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May 11th, 2011, 10:34 AM
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How do you get cat pee out of stuff like towels and clothing. I have a cat that is peeing all over everything. She is really upsetting me. I am not sure how to get her to stop but I also don't know how to get the stuff clean. I tried vinegar but the smell seems to linger no matter what .
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May 11th, 2011, 02:44 PM
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Our cat Theo peed on the bed one time and all we did was launder everything twice and that got the smell out of it. I was shocked but it worked for us.
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May 11th, 2011, 03:34 PM
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May 11th, 2011, 05:06 PM
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Annie posted this "recipe" of hers awhile back. I have used it on both cat and dog urine and had it work every time. If you're doing laundry just replace the dish soap with your laundry detergent and you may need to increase the amounts depending on the size load of laundry:

It's 16 oz hydrogen peroxide, 1 tbsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp liquid dish soap.
I used lemon scented dish soap, since cats don't like the smell. You mix it around, pour it on the carpet, and then scrub the heck out of it with a hard bristle scrub brush. It's amazing!!!

On getting the cat to stop I'd take him/her to the vet to rule out medical issues. Most times cats urinating on stuff is a sign of illness.
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May 11th, 2011, 07:05 PM
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It started when I got pregnant . I suspect its steming from that. Thanks for the recipe. I will give it a go.
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May 12th, 2011, 09:14 AM
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The best thing to use is biological laundry detergent. It contains enzymes that break down the smell properly. You can buy specialist cleaning fluids for cat pee, but they basically contain the same active ingredients.

If she is peeing on cool or soft surfaces it may well be caused by a urinary tract infection that can make it sting when they pee. It can be easily and cheaply treated with antibiotics. Physical health problems are the most common cause for inappropriate urination, so it's well worth having her checked out.
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May 19th, 2011, 07:21 PM
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Nothing will get it all out. Time to get rid of the cat if it was at my house thats disgusting!
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May 19th, 2011, 08:07 PM
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Nothing will get it all out. Time to get rid of the cat if it was at my house thats disgusting!
ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE! Annie's recipe DOES get it all out. I had a cat peeing on a bed in my house for a good month, took me a bit of repeating, but I got the smell out of the bedding and the mattress.

If your child were sick would you get rid of them too? Most of the time cats starting urinating outside of their box due to emotional stress or a medical problem, people that would get rid of them for those issues shouldn't have them in the first place.
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May 27th, 2011, 08:38 AM
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ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE! Annie's recipe DOES get it all out. I had a cat peeing on a bed in my house for a good month, took me a bit of repeating, but I got the smell out of the bedding and the mattress.

If your child were sick would you get rid of them too? Most of the time cats starting urinating outside of their box due to emotional stress or a medical problem, people that would get rid of them for those issues shouldn't have them in the first place.
I agree 100%! I can't believe people would actually say or do things like that! I have two cats and one of them started peeing on couches when we got the other one, but we sucked it up and kept cleaning and he's behaving better now. He still has an accident once in a while but I would never even think of getting rid of him. He's my baby.

I use Nature's Miracle too, but I may give your recipe a try if I need it again. Thanks!
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May 27th, 2011, 08:45 AM
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Tide HE powder, oxy clean and vinegar seem to do the trick. Thanks ladies for all the advice.
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June 18th, 2011, 02:09 PM
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we had trouble with cat peeing on towels. because my girls would leave them on floor after shower. we used reg detergent with febreze in it. and worked fine.
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June 21st, 2011, 01:56 AM
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Ok first Im going to say the short part. I have had a cat that has been peeing outside the litter box since I got her as a kitten 7 years ago. She mostly targeted the sofa and any blankets, towels, clothes that would be laying on the floor. Bellow I will go on extensively about all the things I have tried but right now I want to tell you what finally 100% ended the cat peeing. I put my cat on Prozac! no joke. She has not peed a single time out of the litter box since I started her on it a month ago! Its a miracle! I wish I had started this years ago! now onto all the other things you can try....

First the easier less expensive things to try:

