than some more expensive brands would. This is why we use this litter fresh. A small sprinkle goes a long way and this is very simple to mix in with the litter. We use a wooden spoon that we have just for this purpose to give this a quick mix with the clean litter.
When this is opened the first smell that springs to mind is a cleaning product, almost a little like floor cleaner or disinfectant. The smell is not very nice but it is definitely a lot better than what my cats litter tray usually smells like! This reminds me a little of washing powder, in texture and appearance, as these are small lightly coloured beads.
I have definitely noticed a difference in the smell in the area around my cats litter tray since I begun using litter fresheners last year. There is not such a strong ammonia smell now and while it does not smell fresh the scent that is detected is definitely greatly decreased from what it used to be. I have tried several over the past year or so and I have generally been left disappointed by the poor quality that these products offer, however, this one has not let me down and is working well for us, hence the repeat purchases I have been making. I feel that the smell is a lot less noticeable when we have guests over and I do not have to worry about a smell that we aren't noticing because we've been sitting near it all day. The litter tray definitely does not smell as strongly as it does without using this therefore I find that this is a worthwhile purchase that I will continue to buy again.
My cat does not seem to have a problem with this being in her litter tray and I have not noticed an increase in mess, sneezing or anything else when she is using this tray. I usually change the tray, mix this in and she goes to use it instantly, as she always has, so obviously she is not affected by it.
I've had my own cat for around nine years and in that time I've tried out a variety of litter trays and boxes, filling them with alternative types of cat litter in order to find the best combination for both my cat and us mere humans... I have long ago come to the conclusion that some brands of cat litter are not the best in dealing with those nasty whiffs that can easily build up after the litter tray has been used by the cat, particularly those cat litters that are the cheaper end of the market.
I have found that one way to keep the cat litter smelling a bit more fresh is to add a litter freshener product such as the 'Litter Fresh' from Glade. I have tried out several similar products such as this litter freshener and have found them all to be fairly effective in helping to combat smells in the litter tray.
Packaged in a bright green coloured cylinder canister made of robust plastic, the product is certainly an eye-catching one, and I couldn't help but notice it on the shelf when I was shopping for some cat food in a local grocery store recently. There is an attractive label on front of the canister showing a cartoon cat in a bright pink colour. I paid 99 pence for the 400g canister, which I thought was very good value given a tub of litter freshener usually lasts for a couple of months in my house.
The idea behind the Litter Fresh is that it can be added to your cat's litter tray each time the tray is washed out and the litter has been replaced. By doing so, you can expect your litter to be fresher and of course to smell better with the use of the product.
The concept behind the product is reinforced on the rear of the label on the canister, and we are told quite plainly "Glade Litter Fresh is a fragranced powder additive for cat litter. It is specially formulated to prevent the unpleasant odours left by cats, not only in the tray but in the surrounding environment. Used regularly Glade Litter Fresh leaves the area fresh and clean smelling." There are also instructions on the label telling you how to use the Litter Fresh powder, as well as a warning that the product contains perfume, and reminding us that some people and some pets are allergic to perfumes.
The Glade Litter Fresh is very easy to use. There is a little 'flip up' section on the front of the plastic cap at the top of the bottle, and underneath this there are two holes which allows you to sprinkle the powder from the canister. This is not at all difficult to do, and I do not find it difficult to control the 'flow' of powder from the canister whilst I am sprinkling it into the litter tray. I find that sprinkling a sort of 'layer' of powder on top of the litter is more than ample for the purpose. I am always a little conscious of using too much of the product in my cat's litter tray as it is quite a strong smelling product and I would not like it to put her off from using her tray!
As I said, there is a very strong scent from the product that is evident even as I flip up the plastic lid on the top of the canister and I have to admit that I am not a huge fan of the scent, although to be fair it smells like a household cleaner or detergent and is quite highly perfumed. The powdered Litter Fresh is a white-grey coloured powder, and once it is applied to the litter tray I usually give the tray a really good shake from side to side to allow the powder to mix in with the cat litter in the tray. I find that this process is ample to allow the two products to mix together well, and I do not feel the need to mix them together any more than this.
I personally think that the Litter Fresh works quite well. I find that the product seems to be quite absorbent and works with the cat litter itself to absorb any nasty whiffs that might be lurking in the litter tray. I have to admit that I do buy quite a high quality cat litter product most of the time and this helps absorb odours also, so I feel that the combination of both of these products is the best possible solution I could buy to help combat any unpleasant odours from the litter tray.
I do replace my cat litter quite regularly, and I probably do so more than the average cat owner which is as a result of my cat having renal problems. She is a very elderly cat, and has kidney problems which results in her drinking a lot of water on a daily basis which in turn of course means she urinates more than your average feline. My cat is an indoor cat, and so does not get outside to urinate. A combination of her renal problems and her being an indoor cat means that she uses her litter tray several times throughout the day.
This means that I like to wash out her cat litter tray quite often and replacing the litter and adding the Glade Litter Fresh each time makes me feel as though I am giving my cat a nice fresh, hygienic environment in which she can do her business (with as little offensive side-effects to us mere humans as possible!!)
All in all, I do think the Glade Litter Fresh powder is a very worthwhile product. It does not eliminate odours altogether, but I do think it helps combat the smell of cat urine in the litter tray which can be quite strong if left for an extended period of time. Furthermore, it gives the impression, to me anyway, that the litter tray is fresher and therefore slightly more clean, hygenic and pleasant for my cat to use, and this also helps to makes it an appealing product - for me and my cat anyway.
