How do I get rid of cat odor?

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@kbkbooks (7028)
Canada
March 29, 2007 5:36pm CST
I've washed and sprayed and washed and scrubbed and washed. The house smells awful. The cats go outside, they don't use litter in the house. We just have one rebel who goes in the house at random and I think he should be put to sleep, but am just waiting to sneak him out when no one else is paying attention. I was going to use those plug in things but now I found out they are dangerous. Maybe candles. Anyone have any ideas? Ninja cat assasins welcome. I have repeatedly talked to husband about cutting down the cat population. We have one dog and FOUR &**%^$ cats. I hate cats. I mean I have one cat I consider mine but basically hubby takes care of the cats. At this point, I would like to get rid of them all. Since that is not happening, please let me know how I can get rid of this smell.
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21 responses
• United States
29 Mar 07
You sure aren't an animal lover. I think that you should take all the pets, as you refer to them, and give them to a family that considers them "family." They need love and care, inside, not outside the house. Do not put a animal down, because it was not trained to be domestic in a home. Give it to a animal shelter that foster them. Shame on you. If you are mad at me, I am sorry. But, I say it how it is.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Mar 07
I am furious with you. All of our animals are raised domestic, but it's not my responsibility to raise the cats or clean up after them. I have taken more than a dozen cats to the shelter since I met my husband, some from his mom's house, some from here. Too many is too many. Shame hubby not me, because he hasn't learned yet. I have nothing to be ashamed of. I am just trying to take back my own home.
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@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
29 Mar 07
Teatree oil is very good. You can usually pick it up at a health food store or online. A little goes a long way so you can dissolve a little bit of the oil in a spray bottle with a citrus cleaner to remove odors. It has a very clean, pine scent and is very safe to use around animals and children.
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• United States
29 Mar 07
Do you believe how this women acts? The heck with the smell, the animals need more.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Mar 07
Thank you wachit. I will look into this. margie...if you have read any of my other discussions you would know I adore dogs and horses. I can tolerate cats and have for a long time but I am allergic to them. The smell is getting a little over powering and my husband (a retired janitor) does not seem to care. He only cares that his cats are pampered and loved and spoiled rotten. That is fine. My dog is spoiled rotten for sure, but I clean up after him. I am not asking him to get rid of all the cats, but two need to be put down which any animal lover in their right mind will understand. The other two need to be kept clean and cleaned up after. People accuse me of being judgemental at times and that may be true in the best of times. However I also know when I am being unfairly judged. Back off.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
One of them is almost 15 years old and has bad hips. She seldom lands on her feet. The other is only a couple years old but has always had bad skin and digestive problems. It never uses the box ...but it will go BESIDE the box almost consistently. If I put him out he doesn't go off the porch and does his thing right on the porch. I have had several friends agree with me that both these two would be better off put to rest but hubby won't agree with me.
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@graciela (147)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
We also have a cat in the house but she has a litter box. But sometimes she still pee in some parts of the house. What we do is spray vinegar on that area to remove the odor.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Thanks.
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• United States
30 Mar 07
vinegar is also acidic baking soda is better !
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
I have used vinegar for years on puppy stains in the carpet. The thing is to discourage the animal from using the same spot again. It has a smell they don't like but it washes out their own smell.
@mnksmommy (302)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I totally agree with using the vinegar. It works well, sometimes if the odor is strong you may have to spray it more than once. I have used it on my carpet and a plastic picnic table of my kids'. It worked.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Thanks, that is what I am thinking.
@Riptide (2761)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Use windowcleaner. It kills the scent of cat urine. Now I would like to know why 2 cats need to be out down? Because they annoy you? Cats are defiant and sensitive creatures and has it ever occured to you that the cat senses your dislike for it and therefore does it's business anywhere? I am allergic to cats too, but that is not the cats fault so why would I hate a cat for it? I have a cat of my own and one had to be put to sleep because he was so ill his body was shutting down. I would have given my right arm to keep him and be healthy. So for you to claim a cat needs to be put down, because he goes outside the litter box is plain cruel!!! And if you hate cats why do you cinsider one of the cats as your own?? You absolutely make no sense to me and I hope that someone intervenes and takes those cats and gives them to a good home.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Read above about how two cats need to be put down...one is very old and crippled and the other has numerous health problems.
