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5 Ways to Fight Pet Odors

Products to Eliminate Dog, Cat, and Pocket Pet Smells

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No pet owner wants company to come to the door, take a few sniffs at the threshhold, and say, "Oh, you must have animals." Four-legged family members can't help leaving some odors. They have occasional accidents in the house, and sometimes they just leave a general smell. Cat litter boxes and pocket pet cages contribute to the problem, even if you're diligent about cleaning.

Fortunately, there are many products designed to help you control pet owners. They come in solids, sprays, powders, plug-in units, and even special mattress pads.

Odor Eliminating Sprays

Nature's Miracle
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Pets like dogs, cats, and even rabbits, ferrets, and other small animals who are out of their cages for exercise, sometimes have "oops" moments on the carpet. Fortunately there are many excellent products to get rid of the resulting odor. Some, like Nature's Miracle Just for Cats, are aimed at a specific species. Others, like Zero Odor Pet Spray, attack virtually any animal-related affront to your nose.

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Mattress Pads

Therapedic International Odor-Eliminating Mattress Pad
Therapedic International

Does your dog or cat love to join you in bed? Keep your sleep area fresh with an odor-eliminating mattress pad from Therapedic International. Their pads use Puresleep Advanced Technology, which is designed to eliminate odors, fight bacteria, and even repel stains.

These odor-fighting mattress pads are also available in a waterproof version for extra protection. It's ideal if you have an older pet who has occasional accidents. Look for this product at Bed Bath and Beyond Stores in sizes ranging from twin to king.

Air Fresheners

Citrus Magic Solid Air Freshener
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Solid and plug-in air fresheners fight a wide range of household odors, and some are aimed specifically at pet smells. For example, Citrus Magic has a variety of solid air fresheners suitable for use in households with pets.

You can put air fresheners in problem areas, including near dog beds, litter boxes and pocket pet cages. They're easily replaceable when they dry out, and you can choose from a wide variety of scents.

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Air Purifiers

Austin Air Pet Machine Air Purifier
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Some electric air purifiers serve a double duty for pet owners. They eliminate odors and also help remove allergens from the air. The best air purifiers run several hundred dollars, but cheaper models are also available. Expect a superior performance and longer lifespan from the more expensive models.

Sizes range from plug-ins and counter top units to full-sized floor models. This variance lets you find an electric air freshener to fit into just about any space that needs some olfactory help.

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Carpet Fresheners

Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Odor Eliminator for Carpets and Room
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It's nice to freshen up your carpet regularly when you have lots of pet traffic abusing it every day. Dogs, cats, and pocket pets don't necessarily need to have an accident on the carpeting to make it less than fresh. For example, on those rainy days it can pick up wet dog smell when you canine comes in from outdoors.

Carpet freshening powders like Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Carpet make it easy to chase away any odors, and they're also a convenient preventative. You sprinkle them onto the carpet before vacuuming, suck them up, and voila!

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