My cat urinated somewhere in my room, I can smell the odor but I cannot find it. There are no spots (my carpet's dark) and it seems like it's everywhere but I can't find the specific spot. I know it's there because this has happened before, only I caught it.
If I can't find it to clean the spot, could it effect me? Any advice?
(I have contacted the vet about her problem, by the way.)
If your cat has urinated somewhere, he or she will be attracted to that spot in the future to pee again. Your pet store or your vet's office should have special cleaners with enzymes to get rid of cat urine. Otherwise, you may not smell it, but your cat sure can.
I would also suggest teaching the cat better litter box habits to prevent the problem in the future. It is possible to have a cat who never pees outside the box (really, I swear!) If your cat keeps peeing in your room, put a litter box in there and praise her for using it (or stay away, if she likes privacy). There are many resources on the internet and in books that have tips for teaching good box habits.
If this is a more recent problem, you might want to take the cat to the vet. There may be some medical reason behind it.
As for it being harmful to you, it probably isn't, but ask the vet anyway, just to be safe.
I had my books on the counter and one of the cats peed on it. It's a borrowed book from my school library and online cost is $300. I may be able to get a replacement used for less - but I'm baffled; this is a very rare problem around here and of all places to pee! The cover is cloth like and rubbing on it just caused it to "peel" Without ruining the book is there any way to get out the cat urine odor? Thank you.
Remember that you don't have to pay the "new" price for the book. The book is from the library, so it was "used." Just like if you total someone's car--you pay for the amount at the time of the loss, you don't buy them a brand-new car. That puts them in a *better* place than they were before. That's not fair. Libraries and DVD rental places pull that all the time. Again, that is only *if* you have to pay for it.
I would go to a pet store and ask what they have that is in dry powder form--you don't want to warp the book. Then take it and put the book in a plastic bag and dump a bunch of the powder on it (in between the pages) and leave it for a few days. Maybe after that it will smell better.
You'll want to use an enzymatic cleaner, such as natures miracle or zero odor after you have located the spot using a hand-held black light. This will break down the urine molecules and remove the stain so even your cat won't smell it - which is important to curb reoccurring behavior. Cat urine in large quantities could affect your health, but a single spot will not bother you aside from having to smell it.
I disagree with everyone here that said your cat is marking their territory. Cats either mark or they don't, it's not a behavior that suddenly starts up. Instead, your cat is either sick or stressed. Please get your cat to a vet to determine which. If it was due to stress it may have been an isolated incident or it could reoccur. If it happens again, you'll want to find the source of their stress and either eliminate it from their life or try to correct it by attaching a positive outcome to it. Urinating out of stress is very common amoung cats.
Lydia is correct.
Vanilla extract (the real extract) eleminates the smell of cat urine. The cat will return to the spot.
Best of luck in training. Be watching to make sure the cat does not have a bladder or kidney infection. This is a way they try to tell us.
Best of luck,