I have a desperate question! Well first let me tell you the story..there are 4 cats hanging around my house/ and underneath it and they are mating/in heat/spraying..and my house smells like a GYM!!! What can I do (my husband has already bought cat traps for Animal Control) to get the smell out from underneath our house? (already tried the onion thing)..Any insight???? Misery!!!!!!!
Thank you to all! We have put moth balls out around our house and sprayed white vinegar underneath the house. I also sprinkled Cayenne Pepper around (heard this helps)..Thank you again! I will let everyone know how effective this all was! Have a great Day!
Call a Feral Cat trap and release program and see if they will trap the cats, spay and neuter them, and either put them back where they are or adopt them out. Local animal rescue groups will know the number if you cannot find it in the phone book.
Zero Odor is awesome! The # is 1-800-526-2967 or zeroodorstore.com I am shocked at how well it works. It's $40.00 for a standard order and then there's a bigger (I think gallon) size. It works on any "bodily fluid" smell and leaves a kind of bleachy scent. It has never damaged anything in or out of my house.
Also, cayenne pepper on the ground might run them off...they lick their paws...heh.
"nature's miracle" is the best product I have ever used to get rid of cat smell, it has enzymes that eat the orgaic matter! It also works to get blood stains out of clothes. I don't know how you would apply it if the smell is under the house? Sometimes I boil water with vinegar to get rid of smells. The steam remove odors (especially after cooking fish!). An ionizer will remove odors anywere, our local pet store uses one to keep the air smelling fresh, but they are expensive machines!
Hello...I had the same thing happen but with raccoons. It was horrid, to say the least.
You can get Lime, the powdered kind comes in big bags at your local farmer's grain. Pour it around the stemwall and if possible get under the house and sprinkle as much throughout the area. It is inexpensive and absorbs odors.
More expensive is enzymes, but you might have to followup with these. I bought mine in gallons from a local janitorial supply house. More expensive, but worth it in the end.
Make sure there are no kittens left under the house and then seal every opening...might want to get a good pair of coveralls for your husband or yourself! Best wishes!
Find some ODOBAN. I think I bought it at Sam's Club the last time by the case. They sell little bottles at Wal-mart. White bottle with green & black lettering. We bought a house that had several cats in it and we took a sprayer (like you would put weed killer out with) and after scrubbing the walls, sprayed the whole house. It actually worked pretty well! I would also find some lime. Your local garden supply or feed store would have it. We use that in the barn to get rid of the urine/ammonia smell and it drys wet spots.
Hope that helps!
You could set humane traps and have the cats spayed/neutered and release back into their environment. Most vets (I'm sure you have one in your area) give a drastic discount for people helping to humanely assist feral cats. That is the safest and kindest thing you can do for them. That also solves the problem of mating, spraying, etc. Catching them and taking them to animal control is a certain death. I'm sure, being a mother yourself, you are not a cruel person. So, I can't imagine you would want to do that. Once the cats are released back into their environment, try oranges or an orange scented spray around your house. They don't like citrus.
You can try getting some charcoal to spread under the house....as for keeping the cats away this will surprise you. Mint Plants....plant them around your yard and places where the cats enter under your house....Cats do not like mint, peppermint, spearmint...it doesn't matter what kind it just keeps them away.
There is a plant that you can get called Dog/Cat away. Lowes carries it sometimes, Plant-a-plenty may have it.
A friend of mine has, or had the problem with the cats, until she got the plants. They are sometimes hard to find, but this is the time of the year for planting, so it may be a little easier to find. Do some phone calls to your local plant stores. Good luck.
White vinager works wonders. Just put it in a sprayer and let your hubby spray under the house, then I would sugest blocking up the hole so they can not get back under ther. Your house may smell like a pickel for a day but that is better then a gym!
Get lots of disposable plastic containers and fill them at least half-full with white vinegar, then set them under the house in different areas, making sure you have at least a few bowls full in each quadrant of the house. Leave them there for several days.
To keep the cats from coming back, make sure you close up any holes they were using to get under your house through, and then scatter orange peels all around the perimeter of your house. I haven't tried it myself, but I have learned on the internet and through newspaper articles that cats dislike the smell of orange peels, and will not come around them.
