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Title: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on July 29, 2012, 11:51:44 PM
Talk to me about it....

I am desperate and I don't want to buy Febreeze as all of their fragrances make me feel dizzy.

We have been adopted by a really cute feral kitten, but he isn't snipped and decided that the house didn't really smell enough of him, so he changed that. Febreeze has nothing on him!! So I need to make some room spray, preferably cat safe (no citronella for starters).

I have EOs and lots of FOs. I think I'd prefer to use an FO as I don't want to scare him away. He is so skittish anyway and he is permanently calling for mum. I assume he lost her somehow and now he has himself attached to my cat (who is very perplexed by the whole thing). Where my cat goes he follows, including all the way into the house an on to the sofa, as long as I don't move....

The cat rescue service is coming round to chip and snip him and deliver him back to me, but the lady can't make it until Saturday next week. By then my house will smell like a Lion's den! I don't want to lock him out if it is raining, he is so skinny anyway. But I need to cover the smell for a while, until his hormones have worn off....

Men..... toilet habits of a Neanderthal!  :mwaha:


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Suzanne on July 30, 2012, 08:42:30 AM
Aww! Can you use a scented candle (or four).


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: LizzyH on July 30, 2012, 09:27:09 AM
Just adding other smells won't help. You'll need to neutralise it with bicarb. Lots and lots of bicarb, applied directly to anywhere he sprays, rather than as a room spray.


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on July 30, 2012, 09:48:10 AM
I wish I knew where he sprayed.... could be anywhere....


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Lisa on July 30, 2012, 10:41:02 AM
I agree with the bicarb, but if you do want a room spray - Tea tree 65 drops ,thyme 50 drops, eucalyptus 35 drops in 120 ml water.
Or cinnamon 65 drops, patchouli 45 drops, lemongrass 40 drops in 120 mls water.
Hope that helps.  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on July 30, 2012, 11:01:15 AM
the second one sounds good!! That should cover the smell until he is snipped (poor guy)


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: LizzyH on July 30, 2012, 11:10:26 AM
I wish I knew where he sprayed.... could be anywhere....

Most lilkely to be edges and corners - I'd make a strong bicarb solution and squirt it round the edge of the room and round the furniture, and then sprinkle some dry into the carpet.


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on July 30, 2012, 11:23:56 AM
wont he just spray again then? Being a horny teenager, he can't help it?


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Alphya on July 30, 2012, 12:10:18 PM
Look out for yellow splotches on skirting boards etc. I use a great product called "Urine-Off" which breaks down the uric acid crystals properly, much better than bicarb or using a cover-up, as cats can still smell the original urine.
Also, invest in a strong UV torch, not a cheapo UV one as you won't be able to see the urine, but a very powerful one, because the urine will show up yellow.


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on July 30, 2012, 12:49:27 PM
chuckle - I will feel like someone from CSI - but I think the torch will be my best bet once he is snipped.

I know where he has sprayed outside, as every tomcat in the area has decided that they have to cover up that smell with their own markings..... we now have 4 tomcats on the garden marking..... thankfully we have a rainy summer  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on July 30, 2012, 01:06:37 PM
and just in case you wondered why I have been allowing him to take over....here is the little cutie (the black one)

(http://www.pbase.com/madpiano/image/145071929/original.jpg)


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: retropants on July 30, 2012, 01:20:51 PM
oh gsoh, he is adorable! I can understand why he is allowed to stay! sorry about the spraying, if the cats come and spray in my garden I spray them with the garden hose! ha ha! a bit mean, but it scares them off. I must be the only person without a cat in the road, as they all congregate in my garden! I hope you get something sorted MP, he looks like a lovely kitty! :buttrf:


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Suzanne on July 30, 2012, 01:48:32 PM
Don't clean with anything that has ammonia in it. It encourages them to re-mark. I am not suprised you are letting him stay. He is lovely. Not sure your ginger one agrees, looking at the look on his face!


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Hayley on July 30, 2012, 02:31:41 PM
Georgeous  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: EJ on July 30, 2012, 02:44:45 PM
Who could resist him!


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Lisa on July 30, 2012, 02:58:55 PM
aww they are both beautiful  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Lindy on August 03, 2012, 08:21:05 PM
Gorgeous fur babies.

DO NOT use EO's as they are toxic to cats very, very quickly.  When I had a cat that was misbehaving I used vinegar and baking soda.  The vinegar does eliminate the scent and the cat won't go back there because they don't like the scent.  Baking soda boosts the scent absorption.  Something else you could do is put some citric acid on the spot and then add a water/baking soda mix.  This will work like Oxy Clean to help lift the stain as well.  Once you've absorbed all the water/urine spray it with vinegar to try and keep him from spraying there again.  If you see him back up on something with his tail up and then "quivering" - he is spraying...

