Cat Odour Problems and Solutions

Cat urine odours due to litter trays or urine on beds, carpets or furnishings, or spraying/marking by studs or queens are all easily controlled with our range of Odour Control sprays and powders, see our cat information section here

Dog Odour Problems and Solutions

Dog urine odours due to smelly dog beds, rugs or pads, 'leaks' from elderly dogs on carpets or furnishings, or spraying/marking by male dogs are all easily controlled with our range of Odour Control sprays and powders, see our dog information section here

Puppy Cleanup?

House training a new puppy can be a messy task, some pups take longer than others to 'get the idea'. To control those unavoidable smells see here.

Spilt Milk in Car?

Whether it has happened in the car or someplace else, the smell can be very persistent. Let our good bacteria 'eat up' the residues you can't see but certainly can smell! Please see here for more information.

Dead Rat or Mouse in Roof, Wall or Air Conditioner, etc.

This is unfortunately quite a common problem. If you can get to the effected area and remove the remains then so much the better. Next best is if you can get close to the affected area to apply the powder or spray, please see here for more information.

Wastewater Odours

Odours related to toilets, drains, septic tanks, greywater tanks, wastewater treatment systems. These cause some of the most common household (and commercial) odour problems, more information and solutions here.

Grease Trap Odours

The grease, fats and oils that collect in grease traps can be very smelly. GT Treat (available as a liquid, granules and as slow dissolving tablets) is an effective remedy for these smells, more information here.

Other Animal Odours - Possums, Birds, Rats, Mice

Smellgone products tackle the compounds causing the smell and out compete the other micro-organisms making those smelly compounds. Smellgone products are very effective against cat and dog odours and have been used to combat odours from other animals such as possums, birds, rats and mice.

Possum odours can be particularly strong, especially from male possums. The organic compounds producing the odours, both urine, faeces and the musky odours possums and other animals (such as cats, dogs, rats and mice) use for marking their territory are 'eaten' up by the friendly microbes present in all Smellgone products.

If you have a difficult odour to get rid of or control, just email us and we will be happy to get our friendly microbes working for you!

Cooking, Smoking, Paint and Plastics Odours

Smellgone Odour Control Spray will combat these odours, especially smells due to cooking and cigarette smoking.

Odours due to paint, plastics, fuels or pesticides for instance can be more difficult as many of these substances are toxic to the beneficial micro-organisms which are at the heart of Smellgone products. Nevertheless, significant relief from these types of inorganic odours can also be achieved.

Please see our Resources Page for more information on all of these odours.

Pet Shop Odours

We are asked from time to time by pet shop owners about they can control the smell from puppies, kittens, small animals and birds in the pet shop environment.

The odour problems are best treated at each source that is in the enclosures for the puppies, kittens and small animals (rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits), birds. It is possible to 'mist spray' the entire store but then there would still be localised odour at each 'source'.

Our sprays and powders are not masking agents, they act directly on the smell and on the wastes causing them. The friendly bacteria in all our products actually consume the wastes to produce only carbon dioxide and water. Other products relying on enzyme based preparations unfortunately only do part of the job and only partially break down the offending compounds which often produce other smells. The other type of odour control products rely on oxidising and disinfecting chemicals to try and neutralise the offending wastes, this may provide temporary relief in some cases but they often rely on strongly perfumed masking agents to try and disguise or cover-up the odours.

Our recommendations are:

  • Puppies
    Depending on whether they are on shredded newspaper, wood shavings or other pelleted litter will depend on the approach. If you are using shredded newspaper the best approach is to clean the enclosure as you normally would then lightly spray the enclosure area with our Odour Control Spray and then put in the shredded newspaper. If you do this each time you clean the enclosure out it will greatly reduce the odour.

    If you are using wood shavings or other pelleted material you should follow the same process as with Odour Control Spray and then add 1 cup of Odour Control Powder per square metre of litter material. This will give very effective results.

    A couple of additional points here, that also apply to other animal groups. Our sprays and powders contain live bacterial cultures that are in a 'resting' stage. Once they are presented with suitable conditions these bacteria begin to 'eat' up the wastes that cause the smell and the compounds actually causing the smell, ammonia in urine for example. For this reason it is important that if you are using disinfectants or chlorine bleaches as part of your normal cleaning process, that all traces of these disinfectants are removed before you spray with our products. It is not necessary to thoroughly dry the surfaces but a rinse with clean water and then a wiping of any excess water will provide the best conditions for the 'good bugs' to do their work.

    The second point is that all our products contain bacteria and other micro-organisms that have been isolated from the natural environment and then grown as stable cultures for use in our products. The bacteria are strictly saprophytic, meaning they only digest non-living and decaying materials, they do not feed on living animals, or plants. Importantly our microbes will not cause disease in people or animals. They should not however be sprayed directly on animals or people and people should wash their hands after using our products during animal cleanup operations.
  • Kittens
    Assuming the kittens are already trained to use a litter there are a couple of options. If the litter trays are emptied, cleaned and refilled on a daily basis then each litter tray can be sprayed with Odour Control Spray each time after it is washed, then the litter material can be put in. For longer lasting results, for instance if the solid material is removed from the litter tray on a regular basis, then a cup full of Odour Control Powder can be added to each tray of litter material when the new litter material is put in. The Powder is suitable for use with all types of litter material. Odour Control Spray can also be used in the enclosure after it is cleaned out, in the same way as for the puppy enclosure.
  • Small Animals
    Odour Control Powder can be added to the litter material in all cases, at the rate of 250 ml (1 cup full) per square metre. In the case of mice or male rabbits the application rate can be increased to cope with the increased odour problem these animals commonly have. Again, Odour Control Spray can be used for the enclosure in the same way as for puppies or kittens. Small animals will sometimes eat the Powder, this is not a hazard, it is based on a wheat, rice , lucerne and chaff base that has been fermented with our cultures and then dried.
  • Birds
    If bird numbers are high, Odour Control Powder can be scattered over the cage bottom, at the 1 cup full per square metre rate. Birds will sometimes eat it, but again it is not harmful.
  • Smellgone Rapid
    For control of 'spot' or localised odours Smellgone Rapid is the product of choice. Stud cat owners find it useful in their catteries and during travel to and at shows. We also advise Smellgone Rapid for particularly hard to control odours such as from possums or fruit bats. Some rabbit breeders also use it for the same reason. Because of it's convenient size it is also popular as an odour control spray to carry in the car or have around the home not only for pet odours, but other things such as rubbish bins, smelly shoes or in the bathroom.