How to get cat **** smell out of carpet?

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  1. Jen H

    Jen H Well-Known Member

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    One of my cats has been using the downstairs bedroom carpet as her own personal latrine the last couple of days. :mad: She is now a barn cat. So here's the question: How do I get the smell out? Does the Nature's Miracle stuff I see at the pet store really work? The stuff seems expensive, but if it does work I'll buy it. I got in there with some distilled vinegar and it got the stain out, but it still smells like cat pee. Help!
     
  2. SteveD(TX)

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    I used to own several rent houses. Here's the only thing that ever worked for me:

    1. Pull up carpet and pad.
    2. Wash concrete sub-floor with 50% bleach solution and let dry.
    3. Re-seal floors with concrete sealer.
    4. Throw away old carpet and pad.
    5. Install new carpet and pad.
    6. Get rid of cat.
     

  3. Ardie/WI

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    I'm wondering why you put the cat in the barn. Obviously, there is something wrong either with the cat or where it is supposed to urinate. The cat could have an infection or, if it supposed to use a litterbox, there is something wrong with it.
     
  4. Pa funnyfarm

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    I've used Nature's Miracle on furniture and carpet for "accidents" from dogs, a piglet I didn't carry outside fast enough, and a guinea pig that no one admitted to letting loose, as well as dd #1s cat's "near misses" on the bathroom mats with good results. In all those cases the spots were still damp; don't know if that would make a difference or not. It did get rid of the smell and none of the indoor animals have been drawn to those spots as a "duty spot" I keep a bottle of it on hand just in case. I'd probably get a small bottle and try it hoping to avoid replacing carpet. Good luck!
     
  5. onyxblue

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    I agree with Ardie. Cats are prone to urinary tract infections, and when they get them, they often find, um, imaginative places to go. They especially like soft places (my mom's cat used to use my futon when I still lived there!), like cushions and carpeting.

    If she was using a box, and it's clean, I'd take her to the vet. They might want a sample, but they aren't very easy to get, so don't fret too much about it.

    I wound up throwing away my futon mattress eventually, but I always used vinegar, and let it air out. This might not be possible with carpeting, though, since you can't really let the air pass through.

    Good luck!
     
  6. Nomad

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    We have 7 cats and their boxes are cleaned every morning. The last few days one of them has been leaving kitty muffins on the mat at the foot of the basement stairs. Any idea why? Mrs Nomad says one of them is making some kind of statement. Sure wish I knew what. All I know is that it's gotta stop. :(


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  7. Ardie/WI

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    Nomad, are the ltterboxes in different places? Heard once that a cat was not using the litterboox cause other cats wouldn't let it.
     
  8. almostthere

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    I have heard good things about vinegar. I prefer baking soda. I also use windex in the steam cleaner instead of the rug shampoo. I would check the kitty at the vet, also. It could be nothing-a territory thing. When I stopped comming home on the weekends when I lived at home my mom's dog responded by leaving presents on my bed. I came home, and he stopped. Same thing with our 2 pups and thier first christmas tree. And with our remaining dog, he ended up having a prostate problem. Check all your possibilities.
     
  9. Nomad

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    Ardie,

    There are three boxes. Two are out in the open and one is in their house. They are closed in at night or they would destroy the house. There is one guy that the others don't seem to care for except for the veggie eating kitten...He likes everybody. When the older cat first arrived a few months ago he would go on the floor in the bathroom or in the hallway by the bedroom doors. I know he was being chased and felt better on the second floor. But I thought all that had stopped. We used to have to escort him down to eat and drink at first. We do have a male tiger that watches him pretty closely but they don't get in fights like used to happen. Poor old Barney is the sweetest cat and just wants to be left alone. If it's him I don't know what to do. Mrs Nomad says the boxes stay in the basement, so putting one upstairs is out. I make the big decisions like whether we will move to the North pole or not. But when it comes to HER house she is the boss. She never had a house of her own until two years ago and she takes care of it. I think she'd throw me and the cat out if I pushed it. Nicest lady you'd ever meet, but she has limits. I just wish I knew what to do. If he's not happy I want to fix the problem. Not to mention I don't want to feel anything squishing between my toes. :no:


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  10. Lone Elk

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    Yes Nature's Miricale is expensive but it works. I use it mixed 50/50 with water for all smells. Really killed the smell of my son's sneekers, mildew, smoke, you name it. It also clears the oder from the carpet to prevent the animal fom detecting the spot and using it again.

    Put a cup in the carpet cleaner along with the shampoo.
     
  11. Ravenlost

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    I have to agree with everyone else. If this problem just started and the cat used to use the litterbox it could very possibly be sick. I had a cat with chronic urinary tract infections and he would stop using the litterbox when he got sick. In fact, he made a point of going in front of me so I would see he was sick. If the cat has a urinary tract infection it needs to see a vet. This is a painful death for a cat and can come on rapidly...a cat can die within 13 hours of becoming blocked from a urinary tract infection.
     
  12. Jen H

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    The cats have a litter box in the garage they can always get to. The box is cleaned daily. This cat was at the vet's for her vaccines and a check up last week and everything was fine. When my cats have had urinary infections before I've seen little spots all over, this is just one big puddle and pile in the same general area. I guess I can take her back to the vet again.

    This particular cat was left behind when her previous owners moved. She always was primarily an outside cat, but I don't let my critters outside after dusk because of the coyotes and cougars that live around here. She's been living with us for several months now, so I'd think she would have gotten used to the routine.


