We have 4 cats, Tiocy, Asha, Bounder, and Ariel. All get along great and we enjoy having them in with us. They do venture outside periodically but are typically indoor cats. However, my husband is about to make them outdoor cats(with the exception of night where they sleep in the laundry room) They just simply will not quit peeing in my daughters rooms. It started with a couple cats who lived here before us and then a one that we had and now one or more of the four we have are going in there. I have tried to get my girls to keep their doors shut, but they are young and they forget. We have tried Natures Miracle, we have tried ammonia, we have tried lemon juice, we have tried bleach water, we have tried squirting them with water when they get near the rooms. Nothing is working! The smell is attrocious(sp?) I hate making my kids go to bed in a room that smells like cat pee. We have to replace all the carpet in their room and the trim on the floor because it is destroyed. But it will do no good to replace it if I can't get them to quit going in there. Is there any product I can use to keep them out of there? I prefer them not to be in there anyway, peeing or not, because they use the bed pots as scratching posts. So, would a scat mat help? We really like having the cats in with us but this is just getting gross. I am embarrased to have people over. I appreciate anyones help.
I'm not sure of a cure but.....When we moved to this house, we had a corner that the previous cats marked years ago. It did not stink anymore, but I have two cats and didn't want to take the chance. We tore up the carpet and layed down laminant (sp?)wood floors. This is very durable, doesn't stain and has a 30 year gurantee. It looks like real hardwood floors, but it's not. That may help if you want to spend the money and keep the cats inside. Good Luck.
***Edited By: lovmypom on 8/17/2006 4:24:58 PM*** Reason: sp
Well, we are replacing the carpet in their room with indoor/outdoor carpet. You don't put a pad under it, but we wanted some sort of carpet in there since it is the kids room. If it was anywhere else in the house I would put hardwood. In fact, the cats don't go ANYWHERE else in the house, even though the previous cats did. They are in our room all the time but never 'go' in there. Just in the kids bedroom and play room.
You could put down laminate and get an area rug. That might help. The cats are most likely marking because they smell an intruder cat. So maybe even if you are putting carpet down, the cats will nolonger mark there. Have you tried a cat spray? You spray it in the area you don't want the cats to go, supposed to smell yucky to cats and it keeps them away from that area. We used that for our cat that kept scratching the stairs, and it seemed to work. Good luck, and if they do stay outside, you should build them a pen to stay in, theres to many things that cats can get into, and to many stupid people out there that do things to cats. Plus your neighbors may not appreciate poop in their gardens:)
The cats won't be outside all the time. We wouldn't do that, but it is really getting aggravating. I know my husband is at his wits end, as am I. I am calling my vet today to find out what he suggests.
1. We had trouble with a cat urinating on carpet. We completely saturated the area with Simple Solution odor remover. Used the wet vac to suck it all up. Then we shampooed the carpet with Simple Solution Carpet Shampoo. Then went back to the odor remover and went out beyond the original spot and worked in. Then we sucked it all up again and rinsed with clear water. Haven't had any problems there since. Ammonia and bleach will both attrack a cat. Something to do with the ammonia smell in urine.
2. A friend of my mom had a problem in a rental property. His solution was to remove the carpet and pads, but before laying new carpet and pads he sealed the underlayment flooring. He basically varnished the plywood with several coats of varnish and let them dry thoroughly before have the new carpet layed. The other option is to pull up your underlayment and replace the plywood, but a couple cans of varnish is less expensive than plywood (usually).
cat pee is rancid. once they start peeing in a certain spot, it is very hard to break. you may want to put the catbox in the area that they are going in. if that doesnt work, confine them for awhile to a specific room until they get used to using the box again. but, i doubt any advice will be heeded. the rehoming bug has hit once again and now its just a question of which one will be the next to go.
