Dear Home Ec 101,
We recently adopted another stray cat, and while two of the other three cats have adjusted fine, my oldest has not. He decided instead of getting chased around by the new guy, he would instead take up residence on the top floor of the house (where he was always most happy anyway, sunning in the windows, etc.). However, I didn’t realize it until it was too late that he was not going downstairs to use one of the two litter boxes. One day I went upstairs to go to bed and realized that sometime in the past two days, he had relived his bladder all over the bed! (My husband and I fall asleep on the couch a lot and hadn’t slept upstairs the previous two nights, or we would have noticed it sooner.)
I immediately stripped the mattress and washed the sheets and comforter several times, and the smell is gone from those items. I soaked up as much of the urine as I could with paper towels and sponges, and then headed to PetSmart to buy some Nature’s Miracle Cleaner. I followed the directions and completely soaked the spots where the urine was, and then three days later repeated the process with a different Nature’s Miracle product (Just for Cats Urine Destroyer).
But here’s my new problem: It’s been a week, and while my husband swears he can’t smell the urine anymore, I still get whiffs of something–whether it’s urine or just the cleaner, I’m not sure. But it smells funky, and I don’t know what to do! I was hoping HE101 might be able to suggest something else I could do to make my mattress smell fresh again. It’s a pillow-top mattress so I can’t flip it, and we just don’t have the money right now to go out and buy a whole new one yet.
Stinky in Stanton
Ah, man, I’ve had a cat that peed on my bed. It’s not a good thing at all. First suggestion for the cat: make sure you have a litter box upstairs for him. And make sure you have the magic number of litter boxes as well. Now, let’s deal with the bed.
Cat pee is really hard to get out of things. The Nature’s Miracle works well, but I agree with you that it leaves a faint smell of…I dunno. Something that’s not good. What I have found that works is to take a box of baking soda and sprinkle it heavily over your bed. Let it sit like that for at least an hour or two. Then vacuum it up. There are all sorts of ways to get that smell out, but I feel like this is the way of the least work, mess, and cost.
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