Zoey Does Us In
March 6, 2012
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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:
- Replace the carpet.
- 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…