My Cats Shed Too Much - How To Clean Up Cat Vomit with Vinegar and Water

Cat Barf or Cat Turd, that is the question... Only Vinegar and Water Will Clean This Mess

My Cats Shed Too Much - How to Clean Up Cat Vomit Using Vinegar and Water - My Story

If you have ever owned a cat, you will know that cats shed too much. As a result you have probably either seen your cat vomit or found what must be cat vomit in some inconspicous place in your home. Ultimately you either pretend you did not see it - so someone else finds it, or you end up cleaning up the cat vomit yourself. So how do you clean up cat vomit (some like to call it barf) - the secret is using vinegar and water.

So you may ask yourself, why me? Well it's actually not so bad or at least not as bad as it looks. Sometimes its like looking at the clouds above, you know when you try to picture what shape it closely resembles...In most cases, its hard not to look at cat barf and first try to determine if it is cat barf or cat turd. Somehow cat turd sounds worse than cat barf.

But here's a secret I'll share with you, when its a cat turd, you always know it, no second guessing. When you have to look at it longer than 2 seconds to make the final judgement, then its definitely cat vomit. The funny thing about cat barf is we do spend a lot of time looking at it when we first discover it. If only my cats did not shed so much, sigh!

First we ask ourselves, Is that cat barf on my favorite slippers? After the first 2 second look, once we have determined this is indeed cat barf, and not cat turd, we are pleasantly relieved that it is only cat barf. But then the sad realization creeps in that the cats barf is all over our slippers, or even worse - the carpet! I'll say it again, thanks goodness for Vinegar and Water.

If it is the slippers, its an easy decision, just throw them out right? But what if its your wife's slippers? Well don't throw them out and definitely don't hide them or throw them in the wash with all the other clothes, Eeeyewwww! If you hide them, I guarantee you'll be caught in a lie about it eventually, so don't even go there. So maybe just drop them in the toilet right, maybe flush once or twice to get the cat barf off, hey not a bad idea! Then you can throw them in the wash and no body will know.

But when the cat barf is on the carpet it's bad news. You can't possibly rip up the carpet and throw it in the toilet, so instead we find ourselves either walking away and hoping someone else discovers it first, uh well second in this case. But from my experience this stuff can sit there for days, its like a staring contest, whos going to blink first! And believe me the kids never blink. That cat barf will harden into replicas of all those chotchkys your mother in-law gave you over the years. Ah yes, there is no escaping cat barf duty.

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So when you come to your senses and decide to take matters into your own hands, litteraly in this case, you start looking more closely at the menage et barf and start analyzing the contents. Sometimes it looks pretty straight forward, but the other times we are left forever mystfied at what exactly it is we have found. Grass is always easy to see, sometimes when they cough up a lot of fur, it looks like a dogs member if you know what I mean. That's probably the grossest one of all come to think of it. I know this, because at least once a month when I look out my front window, a dog is giving me a show on my front lawn, and then leaving me a present as a token of appreciation. I love dogs!

But why do cats vomit? Well I guess if I we're licking all of that fur and eating all that grass, I'd be inclined to do the same, and it wouldn't look any different either. Its enough to say that just thinking about it makes me glad its my cats and not me.

So how do we clean up cat vomit anyway? Its actually pretty simple, first put on some latez gloves. Mix a little vinegar in a glass of water, maybe 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. Get some paper towel and grab the bulk of the cat barf with the paper towel and throw into the garbage. I would take this outside immediately, sometimes cat barf can be smelly, but rarely as bad as cat turd. Then pour the vinegar\water solution over the cat barf area on the carpet.

Using some old towels, gently press the towels into the dampened area, Always apply pressure, but never scrub the area. Repeat the process as needed, sometimes more stubborn cat barf stains will require a few douses of the vinegar\water solution and continued sponging of the carpet area. When done, you will know it, as their will be no stain or cat vomit residue remaining. You are now a certified cat barf expert!

