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        04-22-2014, 07:23 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Strawberry4Me    
    if their litter box was really bad, they might have peed in the living room. I would check around.
    If it was as bad as I expect it would with two cats using one box with no attention for ten days then I would almost expect there to be an accident! Even with a very clean cat. Double and triple check... I wouldn't be surprised if someone peed in the corner or something!
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        04-22-2014, 11:08 PM
    Green Broke
    We've had real good luck with:

    Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover - Pet Stain and Odor Eliminator and Destroyer -

    Even use it on our tires when some cat sprays them so we don't wake up the next morning to find another dozen cats came up and sprayed over the sprays.
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        04-23-2014, 08:24 AM
    Either rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide is supposed to work. I like a product called Urine Away. I inject it with a syringe, like a marinade injector or one of those syringes used to refill inkjet cartridges.

    For litter, I use the Tractor Supply 25# bag clumping litter for $6/bag. Has baking soda in it to control odors. Isn't as dusty or perfumey as some brands. I have two covered boxes and one that is a big open plastic container.
        04-23-2014, 08:51 AM
    Green Broke
    Rub everything down with a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar. Its cheap, safe for wood floors, and works great at odor elimination.
        04-23-2014, 09:31 AM
    I didn't have time to mop the floors yesterday, but I did open up all the windows, change litter boxes and quickly cleaned the kitten 'poo' room. It made a HUGE difference.

    I'm sure it'll smell better once I get the floors cleaned - I'm sure they messed somehwere in there.

    I think the house just gets musty easily because when I woke up this morning (after closing the windows and no air running) it was musty - Not litter-boxy- just musty again. Just like old house, ya know?

    There may be some mold/mildew issues somehwere - it's a rental and when we went to look at the house orginially, the landlord had those little scent plugins in every single outlet so it smelt like a cupcake despite the fact it had been vacant for 6 months or so.

    But I got the pail of Glade scented litter - it smells SO good. And once I removed those nasty litter boxes - no more nasty smell! It only gets an odor when little Scout goes #2 because he has issues remembering to bury his business! Just a downside of having hand raised these babies. I say babies, but they're 6 months old!
        04-25-2014, 10:31 AM
    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    Also, as far as the clumping goes, the Tidy Cats is amazing. Our boys pee A LOT and this stuff clumps perfectly. We never have any loose stuff or clumps that break up.

    This is what we use:
    Tidy Cats® Glade™ Tough Odor Solutions

    We get the 35lbs tub at Walmart for $13 and it lasts us 4-6 weeks, even with two litter boxes. We also reuse the plastic tub to hold the used litter we scoop out and it keeps it sealed in and easier to dispose of.

    Here's how great this stuff is. My mom came in our house for the first time right after we started using the Tidy Cats with Glade. My parents are both extremely clean and can't stand litter box odor. My mom said that if she hadn't seen both cats with her own eyes, she never would have believed that we had cats. She was even sitting right by the door to the laundry room where the litter boxes are, and the door was wide open.
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    I just want to say that this litter is awesome. I'm sure it helps that I now have a covered box, but I feel like I finally have our guest bathroom back! No smelly box! I love being able to walk past and not smell it!

    And in regards to the musty odor: I mopped the floors with my vinegar mix and I'm pretty sure that did the trick. I completely forgot that the house had[s] a water leak issue near the back door. The tile was all rotted from water damage when we moved in - so I'm sure some of the odor is from the mold/mildew that the landlord won't fix.

    Thanks for all the help!
        04-25-2014, 11:23 AM
    If the litter box was that dirty they probably relieved them self elsewhere in the house.
    Cats do not like dirty litter boxes.
        05-02-2014, 12:45 AM
    Next time I'd recommend using a product called "Ozium." I think you can get it at Wal-Mart. All it takes is one spritz. The gases expand and leave the room smelling like nothing in 3-5 minutes tops. I swear it works! You really don't need to do more than aim the bottle at the litterbox and give it one good spray. You don't have to spread it around like Glade or Febreeze. I just expands on its on. It's got a light, fresh scent at first, but this dissipates into nothing after a few minutes. My mother bought me a 3.5 oz bottle over a year ago, and I'm still using the same one. That stuff is amazing. OZIUM AIR SANITIZER 3.5 OZ BY MEDO (OZM-1) ORIGINAL SCENT: Automotive

    ...I just read some of the reviews, and it seems that a large majority of pot-smokers like this product too! LOL! I guess it has multiple uses, if you're into that sort of thing.
        05-02-2014, 08:13 AM
    If the house is musty, try running a dehumidifier. If there is pee smell in the carpet, you almost have to pull up the carpet and treat or replace the pad, and treat the back of the carpet. I've had some luck with injecting the enzyme liquid into the carpet with a marinade injector or inkjet refill syringe. I bought one of those Bissell ProHeat 2x carpet cleaners re-manufactured at Ollies discount store and it is a pretty decent carpet cleaner. I had a 25% off coupon from them and thus got the carpet shampooer for something close to $110 out the door. Mine is a model 9400 and kind of a maroon color. The power nozzsel is not worth much and I don't recommend paying extra to get it. The stair tool (a wider nozzle) is worth buying. I also have a Bissell spot cleaner and the power nozzle came with that but the Spot and the Pro Heat 2x use the same one.
        05-02-2014, 10:34 AM
    The last time I had this problem, I discovered a dead critter under the house.

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