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Author Topic: Puppy Pads and Kitty CRF accidents  (Read 24443 times)
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« Reply #45 on: July 07, 2010, 05:16:39 PM »

Ammonia or vinegar do disinfect, you just need to rinse when using vinegar. The steam cleaners are great & the pads can go through the wash to disinfect them. If you are worried about green cleaners not being effective, make sure the water is very hot & it will kill the bacteria. Even window cleaners kill germs when used with hot water.Lemon juice in hot water is also a good antibacterial cleaner. That needs a rinse just like vinegar. If you are concerned about the kitchen area, just use a few drops of dish liquid & 1 a 1/4 cup bleach in a gallon of hot water. That will kill any germs.
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« Reply #46 on: July 07, 2010, 06:31:52 PM »

great tips, leslie. Thank you, too.
Did you all notice in all the handwashing recommendations over the flu epidemic that did not
materialize that they dropped the requirement for hot, hot water, saying hand washing with
soap and cold water seems just about as effective? Maybe that's true here, too? Just be
sure and keep it all as clean as you can as often as you can?
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« Reply #47 on: July 07, 2010, 07:41:26 PM »

My Mil used to work in a school lunchroom & the state inspector told them if the water is too hot it will actually deactivate the bleach. Sorry but I don't remember the temp that was considered best for disinfecting. I do know you don't need antibacterial for everything. In fact too much of it causes mutation & germs that are resistant. I use hot tap water, not boiled or microwaved. I figure its hot enough to kill germs without killing the antibacterial properties of the soap. I tend to avoid cleaners like Lysol,Mr Clean,pine sol, etc unless I have something with a strong odor [like antique wood]. Ammonia, vinegar, lemon, soap & bleach tend to work just as well for less money. I did get a tip from an antique refinisher, for old musty wood use a wet cloth with Lestoil poured lightly into the cleaning rag. Do not rinse. It cleans,oils & refreshes the smell all at once.
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« Reply #48 on: July 08, 2010, 07:06:27 PM »

leslie vinegar evaporates unless you mix it with an organic soap of some kind. Ammonia you definetly need to rinse as it is very strong and they say to use in a well ventilated area. Not so with vinegar.

Can't use Lysol or Pine Sol as they both suck the oxygen out of the air and then I can't breath let alone what it might do to Foxy Lady's lungs, eyes, nasal passages.

3cats have been using vinegar for years as it is also a disinfectant and that steam cleaner mop would work beautifully too.
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« Reply #49 on: July 08, 2010, 07:33:02 PM »

Baking soda and vinegar together create a foaming reaction - I use both together to free up slow drains as well for lifting puke residue off carpets. Don't follow a specific recipe in terms of amounts, maybe someone else here would know better. For carpets, I usually just dump on a bit a baking soda, follow it with enough vinegar to wet it and cause it to foam up, blot and repeat as needed to clean spot.
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« Reply #50 on: July 08, 2010, 08:05:30 PM »

shadowmice if your out of baking soda OxyClean (I use the cheaper $1.00 one for the drains) and vinegar will also foam and open up or keep drains clear.
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« Reply #51 on: July 10, 2010, 05:18:51 PM »

I use straight 5% white vinegar for all my pet cleanups on the floor.  I don't do any of my food prep on the kitchen counter without spraying vinegar, letting it sit a minute, then wiping down first.  I do this twice if it looks like the cats had a party on the counter all night. 

If there are any signs of butt prints on counters (a frequent problem with Rudi Manxy and his tailess dirty-butt), I use straight alcohol to clean that up.  Alcohol is toxic in fumes and liquid, but at least it evaporates quickly and really kills off whatever is there.

I use borax in the laundry for disinfecting.  It is toxic to pets, but seems to rinse out and I haven't had any problems with it.

I need to order some of those litter box mats for Dutch's bed & pen area - that would solve a lot of problems with his slipping on the slick floor but then peeing on any rugs I try to put down for him.  Thanks for posting that info again!
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« Reply #52 on: July 10, 2010, 05:41:51 PM »

I'm getting the best and most absorption out of Arm & Hammer brand puppy pads. Two of those laid on each other can go 12 to 24 hours depending on use without soaking through. I'm just not adapting to the idea of rewashables. Q's a little over 12 pounds and Smorgi is
right around 9, although Smorgster uses the boxes as she doesn't seem to have arthritis
in her hips.
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« Reply #53 on: July 10, 2010, 08:37:05 PM »

I hear ya 3cats about having to re-wash. That's why I thought the vinyl table cloth plus newspaper over it would be a cheap way to go and you just throw out the newspaper and clean vinyl w/vinegar which you can buy at the dollar store also.
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« Reply #54 on: July 11, 2010, 05:32:03 AM »


I need to order some of those litter box mats for Dutch's bed & pen area - that would solve a lot of problems with his slipping on the slick floor but then peeing on any rugs I try to put down for him.  Thanks for posting that info again!

petslave, I think I saw on their website that they make a dog crate liner size, and go all the way up to a truck bed liner, although I don't know if the truck bed one is exactly the same material.
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« Reply #55 on: July 12, 2010, 04:49:23 PM »

Thanks, catbird, I'll check to see if they have bigger pads for dogs.

I agree about washing peed-on material, not fun.  Dutch generates 3 loads of bedding a week, even with the pads since I have to put down a layer of bedding on top of them.  If you can afford the disposables and don't feel bad about throwing them out, I can totally understand using them!
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« Reply #56 on: July 12, 2010, 06:02:15 PM »

These are my kids, here, petslave. I can go without; they can't.
But, yes, it does bother me to be basically using and disposing pet Pampers (never thought I'd be back to the
issue of Pampers again). Under tablecloths and thick newspaper works also for kitties. I don't know about for dogs.
And if my cats were peeing in their sleep but otherwise having a good quality of life, I'd be right in there washing
bedding, too.
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« Reply #57 on: July 13, 2010, 07:14:26 PM »

When Mia was peeing right outside the litter box, I put down a few layers of paper towels, then picked those up and cleaned with vinegar when I found them soaked.  She didn't scratch them up though, just squatted on them and went, so that worked out for both of us.  Floor was vinyl under so I didn't have to worry about it absorbing anything.
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« Reply #58 on: July 14, 2010, 06:18:14 AM »

This whole issue of potty place is getting so mixed up at my house. Been wrapping litter boxes in tall white plastic garbage sacks
that get changed each week, along with litter in four boxes for two kitties, because pee volume is a big problem here now with two renal failure kitties. Forgot to get kitchen tall bags at store and had to use black leaf bigger bags. Cats won't go near the boxes this morning. Plus been so efficient at cleaning out boxes, if there's one item, the box can't be reused until it's removed. I swear it's going to drive me right up the wall. Is this the cats' revenge or what? Is there such a thing as keeping litter boxes too clean?
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« Reply #59 on: July 14, 2010, 07:23:24 AM »

3cats I know that dogs like to sniff when on a walk and see who else is lives in the neighborhood. When it rains or snow covers the ground it throws off the smell factor for a dog and it takes longer for them to find a 'spot' to go. So wonder if your babies think 'no anything' in the boxes is the way it should be before use and to ease your getting crazed maybe leave something in the box and not be so quick to scoop or clean it immediately. Maybe they don't like you swooping in and cleaning it out as that gets rid of their 'smell' that might be used to induce them to use the boxes w/a lil pottie residue left? I'm just guessing here as none of us are inside their lil brains.

Also this might let you catch a break too.

Vinyl tablecloth with newspaper over - is that not a cheaper way to go?
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