I have found through trial and error that orange peelings(Probably any citrus peeling, tangerines, grapefruit ect..)work wonders keeping the neighborhood cats away. I use them in my flowers beds and flower pots.Even in my house plants so my kitty won't play in the soil. It really works. The cat traps are a great way to get rid of the cats temorarily until more come aound. Use the traps and try out the citrus peels. I think that you will have good results. The added bonus is that it is a natural way and smells good. I know that you think oh man that is a lot of oranges but we can always use the extra vitamins. No harmful chemicals around. Maybe you can get family and friends to save the peels for you. They add color to your beds and pots. Good luck.
White Vinegar is the best and safest thing we've tried. Since cat urine is a very basic subtance the acid enzymes in the vinegar will neutralize the odor. Also, it's safe to put in the ground. Get you one of those pesticide sprayers from the hardware store and spray the vinegar under your house. It might take more than one application to get it all, but it will work. The one thing you do not want to do is spray a bunch of household cleaner on it. Most cleaners are a base and mixing them with cat urine, which is also a base, will only make it worse.
You might think that I am crazy but we had a freezer that went out in our garage so the whole house and garage smelled terriable. a friend of mine tole we to go buy a bag of charcoal and pour it out in a single layer on the floor and leave it alone. we let it for about a week and no more smell. A bag dosen't cost much so it might be worth a try. I would just toss the charcoal under the house and leave it there. For some reason the charcoal never had a smell to it.
Hi, LS I know you have a problem. For the smell of urine try throwing alot of baking soda under the trailer. Also to keep cats away try mothballs or red pepper. I've tried that around my trashcans and my flowerbeds. Try that and let me know how that does. Good luck:
I have the same problem in front of my house. The neighborhood cats are using it as a litter box. We put moth balls out in front of the house and stepped on them so that they are half way in the dirt. So far the cats have found somewhere else to do there business. The only problem we have is that we can smell the mothballs when we open the windows, however i would rather smell that then cat urine. Hope that helps you.
most important Don't use cleaners that contain ammonia!
If you use cleaning products that hold ammonia, it will only magnetize the cat back to the same spots because ammonia smells just like cat urine. Your cat will still be able to smell the urine, which tells the cat that it's a good spot to urinate.
I will tell you right now that there is no easy home remedy to remove urine from anything so I recommend that you buy a professional cat urine enzyme-based cleaner and be done with it. Simple Solution, Nature’s Miracle, Complete Pet Stain and Odor Remover by 8in1, and Capture Pet Stain and Odor Neutralizer are by far the most effective products I’ve found for cleaning cat urine. Best of all, a super cat urine remover is very easy to find. Many pet stores and online stores will carry one or all of these.
Buy a bag of charcoal briquettes. The kind you use to grill with. Just take them out of the bag and throw them around under your house and leave them there. My tom cat got under house and peed everywhere put charcoal under there and in a matter of hours it was gone. You dont have to buy name brand the cheap kind will do.
HOpe this helps!
L S - email me at ____@____.com. I have something here that kills the smell immediately. I would like to send you some via postal mail.
We had a cat once that loved to run in the house when I was trying to leave for work. One morning he ran up under my bed, I was mad, so i shut his tail up in the room all day. Needless to say, he had made a mess of some kind - I have NO idea what exactly it was and don't want to know!! - under my bed and the smell was pretty bad. I thankfully had some of this cleaner I am going to send you and it got the mess out of the carpet and the smell out immediately.
it is also excellent for getting sour smells out of clothing or vehicle carpets/seats, it's nontoxic and biodegradeable.
hey, there is a spray and a powder that you can put around your house to get rid of the smell and from them getting under your house or spraying it. i cant remember the name but you can buy it from petsmart... so.. good luck!
Vinegar will naturally absorb odors.......in the old days the women would put a bowl or pan in a hiding place when they cooked fish, liver etc... with bad smells. And its also cheap. I would put a dish pan or similiar pan with plain white vinegar in several places and leave. Nothing will smell like vinegar but it will soak up the odors......
Have a great day!
I have heard if you throw some moth balls under your house it will keep the critters away....cats, dogs, bugs, spiders, etc. As a matter of fact I am going to do the same thing this weekend as I have stray cats tearing up the insulation under my house.
If you are looking for a nontoxic biodegradable approach you should check out Basic G from Shaklee. It is highly effective at killing the bacteria and smells. They also have a patented Air Source unit for the home that covers 3500 square feet. If the smell has penetrated the air ducts, carpets etc you may benefit from having that in your home. You can find information at www.shaklee.net/dthomas. We use it in our home as well as our clinic.