Converting a house into a cat shelter is a wonderful way to give homeless cats shelter until they are able to be placed with their own family in a home. But while they are all there, an air purifier is a must to keep the air fresh and odor-free for your feline clients, the people that care for them, and for the potential owners who will visit. Here are 4 things your air purifier should be able to do in your cat house.
Remove Urine Odor—One of the most off-putting smells in the whole world is cat urine. And with a number of cats grouped together, who may or may not be used to using the litter box, the stench in the air can easily become overpowering. Eliminating this smell is directly related to the health of the kitties, the quality of your staff, and the quality of customers you will be able to attract who will adopt the kitties.
Carbon-based filters are the top pick for removing gaseous pollutants. But carbon alone will not remove the ammonia that is the predominant offender in urine. An additive to increase is ability to absorb the ammonia is a necessary part of the filter make-up.. Without it, the eye-stinging effects that urine can cause will not go away.
Eliminate Dander—-Dander is dead flakes of skin that are shed by all warm-blooded animals as newer healthier skin replaces it. Shedding is continuous as they move through they daily activities.. There is nothing you can do about this continual process except deal with it.
Clearing it from the air keeps felines and humans healthy. Because it is so small—2 to 5 microns in size–it can easily penetrate the inner tissue of the lungs and with continually inhalation of large amounts, it can cause nodules to form. Most often they are benign, but clearing the air reduces the amount available to be inhaled.
HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting filters are the most effective at removing microscopic particles. By definition this type of filtration will remove 99.97% of particles as small as .3 microns in size with 99.97% efficiency. You know it must be effective if hospitals use it to filter their air..
Trap Cat Litter Dust—Your shelter is probably filled with litter boxes.. Between scratching, cleaning them, and adding to them, it can create quite a dust cloud. Your cleaner also needs to be able to effectively remove these big particles that can trigger coughing, sneezing, and other aggravating symptoms.
Large and medium particle pre-filters should be the first line of defense against big particles like these. These filters take them out of circulation for good while allowing the HEPA to stay clear for micrsopic pollutants such as dander, bacteria, and viruses..
Get the Hair Out Of the Air—The great volume of hair that can become airborne can easily be seen by looking closely at the air when the sun shines in through window. Without constant filtration, all the particles that you see will go into your body and the cats’ bodies and will make extra work for the lungs and liver to try to eliminate them.
The large pre-filters are excellent for removing these particles. And the good news is that dander often sticks to hair, and so by removing the hair you are also decreasing the amount of dander in the air as well.