I so can see why you are adopting him though - he is gorgeous....


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Louise on August 03, 2012, 09:34:30 PM
oooh i can help here! To see exactly where he has been spraying, you need a "blacklight" UV light bulb - you know the kind that makes everything glowy? Get one and shine it around. Cat pee will show up. And then you can treat the spots with more certainty.

Also.. if that little cutie has been spraying on wood surfaces, floors, etc. you're done for as the only solution to that is to replace the offending boards :/


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on August 04, 2012, 08:24:15 AM
well, whatever it was that made him more tame, has worn off. He has reverted to ferral. I barely see him now and he has stopped spraying inside. The smell is slowly fading. The animal rescue is supposed to come round this morning, but I haven't seen a glimpse of him. He also calmed down a lot and is no longer calling and shouting all the time. He still chirps when he is outside my kitchen door to let me know he is here, but no endless crying and he no longer comes inside the house. I think I will have to cancel the animal rescue, there is no chance she will catch him.

Some travellers have moved in nearby, which I didn't know. I wonder if he came from the camp and is just lost? He still doesn't eat cat food. He doesn't even sniff at it. I have no idea what he lives on. He is skinny, but not emaciated and I saw my cat teaching him to catch grasshoppers the other day. No idea what to do about that, and just hope he finds enough food. I can't leave a bowl of food outside for him as the other 4 cats in the neighbourhood seem to think it's a free-for-all and I don't like leaving windows open for him when I am at work all day.


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Sleepingdragon10 on August 04, 2012, 09:02:50 AM
Awww he's gorgeous :buttrf:

Hopefully you'll find him in time for the welfare lady to pick him up.


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: abrit on August 04, 2012, 09:10:26 AM
Oh he is gorgeous!  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on August 04, 2012, 09:24:30 AM
Well, I had to cancel the welfare lady. She seemed a bit miffed. But nothing I can do, he isn't a pet, I can't call him when I need him. I hope he comes round occasionally, as he is sweet and funny, but I have a feeling that he may be chased off by the resident Toms once he reaches adulthood. They only tolerate him as he is a teenager. And winter is a worry. We will see. I told the woman I will call her once he is a bit tamer. Right now trapping him (if we even get close to him) may traumatize him anyway. I know, they are keen to get him snipped so he doesn't contribute to the feral cat-population and I understand and agree, but what can we do?


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Lisa on August 04, 2012, 12:22:36 PM
Gorgeous fur babies.

DO NOT use EO's as they are toxic to cats very, very quickly.  When I had a cat that was misbehaving I used vinegar and baking soda.  The vinegar does eliminate the scent and the cat won't go back there because they don't like the scent.  Baking soda boosts the scent absorption.  Something else you could do is put some citric acid on the spot and then add a water/baking soda mix.  This will work like Oxy Clean to help lift the stain as well.  Once you've absorbed all the water/urine spray it with vinegar to try and keep him from spraying there again.  If you see him back up on something with his tail up and then "quivering" - he is spraying...

I so can see why you are adopting him though - he is gorgeous....

Hi Lindy, hope your well.
I use EO's in dilution for a room spray and I have a cat who is a house cat, I think it is dependent on which EO's you use, and of course EO's should NEVER be directly put onto a cat, because they are, like you say toxic to cats.  Room sprays with EO's diluted in 2 1/2 x water should be fine. xx  :buttrf:


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Lindy on August 05, 2012, 05:45:44 PM
Ah good point Lisa.  Thanks for the correction.  I'm a bit reactive because there are some people who are telling people to use essential oils on cats!  :o  I tend to stay on the side of caution...  :-\


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: madpiano on August 05, 2012, 05:58:43 PM
It's all good - Squeak has come back, although he is more often away now. He comes in to sleep, right by the window and the moment something moves he is out like a shot. I might make him a cat bed there, so he gets used to our smell.

I know about the EOs, but what makes me wonder is commercial room sprays. There are no ingredient lists on those. They could contain all sorts (and probably do), but no warning about cats.

I would never use an EO directly on a cat - what smells good to you and me most likely stinks to them, and manky old rotten fish would be a much more acceptable perfume...  :mwaha: They'd lick it off immediately anyway and I know about the fact that they metabolize smells in their liver, so I am always careful. Citronella is completely banned here.

Surprisingly the smell of the cat pee disappeared quite quick. I get a small whiff occasionally, but nothing like it was before. I am assuming he isn't re-spraying, as cats sense of smell is much better and he can still detect it. Makes me wonder if he isn't snipped after all. I am just using up my Yankee Candles for now, that will cover it for me.


Title: Re: Room Spray
Post by: Suzanne on August 05, 2012, 06:05:54 PM
I have been diuting Lavender EO in water to repel the fleas. Can't say I have noticed the difference, but it is great to spray on my ankles when they have been bitten.