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#5382 of 6655 VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine
Oct 21, 2007 (5:58 am)
2005 Jetta Station Wagon Smells Like Cat Urine Inside
Mileage: 40,000 approx
Engine Type: 4 Cylinder ?
My neighbor moved in about 3-4 months ago from Greenville, SC to SW Florida during the rainy season. After a month, her car began to smell like ammonia inside. I have sat in her car and smelled it and it is strong.
She is blaming my cats. She says that they are spraying the tires and under carriage of her car because she transports her dog in the car.
I am not so sure because:
1) There is another dog owner in our p-lot and they have never approached me about this issue.
2) I struggled with a cat pee smell in my own vehicle (1998 Dodge Dakota) for 5 years before I broke down and spent $1,500.00 to get the dash pulled, the carpet replaced, and the A/C problem fixed (The work was by Toyota Pre-Owned in Ft Myers,FL but it only lasted 2 years and the carpet crystals are back - another story).
3) I own a portable black light that came with the product Urine Gone. I have repeatedly checked the tires and undercarriage of her car and do not see anything.
Can you let me know if this is a problem that other VW Jetta wagon owners have had?
The owner refuses to get the mechanical aspect of this issue checked due to "cost" but she is demanding that I keep my indoor/outdoor cats inside and pay for her vehicle to be cleaned.
#5383 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [grayson1]
Oct 21, 2007 (10:08 am)
Sounds like the two of you are in a P---ing contest almost totally unrelated to specfic VW maintenance and repair, other than it happens to be a VW wagon. It also does not appear to be your problem. But I would agree, it is not considerate to let pets do their business which inevitably affects someone elses property. You'd probably be more than miffed if she had animal control set a trap and your pets were in it and carted off to the local euthanasia station, for claim check, count down and eventual disposal.
#5384 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [ruking1]
Oct 21, 2007 (10:38 am)
Thank you ruking1 for the punny vote of confidence!
I have been piecing my life back together here after being kicked out of my home by hurricane Charley in 2004...so when this first came up, I was super busy. We both agreed to try cat repellent. I bought it for her ($15.00) and then she said she didn't want to try it. So, I have a friend who offered to power wash her vehicle underneath with Ammonia followed by Murphys Oil soap, and she declined that offer too.
I have pointed out that there are many cats in the neighborhood. I have asked her basic questions like, has she ever seen my cat spray her car? No. She says she has (4) witnesses, but she won't go so far as to say that they actually saw my cat pee on her car. The first time she brought it up, she said one of them told her that she had seen my cat walking by the tires...another "witness" saw my cat by her gate. It's all a bit thin.
My cats are learning to live inside night and day for the next 2 months. I could just imagine her cleaning her vehicle's carpets the week before the 2 months is up and telling me that everything is allright as long as my cats stay indoors.
#5385 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [grayson1]
Oct 21, 2007 (5:37 pm)
Bottom line is that cat owners are inconsiderate. Cats turn an entire neighborhood into a communal latrine, kill song birds and other native fauna just for enjoyment, and spread disease to children and pregnant women. A cat's only positive contribution is to provide unconditional positive regard to the owner who cannot develop that virtue in his/her relationships with other humans. Whether your cats are causing the smell in your neighbor's Jetta is actually irrelevant. She has every right to demand that you keep your vermin off her property.
#5386 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [grayson1]
Oct 22, 2007 (4:43 am)
I could just imagine her cleaning her vehicle's carpets the week before the 2 months is up and telling me that everything is allright as long as my cats stay indoors.
So what. What makes you think it is okay for your pets to roam the neighborhood? People with cats, dogs, or whatever should keep their pets on their own property.
#5387 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [cosmo]
Oct 22, 2007 (4:47 am)
Your sweeping generalizations are unfair and inaccurate and there is no reason to refer to family pets as "vermin".
That said, it seems everyone, including the cats, would be better served in this situation if they became indoor cats. I know it's a difficult adjustment, but it would certainly solve the problem and keep the cats safer at the same time.
Personally, I don't think grayson has any reason to foot the bill for anything unless someone can offer absolute proof his cats are responsible.
#5388 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [pat]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 22, 2007 (4:49 am)
How can a cat damage a locked parked car? I don't get it. I guess if it's a lion, it could scratch the paint?
#5389 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 22, 2007 (4:56 am)
The neighbor says they are spraying the tires and underside of the car.
#5390 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [cosmo]
Oct 22, 2007 (5:34 am)
Not a problem Cosmo (I like how we share part of our names:). Everyone is entitled to an opinion but what I like best is getting responses. It has been a wild 3 years trying to put it all back together since H-Charley.
If it helps, normally, my cats are out for 1 hour in the morning, then they come back in and sleep all day. Then they go out for 2-3 hours after dinner and come back in and sleep all night. I don't let them out in the morning when it is dark, because I don't want them to attack the bunnies. I've never saved or buried a bird during the evening time, and Tiger does kill rats - which we get a lot. I donate to the Center for Rehabilitation of Wildlife on Sanibel Island whenever I can.
#5391 of 6655 Re: VW Jetta Wagon - Smells Like Cat Urine [pat]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 22, 2007 (6:25 am)
Rolling my eyes