bump-I have a sudden desperate need for an answer to this question, also!
Originally Posted by Breathless Wonder
Are you REALLY saturating the area? Not just a little surface squirt, but SATURATING the spot? It should take at least a few days to feel semi-dry, and sometimes, up to 2 weeks to fully dry.
Yes- we are saturating
Are you repeating every two weeks if the smell remains?
No, we did not do that.
Also, regarding litter boxes:
Do you have a litter box for each cat, plus one extra?
Some cats are VERY picky about sharing boxes, or are sticklers for litter box cleanliness, and WILL NOT use the box if another cat has used it, or the box is dirty. Scoop your boxes for poop once a day, and change for urine as necessary.
Are your litter boxes all in one area? If so, that may be part of your problem. Cats that are old, have physical ailments (arthritis, UTIs etc.) or are just plain lazy will find someplace more easily accessible to go. Try spreading out your litter boxes, making sure there is at LEAST one for each house level that the cats have access to.
I'm not too keen on this- but I'll try it if it will help. The cat litter, even with newspapers and cat litter catchers down, tends to get in the carpet. Plus, there are aren't any satisfactory areas for a cat's litter box-where people aren't hanging out a lot- KWIM?
If the cats keep going in the same spot- treat with enzyme cleaner. Put a CLEAN litter box over the spot. If the cat uses it, leave it in that spot for a few days. After a few days, move the box over a few inches. Leave for a few days. Repeat until the box has migrated from where the cats have been urinating on the floor, to a spot that is in a place where you don't mind it being. Make sure to clean the box daily, in case the offending cat is picky. This is also part of the method used to toilet train cats.
We will try this- though I bought some phenome (sp?) spray and sprayed it on the most common area where pee has been a problem.
If you have all one type of litter box: all hooded boxes, or all open boxes- try adding one or two of the opposite kind. Some cats will not go in the box if there is no privacy, some cats don't like the hood.
We had some hooded, some open. Nobody would go in the hooded ones.
The litter boxes should NOT be placed by food. Most animals will NOT eliminate by their food source, unless forced to, so if the cat food is right by the litter box, the offending cat may be going AWAY from the food source for that reason.
True. Actually, we've put extra food dishes in the offending areas to keep them from peeing there. One just peed around it and then didn't eat the food.
Finally, if all else fails, consider that the behavior may be the cause of mental distress or ailment, and see about getting some medication (kitty prozac).
This may need to be done. Thanks for your advice!