1 Stars By An AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-06-21
Smell Made Me Nauseous
I really like the Breeze system. When I saw this, I thought it was a good deal. They arrived on time and there was absolutely nothing wrong with the shipping. Stupid me didn't read that these pads were scented. The smell made me nauseous and I could smell them from the next room they are THAT strong. Of course my cats didn't complain but I'm sure if they like it or not. I used up one bag but I don't know what to do with the other bags. From now on, I will make sure I get the UNSCENTED.
1 Stars By gretchen on 2017-04-17
Review & Comparison of 3 Brands, Tidy Cats, EZ, and All-Absorb
I am giving this product 1 star because of the price. In September, I paid $64 for 6 packages with 10 pads each. Now 6 packages with 10 pads each are $90 on AlumiGogo. I called AlumiGogo a month ago to see if this was an error in pricing, but they said that it wasn't. This meant that I needed to find another product, so I purchased Tidy Cats scented pads for about 1/3 less than the non scented pads. They were so strongly scented that I couldn't breathe, and the scent permeated all 2,600 square feet of our home. I could even smell them outside and in the garage. The cats would not use the litter box that I put a pad in. I sent them back, and got a refund, but still had the dilemma of overpriced litter pads. I purchased EZ litter pads from AlumiGogo, and All-Absorb litter pads from Chewy, and still had left over Breeze pads. I have been alternating the three brands for the last 6 weeks. They all three work the same, same absorbency and same odor control. The All-Absorb pads are 1/2" shorter than the tray, but I just adjust it to be 1/4" on each end. The plastic edge takes care of the possibility of any leakage, but it's annoying that it doesn't fit perfectly. The EZ pads fit perfectly, and are every bit as good as the Breeze pads. Just to let you know, I have two one-year-old male kitties and two Breeze litter boxes. I change the pads twice a week because I am OCD. Once I forgot, and left them for a week. They were heavy and full, but there was no leakage. When I order again, I will, probably, go with the EZ pads because of the perfect fit and because the quality is equal. Here is the price break down, Tidy Cats, $1.50 each, EZ Cat Pads $.80 each, All-Absorb Litter Pads, $74 each. As you can see in the photo, the size of the diamonds is different, but they all are equal in thickness, they all absorb equally, and they all have good odor control. I was pleasantly surprised.
The products are, from top to bottom, All-Absorb, EZ, and Breeze.
5 Stars By UrbanDixie on 2018-01-22
So much cleaner than gritty litter
I bought the whole system. I couldn't stand how the clumping litter I had previously was being tracked everywhere! So, I was willing to give this a try but I was leery. Getting my cat to switch over was easy but it did take a few days. I thought that the new pellet system would smell. When my cat makes a poop, it smells immediately afterwards-- whether or not he's used the regular litter box or this pellet system. It is easier to clean with litter which is finer so the scoop is easier to maneuver but it is still easy with the pellets as well. The pee pads do not smell when used which was my biggest surprise. One reviewer suggested buying puppy pee pads instead and saving money instead of continuing to buy the Breeze system pee pads. So, I did buy a box of unscented puppy pee pads after I used up the Breeze pee pads that came with the system. Big mistake. The puppy pee pads are only good for one time and the urine soaks and spreads out to almost the entire pad. The Breeze system pee pad can take more than one urine (2 or 3 times or more depending on if the cat changes position or if you rotate the pad) and the urine doesn't spread out as much across the pad. So, I find myself having to change and throw out the puppy pee pads all the time so I'm not saving money. Another thing I've noticed is that when my cat scratches over the pellets when he's done his business, it's loud! This isn't an issue if you've got the litter box in your basement and you're sleeping upstairs but if you've got the box in or near your bedroom and you're a light sleeper, then you should be aware of this. Overall, I am thrilled with the Breeze system. The cat litter tracking all over the house was so disgusting and the Breeze pellet system has ended that. The Breeze litter system seems so much cleaner to me. I only wish my local Stop and Shop carried the pellet refills!
1 Stars By a long way from home on 2017-07-08
These are NOT the regular pads. To my nose they have a HORRID scent.
I was excited to find these at such a great price since these pads have skyrocketed in price over the last couple of years. I thought I had found a secret stash at a great price when I came across these and I bought two boxes. They don't really advertise that these have a scent to them. If you look closely at the product image you see that it has "spring clean" written on it. Well I love springtime. It is in fact my favorite season. There is nothing whatsoever about about these pads that smells anything like spring. Overwhelmingly scented.
