My motivation to remove cat urine started with Scout. She is my darling little girl, mostly black, with two small white patches on her chest and stomach.
Scout was born on the grounds of a former prison that was Lorton Reformatory in Lorton Virginia, about 18 miles south of Washington, DC. Incarcerated personnel were allowed to have cats as pets, and over the years, the cat population swelled, providing a constant supply of pet kitties for the prisoners. I don’t think urine odor removal was a problem in the prison, since it was in pretty bad shape.
Lorton Reformatory closed in 2001. Before the scheduled shutdown, several local animal rescue organizations planned and executed humane trappings of as many kitties as they could possibly handle.
Scout and her brothers were among those. We met Scout at a local pet store. We were looking for a little black kitty, and when we saw her, we knew we had to adopt her. Scout was probably about 5 months old when we took her home. I never thought much about cat urine odor removal before Scout, but I would soon become very familiar with it.
Like all cats, Scout was terribly frightened the first week or so. At the time, we had two other cats, both neutered males. While one, JJ, was rather blasé about Scout, the other, Angel, was terribly excited.
Angel was a very sociable cat. His rescue story is horrible: he was living with 72 other neglected cats when he was liberated. As a result, Angel was accustomed to being assertive, to make sure he got enough food, water, and love.
On the other hand, Scout is extremely skittish and reserved in nature. It did not take long for Angel to establish dominance and start bullying her. In response, Scout began urinating all over the house. For a while, there wasn’t anyplace sacred: kitchen, bathrooms, bedroom, living room, you name it. We were going nuts. We started thinking about urine odor removal in ways we hadn’t contemplated.
One of her favorite places was going on the floor registers. Her urine would flow down into the ductwork, making it impossible to thoroughly clean. Have you ever tried to remove cat urine from metal ductwork? You haven’t lived until you’ve tried it! I had to replace most of the ductwork for our house, and the only reason it was even affordable is that she always used the floor registers on the main level of the house, and the ductwork that was ruined is in the basement, exposed in the rafters. Other than that, it was expensive.
We cleaned the spots as best as we could, and installed multiple litter boxes on all levels. We really didn’t know what else to do. We replaced rugs, couches, chairs, and I spent the better part of one weekend ripping out the wall to wall carpeting on the entire upstairs level that had been ruined by Scout’s urination. I then spent at least three hours applying cat urine odor removal products on the entire top level on the floor, baseboards, and walls. There are grateful furniture and carpet manufacturers out there, thanks to Scout.
Angel had been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, and unfortunately, we lost him in 2002. We noticed that shortly after his passing, Scout began using the litter box more often. Not always, but enough to be noticeable. We attributed this slight improvement to Angel’s passing.
However, Scout still remained very shy and skittish. The slightest noise or sudden movement would send her darting to the basement to her hidey-hole.
Then one day, I was scooping the litter box immediately after Scout urinated, and I saw blood. That chilled me. I knew blood in cat urine was serious and merited fast attention.
We got Scout to the vet who diagnosed her as having crystals in her urine. This is painful and one of the most common manifestations of urine crystals is that the affected cat will often abandon the litter box for anyplace else. Why? Because the cat associates the litter box with pain, so she’ll go anywhere else, to try to escape the pain.
We put Scout on medication to dissolve the crystals. While we started solving the urine crystal problem, we created another.
Since Scout is so skittish and shy, she’s not at all fond of being picked up. She’s an amazing little love kitty on her own terms. She will climb in your lap, snuggle on the bed with you, but she hates being picked up!
Not only were we picking her up, but also now we were forcing her mouth open, and shoving a nasty-tasting pill down her throat! Scout was scared and outraged. Within two days, Scout took to hiding around the clock in her hidey-hole, or up in the box springs of the bed. She couldn’t take her medication unless she’d eaten, and we had to wait approximately 10 minutes after that to pill her. Otherwise, she’d vomit.
Now, not only did we have to try to find her to pill her, but also we had to get her to eat, and prevent her from hiding right away after eating.
It was terrible. Our entire life revolved around planning ways to fool Scout into hanging around long enough to eat and be pilled twice a day. I had to quit traveling for my job, since it took two of us to trap her, feed her, hold her down, and force her mouth open for the pill. She would whip her head violently back and forth, and spit the pill out. We were upset, angry, and frustrated. We had to find another way.
We finally did some research and discovered the great products you’ll find here that enabled us to gently medicate Scout and eliminate her inappropriate urination. Through a combination of techniques and products that are included here on my website, Scout is now a happy, healthy, loving kitty once again. I hope Scout’s story tells you that it is not a hopeless cause to try to stop your cat from urinating in all the wrong places. It takes time, it takes energy, but it can be greatly mitigated, or eliminated.
Because Scout is so skittish, I think there will be isolated episodes of inappropriate urination. However, if they are few and far between, I can live with that.
I decided to start this website because I know there are lots of cat owners who have the same frustrations about cat urine odor removal. Through a combination of litter, diet, homeopathic remedies, and knowledge that is provided here, you can remove cat urine and conquer the odor problem.
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to get your cat to stop spraying — which I recommend most of my blog readers to do — give Cat Spray Stop a try. Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 30 days using a unique method called the TTS method.
I have tried Cat Spray Stop with great results, and have also published a review of it over here. Good luck!
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