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Help please....house is smelling from cats

DoeZ
December 5th, 2008, 07:43 AM
Hello all...I've been reading thru some posts...and I didn't want to jump in because the one seemed to be in a heavy story...but my littlest cat (under 1 yr) is coming home today after being neutered and declawed...But...lately I have noticed that the house is starting to smell from I think the other cat as well as my little one...I have 4...2 are mine and they're older...17 & 14...the 2 little ones are my daughters...she just brought them home 1 day and of course I had to pay for them to get neutered...but...they're really starting to cause some ruckus throughout my house here...I think they're peeing wherever they want...getting into my hubby's plants...I'm ready to kill them...(not really) I thought that after they were neutered they couldn't spray anymore? I have 4 litter boxes for them...they're all in the same area and I see that they all do use them all...(they share which is nice) but I believe the 2 little ones are smelling up my house and I need to know how to get rid of the smell and stop them from doing this...AGAIN!!!! What is this nature's miracle? Any help anyone can offer would greatly be appreciated...Thank You:pray:

Love4himies
December 5th, 2008, 07:52 AM
Yes any cat can spray, altering only decreases the possibility of spraying.

Guess it is too late to undo the declawing, poor, poor kitty :sad:

http://www.declawing.com/

http://maxshouse.com/Truth%20About%20Declawing.htm

http://www.meowornever.com/declaw.html

http://www.catsinfo.com/declaw.html

http://www.theproblemcat.com/cat-declawing.html

chico2
December 5th, 2008, 08:08 AM
Doez,Ditto on declawing:cry::cry:
Neutering is definetly a necessary procedure,but if a cat has already started spraying,it probably will not stop completely.
I have 3 neutered males,the unfortunate thing is,if one sprays the others probably will too,I know:sad:
I use Feli-Way diffusers(bought from the US)and clean any area with Natures Miracle(bought at any pet-store)it neutralizes the smell.
We have removed all carpeting in our house and it makes dealing with the occasional spraying a lot easier and it will not smell.
You might be in more trouble once this little one comes home in pain from de-clawing,I wish you had come here before this horrible procedure was done.
I see you are in New York,I buy my Feli-Way from NY.

sugarcatmom
December 5th, 2008, 08:11 AM
Have you actually witnessed one of the cats spraying? And do you know if it is vertical "spraying" or just peeing?

Cats can be very territorial and I wouldn't automatically assume it's the younger ones doing it unless you've seen it in action. How were the cats introduced?

Also, did both cats get declawed? :sad: This can result in litter box aversion since walking in cat litter is quite painful afterwards. I hope with any future cats you'll reconsider this inhumane procedure.

Some info for you on inappropriate elimination:
http://www.hdw-inc.com/litterbox.htm
http://www.catinfo.org/litterbox.htm
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/inappro-elim.html
http://www.sniksnak.com/cathealth/inappro-elim2.html

chico2
December 5th, 2008, 08:23 AM
SCM,you made a good point,the older cats could very well be the ones spraying,stressed from the new additions.

suparnikkay
December 5th, 2008, 03:49 PM
I have a dog and two cats in a one bedroom apartment. It can get quite smelly regarless of what your pets are doing. As long as you're clean and organized you can stay on top of things. If you have carpets buy a carpet cleaner asap. It's not that hard to clean your carpets if you have the right accessories. You might also want to consider setting up a special room for your pets. My pets have free reign of the living room since I don't use it much anyway. I've taken away anything that I don't want getting ruined.

DoeZ
December 5th, 2008, 05:10 PM
Well I'm not exactly sure if its spraying sotospeak...but it smells awful. I have caught the one peeing in my living room...I scold him and show him his litter box again...then I "think" the little one is following his footsteps and doing it. I know its not the oldest one...she's barely moves at all...she only stays in my kitchen...I'm glad for that cuz for years she wouldn't even come out of the basement...the 2nd oldest one...I don't think its him...he's another content one...so I believe its my daughters 2...now both are neutered...so I'm hoping this solves my problem. I bought this stuff called icky-poo or something like that from the vet...gonna spend the day tomorrow cleaning and spraying the house and carpeting.

