Dogs do it, too. Always! They really love it when the rugs are brand spanking clean. My younger kitteh yorks with no advance warning - just sort of a tiny delicate hiccup. Even she seems a bit surprised by the spit-up. One day, due only to my lighting fast reaction, I saved my computer keyboard from a drowning in cat puke.
Instinct is an evil thing.
I think they avoid non-carpeted areas simply because they don't like stuff splattering all over their own feet.
I'll take cat vomit over cat pee any day. No matter how hard you scrub, or what new miracle product you use,no matter how long ago Kitty went to heaven, cat pee comes back to haunt your carpets on humid days.
We have the same problem with our dog. Only one room in our house has carpet, and the day the dog was sick to his stomach, he consistently yakked in that room and only that room.Julie, I too suffer from the lingering smell of cat pee...in my car. Kitty died three years ago. The car still smells on hot, humid days, and I live in the South, so that's about half the year. The car only has 70k miles on it and is a Subaru, which means I'm going to be living with that cat pee smell for ten more years.
Simple Solution. Pour it on, keep it wet for 72 hours, let it dry. Vacuum. Pee smell gone. It's a miracle.
I got a new area rug about a week ago, and my cat has already thrown up on it several times. The rest of the house has hardwood floors, and he barfs all over those too (stepped in it tonight :P). My previous house only had carpet (off-white!) up stairs and into one room and after 7 yrs it was stained all over with pee accidents and vomit. I didn't think I could sell the house unless I replaced the carpet, but first I tried Woolite Oxydeep cleaner spray. All the old stains totally vanished, I couldn't believe it. Seriously, a miracle product.
All cats do that. Not only did my cat use the rugs, but he always found the most expensive, oriental, hardest-to-clean rug. They are evil that way.
Between the photograph and your stories, I am still not warming up to the idea of owning a cat. I have a 75 lb dog (so you KNOW that is going to be a Mt. Everest of vomit when it comes!), and he is such a gentleman that when he has to throw up, he actually runs to the back door for someone to let him out. If he has to throw up and no one is home, he will throw up in front of the back door (just an easy to clean piece of utilitarian carpet there meant for him to clean his feet on)OR he will actually throw up in a corner (with hardwood floors) so that no one can step on it! I don't know what angel sent this dog. He also was house trained in a week! I was blessed with this particular guy!
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