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Old 16.02.2012, 23:14
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Cat has vomited on sofa - help (with cleaning sofa - cat is fine!)

Not sure if this belongs in 'pet corner' or 'daily life'... but Tabitha has just vomited on the sofa. Said sofa is fabric but does not have removable covers or cushions... is similar to this: http://www.ikea.com/ch/fr/catalog/products/50198975/.

I'm not sure if the sofa will survive this latest attack (Tabitha has a phobia of scratching posts, so uses the sofa sides instead). Or to be more precise, I'm not sure if I can bear the thought of sitting on a spot where the cat has been sick...

Any ideas on how I can clean it up? I've had a go with upholstery cleaner, but there's still a stain. And I have a feeling the smell is going to linger...

Replacing the sofa isn't really an option at the moment!

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Old 16.02.2012, 23:28
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Re: Cat has vomited on sofa - help!

When I read the title of your post I wasn't sure if you were worried for the sofa or for the cat (possibly sick).
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Old 16.02.2012, 23:35
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Re: Cat has vomited on sofa - help!

There are some useful tips here

I like your tags. Who'd have a cat? Well, we would, and we would not be without them!
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Re: Cat has vomited on sofa - help (with cleaning sofa - cat is fine!)

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When I read the title of your post I wasn't sure if you were worried for the sofa or for the cat (possibly sick).
Good point... have edited the title. I was a little surprised, as Tabitha was making a coughing noise (which she does quite often without results) and then when I went into the living room she'd been sick (which she does very rarely). But she seems ok... I think she just ate her dinner too fast!

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Thanks... may try the baking soda one as I have that in the cupboard.

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I like your tags. Who'd have a cat? Well, we would, and we would not be without them!
Oh I wouldn't be without her either... most of the time! But life would be easier if she had a different relationship with the sofa... one which involved less scratching (and now vomiting) and more sitting on it!

Still it could have been worse. She could have thrown up under the bed while I was out. Or on the bed, the day after laundry day.
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Old 16.02.2012, 23:51
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Re: Cat has vomited on sofa - help (with cleaning sofa - cat is fine!)

You can hire carpet cleaning machines with upholstery adaptors from your local pharmacy. They usually charge about CHF 20 per day.

Use any proprietary carpet cleaner, follow directions, and avoid spraying on too much cleaning liquid. I have successfully cleaned mattresses of dust mite allergens using this method.
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Re: Cat has vomited on sofa - help (with cleaning sofa - cat is fine!)

If you can try
Woolite Oxy Deep Stain Remover

and if that is not available try hydrogen peroxide. Work everytime - I have three cats and one has been a Yacker from day one. Both she and my sofa's are in great condition.
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Re: Cat has vomited on sofa - help (with cleaning sofa - cat is fine!)

Just to update... the baking soda got rid of the smell and most of the stain... except I now have a 'ring' mark around the area where she was sick.

I did think about hiring a machine, but Tabitha seems to have become rather vomit-y of late... so I think I'm going to check with the vets to see if there is a problem before making any extensive effort to clean the sofa, as I don't want to keep on hiring a machine to clean it! But at least the sofa doesn't smell - and a throw will cover the stain for the time being when guests come round.
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Re: Cat has vomited on sofa - help (with cleaning sofa - cat is fine!)

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I did think about hiring a machine, but Tabitha seems to have become rather vomit-y of late... so I think I'm going to check with the vets to see if there is a problem before making any extensive effort to clean the sofa, as I don't want to keep on hiring a machine to clean it! But at least the sofa doesn't smell - and a throw will cover the stain for the time being when guests come round.
Cats in general can be a bit vomity -- one of ours is like a little bundle of puke, and it has gotten worse as she's gotten older. She gets a totally clean bill of health from the vet, but she's just got something of a delicate stomach.

A few tricks -- make sure that you only serve food at room temperature, not directly out of the refrigerator. Also make sure that you groom your cat regularly. Sometimes they make themselves sick trying to get rid of hairballs (the give-away is that they'll typically chew on your plants to induce vomiting). If you feed your cat exclusively dry food, consider adding wet food or oil to help 'lubricate' the digestive track and keep everything working its way through.

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