Cat urinated in the carrier after the vet visit. How to get rid of the odor?

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  1. Liang & Nathan

    Liang & Nathan Member

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    Hello everyone,

    Today we took our CKD (but not diabetic) cat, Kitty, to the vet for a 3-month recheck of her kidney functions. They took the blood and urine samples. Vet said she was doing well in their office.

    After we were back home, we found there was lots of liquid in the carrier, and the only possible explanation is that she urinated in the carrier.

    Her back legs and abdomen were soaked in the liquid. It didn't smell very strong (maybe because it is fresh urine?)

    We have bathed her, but she now still smells. What can we do to get rid of the oder?

    Thanks for all advice.
     
  2. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

    Aleluia Grugru & Minnie Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had that happen more than once sadly! I now use pee pads in the carrier but sometimes it gets moved around and the inside still gets wet. I’d wash the carrier then wash it with a vinegar cleaning solution. You can then apply baking soda and let it sink in. Then rinse after a few hours or the next day. That’s what I do with my hardwood floors to get the urine smell off. As far as Kitty, you did what you should do. Minnie will usually groom herself when that happens and the smell goes away. Did she groom after you bathed her?
     
  3. Liang & Nathan

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    Thank you very much. She did groom herself after we bathed her.

    We first tried to blow dry her by using the hair dryer, but she didn't like it and escaped when she was still a bit wet.

    When she groomed herself, I started to worry if the residual of the shampoo is toxic to her... hope it is not...

    I will buy some dog pee pads to put in the carrier for her next visit.
     
  4. Bron and Sheba (GA)

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    Did you use cat shampoo? Ordinary human shampoo is not good for cats.
     
  5. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

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    Honestly, I just rinse Minnie with water when that happens to get all the excess urine out and towel dry her because I know She’s going to groom herself and I think it’s a better more natural way for her to get cleaned. I would skip the shampoo next time.
     
  6. Critter Mom

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    Hi Liang,

    It helps to have a pee pad that is slightly bigger than the base of the cat carrier, so that it goes up the side and the back: it's less likely that Nathan will 'miss' the pee pad that way. Also, it's helpful to pop a small folded towel under the pee pad. It provides a comfortable cushion for kitty to sit on, it'll absorb any spillage, and it's easy to wash in the case of accidents which helps solve odour problems (cf. laundering a foam filled carrier cushion).

    Saoirse was always a nervous traveller. Sometimes when I took her to the vets she'd have accidents on both the outward and return legs of the trip, so I learned to always keep a spare folded pee pad in a little baggie in my handbag to facilitate 'half-time' replacements. They were used. :oops:

    It can be helpful for some kitties to spritz the carrier with Feliway spray prior to travel.


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  7. Critter Mom

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  8. Aleluia Grugru & Minnie

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    Oh yeah I do the towel too and the larger pee pad but Minnie pulls and moves so it always ends up everywhere, especially now that her pee volume has gone up considerably because of the diuretic :nailbiting:
     
  9. Liang & Nathan

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    I used the DERMABENSS shampoo for dogs, cats, and horses. It contains 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, 1% Salicylic Acid.

    Kitty looks fine today, but still smells :(
     
  10. Liang & Nathan

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    Thank you. I will skip the shampoo next time.
     
  11. Liang & Nathan

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    Thank you very much for you advice.
     
  12. Critter Mom

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    Hi Liang,

    How's the odour situation today? If it persists tomorrow, I'd suggest letting your vet know.


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  13. Liang & Nathan

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    Thank you. It is better, but not completely gone. She is acting normal: eating, drinking, peeing, pooing, grooming.

    What could the vet do if he knows it?
     
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  14. Noah & me (GA)

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    What's that smell? I've had the pleasure now of two cats that love being in the car and of course the other 99 that peed on me/my wife/the old car and just recently the newer car. I used an entire roll of paper towels and pressed down hard to sop it up, then used a can of automotive upholstery cleaner. It was a foaming cleaner that has to be brushed in and absolutely has to be vacuumed out within hours or it will never come out.
    Another trick I learned about returning rentals was baking soda meant for pets (a dollar more for some annoying scent) but the all time winner was scented dryer sheets.
    You could probably fry a fish while smoking a cigar in a rental and it works. You don't want to know how I know this. :eek: :oops: :rolleyes:
    I've had cats that love to be "bathed" with warm and wet paper towels. And 99 cats that didn't. :blackeye:
     
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  16. Critter Mom

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    Glad to hear Kitty's doing well, albeit still a bit on the whiffy side. :)

    I just suggested it because your vet is monitoring kidney issues and I find it can be helpful to let the vet know if anything unusual crops up.


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  17. Liang & Nathan

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    Got it. Will talk to the vet tomorrow and see if I can be with her during her next visit and blood draw.
     
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  18. Critter Mom

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    That would be nice. It's awful having to take our little ones to the vets under more 'normal' times but having to leave them to go in all on their own thanks to covid makes it worse. :(

    (((all our furbabies)))


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  19. Liang & Nathan

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    The odor is almost gone today :)
     
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  20. Critter Mom

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    Yay! Good news. :)

    Now I can't get a certain song from Friends out of my head. :oops:


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  21. Noah & me (GA)

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    or this song...
    I just spent six months in a leaky boat
    Lucky just to keep afloat
     
  22. Lisa and Witn (GA)

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    I usually put two pee pads in my carrier. The first one is upside down and then put the second one on top of it right side up. This way if they do miss the pad at least there's another pad to soak it up that facing towards the bottom of the carrier.

    For the odor you can probably also use one of the enzyme sprays or cleaners to help neutralize the odor.
     
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