Monthly Archives: February 2016

Proper Disposal of Dog Training Pads

by alexandra

dog training padsDog owners will agree that having a dog is like having a live-in best friend. However, caring for them can be a lot of work. They need to be bathed, fed, entertained, trained, exercised and loved. Unlike cats, who need little maintenance, dogs tend to be quite messy and grow to be very dependant on their owners.

There are no shortcuts to truly caring for a happy and healthy dog. But there are, however, tools available that make the process easier for you. Anyone who has house trained a puppy or lived in a particularly rainy or snowy climate knows that dog training pads are a dog owner’s best friend. They transform a piece of your home into the outdoors, the perfect substitute for taking your dog outside to do his business.

The Life Cycle of a Dog Training Pad

Even a miraculous invention like the dog training pad has it’s downsides. What do you do with the soaked and dirty pad after it’s been used? The life of a training pad typically follows this sequence of events:

1. The pad will sit in a corner and wait for a dog to use it.
2. After being used, the pad remains out until the dog owner comes home.
3. When the dog owner arrives home, he or she has to pick up the training pad (potentially getting pee on their hands) and carry it to the trash can (potentially getting pee all over the house).
4. Then the pad has to sit in a trashcan until the trash goes out, dispersing more odor and bacteria into the air.

There is an easier and more hygienic way to dispose of training pads.

The Better Way to Dispose of Dog Training Pads

The first problem with dog training pads is moving them. You could grab a paper towel with which to lift the sodden pad, but how much protection does that really give your hands?

Using a product like the Dooty Champ can save you from that awful feeling of liquid soaking through the towel and getting onto your skin. The Dooty Champ pet waste bags are 18 microns thick. Your hands will remain dry and clean, no matter how dirty the training pad is. And, they are lightly scented so you don’t have to worry about unwanted odors lingering on your hands.

The Dooty Champ is only the first half of the solution. The coup de gras is the Training Champ, the odor-free dog training pad disposal system, designed specifically for this problem. The hands-free pedal allows you to step and drop, sealing the soiled pad inside beneath a double sealing lid. Odors don’t stand a chance against the Training Champ – it holds 7 gallons worth of training pads, which means emptying it less frequently.

House training a new puppy or saving your beloved dog from going out in the cold has never been easier with the Training Champ. It is true that having a dog can be a lot of hard work. But with the Training Champ and Dooty Champ working in tandem, it can be hygienic, odor-free and an immensely rewarding experience.

Controlling Litter Box Odor Is Easier Than Ever!

by alexandra

controlling litter box odorDespite their lovable fluffiness and adorable personalities, let’s face it, cats can cause quite the stinky situation in your home. We pride our ancestors on constructing sophisticated waste removal systems for humans ages and ages ago when people still believed in magic, yet we allow our furry friends to poop in the laundry room, then we shovel it into plastic bags and only toss it away when the bags get too full. The result is usually a home that tells your visitors’ noses you have a cat before they even hear a single “meow”.

Cats are the single most popular pet in the United States. Although the world has been split into “dog people” versus “cat people” for generations, if we are going by sheer numbers, cats are the uncontested winners.  Around 80 million people nationwide own domesticated cats, versus roughly 70 million dog owners across America.

With numbers like that, it’s a wonder how so many people put up with having the odor of kitty litter boxes permeate their homes on a regular basis. Lucky for the crazy cat lady in all of us, controlling litter box odor is now easier than ever.

Making Litter Odor a Thing of the Past

There are many factors that contribute to litter odor. Some people believe that odor is the price you pay for having a pet. This simply isn’t true. Controlling litter box odor is possible, and even easy, if you know how.

The Right Litter

The actual litter you use can play a huge role in controlling odor and how much of it leaks into your home. When shopping for the perfect kitty litter, consider the following points.

Opt for clumping over non-clumping. With non-clumping litter, you can only scoop out the poop while the urine seeps to the bottom. Removing all waste will decrease the odor that remains in the box.
Stay away from scented litters. They typically only mask the odor with some other flowery smell. This fragrance can irritate cats and will make it harder for you to determine when the litter box truly needs to be cleaned out.
Look for products with added baking soda. Baking soda has been used for generations to absorb moisture and odor and it works for kitty litter as well. Plus, it’s natural so it’s safe for your kitties.
Consider trying litter made of alternate substances other than clay, like recycled newspaper, corn or pine. They tend to be naturally absorbent and clump easily.

The Right Diet

Just like with humans, your cats’ diet may affect how smelly their droppings are. Of course it’s natural for poop not to smell great, but your cat may be eating something that is causing an usually strong odor.

Some vitamin supplements can cause overly smelly poop. Often times, grain based diets cause a stronger smell. All cats are different; a good test is to eliminate one kind of ingredient at a time for a week or so to help you narrow down the cause. If you notice your pet’s waste has recently and significantly increased in odor, you’ll want to make sure this isn’t a results of parasites or excess bacteria, in which case, it is definitely time for a visit to the V-E-T.

The Right Container

Even with the perfect kitty litter and a balanced diet, odor can still escape into your home. Luckily, there is a singular product that can help. Using the Litter Champ eliminates the need for stinky plastic bags and regular trips to the dumpster. And the easier it is to clean up after your cat, the less often things will get out of hand.

Simply scoop the clumps out of the litter using the included scoop that hangs right on the side of the unit. The foot pedal allows you to open the lid with ease and the double-seal traps any and all odors in, until you’re ready to empty the unit. The canister is large enough to prevent you from having to run out to the dumpster every time you empty the litter box. The result: a happy cat, clean litter box and a home free of unpleasant odors with a minimal amount of work on your part.

