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Old 03-26-2010, 01:01 PM   #1
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Hi all. New to the forum.

I'm looking to install a wood/engineered/laminate floor over concrete. We have cats with bladder issues. And they're sneaky about it.

I read an earlier post about the ineffectiveness of sealing seams with glue or caulk. And I'm not much interested in vinyl.

Is there a product and/or installation system that will withstand cat pee?

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Is there a product and/or installation system that will withstand cat pee?
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realistically, if you have a cat that urinates or sprays in places you don't want them to, you are really limited to options.

If you want wood, my best suggestion would be it NOT be an engineered floor but an old fashioned plank installation with all the sanding and finishing that included. By using a good finish, it would provide very resistive surface. You would still have to deal with the intersection of wall meets floor as many cats spray and it can run down the wall and under the flooring.
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Um... No. The acid in the urine will etch the concrete.

Porcelain tile w/ Epoxy grout would be the way to do. Almost impervious flooring.
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Um... No. The acid in the urine will etch the concrete.
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You are right, I forgot about that. Maybe they should just use dirt. They could rake it once a week.
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You are right, I forgot about that. Maybe they should just use dirt. They could rake it once a week.
true. Just make a floor of cat litter. The best thing to do is to go to the vet and see what the cats problem is. Cat urine has a horrible odor and you don't want it absorbing into anything.
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A vet told me that tom cats can spray on the ceiling.
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You are right, I forgot about that. Maybe they should just use dirt. They could rake it once a week.
I'm thinking an oriental sand garden with several large rocks that you can rake daily into meditative patterns.
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Not sure how it works on concrete but I recently used B.I.N. to get rid of odors and stains of old animal urine in the subfloor...
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An epoxy coated floor will do the trick. It's used in kennels, slaughter houses, even the chimp area and lion den at the Baltimore Zoo. Chimps are very sensitive to many chemicals, and good epoxies are zero VOC or HAPs, lions are just tough on floors all around, but the epoxy holds up well to their claws and urine, cats are easy in comparison.
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Both the epoxy coating and the porcelain seem like great recommendations. Here's another idea: http://www.radonseal.com/concrete-sealers.htm. One of the products specifically says that it resists acids.

On a different note, if you need to get rid of cat urine odors in fabrics, etc., I recommend a commercial ozone machine.

Find a company that will bring one in, or buy one yourself. Don't waste any money on the cheap ozone air fresheners. My commercial generator puts out 16,000 mg/hr.

Use these machines with caution; they break down all things organic (e.g., you upper respiratory system) , and they can leave some unpleasant residual compounds if not employed properly. You can't argue with the results, though. I washed a car seat cover that had been soaked in pungent urine for days. I used lots of OxyClean and multiple high temperature washes, but the smell remained pretty strong. After a few hours in an enclosure with the ozone generator, the carseat cover was completely free of the smell. I stuck my nose right in the thing without catching even a hint of the smell. Good luck!


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