13 October 2010

Kitty owners rejoice; new clumping cat litter formula delivers one-two punch

Do felines rule your roost? According to the 2009 - 2010 National Pet Owners Survey, 39% of American households consider canines to be their best friend (the equivalent of 77.5 million dogs), but a whopping 56% of pet guardians roll out the red carpet for two or more cats, which adds up to 93.6 million whiskered meowers prowling the hallowed halls of our homes day in and day out.

Caring for the nutritional needs of obligate carnivores is one thing, but contending with their litter box situation is an entirely separate issue rife with challenges. Among them, how can you be kind to Mother Nature, your health, your wallet, and most importantly your nose without being forced to fumigate your home due to…ahem…kitty stink bomb fall-out?

It’s not as simple as pouring a 40 pound bag of clay-based cat box filler in a litter container and running in the other direction. Any self-respecting feline parent knows that dutiful excavation of deposits and overall maintenance of the dreaded ‘box’ are both a necessary evil if you want to ensure that the only odiferous scent wafting through your household environment emanates from your lip-smackin’-good home cookin’.

However, when you’re unable to find a product that gets the job done – a common complaint among countless cat owners – it’s time to call in the big guns. Arm & Hammer is attempting to rise to the challenge with their new Double Duty Clumping Cat Litter formula, which is designed to neutralize typical odors generated from solid and liquid waste materials on contact.

Baking soda has long been used as an effective neutralizing agent, and combined with Arm & Hammer’s rock-solid clumping formula and special additives that give urine and fecal odors the one-two-punch, it sounds like a recipe for kitty and pet parent paradise. For those who prefer more a more eco-friendly alternative, there are several products worth considering, although nothing can quite compare to the great outdoors!

Elizah Leigh | @elizahleigh
A dedicated green journalist and currently commissioned to write a comprehensive reference book on vegetarianism, Elizah Leigh hopes to inspire people through her words. Follow Elizah on Facebook.

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