@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
30 Mar 07
You tell me that your cats "go" outside. Don't tell me that you don't provide litter boxes INSIDE the house! It sounds like the damage is done already. I think because you have so many cats, they are trying to "mark" their territory which is your house. I suggest you not euthanize the cat, but give it to a no-kill animal shelter. Possibly if it was adopted by a one-cat only it wouldn't have the need to spray or urinate in the house and it could be an indoor cat.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
We are talking about fixed cats and boxes in the house. Check above... one of them goes next to the box, no matter how clean it is!!
@CatNPK (461)
• United States
29 Mar 07
Vinegar is useful for most odors, including cats. You can dilute it if you want. White vinegar or apple cider vinegar work best. Also makes a great all-purpose cleaner.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
29 Mar 07
That's a good idea. I have used it to clean puppy accidents out of the carpet because it also leaves behind a scent they don't like so they won't use the same place again.
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@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
29 Mar 07
I bought a product called "Zero Odor" from the television and it really works. It is an enzyme product and you could probably get the same ingredients at a better price. But the odor and stain go away and since the animal cannot smell the odor, they will not go there anymore. Try it. I spent 19.95 for 2 big bottles and a small bottle. It also works in daiper pails, by the way.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Any idea what the ingredients are? thanks.
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@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
30 Mar 07
I've just emaild the company to find out. Unfortunately, it is not listed on their website and the price has gone up since I bought it. When they respond, I will let you know.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Thanks, I will check back here.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
30 Mar 07
Ditch the cats and get a dog! (Sorry but I couldn't resist! It's been a long day and I am in a silly mood!) When I was a child we had many cats also and it was next to impossible to get rid of the ammonia smell. My mother used to used high grade disinfectants which only seemed to make the smell worse!
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Thank you James. I totally agree with you.
• Philippines
30 Mar 07
hi! visit your veterinarian or your pet shop. They might help in reducing the odor in the house.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Probably they have some really good expensive products, right? I will stick with vinegar, thanks.
@lindajia (70)
• China
30 Mar 07
you can just wash them a lot, and teatrees oil might work my dog also has bad smell but i'm already get used to it
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
It's not on the cats themselves, duh.
• United States
30 Mar 07
Washing items with a cup of vinegar added to the soapy base will take the odor out. There also is a product that WalMart sells called OUT that is made specifically for pet odors. It is wonderful and fairly inexpensive. I have found that Family Dollar carries a spray from Renuzit that is like a Febreeze style of spray. It really is strong and can stick around well. Good luck!
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Thanks. Someone else suggested OUT, so maybe I can find some.
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Walmart sells a spray called Odo-ban. I found it right beside the febreeze and bought it one day because it was much cheaper. Now I am so glad I was pinching pennies that day because it works like a charm. For three dollars it would be worth a try. Good luck!
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
I have used many many bottles of febreeze surface and febreeze air spray. It doesn't do the trick. Can anyone feel my pain??
