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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:41 PM
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Cat pee/puke question
So, I go into my little used closet where I hang my nice clothes and keep extra jeans, sweatshirts and such on the floor.

I haven't been in there in a while so I was stunned to see my suit crumbled up in a ball (along with one of my nicer ties) on the floor. I was more stunned to see my suit coat covered in puke (tons of it).... and reeking of urine. So I go through all of the clothes on the floor and they all smell so fucking bad.

:cry:

I'm bringing my suit and tie to the dry cleaners and I was going to just wash the rest. Will this get the stench out? Should I bring everything to the cleaners?

We have to leave in a couple of hours so I don't have time to wash it right now. I'm going to bring the bags of crap to the trunk of my car right now because they stink and I don't want the cats to be induced to pee some more on it.

They're going in the river.

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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:44 PM
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1. oh man
Cat pee and puke is one wretched smell. I don't have any idea if it will come out so remember to report back and let everyone know.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:45 PM
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2. years ago had a cat that did that
The only thing that got the stench out when washing was to use liquid Lysol along with the detergent.


http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PFQBI0/ref=asc_df_B000PFQB...

Used to be able to find it in the grocery store, but haven't seen it there for a while.

Good luck
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:37 PM
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15. the smell of Lysol makes me deathly ill, triggers migraine, nausea, dizziness
like environmental poisoning.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 06:51 PM
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25. Yeah, me, too...
but was the only thing that removed the cat stench. Everything else just masked it for a short bit, or didn't remove the smell at all.

Then had to wash in regular detergent a couple or three times afterward.

it worked. :hug:
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:46 PM
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3. That totally sucks.
We've had this happen with our cat before, and no amount of washing will take the pee smell away for the cats. If you wash it and put it back, they will smell traces of their own urine and go back to that same spot. I will say I did not try dry cleaning our clothes, but it was t-shirts and stuff that got the worst of it.

I would also go in the closet and hit it hard with a pet smell sanitizer/carpet shampooer. It may cut the smell down enough to where they will be more interested in their box than your closet full of good clothes.

Good luck!
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:47 PM
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4. i would bring it all to the cleaners.
sorry sniffa, that really sucks.
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:15 PM
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8. As I said to Bi-Baby on FB
"That's my only suit. What if I had a funeral today... .what would they bury me in?"
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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 12:49 PM
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5. Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
http://www.thelaundrybasket.com/Our_Products/Our_Produc...

Soak clothes in some of the soda and warm water for an hour or so.
Pour the 'used' water out.
Wash clothes like regular w/some of the Washing Soda.
If the smell is still there just repeat until the odor is gone.

Keep the cats.

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buzzycrumbhunger Donating Member (793 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:48 PM
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17. WHOA!
That A&H Washing Soda is serious shit. I use it only on whites because it bleaches better than bleach--as in I have a ton of clothes with bright white spots because of splashback on laundry day. Is it really safe to use on general laundry, even if you dissolve it first? As for the Lysol, yes, you can still get the concentrate. It also comes in a pine scent, which is less hospital-y.

For the closet, I think I'd try one of those organic no-go sprays to just discourage them from the spot. You can also leave orange peel around (which also discourages bugs).

I've got a cat who insists on stealing crap and hiding it under the bed (I'm talking underwear, pens, batteries, lizard carcasses, hair ties, remote controls, and the occasional pillow) and now I'm feeling lucky that she's only hoarding stuff and not pissing on it. Neurotic little buggers sometimes, aren't they?
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Debi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 02:49 PM
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18. I use the A&H Washing Soda on all my dogs/cats pillows and blankets
and the clothes my husband wears to his cabin and the clothes my son wears to work out x(

Never had the bleach problem :shrug:

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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:00 PM
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6. everything washable should be washed with an enzyme cleaner readily
available at any pet store. There are many brands. I prefer Nature's Miracle
Just put it in the machine with the soap (use less detergent, more of the pet stuff) and say yes to extra rinse if your machine has that feature.

This stuff really works. One of our cats, many years ago, emptied his bladder on my daughter's 'blankie' (this was when we were driving in a moving van from Indiana to Texas and this cat was scared and mad, and didn't realize he had a perfectly nice box just a couple of feet away.) So we bagged it up in a trash bag and washed it with the enzyme cleaner when we got here. My mother in law was very skeptical of the outcome but it got out all the smell and blankie was cured. My daughter still has that quilt, she puts it on her pillow when she is sick. She is 24 years old. Blankie is pretty ragged but soft .
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sniffa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:16 PM
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9. I'll give it a shot.
Now I also need to get the smell out of my nose.

:cry:
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:26 PM
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11. In all seriousness, enzyme cleaner is the way to go
I have aging dogs that have accidents all the time and I don't know what I would do without the stuff. The guy that does my carpets gave me some in concentrated form that I mix myself. It works like a charm.
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yellowdogintexas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:35 PM
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14. once you use this stuff, you will want to have it on hand ...it will clean
any organic stain/smell from any washable fabric. So human puke, blood, etc or smelly food stuff, whatever can also be removed. Good Stuff.

