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Cat smell in crawlspace
May 26, 2013
1:10 pm
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lauren
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Suzanne's post about her kitty that lives under the house got me wanting to find out if anyone has a  remedy for cat urine smell in a crawl. We just bought a house that had 22 cats living there (7 now) and apparently they used they crawl space under the house as a litter box judging from the smell. It wasn't bad before when it was cooler out, but with the recent rain, wow! It's stinking.. Anybody have something they can recommend?

May 26, 2013
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I would get a bag of lime from the feed mill, and scatter it under there myself.  You could also scatter several bags of charcoal under there but it will make getting under there very messy since it will gradually dissolve and crumble, both will help absorb the smell and sweeten the soil, but that charcoal will make any trips under there to check or fix plumbing or wiring etc a messy proposition...  maybe just throwing the charcoal briquettes back into corners where you can't easily get to, to spread lime.  I don't think either will hurt cats which might get it on their paws, though if they lick too much of the lime off their paws it might be a problem. 

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May 27, 2013
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Ross
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Either clean it out, ventilate it or just wait for a year it will compost and be fine.

May 27, 2013
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Mothballs are pretty effective in keeping cats and dogs out of flower beds.  They might work in a crawl space as well.  Don't know about the long term impact on the soil or air quality, though.

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May 28, 2013
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Miss Judy
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Mothballs are good...but you better like the smell. My son put some in his crawlspace and then his house smelled like an old persons garage sale for weeks!

May 28, 2013
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I agree with Miss Judy about the mothball smell, you might try cedar chips, or call you local hardware store , they may be able to tell you about different ways to get rid of the odor, hopefully you have blocked any entrances where a cat may be able to get under the house. We don't have problems with them going under the house but coming up on our porch,ugh!

 

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May 28, 2013
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You also need to neutralize the urine smell. Urine is largely ammonia and to neutralize it use vinegar.

My mother had a cat that went senile, she was nearly 20 years old by the time she died, she kept peeing in one area of the living room. It got so bad that we tried replacing the carpet but it had gotten down to the wood.

It may take a few treatments but the vinegar should help a lot.

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May 29, 2013
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Going to say it one more time... Lime will neutralize, charcoal will absorb.  Nothing fancy.  If you have enough room to rake the lime into the ground a bit, so much the better, but it isn't absolutely necessary. 

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May 29, 2013
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Thank you for the suggestions, I read online that massengill floral scent might work but wasn't crazy about going to the store to buy a case of it LOL

May 29, 2013
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Well, one thing about it being a confined space is that whatever method you choose to use, it won't take as much to fill it! 

Another option to consider is diatomaceous earth.  It does have odor absorbent properties and, if you use the food grade variety, will not hurt critters if/when they consume it.  I have used it successfully on a variety of odors, but not specifically for cat urine.

Was assuming that you would want to discourage the cats from using the area in the future when I suggested using moth balls.  In the confined space, it would not take many of them, depending.  I have tossed a few under the house with no ill effects.  I can no longer use them in garden beds because the chickens would eat them!

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May 29, 2013
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Pete...I didn't know chickens would eat mothballs!

May 29, 2013
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So far these will eat anything they find!  I really don't want to know exactly what they would do with a mothball, so actually, I have not seen them eat one.  Thought that even kicking it around, inhaling the fumes would not be good for them.  Or maybe I read somewhere not to let them near them.  I forget.    butterfly

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June 20, 2013
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They sell stuf which is an enzyme that does in the smell. If it were me, I'd see if I could get some of the concentrate (the way they used to sell it before they figured out they could make more $ if they added the water, instead of you). I'd ask your vet. The enzyme literally does in the smell.

 

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P.S. Can someone tell me what happened to BP? I know she fell twice but I've not been coming so much and Suzanne isn't mentioning her these days?

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