The Glade Litter Fresh powder is available from all good pet stores, as well as some independent grocery stores and you can expect to pay around £1 for the 400g canister.
When we had our kittens nearly two years ago, it had been a while since having a pet cat, and I had forgotton how whiffy the little blighters can be when they use the litter tray. We would keep them in the kitchen at night and in the morning the room would hum of meaty odours! My husband wasn't very pleased about this, as he didn't want the kittens in the first place. I was really glad then, when I discovered Litter Fresh from Glade.
Litter Fresh is an odour neutralising powder that you sprinkle in the litter tray to keep it smelling fresh and banish bad smells. It is available for about £1 for a 400g conainer from Wilkinsons, although other shops may charge a bit more. The container the powder comes in is identical to a Shake n Vac container, a tall green plastic container with a flip lid that has two holes underneath to dispense the powder.
To use, you put your cat litter in the tray as normal, sprinkle a layer of Litter Fresh over the litter and mix in, repeating each time the litter is replaced. You don't need to use much of the product as it is really effective, and a 400ml container can last several weeks.
The powder itself is white, and has a floral scent. It is a really nice scent and does a good job at neutralising the smell of the litter tray. In fact, it makes the whole room smell fresh. The good thing is, that the cats don't seem to mind the smell of the powder, even though cats are notourious for having a strong sense of smell.
The powder is easily stored in the cupboard, although there is a warning on the label to keep out of the reach of children. There is also a really funny warning which says "should not be applied directly on cats". That really made me chuckle! The plastic bottle is recycleable.
The product is made by SC Johnson, who have a website at www.scjohnson.co.uk and a helpline on 0800 353 353 which is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, for anyone who has questions about the product.
Luckily for me, litter tray use is minimal at the moment, as the cat prefers to go outside now that she is older, but I always keep her in at night and put a litter tray out for her, although she usually holds herself till morning. This would be a really useful product to anyone who has a cat or kitten that needs to be kept indoors and uses a litter tray. It is a really effective product that works really well, and I don't hesitate to give it 5 stars. I'm sure this powder must have other uses, although I secretly suspect that it is the same as Shake n Vac, just with a different label!
My cat prefers to go out side for his toilet and as he likes to be out all day there isn't usually a problem with this. However, as we keep him in at night for his own safety, there are occasions when he can't quite "hang on" until morning and that is why we provide him with a litter tray!
Like most cats, he is very clean and covers up his toilet but, as I am sure other cat owners will agree, that smell of ammonia (and poo) first thing in the morning can knock you sideways! Unfortunately the smell doesn't always go away after lifting the offending litter from the tray and that is why I use Glade Litter Fresh. A little shake of this powder each time I clean the tray nicely covers any lingering smells and doesn't seem to put puss off using the tray - as he can be rather fussy about such things! I can't really describe the scent of the product except to say that it is has a pleasant fresh smell and is an awful lot better than ammonia (or worse)!
If you are a cat owner you will know that there are an awful lot of cleaning products that are dangerous to cats so it is good to find a product that is made specifically for cats.
Glade is manufactured by SC Johnson and is very reasonably priced at around 95p for a 400g drum. Only a couple of shakes are needed each time to banish the smells and make the surrounding area more fragrant as well.
I would recommend it to any cat owners with litter trays as a good product that does what is says and at a reasonable price.
I will confess that I bought this in order to make venturing into his tray a more pleasant experience for my cat Janga! It should be noted here that not once did he indicate a dislike to the litter tray, nor did I sense him wishing it smelt a little more "flowery" but I remained convinced this would be a kind thing for him!!
Purchased from my local pet shop and costing under £1 for 400g this is very similar in style to shake n vac - indeed they are both manufactured by Glade and it works on the same lines. You open a flap on the lid and shake onto the litter - don't hoover it up though!! - mix it in with the litter.
I never use a large amount and consequently the product lasts a very long time - more than a month at least.
So what of the claim and does my opinion match??
A fragranced powder additive, specially formulated to prevent the unpleasant odours left by cats.
By using Catsan I firmly believe I am getting the maximum odour prevention from my litter, however there is still the odd lingering smell which simply refuses to budge - this is where I find litter fresh invaluable. By mixing a little in every time I remove some soiled or damp litter I have found no more unpleasant aromas occassionally wafting round the hallway. It is quite a sweet, flowery smell and sightly overpowering at first - but not for long.
As for whether this has enhanced Janagas toilet experience - probably not, but it has enhanced the owners living quaters!
As a cat lover, I have used this product regularly, both with kittens and adult cats. It is very simple to use and you do not need to use a lot. Basically you just sprinkle a little on your cat litter, to keep it smelling fresh. You can purchase this product at pet shops and most large supermarkets.
This product has saved me money on cat litter and also kept my house smelling fresh! I tended to have to empty the litter tray and replace with fresh litter less often, saving me both money and a chore! It is really good when you are going to be out of the house for a little while. As we all know, if you leave a cat litter tray on a warm day, when you return it can be quite unpleasant. If you sprinkle a little litter fresh on, it keeps your tray and your home smelling nice and fresh.
I would strongly reccomend this product to cat lovers everywhere.
Glade Litter Fresh is a fragranced powder additive for cat litter. It is specially formulated to prevent the unpleasant odours left by cats.