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Title: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: rats on August 06, 2009, 05:44:09 AM
Howdy, everyone. This really isn't a joke, though I concede that it's funny in an awful, pungent way.

My girlfriend's cat became upset over [whatever upsets cats]. She got up on my big dresser and pissed copiously, effulgently on

      a nice little unframed watercolor by a pal

      a treasured WWI pamphlet, "The Soldier's French Phrasebook"

      the only existing photograph of my grandfather, and

      my accordion.

God almighty, oh my aching heart, how it stinks. Frieda must have aimed her very innermost, longest-fermented fluids at my helpless paper bellows.

Has anyone a surefire Antistink? (Not so surefire would be gratefully considered, too. God damn, oh mercy how it reeks.)



Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: HallelujahAl on August 06, 2009, 08:56:51 AM
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Has anyone a surefire Antistink? (Not so surefire would be gratefully considered, too. God damn, oh mercy how it reeks.)

Interesting one this - I would be inclined to try something like 'Febreze' (http://www.febreze.com/country_selector.do;jsessionid=6368EC685D99E3BD8714521AA1C61D03.pa04) which as a spray could be sprayed onto the bellows from both inside and outside. Little at a time so as not to get the bellows too wet.
Keep us posted as to how you deal with this little problem - just for future reference ;)
Regards
AL
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: xgx on August 06, 2009, 09:11:39 AM
It could have been worse... had it urinated on a melodeon >:E

worse still had it been a Tom :P
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: ladydetemps on August 06, 2009, 09:21:17 AM
might be an appropriate tune
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzDHaM56NPM
;)

I would have said try frebreze....or some very strong perfume.
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: mikesamwild on August 06, 2009, 01:36:23 PM
give the cat Febreze to drink in future

St Francis must have ponged with all those animals snuggling up to him, he had a dirty habit .
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: drjack on August 06, 2009, 03:14:32 PM
 


  Pet stores here in N America sell enzyme containing cleaners that supposedly neutralize the odour. Not sure how they would work on paper bellows.
Jack
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: ACE on August 06, 2009, 03:21:32 PM
Try smothering it with cat litter, leave it for a day then hoover it off. This stuff is supposed to neutralise the smell.
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: george garside on August 06, 2009, 03:35:08 PM
perhaps the antidote to female cat pee is TCP disinfectant - we always used to refer to it as standing for tom cat pee!
george ;D
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: HallelujahAl on August 06, 2009, 03:38:33 PM
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Try smothering it with cat litter, leave it for a day then hoover it off.


Isn't that a bit cruel to the poor cat?
AL
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: LJC on August 06, 2009, 07:26:39 PM
There is a reason cat-gut is sought after by instrument makers...
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on August 06, 2009, 11:59:30 PM
I have some stuff specifically designed to get the cat pee smell out of most materials. As soon as I find it, I'll pass on the details (sorry - we had to leave Sidmouth early because of an insensitive employer and my brain won't be back in action until the morning at the earliest). ("Brainless, but hard-thinking" {NOT "Hard of thinking, which is different} emote required here please dear emote genius lady).


Chris.
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: rats on August 07, 2009, 01:46:33 AM
Welp. I may yet go out and buy some Febreze -- anybody who puts up such a grand website deserves to have their product bought -- or, if the name of the pee-specific deodorizing substance comes to mind, perhaps I'll buy that. (Could probably just go research shopping at the pet-supply store, too.)

But in the meantime I misted my bellows (and "The Soldier's French Phrasebook") with an aerosol attractively called Lysol Neutra-Air, of which there was some under the bathroom sink. This is meant to be sprayed into thin air rather than directly on an object, so I sprayed a good deal of it above the box and let it descend in a gentle shower of laboratory-scented particulate. Then I left the box to sit all day in the garage, and checking on it just now I'd say the aroma is about 85% gone. Also, the smell of the Neutra-Air itself disappeared. I feel pretty confident that with another jolt of the stuff, and the passage of another day or so, will leave me with a stinkless fake Pokerwork.

Thanks to all for the moral and material support.


Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: Ebor_fiddler on August 07, 2009, 01:07:53 PM
If you do need something more specific, I can recommend the stuff I use after taking my cat to the vets - it worked magic on my car seat, far better than anything else I have ever used! I eventually found the bottle where I had hidden it under the sink. It is called "Urine Off" (what else?) and can be obtained from the eponymous suppliers whose web site is www.rlpetproducts.co.uk. They are essentially a dog product supplier (which is why I met them at Crufts), but their cat version (as advertised above) is excellent.
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: mikesamwild on August 07, 2009, 02:35:08 PM
Now if you coat your box and bellows with lion pooh it should keep the cat off it in future.  they sell it in granules to deter fetid felines
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: Steve C. on August 07, 2009, 02:43:09 PM
Ask her veterinarian to give you a 1/2 c. of Airwick A-33.  Put in spray bottle, do not dilute.  Spray liberally, let sit 30 sec. and wipe off with fresh water. Dry with clean cloth. 
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: rats on August 07, 2009, 07:41:41 PM
Urinoff. That sounds familiar. Oh -- you mean Grigor Urinoff, played the bayan with a strolling Inuit/Vietnamese free-reed ensemble? Their one memorable recording was "The Soldier's French Phrasebook." Interesting musicians but inadequately fast strollers: they went down under a hail of pool cues just outside a bar in Bury St. Edmonds (well, some of them were outside; the rest didn't get that far). The survivors disbanded and dispersed as best they could. Urinoff (now calling himself Percy Wilkes) runs a canoe rental and bait shop in Manitoba and leads a very quiet life.

The Neutra-Air worked just fine, with the presumably big advantage of not moistening the bellows paper. Now it's only my playing that stinks.

Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: Gedi on August 09, 2009, 06:46:21 PM
You could try white vinegar, that's supposed to neutralize smells pretty good.
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: Rees on August 09, 2009, 07:47:37 PM
Hello Gedi and welcome.
Sorry your introduction to the forum is via a thread about cat's piss!  ::)
Title: Re: "Cat Pee on Bellows No Joke," Says Obama
Post by: rats on August 14, 2009, 08:12:12 PM
Why, hell, there are whole websites devoted to ... oh, never mind.

Stank update: Accordion continues to emit a subtle stench, but it's at the level where people nearby might look searchingly at one another but they don't all zero in on the East German monster on my lap.