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Of Cabinets & Cat Pee, aka a really weird hodgepodge of a post

We have (some) cabinets!

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That was as of last night, actually. By the time I left to take Ike to school we already had a few more, and the foyer looked like it was getting the final prep for tile. IT'S ALL HAPPENING.

It turns out getting your kitchen remodeled is a bit like being pregnant. "How long will it take?" is the new "So what's your birth plan?" and then everybody really just wants to talk about how they were in labor for 175 hours before an unmedicated breech birth and also THEIR kitchen remodel started five years ago and STILL isn't done, so ha ha good luck with your "two to three weeks" and also your vaginal delivery. 

So far, so good, is all I can and will say. It probably helps that we're not doing any major structural changes, and also that the house isn't that old so we're free of the "WHOOPS THAT'S A LOAD BEARING WALL THAT IS MOST DEFINITELY NOT BEARING THE LOAD" snafus you get with older (or previously remodeled but maaaaybe not done very well) houses. 

(Our old condo in the city was built as a dormitory for war workers in the 1940s, then went through conversions to apartments and then condos. Remodeling our tiny postage stamp of a kitchen unearthed more delightful "quirks" per square foot than we ever thought possible.)

Of course, there's still plenty of time for a horror story plotline to emerge, a story I will keep on the tip of my tongue when I ask you how long your kitchen remodel will take, because ha ha good luck with that, hope you enjoy washing dishes in bathtubs* for awhile. 

In other news, we finally discovered the source of a terrible smell in the master bedroom closet. We thought Ceiba was sneaking in there to pee on the carpet, but the carpet never seemed wet. We kept steamcleaning it anyway, but the smell lingered.

This morning we solved the mystery. The closet is very roomy but drawer-challenged, with just a lot of big shelves for awkwardly piling clothes on. To stop the clothes pile avalanches that were happening on the regular, I put everything in bins or baskets. But then I got tired of pulling down my basket of workout clothing from the top shelf, and just left it on the floor. 

Turns out Max thought that basket of workout clothes was a bonus litter box, and was going in there to pee on them. Ask me how I found out. GO ON AND ASK ME. 

"Why do my sports bra and yoga pants feel kinda damp? And why do I smell like cat pee?" <-- Terrific questions to ask yourself on a Tuesday morning. 

*Or, you know, not. We've just been on a Waste Bender with paper plates and plastic cups and utensils. I have a few bowls and cups piled up in the powder room from the first couple days when we'd forget to grab something disposable. They are by the sink, which gives the APPEARANCE that I intend to wash them, but really I'm probably just gonna let them sit there until I have the dishwasher back because I am one lazy-ass motherfucker.

Comments

Tracy

Our cat is lovely in every way but one. We cannot leave an open laundry basket ANYWHERE. Even if it's empty of clothes. She prefers clothes there of course. So... I fold clothes, put them away, and turn the laundry basket over. It's automatic now. I even turned my mom's laundry basket over at her house. "what are you doing?" she asked. "keeping my cat (who is not here) from peeing in the basket..."

Elise

Being in the planning stages of a major kitchen remodel in an older house with lots of DIY from the previous owner, I'm watching your fast progress with my fingers crossed that ours will go well. Love the white cabinets and cant' wait to see the counter tops.

SarahB

Our cat did the whole "we've moved so let's use the dirty laundry as a litter box" routine. It was lovely.

Christine

Cat pee is the worst. WORST. When we brought home the small human he decided to pee in my closet as retaliation. (We have a small closet with a low dresser jammed in and then clothes folded on top and that's where he was going. It took a while to figure out. There was a lot of going around the bedroom sniffing corners. Stupid old man cat. He's lucky I love his SOB face.

piccyami

We had issues with one of our cats peeing in laundry baskets. I had to get rid of all plastic laundry baskets in our house because if he found it, he'd immediately pee in it. It didn't matter if there were clothes in it or not. I had to buy the more expensive (and fancy-looking) wicker and canvas baskets because cats don't pee in those. They just belong in those.

Samantha Earley

When we moved with an elderly cat (17, although she lived to be 21) she retaliated by peeing almost everywhere but laundry baskets with ANYTHING in them seemed to be her preference...good luck!!

Sue

We remodeled our kitchen last year and there were zero snafus. One day for teardown. Three days for install. 3 day wait for the coutertop measure (I had been instructed to schedule this the second I had an estimated completion date.) Two weeks for countertops to come in. And done. We didn't have the floor redone, though.

LeighTX

Why laundry baskets? Is there some sort of Cat Handbook that outlines these regulations? Why not the tub, or the sink? These are the questions I ask my cat weekly, to no avail.

Dori

My old cat would pee in laundry baskets, too. She was even worse about clothes left on the floor. I'm super paranoid about clothing piles and clothes in baskets even though that cat has been gone for nearly 20 years now.

The cat I have now did one time poop in a sink. This was at my friend's apartment and we were very grateful that he did his business there and not on her clothes.

Chris

How did you find out?

Amy A

Did you know Bulldogs do the same thing with piles of clothing? Damn good thing they're cute (don't say it)!

Alison

Cat pee IS the worst. I left a new rectangular rolling suitcase open on the closet floor once and my grumpy old girl cat used it as a litter box. There's no coming back from that. I had to throw it away. She also peed in my husbands brand new dress shoes, which I managed to salvage, but it did not help with their already contentious relationship.

We're building a house right now. It's stressful, but at least we're not living in it. I hope everything continues to go smoothly!

Alison

Cat pee IS the worst. I left a new rectangular rolling suitcase open on the closet floor once and my grumpy old girl cat used it as a litter box. There's no coming back from that. I had to throw it away. She also peed in my husbands brand new dress shoes, which I managed to salvage, but it did not help with their already contentious relationship.

We're building a house right now. It's stressful, but at least we're not living in it. I hope everything continues to go smoothly!

Cait

letting baby "air out" the other day (aka to tired to diaper wrangle him so I was letting him run around naked) he comes to give me a hug on my back, my exact thoughts "Oh that's so sweet. why is my back warm? WHY AM I WET?" Yes, he peed all over my back.

Cait

OH AND! (almost forgot this) DH and I were engaged in an epic argument a long time ago, so we are fighting and while that's happening my cat goes over to his hockey bag and starts to sniff around it. Then proceeds to squat right into it and pee all over my husband's hockey gear, while staring directly at him. He's a good cat.

Beth

Nature's Miracle is good for cat pee. When we moved 2 years ago, our cat started peeing everywhere except the litter (like on our nice rugs). Turns out she wasn't happy with where we had put the litter box in the new house. Once we moved it, problem solved.

Leigh Ann

The cat pee thing totally happened to me, except I WAS AT WORK.

Stephanie

We have a pretty good cat, except when she's stressed or pissed off about something, she'll poop in the sink. We're one week into our 10 (!) week kitchen remodel and she's pooped in the bathroom sink, and our girls' bathtub. Special.

April

Ahh yes cat pee in the freshly laundered clothes! My personal favorite was my husband home from deployment decides to unpack ALL his gear in the great room. New to him cat decides I don't know this human and crap AND pees on almost all items including his boots. Cat almost lost his life. I did manage to hide where said cat peed and pooed on his side of the bed. Granted I just discovered this past week spray marks in a dresser without the drawers in it in the basement!! WTF cat.

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