OT: Cats, Flooring, and Thank yous!
In one of many threads that deteriorated (right) into a cat discussion, I whined about my beloved fat girl just starting to poop where she stands. Usually right in front of one of her 3 litter boxes.
I confine her when I'm not home and at night, because when I am home I leave the front door open and 3 wander in and out to the front porch or their outside litter box I stupidly used to refer to as "The Garden".
Well, this beloved fatty has been RUINING my gorgeous hard wood floor in the office. I figured one day I'd just rip it out. It's beautiful dark, so-called "hand scraped" wide plank floor. The only thing in my home that's almost done.
Yesterday, based upon brilliant recommendations here I pulled up all the useless black plastic I'd taped down to the floor.
I sat down and by hand, in sections, sprayed and cleaned each and every board in the 14'x10' room. Couldn't just mop, because like everything else, STBX DH did a 1/2-assed job and the boards have enough space between them that every liquid goes right down between and under the flooring. And yes, that means pee, too.
Which leads me to the next step. I poured a gallon of Nature's Miracle into every (EVERY) joint and crack. I used a credit card to squeegee every drop into a crack. Not having baseboards, I also poured it around the perimeter of the room.
For the 1st time (ever) I can remember, this room smelt fresh. Even to me.
THEN! I took a piece of sheet vinyl and laid it on the floor, and up the walls about 12". Such a brilliant recommendation I am embarrassed I didn't think of it several years ago. Of course, I have an extra 6' I paid for, because I believed the guy that it was 12' wide when it's actually FOURTEEN FEET x 14'. But I have uses for the extra in front of the other litter boxes about the house.
Anyway, she's already peed and pooped on it and I don't even CARE.
So thank you so much for this brilliant idea. I'm going to figure out how to make her a sheet vinyl diaper and I'll post it here.