Get Rid of Cat Urine Odors Frugally and Naturally!

After finding out that my cat had been peeing on the carpet for weeks, having her checked, nursing her back to health, cleaning out the litter boxes thoroughly, changing the litter, removing the stains, and retraining her to use the litter boxes again, I had only one problem left: the horrible cat pee smell!

I had smelled that smell before but didn’t know what it was at first! I said to my dad, “What is that smell!” he said, “I don’t smell anything.” “It smells like something stale!” I said.  I wouldn’t find out what was going on for another two weeks!

I know that there are lots of great enzymatic products out there that really work to get rid of cat urine smells, but they can be  expensive. Luckily, I found a natural, less costly process that uses a few items you probably already have at home.

There is lots of debate about whether this method works or not. I think the older the stains are, the more work you may have to do. If the urine is fresh, you won’t have to work so hard and you may only have to do this method once. I had to do this about 5 times to finally get rid of the smell. Since the items used are very cheap, I was okay with this.

It’s also said that this method may ruin your carpet. We have white carpet here, so that wasn’t an issue. If you have colored carpet, you need to test in an area that won’t be seen. If you have color changes, you may need another method.

Olivia from the Hot and Handy Show shows you what to do to get rid of the cat urine smell with just five items:

*NOTE*-I find it works better to actually let the vinegar/water mix dry completely instead of blotting it up with a cloth.

Eric at uses the same method for carpets, but he also shows you how to get rid of the smell from clothes, floors, and walls.

I’m so thankful I don’t have to throw out the carpet, my clothes or the cat!


What really worked to heal my cat from stones!

She's been through quite alot in a short period of time!

Disclaimer: Though I have worked in a vet hospital, I’m an not a veterinarian. I am in no way recommending that you try what I tried to help my cat. It is very important to take the cat to the vet if there are problems, especially for correct diagnosis. It’s very important no matter what you choose to use to bring your cat back to health.

In the past few weeks, there has been alot of stress in the house. My mother started chemo for her third fight with breast cancer. I was working 12-14 hours per day to prepare for my very first craft show. During this time, my cats were really feeling the chaos.

My girl peed on the wall! She made sure I was looking too! I know that when your cat pees anywhere but the litter box, you have a problem! The message got across to me. Not only did she pee in front of me, it was bloody! This is where I began to freak out!

Why? I had no idea how I was going to pay for a vet visit. It has been hard enough to eat well on a budget, for me and my cats. Somehow, I did manage to get it together and find the money to take my cat to the vet. I was told that my cat may have stones. The procedures were starting to get astronomical in cost, and my head started to spin. We paid for what we could afford, and went home, although they wanted to do more tests.

In the past week, I have learned a great deal about urinary stones in humans and animals. I have to say that before you try any particular product, you need to know what kind of stones your cat has. It’s very important!

Most of the time, humans have stones because their diet is too acidic. Foods that produce acid are meats, sugar, dairy products, coffee, and chocolate. These foods show up on our plates DAILY, when they really should be limited to occasional treats. Anyway, olive oil and lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar have been used with great success to dissolve stones in humans. Lemons and (organic) ACV are alkaline, thereby dissolving stones.

Cats, on the other hand, have been designed to be strict carnivores. They are the ones who can eat meat all day and everyday. Their bodies actually prefer an acidic diet. However, cat food is formulated with grains and only flavored with meat, which makes their digestive systems more alkaline. It’s bad news, because cats develop struvite stones from a diet that’s too alkaline.

If you try to use olive oil and lemon juice or (organic) ACV to dissolve struvite stones in cats, you will only be making the problem worse! You’ll just be adding more fuel to the fire, the stones will not dissolve, and your cat may be in a very serious situation.

You will need something that makes things more acid. 100% cranberry juice (with no added anything) or cranberry capsules will provide that needed acidic level to dissolve struvite stones. I had my girl on organic ACV and saw nothing, despite the success rate I read about here. When I switched to using cranberry juice, within just a few hours, I saw four hard white things that were kicked out of the litter box! I placed them in a bag for analysis by the vet!

Struvite stones are the most common in cats, especially ones that are 7 years and younger. I was pretty sure my cat had struvites because I have fed her the exact same food from the first day I got her. A dry food that is suppose to be ‘premium’ with a premium price tag to match!