I keep a gallon jug in my laundry area at all times.

Getting the smell out of the nose is a whole other issue though. I hate it when an odor gets 'stuck' up in the sinuses.

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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:34 PM
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13. Nature's Miracle really is great
My newly adopted former street cat went leaving a few drops of urine everywhere, most annoyingly on my lovely duvet. I planned to take it to the cleaners, but first I poured Nature's Miracle on all the little yellow spots and hung it out on the line. I figured until I could get it to the cleaners maybe I could at least get the stinky under control. To my amazement when it dried both the yellow spots and the absolutely toxic stink a of fully-equipped male cat's urine were completely gone. So for anything I start with this stuff and then just launder things in the usual way. Laundry on its own does the job up to my olfactory standards, but in case the cat's superior sense of smell can still detect some lingering reminder that, ah yes, THIS is where I pee, I do the enzyme treatment first.

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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:31 PM
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22. Use Nature's Miracle as a laundry soak....
I emptied a bottle of it (the one labeled "especially for cats" ) into a washing machine tub load of water and let a rug soak in it for an hour. Then I washed it with regular detergent. All traces of odor gone. (And I'd already laundered the damn rug once and hadn't been able to get it clean just with soap.) Of course, dry clean only items are another story. You'll have to depend on your dry cleaner for those.

















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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:46 PM
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26. I second Nature's Miracle. It truly is a miracle. It's nature's miracle, really.
:)
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:09 PM
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7. clorox on any whites and some colors will work, as well as on walls and floors
test for color fastness in some small obsure area.

ewww sorry you had to find that - I hate when that happens :puke:
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:24 PM
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10. "They're going in the river. "
You should be careful saying that. You'll spark the ire of those DUers that have an unhealthy attachment to cats.

The SPCA or the local pound is usually a better way to go. But there apparently there are other options:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:39 PM
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20. Taking responsibility for an animal's life is not an unhealthy attachment
In fact, viewing animals as something disposable is unhealthy.
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QueenOfCalifornia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:30 PM
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12. I hope you know
that dry cleaning will never get the smell out.

You have to wash all the stuff in bleach, right out of the bottle... no water.

Then you have to hire a voodoo priestess to dance naked while offering up a human sacrifice... That will work... (maybe.)
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 01:44 PM
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16. Nature's Miracle enzymatic cleaner is better than dry cleaning for stink
and for pee spots too. I have not had any trouble with color fastness yet but I think they always recommend that you test an out of the way place first. I'd do the enzymatic treatment first then the dry cleaning. Barf cleans up pretty good unless it's those fucking Pounce tuna crunchy treats with the red dye. I'm looking at a pinkish spot on my wheat colored carpet right now that I can thank them and Jilly for. Oxy-Clean will take it out but I have not got to it yet.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 03:15 PM
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19. nature's miracle
buy the large bottle. Maybe buy 2. You can get it at pet stores. Good luck.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:43 PM
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21. This is how they teach you not to leave soft stuff on the floor.
Yes, I have one that'll pee on anything absorbent left on the floor. No rugs in MY house. :(
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:55 PM
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28. I have one that peed in a box of Kleenex the other day
Not his worst choice by far; I bought it on sale and it was about 2/3 gone.
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trof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:35 PM
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23. Might get the cats checked for diabetes.
When ours started peeing in inappropriate places that's what he had.
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:41 PM
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24. My cat missed her box on New Year's Eve...
...either something upset her or she was sick or both. I've had her for 7 years and she's cleaner than both of my previous cats combined.

I called a local carpet cleaning company that specializes in pet accidents. Short version: $150, which I didn't have.

Went to Petco, purchased "Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover"...recommended by the sales clerk, who probably gets 200 questions a day about what to use for pet accidents. Used it, the stain is gone, the smell is gone, and...24 days later...my cat's been her clean old self.

The single greatest problem is that when cats or dogs pee on a carpet, it goes through the carpet, to the padding, to the floor...and sometimes the only answer is to call in the $150 guys.

Start with "Nature's Miracle" and see what happens.

:toast:
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DeepBlueC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:52 PM
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27. If you call them, they will use the same thing you have used
The only way to do it is just to dump it on and let it follow the same path that the pee did, through rug, padding, floor. It will dry eventually.

I had a guy come in to clean a chair and all he had was a spray bottle with enzymatic cleaner. I realized that I really didn't need him. He also was kind of chintzy with the cleaner so I had to do it over again myself.
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LibertyLover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 08:29 PM
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29. Three words - Feline Odor Neutralizer
also called FON. Check with your vet's office or PetsMart. The stuff is on the expensive side but it should help.
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