I have a few litter boxes in the house. One is the home office. As I sit here at the computer I get a massive headache and there is a stench that has been driving me crazy for the past couple of months. I couldn't figure out why all of a sudden the litter box was stinking when it never did before. I thought one of the cats must be sick because the odor was so overwhelming. When the cat pee hits these pads there is some sort of horrid alchemy that happens. The dreadful spring clean scent mingles with the cat pee to create an unbearable bouquet that lives in my nose hairs long after I've vacated the office.
I tried changing the pellets more often, I tried changing the pads more often, I watched the cats for signs of illness or litter box overuse and nothing made that horrid smell go away. Call me slow, but I finally realized that it's these damn spring clean pads that are wrecking havoc. I have bitten the bullet and gone back to the woefully overpriced unscented pads.
BOTTOM LINE: I love the litter breeze system. Greatest cat invention I've come across in years. I thought these pads were the same as the ones I am used to but they are NOT. They have an absolutely horrible scent that when mixed with cat pee is simply unbearable to me. Your nose may be different in which case you're luck because these come in at a much better price than the unscented ones. I just can't handle the scent. But I also can't handle the scent of most air fresheners. It you are fine with scents then these are the pads for you!
1 Stars By Dr. B. Santos on 1969-12-31
DISHONEST marketing and promises. Might Work for some.
Save your money. [...]. I am a litter box rehabilitation specialist and though I like the idea of the breeze, the design of this product is troublesome to me. Any pelleted pet litters may lead your cat to potty outside of the box, so please hang on to your old litter and box if you do transition to the breeze. Also, make sure your cats is urinating AND defecating in the Breeze for at least a week before you remove your old box.
The whole point of this contraption is to reduce odors and it fails terribly. Odor is a bigger problem when you use this box. Those who say otherwise must have stuffy noses. The Breeze pads (which are expensive even when you buy them in bulk) are supposed to be "odor free". They must mean that they are odor free before the urine hits them because there is a strong odor after a single urination onto the pad. For $[...] each, the pads should actually control odor. It would be easy and inexpensive for the manufacturer to add an effective odor controlling ingredient to the pad, but they have failed to do this.
As for the Breeze pellets, when your cat covers his feces, it is not very well coated and when you scoop some of the pellets that fall back into the box will be contaminated with poop. Fecal odor will be much more noticeable if you are transitioning from a fine clumping litter to the breeze. Perhaps Purina want to ensure that you buy more of the pellets and pads by making them inneficient. I don't agree with the way this product is marketed and think the company is very dishonest.
Most cats prefer a fine, dense substrate (like sand) to urinate and defecate in. The large Breeze pellets are disliked by most cats. Forcing a cat to use a litter he does not prefer is asking for trouble. Urinating outside of the box is the leading behavior problem of house cats and a leading cause of kitty euthanasia. If box odors were significantly reduced by this system, I could see the reason for increasing the chance of problem behaviors. However, since my experience has been an increase in box odors, I absolutely cannot recommend this product. Keep in mind that once a cat urinates outside the box, it will likely keep urinating in the newly assigned area. Switching back to a box they used before with litter they used to prefer, may not cure the problem. Unless your cat absolutely loves the Breeze Pellets and you are OK with the odors, It's best to just stick with Pine or clumping litter (read warning below).
Fine vs Pine vs Breeze- Unfortunately, clumping clay litters may be linked to feline asthma and can contribute to sinus infections in people that clean the boxes. Other clumping litters such as Swheat Scoop, Feline Pine Clumping, and World's Best, are good alternatives but they will track more and stick to the scoop and box a bit. If a cat prefers a fine substrate, deal with the tracking and sticking- it's better than having a cat who dislikes his box. I prefer pine pellets for reduced tracking, if the cat will use them. Pine pellets will turn into sawdust and stick to the feces better than Breeze pellets (which never break down). With pine pellets you eliminate the urine odor completely and fecal odor is reduced. Pine litter is very affordable $[...] per month, per cat. With a Breeze system you are likely going to spend $[...] per month on pellets and pads. Feline Pine pellets and no-clay clumping litters are easier to transport and carry than clay litters.
If you want to control all cat odors and have a very healthy cat, consider a diet change for your kitty. You can reduce fecal odor significantly with raw diets. These are very easy to obtain at local pet stores. The larger pet store chains do not carry raw diets typically. Raw diets help with increased health, decreased fecal odor, decreased fleas and sometimes decreased shedding (depending on which ingredients you choose).