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So the question is - How To Clean Up Cat Barf? Its actually pretty simple, first put on some latez gloves. Mix a little vinegar in a glass of water, maybe 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water. Get some paper towel and grab the bulk of the cat barf with the paper towel and through into the garbage. I would take this outside immediately, sometimes cat barf can be smelly, but rarely as bag as cat turd. Then pour the vinegar\water solution over the cat barf area.

Using some old towels, gently press the towels into the dampened area, Always apply pressure, but never scrub the area. Repeat the process as needed, sometimes more stubborn cat barf stains will require a few douses of the vinegar\water solution and continued sponging of the carpet area. When done, you will know it, as their will be no stain or cat barf residue remaining. You are now a certified cat barf expert!

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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Funny. I really liked your 2 second rule. If you have to guess, chances are it's yak, vomit, bark, upchuck. Now I know why my slippers are sometimes wet.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Haha thanks for commenting weestro, yes cats are not for the weak of stomach!


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weestro 5 years ago from Virginia

This was funny, although at first I almost had to clean up my own barf! Voted UP!


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Thanks Peggy for commenting and the Vote! You're so right, its gotten to the point when they do barf on the tile somewhere, we get all excited and how sick is that. Just because it will be an easy cleanup for once, Yeahhh! Hahaha.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

This was funny! Been there...done that...all too often. Since we have 2 large inside cats, we are all too accustomed to discovering their "presents" in the carpet. Why is it that they seldom barf on tile or easier to clean flooring? It is one reason that we own an electric carpet cleaner. Voted up, funny and useful.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Thank you Derdriu for the great comments once again. And thanks for the Vote!


Derdriu 5 years ago

Carcro: Thank you for the environmentally friendly cleaning solution as well as the graphic descriptions and vital information which preceded it.

Voted up, etc.,

Derdriu


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

I can relate to you with the baby barf too, our little girl had a few spews as well when she was a wee thing. I have never tried garlic in tuna for our cats. Thanks for the great tip! Only one of our cats will eat any human food including canned salmon or tuna, but this is certainly worth a try. Thanks for commenting and the advise on using garlic, we use enough of it in our food so the cats should already be used to the smell, before and after, Lol.


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Lord, tell me, having kids and you know you can't get anyone else to do it, lol. My daughter was born with some problem I finally fixed that caused a gush after every bottle almost and I bet 30 new little dresses never got worn. Of course the poor baby couldn't help it, but I was about the only one that would go near her for weeks. Finally I took it on myself to put her on 2% milk and she was fine from then on. Oh and BTW, if you have cats cut thin garlic in tuna is what I do and she loves it. It kills worms, repels fleas and apparently good for heart too with my baby being almost 17 now. I do this at least once a week and although she would never eat just raw garlic, smelling it makes her beg for it with tuna, lol.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Yes, cleaning up after kids is way grosser, and I can't even be funny about it! Thanks for commenting Karen...


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Karen N 5 years ago from United States

Oh yuck!

Still it is easier than cleaning up after sick kids. :)


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Hi Habee, I think a Wet Vac might be more appropriate, but just add vinegar first, Lol...


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

Wow, few hubs are both humorous AND useful, but this one is! Will your tips work for Great Dane barf?? Voted up!


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Thanks Charles, Funny and true tooo!


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Charles Webb-it 5 years ago from Edmonds,WA

Nice CARCO!!! Funny and Useful. this was great.LOL


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Thanks for commenting Stars439, God Bless you too...


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Great hub, and very useful information. God Bless You.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Absolutely, and that nice thin and hard cardboard from old cereal boxes works well too. For our cats, some of the yuccies are real messy, as I said, it all depends what they eat. One of my cats just loves to eat bugs, not that we have them inside our home, lol, but when she's outside - she spends the whole time chasing moths, butterflies and virtually any insect that moves. I think the yuccies are their payback...So I bring our the vinegar - Oh Well...


