’Tis the season for holiday gatherings, when the common areas of the home see a lot of traffic from visiting family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. And as those guests make their way from room to room, an unwelcome pet-related smell emanating from a small animal’s habitat or litter box should not follow them and risk spoiling the mood and festivities.
Pet products that contribute to better air quality around the house and a cleaner enclosure aren’t flashy and don’t qualify as a year-end holiday gift, but retailers might be comforted to know that those much-needed staple items are worthy of customers’ appreciation regardless of the date on the calendar.
“Some of the biggest drawbacks consumers have about owning a small animal pet are odor control and cage cleaning, so products that solve odor issues and make cage cleaning easier are important for improving the overall small animal pet ownership experience,” Mary Ann Loveland, an associate brand manager for Kaytee Hard Goods, told Pet Age for the article, “Small Pet, Big Smell,” in the November 2016 issue.
Covering up an unpleasant odor from a rabbit, ferret or other small animal’s habitat is the equivalent of slapping a patch on a well-worn tire: It’s only a temporary solution to the problem, and it’s only a matter of time before it needs attention again.
The products that are must-have items on a retailer’s shelves—and those that are generally considered most beneficial to pet owners—are the ones that combat the source of the smell while being safe for the companion pet and its owner. It’s worthwhile and helpful for consumers to have access to cleaners that disinfect, deodorize and minimize the spread of bacteria.
Controlling odor related to small pets won’t be a big deal if the right products are easy to find on store shelves. If these items are available to small animal owners, then they can be considered repeat customers for the life of their beloved critters.
Marshall GoodBye Odor
GoodBye Odor is a breakthrough product that safely and naturally stops litter box and bedding odors. Just one application a day in a pet’s food or water is all you need to make litter box odors a smell of the past.
Scatterless Lock-N-Litter Pan
Ware Pet Product’s Scatterless Lock-N-Litter Pan features high sides to keep messes in and stain- and odor-resistant plastic. A wire floor panel keeps messes away from pet.
Wee Away makes powerful pet odor and stain removers in two fragrances. These products contain special strains of natural bacteria and enzymes that destroy the source of the stains and odors. Wee Away products are safe for the environment and for pets and their people. We are constantly striving to provide the best products with the least amount of impact to our planet.
Wipe Out is a small animal cage disinfectant, cleaner and deodorizer. It is ideal for cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing terrariums and other animal enclosures. Wipe Out kills salmonella, choleraesis and pseudomonas aeruginosa, and it can reduce the spread of bacterial infections among small animals.
Clean Cage Habitat Deodorizer
Available in 16-ounce and 32-ounce sizes, Kaytee’s Clean Cage Deodorizer Spray is a non-toxic cleaner and deodorizer containing a combination of environmentally safe cleansing agents, plus refreshing odor control properties to safely clean your pet’s home and accessories. Clean cages contribute to the proper care small animals need to lead happy and healthy lives.