Go to a janitorial supply store and buy a malodorant (Available in several
different brands). Apply the malodorant libberally <AND THEN APPLY MORE.>
Let dry. If it still smells repeat the process untill you are satisfied. The
malodorant will eat the enzymes that cause the smell. It does not "mask"
them like carpet fresheners try to do and fail. It's also much more pleasant
to work with than varnish or shellac.
Malodorants are also available at pet stores but are double and quadruple
the price of the janitorail suppliers. The key is applying the stuff
libberally. (YOU CAN'T APPLY TOO MUCH).
Craig in AZ
Yeah, I've heard that, and tried it when my elder cat had become incontinent and
had chosen a section of the WTW carpet in my bedroom for a couple of her doings.
Treated the area twice, in fact. After a full week, I gave up and used an Xacto
knife to remove the affected carpet. A conversation later with someone in the
restoration business confirmed my experience. (And, a visit to the home of one
of the folks who had so highly recommended the product.)
I'm afraid that IME the only real solution to this problem has been already
suggested by another poster - remove all the upholstery, possibly refinish, and
If it has not dried, and it's removable, you can run the fabric through the
washer a few times. Regardless, the foam is history and needs to be
replaced. If it's dried and/or the fabric is not removable then you need to
replace both the foam and the fabric. Solutions like Nature's Miracle are
good for most other cases but when it comes to cat urine -- forget it.
Nothing works against cat urine.
Something else you need to consider at this point is whether or not to keep
the cat. Once a cat starts using the furniture as his litter box, he never
stops. In other words -- expect future incidents. We finally had to
isolate our cat to an area where there is no furniture -- the one time he
managed to get out he destroyed the cushions on a $2500 sofa set. As much
as I want to eliminate the animal altogether, I have a wife to contend
with -- I may finally have her convinced he needs to find a new home but I'm
not holding my breath.
Darn cats! When we were house hunting, we fell in love with a wonderful house in
an even more wonderful area and we would've bought it if it weren't for the
stomach-turning cat urine stench the basement and garage were permeated with. We
liked the house so much we were considering some kind of treatment to rid the
cement floors in those areas of the stench but our real estate agent told us to
just forget about it; she didn't think the stench could be completely
I still think that we could've fixed the problem treating the cement floors
chemically, but what do I know!
Getting off the topic of home repair (well maybe not...), the solution for my
elder incontinent cat was that she immediately became an outdoor cat. Not
ideal, but she was something of a huntress to begin with and found that pleasure
for the last three years of her life (as she was so proud to show me many
times!) So, depending on your situation, you may have a less drastic solution
You might try chlorine bleach and fresh air on the foam. But the bigger
issue here is WHY the cat peed. Sometimes it's a sign of illness. More often
it's a symptom of an unhappy or disturbed cat. If it's a male, they spray to
mark their territory. Has another cat been in the house or in the
neighbourhood? Other questions...Is the cat neutered? Is it an outdoor
I would go to some of the cat pages and groups and inquire and/or consult
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