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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2006 09:35:47 PM »

We have a covered box, I buy a new pan once a year.  I use Tidy Cat multi Cat and I like it.  I clean the box out once a day.. I have two cats and you wouldn't know they are there.

I buy a new pan because I believe that the plastic eventually absorbs the urine smell.  My covered part is actually a club house looking cover made of washable material that I bought from Collections, Etc (if you don't know what that shopping catalog is, everything  is 15 and under and they have great gifts for those on a budget).. I'm not sure if they still have them in stock but I run into someone that sells them on ebay here and there. 
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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2010 09:28:40 PM »

I am dealing with this problem big time, which is why I went digging up such an old post.  I used to have just one cat, but then my roommate moved in with hers and all of a sudden when I leave the house, I can smell that gross gagging smell on my scarf and my wool coat.  I have a friend who keeps two cats and never cleans her apartment and I do not go over there anymore because it's so gross.  She carries the smell with her, in her clothes and hair, and now *I* am that person too.  I am mortified.  It gets into my knitting, even.  Besides telling my roommate to be as diligent with her cat's litter box as I am, I need a solution NOW.

I've dumped a jar of baking soda all over the carpet in my apartment and I'm leaving it until tomorrow to vacuum up.  I've got one of those Febreeze oil warmer plug in things so that at least my room smells fresh.  What else can I do?
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« Reply #22 on: January 28, 2010 12:12:40 AM »

I seriously don't understand people who have 'indoor' cats to be honest. They aren't meant to be confined. Your taking one of the most free souls ever created and caging it.

Let it do it's business outside. You won't have a horrid smell in the house and it's environmentally friendly too.

Well, I can say that I would love to have an indoor / outdoor cat but my cat has FIV and so his immune system is compromised and I wouldn't want him to spread it to other cats. He used to be an outdoor cat before I rescued him. And now that I know how much of a risk there is I may not ever be able to have an outdoor cat.

Oh, and if you have a garden you never want a cat to releave itself in there.

As for accidents that may happen despite all planning in the world, you can use vinegar to neutralise the smell of urine. My cat is older and has issues sometimes. I have an automatic cat litter box but it seems to be more work than just having a regular litter box because the disposable boxes don't fit right and the litter keeps falling underneath. (You would think that the designers would have tested the reliability.) I used Swheat because I think it is more eco friendly by using a wheat by product that would have been wasted anyway. I probably could add baking soda but haven't yet.
 
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« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2010 11:29:04 PM »

I don't know about a free soul...my cat just sleeps all the time.
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« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2010 03:47:16 AM »

For dustyfro, I know it's been awhile since you've posted in this topic, but I have some advice:

When my current room-mate's cat marks (cuz he's not neutered, and in Northern Ontario, it's HELLAH expensive for any sort of vet visit), I grab my dollar-store spray bottle and put into it a tiny blob of dish soap, a bit of vinegar and an equal amount of hot water, in that order. Then I go around spraying everything in the vicinity of the wretched stench. Once the vinegar smell dissipates and you stop craving french fries, the urine odor has been neutralized. I've tested this by actually leaving the house after spraying the vinegar. I come home to a cat-stink-free house.

If you find your coat, carpet, drapes, bedcovers, whatever, are smelly with ANY sort of stink, just spritz with the vinegar mix and it'll at least be diminished if not completely removed.

As for the whole prevention aspect of this topic, I totally agree that baking soda works great for urine smell. In my house, the female cat is the stinky one usually, because she doesn't like to cover her poop Tongue I've actually seen with my own eyes, the male cat will go get in the catbox JUST to cover the female's stinky poop! So having a nice deep box so you can have lots of litter with which to cover their toillette is a good idea.
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« Reply #25 on: August 29, 2010 05:52:02 AM »

"Nature's Miracle" is great.  You can also leave a dish of vinegar near the cat box.  It helps absorb the odors.  When I scoop out the litter box (daily) I put the "refuse" into  an empty coffee can. No odors.
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« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2010 08:15:41 AM »

For dustyfro, I know it's been awhile since you've posted in this topic, but I have some advice:

When my current room-mate's cat marks (cuz he's not neutered, and in Northern Ontario, it's HELLAH expensive for any sort of vet visit), I grab my dollar-store spray bottle and put into it a tiny blob of dish soap, a bit of vinegar and an equal amount of hot water, in that order. Then I go around spraying everything in the vicinity of the wretched stench. Once the vinegar smell dissipates and you stop craving french fries, the urine odor has been neutralized. I've tested this by actually leaving the house after spraying the vinegar. I come home to a cat-stink-free house.

If you find your coat, carpet, drapes, bedcovers, whatever, are smelly with ANY sort of stink, just spritz with the vinegar mix and it'll at least be diminished if not completely removed

As for the whole prevention aspect of this topic, I totally agree that baking soda works great for urine smell. In my house, the female cat is the stinky one usually, because she doesn't like to cover her poop Tongue I've actually seen with my own eyes, the male cat will go get in the catbox JUST to cover the female's stinky poop! So having a nice deep box so you can have lots of litter with which to cover their toillette is a good idea.

Hi Alexus,
One thing to try for cat spraying is feliway, its a synthetic pheremone that resembles the pheremones in their cheek glands. My vet swears by the stuff for all manner of things, including calming down kitties when they're in the car or going to the vet!

For the smell, we keep a glade plugin in an outlet near the litter box, and mix fresh step odor absorbing crystals in with their litter. With one cat odor wasn't so much a problem, but now we have 2 and it takes a little bit more to keep odor in control.
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