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Q: cat urine outside - strong smell

March 16, 2010 | By Jillian | 5 answers | Expired: 1584 days ago

Jillian

we have at least 3 male cats urinating all over the side of our house and yard. the scent is really getting strong and even lots of rain hasn't helped. we want the cats there, just not the smell.
they aren't fixed, we haven't been able to catch any yet. however, as bad as this behavior is, having them fixed isn't going to stop them. {but they'll still be fixed once we catch them.}
it's common for us to get swamped w/male cats, but these guys are being so much more territorial than any of our previous "batches".
it's a pretty broad area they're marking w/lots of hiding places we can't really get to, so we can't afford to douse everything in an enzymatic cleaner.
we also don't have an outdoor faucet thing, so we don't have access to a hose. BUT it is the rainy season and we have watering cans --- in case any treatment needs to be rinsed off.
what would be an affordable way to get rid of the smell?

*these cats are intentionally there. they're strays we're trying to rescue and we set up this area just for them, so we're definitely not trying to get rid of them.

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Moongoat
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Mar 17, 2010

I second the vinegar suggestion, it works wonders!

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Amber
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Mar 16, 2010

kitty urine is a basic, so if you're not going to take the enzymatic route, fighting it with an acid would work best. vinegar is a nice, safe, inexpensive acidic liquid that makes a great cleaner. might be worth a shot.

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daryl b.
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Mar 16, 2010

as much as we love spring this is a problem that goes along with it. hopefully they are covering up what they do on the ground. i would try what has been recomended here. although the outside is a huge area to try to do. good luck

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Mary C.
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Mar 16, 2010

Hydrated Lime is bought from our store by many kennels and horse farms to control urine smells. It's usually #50 and under $10. It won't hurt the animals either.

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Gail S.
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Mar 16, 2010

There is a product called SCOE 10X. It is concentrated so you mix it with water. It will eliminate the smell of cat urine and even skunk odor. It cost about $20 for a bottle that makes a gallon. The gallon may or may not be enough depending on how much of the ground is covered with urine. You may want to try a gallon and see if it makes an impact. Good luck!

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