Just curious for the people that actually are helping(and most of you are) would a covered cat box be okay? I don't really want an open cat box in the kids room but we have a covered one. Will the other cats who have never used it adjust to it, do you think? Tiocy and Asha are the only two who have used the covered box.
OMG! Why may I ask do you come on here and post this crap? You know how we feel, We have told you plenty of times. Yet you continuously open yourself up to it. If you must banish your cats outside, do so, just don't tell us~ God that is so simple. For those of you who are new, this is an ongoing issue here. Your advice, while great, will not be used, just as Dusty has said. I myself find it beyond annoying to repeatedly offer someone advice, taking my time to think of their problem, to show my concern when what the real issue is someone is tired of their pet, they've taken enough pictures of it and now are looking for new "material".
Katz - I had the same problem with one of my cats who I got in 1985 when I was 19. He was the best cat for a while but I guess after living in apartments where other cats had peed, he figured he didn't need to use the box either. So when we moved into our 1st house and he started peeing, even though the carpet & pad were brand new, he was banished to either the garage or locked in the bathroom if we weren't there to watch his every move. He was with us through 4 moves and lived to be 19.5 years old when we had to have him pts in 2004. I felt mean at first keeping him in the garage, but he had a heater in the winter and a cooler in the summer and since my dh spends a lot of time cleaning & polishing his toys in the garage, he had plenty of attention.
So what I am saying is that once a cat pees in the house regularly, there is no breaking them of it. Been there, done that and although I love kitties and have had at least one since before I can remember, I will not get another one, at least not until I'm too old to smell the urine.
Thelma.. at the rate Katz rehomes animals, this won't be a problem in about a week. They will have all contracted tropical diseases and died, or found the most fabulous forever homes.. so no help needed after all.. and then it won't be a worry.
Katz...I don't know what your plans are for the cats. But you have to admit that people can a little nervous when you start talking about an animal having problems...the solution has usually been to rehome them.
I hope your vet is able to find a different solution for you.
Thank You again for the ones who have helped. To the rest of you, I never asked you to post. Why the need to insult me? If you hate me so much, why even read my threads? If you have no advice, then please do not waste screen space insulting me......it is a rule you know.
I came on here for some advice on how to get the smell of cat urine out of my house and how to get them to quit, that is all. If you would have read ALL the posts, you would have seen where I said we would not actually be keepig the cats outside. We live next to a field where there are coyotes, My cats only go out about once or twice a week and they stay in the yard, I am always outside with them. Thanks for the help.
I am assuming that I am not "allowed" to ask for any help on here any more? And I suppose if I posted any pictures I would be "showing them off before I rehomed them"? So would you just rather I left and found a different forum to get help from? I was just hoping for some ideas. I got some good ones and I will be trying them.
Katz I am sorry but that was my first thought as well. Either these cats get rehomed. Or will be stuck outside 24/7 (most likely choice). I am sorry but I find it unlikely that your hubby will want the cats inside after the new carpet. And futhermore I find it unlikely that he will allow it in at night. JMO. So many terrible things can happen when cats are put outside. And living in the country does not excluded you from this. If it comes down the cats being outside rehome them its better than death or injury.
dobielover, the thought of rehoming had not even been thought of. I really was just hoping for some ideas on how to help the smell. Our house runs well, everyone gets along great. I love all my kitties. No one is leaving.
I am getting a scat mat and putting it in the hallway to the kids room to see if that helps. That was my vet suggestion. He said to try avoidance before chemicals.
My husband is not the one making the choices, he doesn't rule the household. We both make decisions here. The cats sleep in the laundry room at night anyway. Otherwise, they try and eat my fish(they have knocked over the 10 gallon tank twice now) Plus, they scratch my daughters feet at night(playing but it hurts) The cats don't mind, we have a good sized laundry room, food water and litter box in there, plus three beds(Bounder and Ariel sleep together) I want the cats to be able to run around the house during the day, I just want them to stay out of the kids rooms. I am going to try the scat mat and go from there.