Zoey Does Us In

Don't you love how the outdoor cats in our neighborhood have shredded our window screen? So nice of them to add to the decor!

A while back, we posted about our grand idea to solve our “where to put the litter box and cat food” idea. We moved it into our closet, and added a cat door to the bottom of the closet door. Problem solved? So we thought.

Zoey, never one to embrace change, has gotten her revenge. At the time, we explained that the night after we moved her litter box, Zoey refused to use it and went to the bathroom in the guest room, in the exact spot that the litter box used to sit. What we didn’t say was that we couldn’t get the smell out. We didn’t think it would be an issue. We thought we’d clean it up using some Nature’s Miracle and move on. Easy peasy. Yeah right. Not even puppy training accidents have been this hard to deal with.

Zoey has had an accident—a real one—before. Once, she had a bad reaction to her annual vaccines and put her head in the litter box instead of her rear end. It was innocent. She was genuinely sick and didn’t think she was doing anything out of the ordinary (we saw the whole event). But this was different. Zoey went purposefully in the same spot the litter box used to be, and the wet urine sat there the entire night until we found it the next day, soaking and festering in our already old, in-need-of-replacement carpet.

Now, just shy of one month later, we can’t seem to conquer the smell. We’ve cleaned it with every product we can think of. There’s no stain, but the smell is really unappealing. We can’t live with it. But replacing our flooring hasn’t been in our budgeting plans for this year.

Thus far, we’ve used Folex carpet cleaner and Nature’s Miracle on it. Like I said, there’s no stain, but these products aren’t doing anything for the smell. B’s research has told him that our options are as follows:

  1. Replace the carpet.
  2. Lift up the carpet, clean the underneath of it, and replace the damaged portion of the carpet pad.

Have any of you ever dealt with annoying, stubborn urination smells? Any tips and tricks to share?

Zoey may have gotten the last laugh after all…

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6 responses to “Zoey Does Us In

  1. catfest March 7, 2012 at 12:01 am

    We have cats and have had urinary incidents like this before. I’ve tried a few different things to get the stink out, but the one thing I found was while in Ben’s Steam Cleaners. They sold me a big jug of “Formula EWR” Biocatalytic Maintenance Treatment. It is to be mixed with warm water so it can activate some enzymes that ‘eat’ the smell or something. It seems to work the best. I’ve used it on carpet, cat trees and our couch. I just keep dousing the item until it’s satisfactorily unsmelly.

  2. Mom March 7, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Catfest is right. The only way I’ve dealt with this is to carpet shampoo, maybe more than once, but it works. Cheaper than replacing carpet. Mine is a Hoover Steam Vac. Works great and about $80. from Wally World. They sell a shampoo for it especially for pet orders.

  3. Donna and the Dogs March 7, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    No advice for getting the smell out, but just wanted to wish you good luck!

  4. pennypup March 8, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Lately, my one cat, Remi, has started peeing on soft items on the floor once again. It started with the new bathmat I brought home (which sits next to the closet the litter box is in)
    She pees on it every 3 days or so even with a pristine litter tray right next to her.

    The smell is awful… I’ve just bought Get The Odor Out (link below) at Walmart for cats. I used the skunk solution on Kyuss the other day after his stinky encounter and it worked wonders. So I have high hopes for the cat formula.

    I’m not sure if it’s available outside Canada, but I’ll let you know the results next time she piddles!

    http://www.envirofresh.com/pet.html#

  5. puppymakes4 March 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Thank you to everyone for the good-luck wishes and advice! We’ll keep trying and let you know what happens.

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