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

Ah yes, and I keep the big cardboard flyers from junk mail tucked away to tear in two and use the untorn edges to pick it up and throw in the trash, practically no mess at all and no residue on the dustpan to have to clean! I bet I still have dozens of those things although I rarely need them but they come in handy when I can't find the dust pan for anything! Voted you up and 4 across.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

I never knew about the elevated cat bowl thing, thank you for passing that along Pollyannalana. Every cat is different so we all see different qualities and characteristics. I'll have to try this with my cats too!


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

My cat is almost 17 and she has been a thrower upper many years, but it was always after eating first thing in the morning and I always figured it was from eating too fast but found out 3 or 4 years ago that some cats have esophageal trouble and need their food bowl elevated and it certainly was true! So just thought I would throw this in for those it may help but she still has an occasional time although dry food just swallowed minutes before comes up without much mess, so I will use your recipe for those if needed. Thanks!

Polly


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Thanks 2patricias, glad you enjoyed the hub, I have to agree, all potential cat owners should read this first, lol...


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2patricias 5 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

This is something ever cat owner should know. Actually, it is something that anybody thinking about getting a cat should read!

Thanks for an entertaining take on a yucky topic.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Lol, gotta love those dogs! Thanks for reading and commenting Nouveau Vintage!! I never have carbonated water in the house, but good to know. Thanks for passing that along! Oh and CHICKENNN!


nouveau vintage 5 years ago from Los Banos, California

Lol!!! Too funny. Especially because I was just getting cat barf out of the folds of my microsuede chair. Gross. I actually did rip out all of my carpet when I moved into this house because I knew the possibilities.....

Here is another cure. Carbonated water. Just shake and squirt onto the offended area. I used this to get human barf out of my SUV one time. I used this one so much that my son used to call carbonated water "carpet water". Now I just call the dogs. They love cat barf almost as much as they love "kitty roca".

For the record I did not watch the video. Bleh.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Glad you enjoyed the hub, something all cat lovers can relate to, and definitely something everyone can laugh at. Thanks for commenting! It's hard to watch the video, one eye open...Lol


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homescents 5 years ago from Westland, MI

I have had cats all my life, and never once did I think to use a vinegar and water solution as a cleaner. Thanks soo much for this informative, yet absolutely hilarious hub! And no... I couldn't avoid pressing play on the cat barf video. Thanks for the laugh again.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

The best part about using vinegar is it gets rid of any barf smell and also keeps the cat away from that area the next time. My cats go in cycles, but I have three of them and they all take turns. So its a regular cleanup duty for your truly. Fortunately they only barf on the carpet sometimes, other times its someones slippers, lol. Thanks for commenting!


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States

I'm going to try vinegar as you've suggested. This never used to be a problem, but now that my cat is ancient, he's developed digestive problems, and it seems like I'm cleaning up cat barf every day.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Thanks Cloverleaf, what's funny is I initially intended the hub to very factual, but then I realized I couldn't possibly write this seriously without humor as it naturally lends itself to a bit of absurdity, lol. I think all pet owners have a high tolerance for things they would never tolerate from family, yet their beloved pets can get away with just about anything. And for Cat lovers, cat barf is a fact of life...


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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi carcro,

Well, what an interesting title to a hub! I couldn't help but read on with great anticipation! I have never owned a cat but from what you're telling me cat barf is a bit of a problem for cat owners. It's a good thing you shared the simple solution. Easy when you know how!

Great hub up, up and funny!

Cloverleaf.


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carcro 5 years ago from Winnipeg Author

Thanks for reading and commenting jacqui2011 and thanks for the vote up. Cats are amazing critters, and its hard to believe that such soft and cuddly little animals can go through such torment, mind you I think the bigger torment is having to clean it up, lol.


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

I really did try not to watch the video of the cat throwing up, but curiosity got the better of me! Man, that was evil! Lol. My cat regularly throws up a fur ball and I seem to be the only one to notice it. I am told that because I have a stronger stomach than my partner, plus the fact I was the one who wanted a cat, then I find myself having to clear it up. Perhaps it would be a different story if he were to find it in his slipper! Very entertaining (apart from the video) so I voted it up and funny.

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