Good luck finding the perfect litter setup.[...]
4 Stars By Caroline T on 2016-12-14
Good quality, ridiculous price
These pads work well for 1 or 2 cats. But the more cats and it's constantly overflowing. Be careful what you set it down on. And where, you need to have enough room to extend the drawer, actually to remove the tray completly to dump a full pad. The tray is not easy to pull out so it's not easily monitored for fullness. Pulling out a fully saturated pad requires gloves and paper towels and can easily be a total disaster.
The quality of the quilted pads is awesome, but the price is horrible and they "got you" because there is no competitor option for you to substitute.
The biggest differences in the breeze system (over clumping clay litter) is
1- no "muddy" paws or litter tracking
2- the smell of poop. You're used to "litter box smell" but this gives you the strong raw, unaltered stench of POOP. A poopy-poopy smell. Likewise when changing the tray pad, you're hit with an unmasked, unfiltered pee stench. And the pee becomes more rank with time. There is no neutralizing effect from the pellets. And the pellets have zero absorbing ability. And the pellets look really really nasty with poop stuck to them.
And the breeze lid should not be clear/white plastic. Kitties wipe the poop on their paws on the white edges and it just looks dreadful.
The pee smell is well contained and confined to the tray, until you open it. Then the smell assaults your senses. But when the litter box needs your attention, it won't be the typical "cat pee" smell we all hate in the air; instead it's a baby nursery poopy smell that'll you'll notice.
This system would be PURRFECT for any sick or elderly kitty owner as it gives you complete information to help you answer your vets questions. It would make it ridiculously easy to provide your vet with any sample he might request. Unlike digging and sifting for clumps of...whatever, the two items are totally separated. So you would totally be able to say a) there is blood and b) the blood is presenting itself as bloody stool or the blood is present in the urine. This would be impossible if kitty buried it in sand. Likewise, you would be forced to know if there are worms present. It would not go unnoticed.
Oh one other nasty detail: whenever kitty's poop is less than solid, it's a real nightmare as clumping litter would coat diarrhea into a solid clump. The pellets just become filthy disgusting and you're forced to scoop mushy poop out of the grid/grate. Really horrible.
1 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2018-02-10
overpowering chemical scent
I love the Breeze litter system but the scented pads are awful. The odor is so strong it's overpowering. I was hoping the scent would dissipate after a few days but it's strong as ever. There are so many other ways to help with odor (charcoal or baking soda, for instance), but adding obnoxious chemicals to the mix does not help. Tidy Cat, why fix what wasn't broken?
If you're someone sensitive to strong odors and chemical scents, this product is not for you. I didn't realize they had switched to scented and accidentally purchased an entire case of these scented pads. I cannot use them.
2 Stars By Valerie I. Contini on 2018-03-09
Don't care for the smell of the scented pads.
I love the Breeze littler system and have been using it for five years. I bought the scented Cat Pads by accident. The odor emitted when urine hits the pad doesn't smell nice. (I didn't smell the urine when using the unscented pads.) For whatever reason, the smell does eventually fade. However, the initial smell when the urine hits the pad is terrible. I won't ever again buy the scented pads and can't wait until these have been used up so I can go back to using the unscented pads.
1 Stars By J. Williams on 2017-12-23
Watch carefully or you may end up with this awful scent in your home.
Of course the pads work well, however the scent on these is one of the worst there is. I bought these by mistake when we ran out and used them only in my family's basement litter box. The scent was so strong the pads had to be kept in a closed plastic container between changes and it could be easily be smelt in the kitchen, while these pads were in the litter box. My family has asthma and allergy issues which is why we switched to the Breeze system, but the scent on these aggravated everyone's breathing.
5 Stars By Diane Davison on 2016-07-04
Really great litter system pads, pricey though
I love my Tidy Cat Breeze litter system and have 2 Breeze litter boxes for my 2 cats. It is so much easier to clean, less messy, and better smelling than traditional litter. I do want to mention though that I am disappointed in the cost of these replacement pads which seem to just go up and up from when I first got this system when it first came out more than several years ago. I tried non-Tidy Cat brand generic pads and was not as happy with them. It just seems that Tidy Cat is not really supporting this product anymore or marketing it much. Would love to see a bit cheaper prices.