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I can feel it! That is why I am suggesting this odo-ban product, because it works so much better than febreeze. Febreeze seems to just cover up the odor, where this product neutralizes the smelll.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
31 Mar 07
Thanks alot. If I get a chance to go to Walmart I will check it out. I went over the place with full strength lemon cleaner this afternoon. It's hard to tell if it worked or not after you live in it for so long.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
30 Mar 07
First, get a freaking litter box! not all cats like to go outside, and if you don't provide something, they'll go where they want. Also, cats can mark when they are angry, or something, so make sure the cat is getting food and attention. Third - spraying can SOMETIMES BE A SIGN OF ILLNESS! Take your cat to the vet to check for a urinary tract infection, kidney or liver disease, etc. Your cat might be SICK! Fourth - buy a cleaning solution called NATURE'S MIRACLE It uses natural enzymes to break down the odors in urine. But cat urine is tough. NEVER EVER use ammonia based cleaners in your home. ammonia is on of the components in URINE and the smell makes the animal think someone else peed on their territory, and they will pee on top of it to mark it. lastly, if you can't put up with the cat, surrender it to the humane society so they can find a good home for it before you put it to sleep.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
No one is reading. I swear. I have a cat litter box and I check it to make sure hubby is keeping it clear for them. They do use it, but one in particular goes NEXT to it. Second, the two out of four cats need to be put down because they are sick and not behaving right on top of making messes because basically they can't do any better. Two are healthy. I don't think it's worth it to be spending money on cat food for sick cat when it costs twice as much to feel them than it does for a dog (comparing the leading brands right down to the storebrands...dog food is about half price). You should see these two in particular. Anyone outside of my family who has seen them agrees they need to be put out of their misery. It would still mean I had two cats but at least they would be clean cats and basically healthy. I don't have the patience to put up with these poor animals.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Have you tried using different litter? YOu already know cats are finnicky. Our cat pees next to the litter box if my husband doesn't clean it OR IF HE DOESN"T LIKE THE LITTER! (PS, I SWORE your discussion said you didn't have a box because they all went outside) YOu also did not state the animals were sick. If they are ill, and food, exercise and things can't improve them, then put them out of their misery, What are you waiting for? If it is a sick cat peeing all over the house - the illness might be encouraging it. And maybe you need to consider not having more pets in the future if you can't put up with the cost of feeding an animal, and you seem to get pretty irritated by these animals. I wonder why you have any at all. We have 4 dogs and a cat. One of the dogs has liver disease and he used to go in the house, until we got a dog door. he's not in pain, he just drinks more water than usual and pees a lot more. I'm keeping him until his life is miserable. I made him that promise. But there are accidents. It's why we have a rug scrubber and copious amounts of Nature's Miracle on hand. Sometimes there are accidents and illnesses, just like with children, and stinky messes have to be cleaned up. it's part of pet ownership and if you don't like it, you don't have to have pets.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
That's a thought I never had, that the cat doesn't like the litter. I will suggest this to my husband.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
30 Mar 07
Okay question here why wouldnt you have a litter box inside for them too. I know you said they go outside well thats all fine and dandy. But what if one has to go? Of course its going to inside and thats why your house smells.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
THERE IS a box in the house. Some of them use it and that's fine but there is the one, one of the sick ones, who goes BESIDE the box or sometimes most anywhere in the house except in the box. I'm ready to scream.
• India
30 Mar 07
we shd take care of one dog so tht it takes care of the cats and we may not face any problem.
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
I'm not sure what you are saying...
• United States
30 Mar 07
try baking soda it will neutralise the amonia ph and should help just sprinke and leave a while then you can vacuum it !
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
The problem is not just in surfaces, the air is permeating the house but I have indeed sprinkled baking soda many times in certain places.
@barlow662 (279)
• United States
30 Mar 07
There is this stuff that they sell at pet stores, it's called Nature's Miracle. I have just started using it because we were pet sitting someone's puppy and he wasn't exactly trined to go outside and my house stunk after he left. This stuff doesn't leave a horrible perfume smell in your house like some of the other "odor killers" this eliminates them, not cover them. Good Luck!
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
Thanks for the suggestion.
@setylon (86)
• China
30 Mar 07
Well,I don't keep cat,so I don't need to get rid of cat odor.
@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
There's a thought.
• India
30 Mar 07
then dont smell ur cat thats all...just for joke man..dont be serious
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@kbkbooks (7028)
• Canada
30 Mar 07
:)