    Good to know the Nature's miracle stuff does work. I'll try that. This is the first house I've lived in that had carpeting - all my other houses had bare wood floors so I just mopped up the mess and that was the end of it. The carpet is very nice and comfy, but I'm finding it to be a real bother keeping it clean.

    We start picking apples next week, so I'm deep cleaning the house now. Once harvest starts, nothing else gets done till all the apples are safely off the trees.
     
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    Nature's Miracle works to a point. Unless you get rid of the carpet and bleach the floor, you will still have some residual odor. i have found that sprinkling essential oil of grapefruit and essential oil of something piney -- cypress or fir or like that -- combined with Orange-Mate spray really makes a difference in camouflaging the remainder of the problem.
     
  14. Ravenlost

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    If she had previously been primarily an outdoor cat this may be her way of showing her unhappiness at being shut in. Putting her in the barn may be exactly what she wanted!

    I agree with you that when they have a urinary tract infection it's just little drops (often tinged with blood) and not substantial puddles they leave as hints that something is wrong.
     
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    yes it works...it doesnt just cover it up so it may take a while and it may worsen as the enzymes do their stuff, so you have to be patient and follow the instructions carefully to get the best result.

    just dont expect instant difference as you may see with the stuff that just adds smell but will fade leaving the cat smell behind.
     
  16. Jen H

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    Unfortunately, replacing the carpet isn't in the budget any time in the near future. I did get and use some of the nature's miracle, so hopefully that will take care of the smell.

    My small animal vet was already closed for the holiday weekend, and won't be back till Tuesday. The large animal vet agreed to take a look at the cat when I stop by to pick up more goat minerals tomorrow. So we'll see if its a physical problem. In the mean time she will be safe and out of the weather in the critter barn. I'm really not that house proud, but this has just crossed my limits!

    Thanks for all the suggestions.
     
  17. DayBird

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    At my store, we sell gallons of nature's miracle every day. It is a great product. It works best if you've not tried to use any other cleaners before. Vinegar, being an all natural, organic product probably didn't hinder the enzymatic action that the Nature's Miracle uses. NM will clean almost any organic stain. There are several tricks to it's use that will help you out. Instead of ripping out the carpet, buy enough of the NM that you can completelly saturate the areas where the cats have urinated. You have to pour enough of the product on the area that you completelly soak not just the carpet but the padding and the subfloor beneath it. It may take several weeks for the smell of the urine to completelly go away.

    Chemical cleaners like Resolve will sometimes "set" an ammonia stain. The worst thing that anyone could do for a urine stain is to use an ammonia based cleaner like a glass cleaner. Think about it, a cat goes back to the same spot to pee. Urine is composed of alot of ammonia. If you try to clean an ammonia based stain with an ammonia based product, you may eliminate some of the urine smell, but the cat will still smell the ammonia and will continue to go back to the same spot. You have to completelly eliminate the ammonia smell to cause the cat to quit peeing in the same spot. Nature's Miracle works with enzymes that cause the ammonia in the urine to naturally decompose. I personally like SeeSpotGo best. It's very similar but is in a spray can. We use it daily at home to clean up little spots that our boys make. We've used it to clean dried cherry KoolAid from beige carpet. For larger stains though, buy a gallon of Nature's Miracle. We sell it in Birmingham for $24.99. We sell two different off brands for $9.99 a gallon but most people who try them come back for Nature's Miracle.

    Take heed to the previous posts. A cat doesn't just pee on the carpet for no reason. More litter boxes may be needed if you have lots of cats. One of mine will not use a dirty litter box. Some how he'll leave tootsie rolls three feet high on the wall. You need to have at least one litter box per cat on each level of your house. Alot of older cats simply can't hold their bladder long enough to climb a flight of stairs. :no:
     
  18. comfortablynumb

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    go to wal mart or K mart and get a gallon of OUT! odor and stain killer. its a soup of bacteria and enzymes that "eat" the stuff making the smell.

    Ive had cats SOAK conceate and wood with urine and crap. this stuff gets the smell out totally.

    plus it smells like baby oil and cats HATE it so they wont come back.
     
  19. Rancher's Wife

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    I really like Nature's Miricle for quick treatment of fresh spots on carpets. Incidentally, the name of the product has been changed to "Petastic Stain and Odor Remover" because it is being marketed by a different corporation. Same formula though.

    If I have a old, big or extra nasty smell to deal with, I use Odormute, by the Ryter Corp. It is a fragrance-free granular enzyme powder that, when mixed with warm water (usually 1T to one gallon or stronger) makes an odor-killing solution that works very well and is economical. It is important not to treat the odor with other products first. It comes with complete directions for many stinky situations. You can use it on concrete, wood, carpets, clothing, dirt, and even the animals themselves. If your dog (or you) gets "skunked" or rolls in carcass, this product really helps. I use it on my reptile electric "hot rocks". They get a terrible baked-in urine smell. When I pour the solution over them (unplugged of course) and let the solution soak in and then let them dry completely, they have no odor, even when I put my nose right up to it. I buy it directly from the company in the big box. Other places sell it too. It has been on the market for many years. Here is the address:

    Ryter Corporation
    29 Estes Ave N.W.
    Madelia, MN 56062
    (507) 642-8529
     
  20. Kathryn L.Holck

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    Hi, Your vet may have something. One of our local vets carries a product which will rid skunk smell from dogs and humans. It may be extreme but may do the work for you.

    I found out about this product cause a friend of a friend was trying to catch raccoons and caught a skunk instead. She had pity on the skunk and tried to let it out of a live trap. :haha: Well needless to say what happened to her, but the vet product did work.