An Intelligent Solution for Cat Litter Disposal

by alexandra

cat litter disposalCats are some of the oldest and most loved domestic pets. In ancient Egypt, the killing of a cat was punishable by death! But despite our best efforts to make them love us, every cat owner knows that while a dog is a man’s best friend, a cat is a cat’s best friend. They typically only come to us when they want something and they tend to be very picky about how much and what kind of attention they want.

However, they do make excellent pets. Not only are they soft and cuddly, but tend to be extremely intelligent. While it’s easier to teach dogs tricks, few would disagree that your average housecat could easily outwit any domesticated pup.

How Smart Are Cats Anyway?

Scientists have tried to figure out just how smart cats are, but have run into some unsurprising roadblocks.

“There’d probably be more research on cats if they would just do what they were told for two seconds. But cats’ famed aloofness extends even to the laboratory […] and researchers’ attempts to cajole cats into giving up a glimpse into their minds are blocked by cats’ preferences to just be doing something else.” (smithsonianmag)

When comparing the actual brain structure of a cat versus a dog, a cat’s brain is much more advanced. The cerebral cortex – the area responsible for thinking and rational decision-making in the brain – is a complex area that varies from animal to animal. The cerebral cortex in a cat is almost twice as complex as that of a dog; containing 300 million nerve cells while that of the average dog contains only about 160 million. Putting that into perspective: we have about 26 billion.

No matter how lazy your cat is, pretty much all domesticated cats are smart enough to know how to use a litter box. Some may be better at keeping the litter inside the box than others, but that’s a whole other issue. However, even the smartest cats can’t be trained to empty their own litter box. That responsibility falls to you, the lowly cat owner – or in their eyes, the loyal servant, cook and toy-buyer.

It’s time to rise to your cats’ level. The days of allowing the smell to saturate our homes if we don’t get to the litter box in time are long gone. It’s time for a smarter solution to this problem.

The Smart Cat Litter Disposal Solution

There are quite a few challenges when it comes to cat litter disposal:

The odor of feces sitting untouched until you can scoop it away
Flimsy scoops that might break and make a mess
The litter box filling up and spilling litter
Finding a plastic bag to scoop the waste into
Running to the dumpster everytime you have to empty the litter box

There is a smarter solution. The Litter Champ addresses every undesirable problem that comes with being on poop patrol 24/7.

What does the Litter Champ give you, you ask?

A double-seal lid that locks in odors and bacteria so that no matter how much poop you’ve scooped, no one has to know. An added bonus is the hands-free step that allows you to open and close the can without coming into contact with the unit.

A sturdy ABS scoop that hangs conveniently on the side of the unit. Say goodbye to flimsy plastic that snaps and sends feces flying.

An easy and fast system that is less of a burden. If you can empty the box more often, the box won’t fill up as fast and your cats will have more room to move around comfortably.

A continuous liner system that saves plastic and provides you with a sturdy bag that is much less likely to rip and leave you with poop covered shoes.

A large capacity canister that stores the waste, odor free, until the unit is full. Fewer trips outside to the garbage is a must, especially in the colder months.

It’s impossible to deny that each feature of the Litter Champ is a smart solution to the toughest litter box problems. Your cat probably won’t respect you any more for it, but they will appreciate a clean, hygienic and odor-free environment in which to ignore you.

Controlling Litter Box Odor: A How To Guide

by alexandra

controlling litter box odorAnyone who has ever had a cat knows that they are remarkably self-sufficient. They can hunt for themselves, defend themselves, clean themselves and entertain themselves. If we’re being honest, all your cat truly needs you for is one very smelly job.

There’s nothing worse than inviting people over and realizing as soon as the doorbell rings that you’ve forgotten to empty the litter box. No matter how much you love your cats, it’s impossible to love the litter box. The litter ends up everywhere, it always seems to be full and the smell can be unbearable. With all you have to do on a daily basis, who has time to worry about a smelly litter box?

There is a solution to this age old problem that doesn’t involve becoming a dog person instead. To save you time and what remains of your olfactory senses, here is a how to guide on controlling litter box odor.

Step 1: Accept the Poop

The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one: your house smells like cat poop. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, there’s only one smart thing left to do.

Step 2: Order a Litter Champ

An artist can’t paint without a top quality brush. A pilot can’t fly without a fully-functioning plane. When you have a tough job to do, you need the best possible tool. In this case, your best tool is the Litter Champ, an all-in-one pet waste solution that takes every unappealing aspect of cleaning the litter box and turns it into a walk in the park.

Step 3: Scoop the Poop

When your cat has finished with the litter box, just grab the included scoop that hangs conveniently on the side of the unit. The scoop will allow the excess litter to fall back into the box through the slots.

Step 4: Drop the Poop

Poop poised, step on the foot pedal to open the lid and open the double-seal mouth of the Litter Champ. Toss the waste into the opening. As you lift your foot off the pedal, the mouth of the can will close and the lid will drop, ensuring a double-seal that keeps odor and bacteria inside. Revel in the fact that no part of your body came into contact with anything gross.

Step 5: Remove the Poop

Once the Litter Champ is full, simply open the door and cut the top of the continuous bag. Since the bags are continuous, as soon as you tie the bottom of the next bag and pull it down, you’re all done. No more hunting for old grocery bags that may or may not have a surprise hole in the bottom. And the Litter Champ bags are economically friendly, unlike plastic grocery bags which do not decompose.

Now that you have the ultimate guide to controlling litter box odor, you can spend less time worrying about odor and more time with your kitties.