-Take a count of how many litter boxes do you have. There should be a minimum of one litter box per cat. Cats often like to have their own litter box with their own smell. Before I was using one box for two cats. When I added the 2nd box the peeing cat went right to it and now pees in it daily and the peeing out of box incidents greatly reduced.
- You can try a litter called Cat Attract. For me this did not seem to help but for many people it does so its worth a try.
- You cat try calming agents. Feliway, calming treats/gels/drops. This seems to help about 50/50% of the time. These things often make the peeing cat feel less stress and less stress = less peeing accidents.
-If your cat is peeing on furnature/beds than you have to either cut them off from those rooms or prevent them from going on the furnature. I do not allow my peeing cat in any bedrooms unsupervised and I keep her off furnature. I found most effective a device called "Tattle Tale". You place it on the piece of furnature and when the cat jumps up and motion is detected a very loud buzzing sounds occurs and this scares the cat and the cat jumps off. This was very effective for me to keep my cat off the sofa were she peed many times before. There is also a device called scat mats but I found these to break/stop working after a short time and they are quite expensive. I liked the tattle tale better.
- Eliminate the things she likes to pee on. My cat seemed to prefere to pee on things that were fabric/soft. So we have to be very careful not to leave clothing or towels on the floors. I had to remove all cat beds because she would pee in those. I had to remove the cusions off our table chairs. No blankets laying around. I think you get the picture. If the things she likes to pee on are cut off from her or not around than she cant pee on them.
-Shower curtains work great for covering areas that are frequently peed on. I know it doesnt look great but its better than the smell of cat pee.
- I can tell you there is not a single cleaner that will eliminate cat pee smell 100% and Ive tried a billion. What I actually found that got the smell out best was if you can wash the peed on item in the washing machine with very strong scented detergent and use a lot. Wash twice if needed. After washing most of the time I could detect no cat pee smell on the item.
-Give your cat extra attention and catnip toys.

Now the expensive things we have done:

- All carpet except in bedrooms is gone and replaced with hardwood and tile. She rarely pees on hard surfaces but when she does its much easier to clean and you can get all the smell out much easier.
- You should add cat trees if you do not already have a few. Especially when their are multiple cat this gives them more territory space.
- I turned my balcony into an outdoor area for my cat and added a litter box out there. I lined the whole edge of the balcony with trees and shrubs in large wood planters to give her the feel of being in nature. This gives her more territory space and her peeing also reduced after she was allowed in her new balcony space.
- If your furnature has been peed on a lot than Im sorry to say it will likely smell forever. Once the item smells the cat will keep peeing there. You may have to replace the piece of furnature and use the alarms on the new furnature and cover with plastic until you are 100% sure she will not pee there again.
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June 21st, 2011, 02:42 PM
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All very good advice for once you have established it is a behavioural problem. The vast majority of inappropriate urination problems have a physical cause such as a urinary tract infection which can be easily and cheaply treated with antibiotics. Common signs are peeing on soft or cool surfaces, or crouching to urinate and not actually going.

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Take a count of how many litter boxes do you have. There should be a minimum of one litter box per cat.
It's sometimes necessary to have one per cat, plus one, but only if you have more than one cat. This applies to all resources such as food, water, scratching posts and beds. This will prevent resource-blocking and can bring any tension between cats right down. But all cats are different and obviously you want as few as necessary.

I would be wary of strongly scented products to get rid of the smell. Unless your cat has similar tastes in perfume to you, she may pee there to cover up the smell! It's not about whether you can smell it, but whether your cat can smell it. The best thing to get rid of the smell is biological detergent. It contains enzymes which will break down the wee.
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June 25th, 2011, 04:30 PM
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Ahh, I just typed a whole response and it got eaten.

Anyway, my cat was peeing in our entry way and I had been trying to make sure her litter box was clean but it wasn't until I went to this website that I realized I was doing it all wrong. The Litter Box From Your Cat's Point of View by Lisa A. Pierson, DVM :: Litter box management, types of cat litter, feline house soiling, inappropriate elimination This lady is really intense about how clean she keeps her litter box and so I tried it. I went out and bought her a HUGE litter box, it still had to have a lid so my dogs wouldn't bother her but the hood is white with a large opening. I also switched to UNSCENTED litter and I keep a tupperware lined with a plastic grocery bag right next to the litter box. I scoop out the litter box MULTIPLE times a day now and it's so easy because I keep this tupperware there. There is no smell and it is kept pristine because I keep a lot of litter in there so the pee never touches the side. Sometimes she pees on the side of the box but I disinfect it right away to keep it from smelling. I think she was disgusted by her litter box and that's why she was going other places, since I have done this she has not had one problem. It's not like her old litterbox was disgusting but it was a small, dark, hooded one and I used strongly scented litter and only changed it once a week.

Anyway, just thought I would share because I actually enjoy owning a cat now and wish I would have made this simple change sooner.
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June 26th, 2011, 10:35 AM
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Actually I disagree that most causes of peeing out of the litter box are caused by physical reasons. I have been researching this for years and read so much on forums and I dont see too often people reporting that they found their cats to have urinary tract infections. although I think it is something that should be checked for I think more innapropriate elimination is behavorial. I think most causes are due to territorial issues, stress, or the cat is not happy with the litter, type of box, or lack cleanliness. I see people have the most success stopping the inappropriate elimination only after resorting to depression/anti anxiety meds. This is something I never wanted to do and that is why I did not do it for 7 years and tried EVERYTHING else first but I will tell you putting my cat on prozac has been a miracle. Now its been about a month and a half and not a single incident. She has never gone longer than a week without peeing out of the litter box in all the 7 years I have had her and daily occurances were more the norm. If nothing else works I really reccomend trying this.
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Strange cat, mine doing all time in the box.

try to talk about this with veterinarian?
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