Cats can have calcium oxalate stones if their diets have already been modified to account for struvite stones. So if you have had problems with stones before and your vet has prescribed an anti- struvite diet (usually called s/d) and your cat has stones again very quickly, you need to find out what these stones are!

Stones main culprit is food, the wrong kinds of food, in people and pets. I’ve always said that 99% of health problems usually start with what you eat on a daily basis. Because my cats depend on me for their nutritional needs, I’m the one that is responsible for making sure that they get the food that will keep them in optimum health. I’ve learned alot about what I need to feed my pets.

Dry cat food is very dehydrating for cats. The prey that they would catch in nature is almost 70-80% water. Dry cat food is only 10% water. It makes their urine more concentrated! No wonder cat pee smells so bad! It’s said that all cats have to do to combat the dehydration is to drink more water. But, here is the kicker, cats are not designed to drink lots of water! Their bladders are not big enough and their kidneys get super stressed when there is too much water going through their system. There is a very high rate of kidney failure in cats here in the US. In contrast, it’s said that in Europe, this is not a problem because cats there are fed wet food.

So, I’m making the gradual switch to canned food. Now, instead of wet food being a treat, dry food will be the treat. I know that dry food is formulated to give cats the full range of vitamins and minerals they need, so I will need to do more research and more label reading to find the best wet cat food that’s not too junky!

CrazySexyCrafty: Christmas Gifts

What? You mean you haven’t started making any of your gifts yet? Well, it’s time to get crackin’. Seriously, blink and it will be Christmas Eve!

Need some ideas? Here’s a few that I like that are fairly easy. They don’t take more than a few hours, if you’ve already got the DIY bug. Hopefully you won’t need to buy any special equipment to make any of these gifts. The point is to use what you have (or can get fairly cheaply) to make something great.

For people:

Love this laptop sleeve by Carly J. Cais

This bag is easy to make with old denim and a thrifted leather coat. From between the lines.

Jewelry from hardware! Yes! Also check out Hanna Rogge’s great book Hardwear: Jewelry from a Toolbox.

This neckwarmer is just one of the many things Maegan makes. She has a ton of other simple DIY fashion projects.

T-shirt necklaces are easy, quick and super cool. This tutorial even has a video.

For pets:

I made these out of an old towel and a few old t-shirts and my critters just love them! I posted the tute here.

I think Martha Stewart’s site has some of the best pet projects on the web. There’s cool gift ideas for dogs and cats. There’s enough crafts to keep you and your pets busy for a while.

I’m sure that’s not all. Share some of the other ideas for gifts that you like.

Pet Love: DIY Cat litter bags

There are lots of tutorials for how to make your own cat litter boxes. The ones I like are here and here. There’s even a tute on how to make your own cat litter here. You can always use your shredded junk mail too. I just haven’t found a tute on how to make your own cat litter liner BAGS.

I used to buy these:

They’re great and everything, but I just realized that I’m buying twice the plastic: one type for trash and one type for the litter boxes. I can do better than that!

I know that you can use all kinds of different materials to line your litter box, but I wanted a bag. It’s just easier to deal with and I needed a big enough sized bag to fit the jumbo litter boxes I use.

I had left over jumbo trash bags from the big clean out we did a few months ago, and it was really simple to convert them to use in the litter boxes. I haven’t gone back to specialty cat litter bags since!

Turn the iron on the synthetic setting (no steam) and grab some parchment paper.

I use these. There are at my dollar store.

Unfold the bag.

Cut in half.

Now your going to seal the shorter open part of the bag. Cut a piece of parchment that will fold over the opening. Just cut one piece that’s long enough, then fold in half. Place the short open end of the plastic bag inside the folded piece of parchment.

Run you iron forward then backward across the parchment.

Now your edges are sealed and ready for use.

So easy and cheap.

Pet Love: Easy DIY Pet Beds

I have two crazies…I mean kitties! They have actually been very good companions and have seen me through many tough times. They still wanted me to be their master after all, so I do my best to keep them happy and healthy.

Keeping them that way doesn’t mean that you have to spend a whole lot of money to do so, but you would think differently every time you walk into the pet store!

I made a vow to never again buy two things: pet beds and pet toys! They are too easy to make! Here’s a pet bed I made using an old bleach stained towel that one of my cats loved to nap on, and a bunch of t-shirts that I had lying around. This is easy to clean, and heat.

See how to make them here!