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Friday, February 15, 2008

Spring is here and it smells like cat pee!

So... As some of you may know our neighborhood is overrun with cats, not dogs...

It's been this way for years and we've never really had an issue with this.... They're cute cats and we find ourselves getting excited every time a new litter is born...

And then the big male tabby moved in.

And now EVERYTHING smells like pee....

Bleck!

Never before have we had an issue with this... There have been tons of cats in our yard every year all year 'round... And this stupid cat moves in and has to prove himself by peeing on every little thing!

I had planned on making sure the girls played in the snow in the back yard this year... We aren't really winter people and honestly haven't played outside in the cold that much... So this was a big deal for us. Well now that THE cat has moved I don't dare to let the girls play in the cat pee smelling snow....

Here are a few examples of the hell it has created:
  • My van tires have been peed on...Which, in the winter, when you crank the heat, makes the whole inside of the van smell like pee....

  • Our shovels have been peed on as we keep them outside for quick access... I found this out when I placed it into my van to shovel a client's driveway! Ugh!

  • Our doorway, front AND back, have been kindly scented by him... I hate having people come to our house because of this...

  • ALL of the toys in the yard (swing set, slides, chairs, playhouse, gazebo and benches/picnic table) have been peed on... Grrr..

  • Our garage door (people sized) has been peed on... Across the sidewalk from it has been used as a little box for other stuff.....

  • The bottom of our pants, socks and shoes smell like pee whenever we come infrom outside. It's SO gross (laundry!)...

  • And I'm pretty sure our wood piles and BBQ's have been peed on as well.....
I think one of the only things NOT peed on has been our fire pit since Tyler covered it with a tarp so we could do a winter fire (with peed on wood, great!)

We've tried the cat spray stuff to make the scent go away, we tried the mothball route (I think I have enough of the scattered around our house and yard that I kept the company in business for the next year! *L*).... Next up will be the cat traps provided by the city...

Ugh.

Tyler's parents are coming up this weekend, tomorrow in fact, and I can't figure out what to do to make it smell amazing outside and inside our house... Oh yeah, since the snow is melting it's making the cat pee smell come under our old wood doors causing our whole house to smell like the Tabby himself walked into our house and peed everywhere, A LOT. It's so gross... It makes my stomach go into knots... Urrrrrgh!

Any ideas? Because the smell of spring is definitely going to cause some issues soon here....

I miss our old neighborhood cats... *sigh*

Shadow was a rescued kitten from our yard... He's such an amazing kitty!

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