I have 2 boys and 2 male cats that just got fixed. There are black marks on my carpet through out the house. One cat decided to spray everything and the cat that would only go to the bathroom outside has been forced to stay in. I've cleaned up a lot of messes.
Since they have been fixed, one has quit spraying, but the other has not. When I see him sniffing around, I lock him in the bathroom with the box. It seems to be getting better. I can't take the smell or the stains any longer. The items I have on hand are Oxy Clean, vinegar, peroxide, ammonia, alcohol, and baking soda. The black stains are deep. What mixture can I use to take care of all of this? Any help would be great.
Thank you in advance.
Greeneyes021071 from Orange County, CA
Nature's Miracle isn't helping me so far. I live in a new apartment, and my cat is angry from the move, and the new bed we bought our baby. She had her yearly vet check up one month ago. I know it has only been 4 days since the treatment, but it smells terrible where she has peed, in my son's room. The whole room stinks.
I have searched the entire room, and there is only the one spot, and I can't be tearing up the carpet and going to extremes. Is there hope for me with the Nature's Miracle if I just hold out a little longer?
Editor's Note: It doesn't sound like it is working unless you are treating the wrong spot. Cats don't take well to moves. I would keep your cat in the bathroom with a litter box and food for a few days so that she isn't re-offending. Just make sure you go visit her regularly.
Getting a black light so you can look for the spots may also help. I have a female cat that actually sprays the walls. There may have been a cat in there previously and she is trying to get rid of the other cats scent. (01/09/2007)
Don't use anything like bleach or that has ammonia in it, to a cat this smells like cat pee. Use a biological wash powder as this has enzymes in it that break down the smells, and surgical spirits may help.
It can't be said enough, vinegar, water, and baking soda works. I put the baking soda down dry on a tile floor and then mopped the vinegar, water solution over the baking soda. I let the solution sit all day and then mopped it clean later. The smell is gone. (10/08/2007)
Forget using the enzymes and pet store "magic" solutions, they're very expensive and don't work. What does work? Hydrogen peroxide.
We had an area of carpet that reeked and had brown stains on it. It was a synthetic fiber carpet, so I figured it wouldn't bleach the color. I got about a dozen quart bottles and saturated the rug and padding. I walked over the area to work the solution through the carpeting and padding, let it set for about 4 hours, then put old towels down and let it soak up. I walked over the area and kept changing towels until it was all soaked up.
The next day it was fully dry and all of the stain and smell was gone. Works well and very inexpensive if you get the cheap quart bottles at Walmart. It might bleach some natural fabrics, so try it on a hidden area first, but most synthetics have the color in the fiber and the peroxide can't penetrate, so it won't remove the color. The trick is fully saturating the area so that the peroxide can reach all of the urine in the carpet padding and tack strips. (12/16/2007)
Additional information of removing cat urine: Use a blacklight to help locate the areas of urine. Darken the room and use a good blacklight (I use a 15W bulb in an "under the counter" type fixture). Hold it about 2 feet above the carpet and the urine will glow (wet or dry). Check the walls while you're at it.
Remember that the area of soak will be about twice the area of the stain on top of the carpet. Pour the peroxide on the area that glows and then pour enough additional to fully saturate the surrounding area. Walk over the area to work the peroxide through the carpet and padding. If any of the liquid still looks brown or yellow after 2 hours, add more peroxide and "walk" it into the carpet.
Let it work for about 2-4 hours, walking over the area occasionally. If you've put enough peroxide on the area, it will show liquid as you step down on the carpet. Use old towels and soak up all of the liquid, walking over the towels to assist the process. If you have a wet vac it helps to remove the liquid and fluff the carpet.
The carpet needs to get fully dry within a day or it will begin to sour or grow mold under the padding. The nice thing about peroxide is that it breaks down into water and oxygen. It will leave no harmful residue. Enzyme solutions can cause allergies in sensitive persons, peroxide won't. If you got enough peroxide applied, all of the stain and odor will be gone. If there is still odor, use you nose and/or the blacklight to find the areas that may have been missed and do the "treatment". (01/04/2008)
Spots are best removed with seltzer water (make sure it doesn't have any sugar in it) and then use Spray and Wash.
I had a cat pee all over the carpet in my powder room off my living room. I tried everything including lemon juice and orange oil nothing worked. Then after reading this I poured a bottle of hydrogen peroxide all over the carpet mushed it in and put a towel over it. I came home from work today to a clean smelling house. How nice. (09/17/2008)
My cat had a urinary infection. She let me know this by peeing on a section of my carpet on the stairs landing. I tried rug cleaning, Natures Miracle, Simple Green, Boundary, etc. Putting a towel down after each product. Still she went.
After reading many posts online, I came up with the following:
Isopropyl alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. I spent one week soaking the spot with one, letting it dry, and then soaking with the other. I used over 2 gallons all told. I placed a towel on top after each application. I had a fan running on high to help the process of drying.
When all was dry, I bought "carpet runner plastic" at the hardware store (it's the stuff that comes on a roll and sticks to the carpet, to protect it when movers, workman come and you don't want dirt). I placed some on the section where she was going and I had since treated.
I then kept my fan in place so the noise and blowing air would be a bother to her. After a week of this. She no longer goes on the rug. (06/14/2009)
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