Activated charcoal and bentonite are two powerful partners when an excellent neutralization of odors is required for the litter box.
Unpleasant odors generated by urine and cat faeces are released in the hygienic box. It is a mixture of the most disparate chemical compounds such as thiols, methane gas, mercaptans or ammonia, generated from the urine of the cat through urea metabolism.
The normal bentonite granules in the litter neutralize odors well. But there are molecules odorigine that especially the activated charcoal is able to bind better and more effectively.
What is activated carbon?
Activated carbon has long been used in odor filters, e.g. in the kitchen hoods, in the insoles of the shoes or in the filters for the vehicle interior. Many air-conditioning systems are equipped with an activated carbon filtration stage to eliminate external odors from products such as e.g. from diesel engine exhausts, sewage, sulfur dioxide, etc.
Activated charcoal is a totally natural material, containing amorphous carbon, with a highly porous structure and a high internal surface area. One teaspoon of activated carbon corresponds to an amount of about 2 grams which provides an internal surface of 2000 square meters: equal to half of a football field!
The activated charcoal we use produced, by physical activation in special furnaces, from coconut shells: a renewable resource.
How does activated carbon work?
Unlike many other additives, which apparently should neutralize odors well, active carbon in the litter really works! Through the so-called Van der Waals forces, odorous substances form physical bonds with activated carbon: it works like magnets, positive and negative charges attract. The large inner surface with its special pores serves to effectively tie a large amount of unpleasant odors.
Combining activated charcoal and bentonite also has the advantage of obtaining a granulate for litter composed of completely natural raw materials, which complement each other in the neutralization of odors.