Is there anything out there for getting rid of cat urine smell? We have a neighbor cat that is spraying the outside of the house. In the late evening, the smell is coming inside the house.
Safka from NW
There are about four cats (not sure if they are stray or not) that are always going in my yard. The problem is that they have been spraying all around my house, my kids' bikes smell like it, and now that it is getting warmer you can really smell it when you even walk outside. Is there anything I can plant or put down so the cats stop spraying? And is there anything I can do to get rid of the odor that is already there?
Fox urine! You can buy it in liquid form and get small containers that you hang around your house and yard in strategic places, or get it in powder form which you sprinkle around your home and yard. The draw back of the powder form is that you have to reapply it every time it rains. It is quite expensive, but it works like a charm!
Another remedy is to plant garlic all around the perimeter of your house, or sprinkle hot pepper powder. You have to have sizable quantities of that to make it work, but animals hate the smell of garlic and the hot pepper. The fox urine is completely nontoxic and won't harm the cats. It's success undoubtedly lies in its ability to scare the living daylights out of the cats! I would go with the fox urine!
You can also use a Have a Heart trap, and the animal warden will pick up the cats, provided you use their traps! The fox urine can probably be found at larger garden supply sources. You might try doing an Internet search. My mother uses it all the time and buys it from a garden center called "The Chalet," but I am not sure whether it is a local thing (Chicago suburbs,) or a national chain!
They are probably spraying more because it is mating season.
Simple Solution from Petsmart or other pet store works wonders on cat urine odors. I think there is one specifically for cat urine.
Not Mothballs! They change from solid to gas. The gas (therefore the smell) is toxic. In humans it can cause headaches and ruin your desire to eat. They are intended to be used in closed containers to prevent the smell from escaping and to kill moths within the container.
If your problem is with a neighborhood cat invite your neighbors over for a sniff on a hot sunny day and while you are there suggest they consider building an outdoor cat run. It is great for outdoor cats and can be made to cover as much area in their backyard as they feel they would like to donate to their cat. It can be made with something as simple as chicken wire and wood stakes and works at keeping cats in as long as it has a top.
One of the tricks I learned while working in vets' offices to get those cats to stop marking in your yard, is to buy strong smelling soaps (Zest, Coast, Irish Spring) and chunk it up around where the cats are spraying. The smell will deter them from the area and it is safe for children.
Do not use pepper, it can be fatal to cats.
Wanna hear a cool way the Japanese deal with this? They fill up Clear rectangular drink bottles with water and line them up where the cats pee. They said that the lights refracting from these bottles made the cats not want to go there. I saw tons of these water filled bottles in Kyoto so they must work!
The bottles should have as many angles as possible so the "ribbed" bottles work best. In Japan, I think water comes in this size and shape, but there must be some drink like this in your neck of the woods. (03/23/2006)
Spray hydrogen peroxide on the sprayed area and tell the owners to get responsible and get the cats "fixed" or you will call animal control. (04/21/2006)
I tried the coffee grounds last night and it worked. The neighborhood skunk checked it out (but didn't stink up our home), and no cats came around! (08/17/2006)
By suburban woman
Use lemon essential oil mixed with water. (01/31/2008)
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If you purchase Rug Doctor odor control, it is an enzyme that eats the cat odor, I have used it myself and it is the only thing that worked to get rid of the odor. Pour the contents into a water bottle and spray the affected area.
Also, to prevent the cats from spraying try throwing moth balls around the area and fill another water bottle with half vinegar and half apple cider vinegar and spray. The cats supposedly don't like the smell and it should deter them from coming around.
I don't know if it works as I myself am about to go to the store to purchase the above items and try it out as I now have 2 stray male cats spraying all around my backdoor. But I do know the Rug Doctor will get rid of the odor. Barbs5boys (03/18/2009)
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If you can get pictures or at least some type of proof to take to the owner /or cops that it is their fur baby, the owners of the animal should have to pay for damages . I am not sure the laws of you state but in Missouri if there is an animal causing or becoming nuisance the owner of the animal is at faul for their animal . I have 2 male kittens they are about to be a year old in June, we have a huge screened in porch we had the door propped open letting them catch mouths the don't venture off the porch I was in and out of the house to the porch moving my plants around when 1 of my boys came in crazy leaving little puff balls of hair as I am trying to figure out what is going on with him I hear my other kitten scream an crashing .... something crazy going on as I step on to my porch I am met by a huge Tom an even though he seen me he still wanted my boys . I could not believe what I was seeing in every attempt to get him off my porch involved him climbing my big screen windows and ripping them dam near off the frames , we used water house guiding him with a broom to where the door was for him to get off the porch he was not budging we did everything we could except for shooting him and believe me it crossed my mind a few times how ever I believe in Karma and loving my 2 boys I found abandoned needing to be bottle fed burped the whole 9 yards ...I thought to my self now what if this was my lil dude following his natural desire to kill , protect what once was his, in such situation I would hope that if it ever came to that the person would not kill him especially it being the 1st time ever happening . I don't do on to others that I e wouldn't want done to my family or myself . So after the chaos my daughter and I was like after that whole ordeal I bet he steers clear of this house ,he won't be back around hear . Um boy was I very wrong the next night I think he sprayed every inch of my home from the street to the utility poles in the backyard it was so bad it had my youngest boy Rue spraying everything in my home l would be about done cleaning this spot he would have 2 other places marked .He also goes on for hours doing this as well as meowing off and on all hours of the night .we have acoummity message board I put signs up about this cat that is so disruptive .my animals ,my home , has been violated an is continuously happening I have asked them to please keep him in there yard or inside that he is trying to kill my kittens he has since got on to my porch 3 other times by ripping my screens on my windows he is a smart little big guy I give him that he very healthy I know he has an owner . This cat is costing me money got my babys very insecure . If this was a person doing this you bet they would have a bullet whole scar to remind them that this is not cool at all , breaking and entering,trespassing,vandalism,armed robbery. So I put my # and name dated it and told them since I have gave you plenty of warnings to do something about your cat inregards to him attempting to kill my kittens at this point I'm willing to sit up and patiently wait to shoot to kill if he is caught on my property. That I cannot sit by an wait tell your free range cat that you you let out to terrorize my home an at this point I told u what he has been up to while u lay in your bed at night getting sleep , not having to clean pee , or replace my screens hell all I ask is for u to take the initiative to keep him home so if anything happens dont say I didn't warn you ! I have seen the cat 2more times no I have not killed him yet but I am going to by a bug asalt gun and see if I can't sting him a few good times my daughter said to catch him in a cage and take him an leave him on the humainsosity porch (she is 12) I told her I we cant do that but sting him with a little bug asalt I just want him to get away from my home. There is no doubt in my mind that he will kill my kittens on my front porch / property. I am sorry but I will not set by and let what I love die cause of some people's ignorance. Would any of you , let's say this is your furbabys what would you do ? Honestly?
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