My ancient male cat, 20+ lbs, for the first time in 15+ years, decided
to whiz in a corner of a carpeted room. After I drop kicked him out
into the back yard (just kidding) I researched this and purchased a
gallon of Natures Miracle Advanced Cat Urine Stain and Odor Remover.
I lifted the rug and soaked it, the foam padding, the floor and even
removed the nail strips leading into the corner. After letting soak
for a day I've had a fan blowing into the area (with the rug lifted up
and a 2nd fan blowing out an open window just above the area.
That's been going now for three days and there's still some lingering
At this point I'm ready to rip out the carpeting and pad and have the
floors refinished but that unfortunately is more than my budget will
allow. So, I am hoping that some of you readers may have experienced
this situation before and have some fool proof (I'm the fool)
techniques to eliminate the odor.
As I sit here holding my nose, I will appreciate any advice provided
(short of shooting the cat).
ripm out and toss rug, scrub floor and rinse well... let dry and eep
cat out of room.
then coat floor with OUTDOOR POLYURETHANE, the outdoor is oil based
and the only one that will work.
what you must do is seal the odor in as its impossible to remove....
CUT out the carpet in the corner, discard the pad, then paint the floor
with KILZ (the oil based original)a couple coats. Then ceramic tile
that corner and put a plant there. One the cat won't crap in.
remove the "not" from my address to email
You got advice on the carpet aspect. As far as the cat, long ago I had
the same thing happen. Perfectly clean cat for over a decade. In males
(mine was fixed), it is often caused by crystals in their urine/bladder
or other infection. You see, we can't understand much of their complex
extended vocabulary of movements. They have to whack us with a 2x4 to get
our attention. A urine sample to the vet for starters. If that produces
no info then probably a blood test.
Good advice. I once had a male cat that had cystitis and was clearly trying
to indicate he was in distress by going in and out of his litter box
repeatedly without doing anything. Vet gave me some "Uro-eze" powder to mix
with his food. The writing on the bottle was smudged, and what was written
as 1/4 teaspoon every 6 hours became 4 tablespoons every 6 hours. Needless
to say, he couldn't walk a single step without whizzing. I picked him up
(trailing drops of cat piss all the way) and put him in the dog's crate with
some old rags until the stuff wore off. Fortunately, he suffered no ill
effects from his accidental "cleanse." The dog, however, was quite miffed
that his digs were taken over, even temporarily.
Almost a decade later, he whizzed in the house again and I scolded him. He
ran, like he always did when he knew he had done something bad. I found him
several hours later under the shrubs, dead from a shredded bladder. I still
feel guilty for yelling at him when he couldn't really control himself. )-:
Vet said even had we gotten him in right away, there's not much they can do
with that sort of damage. Taught me a valuable lesson about not getting
angry before I know all the facts.
He had been raised with a litter of puppies and thought he was a dog until
the day he died. Even played fetch like a dog. Had him since I was a kid
and rescued him from Clove Lake Stables in Staten Island where the
stablehands were about to toss him down an old well hole. Caused me to
become a lapsed Catholic because the parish priest told me there were no
cats or dogs in Heaven. "What kind of a ripoff is that?" I thought.
So yes, take that old fella to the vet, he's trying to tell you something.
As for cleanup, I used Nature's Miracle, lots of applications, lots of
rinsing. Still, as someone else noted, the smell is never quite gone. One
series of humid days brings back the odor, not very strongly, but strong
enough to be a bother. Be happy the cat was neutered. The smell of unfixed
cat piss is unbelievably potent. Nature's design, I suppose, to make sure
their territory stays marked even after a rainstorm. I once had a roommate
who worked for a vet and brought home all the "rescues" and the place
smelled like a stable. The cats would jump on the kitchen counters to
escape the dog and as often as not, there would be a puddle of piss greeting
you when you went to make the mornng coffee. But even than was not
I moved out when one of them whizzed on my bed and it soaked through so that
it was not visible. Eeeeewwwww! I love animals, but you've got to draw the
line somewhere. That line is coming home from work, exhausted and lying on
the bed only to realize there's something wet. Eeeeewwwww again. The only
worse experience was siphoning gas with a tube that had a cockroach inside.
Ptui! No, wait - stepping on puppy shit in my bare feet.
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