Dear Cat Faeries,
We have been letting our cats “play” in the attic area (for some reason, they really want to be in there), and have just discovered they have been doing more than playing in there.
Those naughty kitties! This isn’t surprising, but don’t be angry with them – get your hands on a few bottles of our Anti Icky Poo urine cleaner (on sale now) which will get rid of the urine and odor.
I feel the reason they do this is that the smells up there are intriguing, and they know you don’t go up there often. It’s similar with basements or garages, or crawl spaces. Also those rooms don’t always have the insulation that other rooms of your house have so smells from outside waft in. Sometimes what your cat smells are from animals who are traveling through your yard or garden (and doing their business there too).
Another reason they suddenly want to go into your attic is that you’ve got mice or rats. You’ve either got them now or you recently had them. The smells of their little bodies and nests, plus their droppings can lure cats to such rooms or spaces in the house. When your cat can access where mice or rats have been they like to pee on top of those odors.
You might set rodent traps. What will dictate the type of trap you buy will depend on your view of trapping mice. Some people like what’s known as a humane trap so they release the mice to a field. Other people want The Terminator Method. Because the Hanta Virus carried by mice scares me, we like The Rat Zapper which your local hardware store probably carries or can order for you. The Rat Zapper can be used indoors and outdoors.
When you set any type of traps make sure that the room/area is completely closed off to your cats, dogs, and children.
Here’s Cat Faeries fail-safe bait recipe for any type of trap:
1 cookie (it can be stale)
1 bit of peanut butter (“the glue” for the next two crucial components)
1 Macadamia nut (mice and rats cannot resist them)
1 small piece of black licorice (they adore this too)
Have you ever noticed your cats staring at heater vents? Or worse, peeing on them? The heat ducts in your home are highways for mice! And yes, you may pour Anti Icky Poo down a heater vent – it’s not flammable. Just turn off the heat for the day or few days you are treating it with Anti Icky Poo.
So now we have yet another reason to have Anti Icky Poo always on hand. If you don’t have any more why not order a few fresh bottles?
We’ve been asked literally thousands of times for ways to humanely keep the neighbor’s cats or ferals out of flower and vegetable beds. And as you know from reading our website the number one trigger for cats peeing outside the box is the presence of cats in your yard.
We tried all kinds of battery operated gizmos to keep cats out of our rose garden and vegetable beds including the ones which shoot water when the cat comes within range. Some worked pretty well, and others failed. Some worked for awhile then they malfunctioned. We would never use toxic “pet repellents” And we certainly wouldn’t use cayenne pepper because if it gets into the cat’s eyes they could gauge their eyes out trying to rub at the burning pain.
A very astute Biodynamic gardener told us about something which has worked beautifully for us. We are avid organic gardeners and obviously we are devoted to cats, but frankly we were getting fed up with finding cat poop among the lettuces. Her suggestion sounded good, so we tried it.
It’s an old country Italian trick where you fill glass bottles with water then place them around your garden. Why does it work? The water filled bottles shimmer in the sunlight. This shimmer is something which does not exist in nature and the cat doesn’t understand it or like it, so the cat leaves right away.
We experimented with several different bottles until we decided that the pale green color of white wine bottles give the most shimmer in sunlight. Soak off the label. Fill the bottle with water and replace the cap. We think turning them upside down with the neck in the dirt looks sort of arty and whimsical!
For added shimmer and cosmic fun we’ve put a big crystal in the dimple of the bottom of some of the bottles.
We know that this remedy may sound crazy, but really, it works. It’s been 5 years now and we’ve not found a single "feline calling card" in with the roses or the vegetables. Other than the wine, it’s practically a free solution! This is the most economical, humane, and non toxic feline garden abatement we know of.
Shortly after we posted this tip we heard from a long time friend of Cat Faeries who is an Italian countess. She wrote to tell us that you see water filled wine bottles in gardens all over Italy. Many are near or under key plants. If the plants are particularly precious you might see several bottles grouped together. Thank you Contessa dearest for adding this for us!
We hear this complaint quite a lot. Allow us to explain why a cat who goes outside, even for short periods can spray inside the house:
When cats go outside they often detect the urine smells of other cats, and other animals. Therefore, to retaliate and claim the yard or garden as theirs they are likely to spray bushes, trees . . .etc. in an attempt to cover up other cat’s urine smells with their own. Once they do that the potential for this to happen inside the house goes way up. Cats do not make a distinction between in a tree or a Chippendale, it’s all the same to them. It’s all about their territory which from the cat’s viewpoint needs defending (and spraying or peeing on!)
You may never see other cats in your garden. The feral cats and some neighbor’s cats come around at nighttime when we are asleep. One telltale sign is if Kitty sprays at night. Bingo! You’ve definitely got outside cats coming at night and they are probably spraying on or around your front door or other doors, even under the windows as well as everything in the garden.
The fix for this problem:
- Anti Icky Poo is going to remove the urine from your walls, as well as the doors outside (check for smells and water marks at cat-butt-height)
- Territorial Rescue Flower Essence for Cats formula to help simmer down that tendency to be territorial
- Comfort Zone with Feliway DIFFUSERS – as many as budget allows for general calming and marking prevention
- Comfort Zone with Feliway SPRAY so you can apply the pheromone directly to where your cat has marked, and by your doors and windows
And lastly, keep Kitty inside! Really, they don’t miss it. They’ll be healthier and ultimately happier (and so will you!)