Sunday, August 9, 2015

Of Cat Piss and Leather Boots...

"It wasn't me!"

Cats. I love them. I have three of them. However, when I was rooting through my shoe closet recently (admittedly a horrible, disorganized mess), I reached for my favorite pair of knee high leather boots and noticed that they were...wet. WTF? I thought, confusedly.

Then the smell hit. Greeaaaat. Someone, and I am 99 percent sure it wasn't my hubs, had peed on my favorite leather boots. I took several deep breaths, my eyes closed, struggling for calm. Could the feline culprit have peed on one of my pairs of Converse, easily laundered? Sure, they could  have, but they didn't. They peed on one of the few pairs of leather footwear that I bought at full price and have treasured over the years. Cats.

After I regained my senses, I combed the internet for remedies and emailed a friend. And this is what I ended up doing:  I mixed together about a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a few tablespoons of  baking soda and sponged the mix onto the boots. I left it for about an hour, then, with a little water, sponged the mixture off again. After drying the boots I buried them in a big bag of cat litter and left them for three days. I used Feline Pine.

Did it work? Well, the boots will never be the same---they got a little stiff from the hydrogen peroxide/water treatments, but I rubbed them with neatsfoot oil and they regained most of their suppleness. As for the smell, I am pretty sure that it is mostly gone. I've been sniffing them periodically and that terrible cat piss smell is gone. There is a hint of something but that could be from wet leather. So, while not a complete cure-all, the remedy got the boots back to wearability.
I. of course, have to insert a disclaimer here: if you try this, I cannot guarantee that it will work for you or that your shoes won't be ruined somehow. Results may vary, as they say. But, if your cat peed on your leather shoes, well, you are at the end of your rope anyways, no? It's worth a try.

What did I learn from this? That cats are jerks. No, no, they are wonderful animals, I love my cats very much :)   However, boots are now stored up on a high shelf in the closet.  And, this incident helped me to completely clean out my closet and organize everything in there. So there is your silver, furry lining!