drowning in cat pee and $70 Target e-Card Giveaway


I was so relieved when we finally installed the cat door and put the litter box in the garage.

No more litter on the floor.

No more odors.

How could I have been so wrong?   We’re being suffocated by the ammonia from cat urine at the Hines house.

We realized that those times when Blackie couldn’t figure out how to get to his litter box and pooped on the carpet, that he also peed on the carpet.

So, I got on all fours, and crawled around the parameter of the living room, smelling every inch of the carpet where it meets the walls.   I felt so victorious when I sniffed out the “area”.

I saturated the carpet, the floor under the carpet, and the baseboards with a vinegar and water solution.

My daughter sprinkled the carpet with baking soda, then shampooed it.

Still, our noses are so filled with that horrible ammonia odor that we can’t smell anything else.

To further complicate the issue, Blackie still won’t go through the cat door if it is down.  He’s afraid of it.  This means we have to tape the door up so he can freely get to his litter box.

The open door lets in hot air and flies.

We’ve used treats to lure him through the door.  He literally ran from the challenge.

We’ve “helped” him through the closed door. He just turns around and stares at us through the door like he’s in prison, the look on his face pure terror.

Y’all I DON’T want the litter box in the house, and I don’t want pee on my carpet.  While I continue to ponder this dilemma, be sure to enter this fun little giveaway.

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Good luck and I’ll see you in class,

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  1. With our last cat we moved his litter box out with baby steps. The box by the door inside, the box by the door outside in the garage, the box in the backyard, no more box. It worked great! Removing that smell is a tough one!

    Thanks for the sweet give away chance. 🙂

  2. We did that, too, Stacey. I’m really at a loss.

  3. We are about to convert out screened porch to a sunroom. We currently leave the door to the fenced yard open so the cats can freely go in/out/in/out, but this also lets unwanted mosquitoes, snakes & lizards in! A cat door is drawn in the plans and I can only wonder if it will be CATNIP that will successfully draw them through it (all three of our cats go bananas over their drug-of-choice!). As far as the cat urine, have you tried rubbing alcohol? When we had carpet, we included it in our array of deodorizers (vinegar, baking soda, alcohol).

  4. That is a dilemma! I would be like you and not want the litterbox in the house too but I can understand feeling bad for Blackie when he’s afraid of the door 🙁 I don’t have a cat so I am not much help on how to help him get over the fear of the door! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

  5. I do not have a cat, but I clearly remember installing a doggie door for our golden and my son was small enough to go back and forth through the doggie door to teach Dixie how to exit! It is a fond memory that we laugh about a lot!

    Good luck and thanks for the opportunity of the giveaway!

  6. A friend of mine is losing her mind over her cat and it’s shenanigans. He peed on a leather recliner and it sat for a few days before it was discovered. She has tried everything and it still smells. I think she could have purchased a new chair by now. I’m no help to you other than knowing all the things that didn’t work! Sorry, Sharon. Good luck getting the scare baby to use the door!

  7. That’s a great memory!

  8. Blackie loves catnip! We’ll try that. And I haven’t tried alcohol..I’ll add it to the arsenal.

    I bet you’re going to love that new sunroom!

  9. sara haaf says:

    Are you scooping the box as regularly as when it was in the house? I know when our box was in the basement, versus an area where we saw it throughout the day, it tended to get neglected.

  10. Good question, Sara. So far, so good on the scooping. The urine smell seems to be fading…hopefully that is the case and not that we’re just getting used to it. I’d like to get one of those black lights that shows you where the urine is so I can make sure we’ve cleaned all of it. Have you ever used one of those lights?

  11. There’s a product called Zero Odor that works quite well. Cats are creatures of habit and I’m sure your kitty is very confused and stressed.

  12. Thank you, Kris! I will look for that. Yes, he’s stresses over that pet door and I feel bad for him.

  13. I’m not a “cat person” but basically “inherited” a cat…a cat that goes through spells where she won’t use the litter box. Ugh. It drives me crazy. I’ve tried all kinds of neutralizers with little to no effect. Cat pee odor is just so wickedly tenacious for hanging on and hanging on. I’ve heard really good things about this stuff so I’m getting ready to order it. http://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTI-ICKY-POO-PET-ODOR-REMOVER-SAMPLE-PACK-/260543257533?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ca9969bbd (They also make a big needle and syringe so you can inject it down into the carpet padding, or you may be able to get one cheaper from your vet.)

    I’ve also heard using a black light helps detect the spots so you don’t have to crawl around on hands and knees sniffing (Been there/done that!) so I’m going to get one of those too.

  14. Let me know how you like the stuff you order. I’ve heard of the black light and need to order one. I’m over crawling around sniffing. 🙂

  15. This may be a little late but I have 5 cats (that number varies occasionally) and am probably a “cat lady.” I use a black light (purchased from one of those big box pet stores) and check the house at night with all other lights off. If I find a spot that lights up, I place a piece of paper on that area, so I know where to clean. The next morning (in the daylight) I spray the area marked by the paper and first spray with an enzymatic cleaner (like Nature’s Miracle, or Simple Solution, for example, but Arm & Hammer makes a good one too. Follow the directions and wait a few minutes then go back and blot and clean that spot really well with whatever you like. As for the litter box, try the baby steps method (it may take weeks). Or watch him like a hawk and take him out to the box when you think he may be circling an area inside. Then praise him when he uses the box. Just an FYI, the rescue I used to work with really discouraged using the garage for a box – IF that garage is also used for cars)…indoor cats get spooked when the door automatically goes up and they run outside and get lost, or if they are using the box and the garage door opener goes on, the cat is scarred for life, thinking the noise/door/car was caused by the use of the litter box – and they will never want to use the box again, no matter where it is! I have also seen someone cut a hole in the wall of the house and build a big box onto the back of the house. It looked like an old time wood box. The litter box was inside and could be cleaned by going outside and opening a door in the wood box out there. Or people have put a litter box in a lower cabinet and take off the door – the cat will find it and use it there. Once that pattern is set, maybe you can put the cabinet door back on with an open doggie door installed on that. Sorry to be so long here, but I hope it helps!

  16. Thank you for the advice, Gretchen. I really appreciate it. I’ve heard that about garages and litter boxes…The garage is pretty quiet at our house. I think the thing that scares our cat is the pet door itself. I will look for the black light and the solutions you mentioned. Thanks again!

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