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Pet Urine Stain and Odor Removing Products
At this point I am desperate to find a solution to my cat urine problem and am willing to try anything, at any price, to resolve the problem, as long as I don't have to get rid of my cat, my best feline friend named Carmen.
Carmen is a middle aged cat, about 7 years old. I rescued her from the humane society about four years ago. She is a multi-colored cat, with a caramel tone, so I named her Carmen, after Carmen Electra. She is a lazy mostly indoor cat, but she goes outside when it is not raining and the mood suits her. Otherwise she likes to curl up in a ball and sleep on my bed or near the window on her cat condo that I got for her. Most of the time she uses her litter box when she is home alone but sometimes she sneaks behind the television and pees in the corner. I don't know exactly why, perhaps I am at fault for not putting her outside more often. When she wants to go outside she waits by the door patiently.
It might be all my fault. Maybe she is not able to hold it very long and I don't notice that she wants to outside in time. Perhaps she is just lazy, I don't know. Regardless, I have a couple areas where the odor is pungent and I just can't stand the smell of cat pee, especially in the warm summer days. I have got to do something, and replacing the carpet is not my first choice, nor in my budget.
I have tried three pet urine products in the past 6 months without much success. Recently I saw a new product on the market, lets call it brand X. This one says it will cure my urine problem once and for all, I really hope this one works because I am tired of spending money trying to deal with this problem.
They claim that it can quickly and easily remove pet urine stains and odor from carpets and upholstery simply by spraying on their newfangled enzyme solution and letting it dry. So for about twenty bucks I desperately needed to give it a try, hoping and praying that this time it will be THE product that will finally solve my never-ending dilemma of pet urine from my beloved cat.
Once the product arrived, I eagerly headed to the main hidden area where Carmen tends to frequent. So I spray and spray the magical solution until my hand becomes very fatigued, soaking the entire area as the directions have stated. Then I sprayed the other areas that were not as severe.
During the treatment, my curious feline wanted to know what I was doing so she came over to the evil spot and sniffed around momentarily and then fled indignantly. I could tell that she recognized the stinky area as one of her no-tell zones and she didn't want to hang around long enough to be held accountable.
After applying the product I am instructed to wait until the product has time to work it's magic and dry completely...
So I eagerly wait...
If you're like me, waiting for something to happen is nerve racking. Waiting for a stain to disappear or odor to be eliminated is very difficult to see as it happens, but every couple of hours I headed back to the scene of the crime and look to see if there was any noticeable difference. I put my face down close to the carpet and sniffed eagerly. Not a fun thing to do, and at this point the smell was still there in full force. Eewwww!
I have to say that cat urine (or any other urine) is not a nice smell to endure and putting my nose within two inches of the nasty spot is making me feel like a slave to my beloved kitty. And although I would never consider giving up my cute little friend, this urine problem is putting a horrible strain on our relationship. I have spent well over $80 in the last two years on pet urine remedies, so far no luck in solving this issue.
The next morning I woke and went straight to the treated area to see if it had dried. It had not. I rub my hand across the carpet and feel wetness. My hand now smells of cat urine. In my eagerness I had used up almost one entire bottle on this one main spot, so drying time will obviously take longer. I figured if I sprayed on a ton of this stuff it will work better. Once again my nose is inches from the carpet hoping to smell nothing more than a sweet fragrance, but the urine smell was still very evident. I am not going to make any rash decisions until the area is fully dry.. so I am off to work. I want to make sure this product has plenty of time to work it's magic. I will check it again when I get home in about 7 hours...
Home from work I head straight to the spot to see if the area was dry. It was not. Again I put my nose to the area hoping for a sweet smelling carpet. Eewwww... no sweet smell yet. I rub my hand across the carpet and feel wetness. My hand now smells of cat urine again. This is frustrating. I decide to not deal with this again until the next morning.
I wake up and the first thing on my mind is the cat urine issue. I have more important issues to deal with but this issue is the one on my mind. What have I become? A slave to my cat? There are major issues at work that I am facing, legal and financial obligations looming but still the cat pee is the first thing I think about when I wake up. So, I head out to the living room, move the TV out a little and once again rub my hand across the carpet and I discover the area is finally dry! I quickly place my nose to the spot and.... It still smells like cat pee. But there is a hint of fragrance too.
I guess it is like the old saying of fish and roses. I think the smell is not as bad, but never the less, the smell is still there. Even after two weeks, the smell is still just as strong. Now my cat has found a new spot to pee, behind the plant next to the couch. It happens to be near the heat vent. I think my problem has become worse.
For those of you looking to find the best deal for your pet urine problems. I don't believe any quick-fix spray is going to do the trick. One product I have found does work very well but it is not a quick fix. It requires some effort and diligence. If you are planning on replacing your carpet I have information to help you save time and money.
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