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post #1 of 11
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Ok, I have nothing at all against cats. My first pet was a cat. I have had several in my life. I love them but just can't have one due to my bird & dogs [rescued all] BUT also the smell of cat urine makes me vomit. Not want to vomit, it does make me vomit.

Now if it is in a cat box that is cleaned reg, then I can tolerate it but the neighbors cat is driving me crazy..........

It is apparently an outdoor cat/cats and it sprays right outside my bedroom window. I have to leave my window open most of the time due to heat, until winter hits. But I smoke only in my room and I have to open the window when I smoke too.

I know enough about animals/cats to know that there is little I can do to stop this. Since it is not my cat, I refuse to do anything that will harm it, and it is an "outdoor cat". They have thier territories, they will mark them, he was here before I was, [we just moved here] and more.

Anyone have any suggestions on how I can either kill the smell outside my window or deter the cat from marking in this particular spot? I can't even pin point the spot cause by the time I smell it, it is dry. [which we all know doesn't make the smell any less discusting]

PLEASE HELP. I woke this morning once again to puking at the smell of my room filled with cat urine.


post #2 of 11
I'll move this to care and grooming where some of the others can help you
post #3 of 11
Could you plant some lavender under your window?
post #4 of 11
My parents had a similar problem with a neighbourhood cat who would come up to the basement window and spray all over the screen. It drove my parents' indoor cat crazy: she wanted that cat dead for marking up her territory.

My dad put eggshells on the ground outside the window; apparently cats don't like how the brittle, broken shells feel on their paws. I'm also told mothballs can be a deterrent, but I'm not sure if they might be dangerous to cats (I have no idea what's in them, although I believe it's the smell that keeps cats away).

There are a lot of products on the market to clean up the scent of cat urine; I think Nature's Miracle is the one most often recommended on TCS (you can buy it at most pet stores). A good scrubbing of the area with white vinegar and baking soda might also help, if you can stand to be that close to the smell. You can also sprinkle baking soda over the carpet and any covered furniture (like a couch) and vaccuum it up to get rid of the smell if it travels into your bedroom. (I suggest vinegar and baking soda because you mention you have other pets, and these are harmless but effective cleansers.)
post #5 of 11
I don't know how well it works since I've never used it, but they do make stuff you can spray to keep dogs/cats away from objects (like doors, windows, shrubery). I think its called Feline Off or something like that - try your local pet supply place like Petsmart or Petco.
post #6 of 11
I have used moth balls before; I had a kitty coming to use my backyard for a toilet, and my gross dog was digging up the nuggets for a snack.

Talk about puking!

I googled cat repellent and found moth balls. They just stink to a cat (to me, too).

It did the trick for me. No more gag-me gross doggy treats!

I don't think a cat would get near enough to them to even try to touch or taste one.

When it rains, or after a while, they sort of melt, so have to replace them.
I sure hope this helps!

Oh, and the above recommendation for Nature's Miracle, I must second that. It really does work. Use it first, before other treatments.
post #7 of 11
NO!!!! Do NOT use mothballs! They can kill the cats rather than deterring them, even if they simply inhale the vapors rather than even eating them.

Nelle, how is it funny that you made your dog sick? And why would you keep using something that obviously had?

We had a heartbreaking story here awhile ago from a desperate owner of a very very ill cat who crossed the bridge and they figured out it was from the neighbor's mothballs which the cat had been around.

PLEASE no mothballs.

Cayenne pepper sprinkled in the soil, or some of the other ideas already posted, would be fine.
post #8 of 11
I am so sorry, will refrain from giving 4-year old advice in future, and thanks for the correction.
Here is a good page on cat deterrent that is NOT toxic!

Zissou, the moth balls didn't make my dog sick...watching her eat kitty poops made ME sick. And that is, I think, in a puerile way, funny.
I'm truly sorry if I've offended.
post #9 of 11
Nelle, I'm very sorry, I misunderstood about why your dog was puking. I wasn't offended, I just want to make sure nobody uses mothballs as a cat deterrent, as it is more of a cat poison than deterrent. Don't worry, it happens alot, just like Pepto Bismol used to be a safe medicine for cats until they changed the formula and added aspirin, now it is toxic and should be used only under very close supervision of a trusted vet.
post #10 of 11
No problem, and I do appreciate the information....I would have used the blasted things again, if I'd had a tomcat spraying my kittie's territory (mine are only indoors). But now, would use the better alternatives, and again, thank you!
post #11 of 11
I would stick to non-chemical cleaning methods if there is any chance that fumes could get to where your birds are - white vinegar is perfectly safe though. Biological washing powder contains enzymes that break down the proteins in urine, just use one that doesn't have any perfumes in it and wash down the area. As for deterrent, the eggshells idea sounds good and definitely not harmful to the cat, I have heard that they don't like walking on it.
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