As for the declawing...everyone has their own opinions on this. Please don't judge me for having this done. My cats DO NOT go outside at all...they've never been outside nor will they ever go outside...they are indoor cats and I feel they should be declawed as to not ruin my furniture or curtains etc...I'm also allergic to all my animals and I love them so much that I cuddle with them all the time...sometimes the claws get a bit to much...so again....everyone has their own opinions on this matter...mine just happens to be declawing my cats.

Now I know that Santa has gotten me a new steamer floor cleaner...it also has the pads for carpeting...do you think that this will work on those areas? The only other thing I could think of was that my hubby changed the litter to the one where you just have to scoop it up cuz it clumps up after they go...

Thanks for all your help and suggestions...I really appreciate it. :thumbs up

luckypenny
December 6th, 2008, 12:18 AM
A change in brand of litter can very well cause cats to urinate outside the box. As could a UTI. As could stress. When were the kittens spayed?

Once you've passed a steam cleaner, thoroughly soak the areas you think they've peed on with a mixture of 4 parts water, 1 part vinegar, and 1 part rubbing alcohol to help eliminate any odors.

TeriM
December 6th, 2008, 01:11 AM
I agree that it could easily be the litter that is the problem. I had one cat that peed in the bathtub for weeks until I finally gave in and found a litter that she liked better. There are some good natural clumping options as well. I use the feline fresh pine clumping litter and I love it. Even better, the cats like it as well :D.

DoeZ
December 6th, 2008, 01:36 PM
Yeah...I was talking to the hubby about all this...he's starting to think that maybe it was the litter as well...we didn't have this problem until he changed the litter. So he's going out to get the stuff we always used. I wish I could try some of that feline fresh pine stuff...but right now the finances are a little strapped. I've been spending my only weekend off cleaning the house...and we're taking the black light around and spraying that anti-icky-poo stuff we got from the vet...Hopefully this will cure the smell in the house.

As for the little one...he's been resting very comfortably and getting around nicely. He's getting back to a norm cuz he bit my nose...he always does that...its like a kiss in a way...lol...

I'll let you know if we still have any problems after we change the litter back. But...can you tell me where I can get this feline fresh pine stuff and how much is it...for what amount...Thanks for all the help:thumbs up

Maxine
December 6th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Hi there,

I can't really tell you where to buy your pine litter since you live in new york and I live in montreal but I wanted to add something, a little advice! :lightbulb:

First, I'd bring the cats the vet to rule out UTI. If ever you find out that it is only stress making them go somewhere else than in the litter boxes, or even territorial markings, you should look into the Feliway plug-in for you house. I use it and my cat's behavioral problems are gone! (sorry if I sound like an advertizing LOL but I'm just really happy with the results)

I just googled it and found these websites:

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/behaviortraining/a/Feliway.htm
http://catfaeries.com/feliway.html

I hope it helps!

Maxine

chico2
December 6th, 2008, 04:47 PM
Maxine I have Feli-Way plug-ins too and they work 99,9% of the time,it's just a bit of a bother buying it on E-Bay,so I buy 4 at a time,from the same person in NY.$16.95US for refills,that's one heck of a bargain:thumbs up

Maxine
December 6th, 2008, 04:53 PM
wow, thats a really good deal, cause last time i bought 3 refills and it cost me around 70$... please, can you pm me about it?

:sorry::offtopic:

DoeZ
December 6th, 2008, 06:21 PM
OMG...we just went thru the entire house with the black light and sprayed the entire house...behind things...in corners...under beds...etc...the black light really helped alot. I'm hoping that this spray will work. My hubby also put the litter boxes back to how they were before all this started so hopefully that will help also.

I couldn't believe all the spots I was seeing. It was absolutley disgusting to me. I always thought I was a clean person keeping my house clean all the time and when I saw all the markings I almost fainted. I felt absolutely disgusted with myself thinking I was a pig now. With 1 dog and 4 cats my house has never smelled before and my neighbor even said once that you would never know how many animals we had because my house did not smell.

I have never heard of those plug ins before. Where do you get them and how expensive are they? Do they really work?

I just hope that now things are back to the way we had them things will return to normal...lol...if there is a normal. Thank You all for your very helpful hints and ideas. I so appreciate them:thumbs up