Help. Cat pee is ruining my life.
May 6, 2012 10:32 AM Subscribe
What to do about a possibly pre-existing pet urine stain that has soaked through the carpeting in our rental apartment? Especially since our cat has found the spot and is exacerbating the problem with her own urine!
posted by moshimosh to pets & animals (13 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've seen the many previous questions about how to address an issue of cat urine stains, but am wondering how to specifically to apply that to our rental apartment. Last summer I moved to an apartment with carpets with my 5-6 year old cat who had previously only had hardwoods. Recently (within the last 6 to 8 weeks) I've noticed that my cat has sort of sprayed/urinated on a spot along the hallway wall a few times. She is still using the litter box for both urinating and deficating, and the spots on the carpet are small. We're regularly cleaning the spots when she pees and through that process I finally pulled just a bit of the corner of the carpet up to realize it had gone through to the foam padding and possibly even the wood beneath.
The issue here seems bigger than just our cat, in part because she is drawn to this one specific area that I believe was already there when we moved in. The landlord was originally hesitant to let us move in with a cat, which now makes me wonder if they'd encountered this problem before and perhaps didn't fully remediate it. Also, since our cat has never had an issue using the litter box before (or now for that matter) and seems to be "marking" her territory more than accidentally peeing in the wrong spot, I'm fairly convinced the apartment had a history of this issue.
So the question is - what do we do at this point? Since we don't own the apartment a lot of the remedies (like getting rid of the carpet and cleaning the area beneath) aren't in our control - and if we got permission I'm curious about what we'd expect to pay for something like that. I'm also concerned that if we tell the landlords about it now they'll blame us completely and make us pay for it or take it out of our security deposit (and we already pay an additional monthly fee to have a cat).
My boyfriend proposed continuing with our vinegar/baking soda home remedies and keeping the cat away from the area permanently, which would be hard since its in the hallway and also as we have a few months left on our lease and may be staying beyond that point. Also I really am stressed out about living with it the way it is - it kind of grosses me out and distracts me, and as it gets warmer and more humid the smell will just get worse.
So what should we do? If we talk to the landlords what kind of charges should we expect? Should we offer to do some of the work ourselves? Help please!?