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A worker removed the glass windows in the basement and a feral cat got in before he put in the glass block windows.   I did not know the cat was in the house until the next night.  He got into a space above the window and above the ceiling of the basement bathroom.   When I realized it was there he jumped down and ran through the basement.   I chased it and he got back into the hole above the window.  I finally left the window ajar and closed the bathroom door so he could jump down and get out, which he did.   However, he evidentially sprayed while above the ceiling.   How can I get the smell out?  I can't get above the ceiling as the hole above the window is not that large.  I sprayed evidentially in the opening, but it evidently work.


When cats spray, you usually need a cleaner which is enzyme based to counteract the musk and ammonia in the urine.  These are available from most pet supermarkets. If you did not use one of these cleaners, the odor may linger.  If you do not smell anything after a week or two, you are probably OK.

Best regards... Norm.  


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Norman Auspitz


I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.


I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.

Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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