“ Brand: Vapet / Type: Cat and Dog repellent spray „
When I first got Duke he had a few accidents on my bed. Obviously this is not very pleasant and normal household cleaners will not get rid of all of the smell, yes, to you it may be gone but to a cat it is their territory. I had no intention of buying a special spray because my Mum had tried numerous different brands even paying £20 for some to stop one of our cats spraying and none had made any difference. However when I spotted it in Poundland I thought I should buy it - I had no expectation of it working whatsoever if I'm honest but I thought then I had tried to get a spray, my partner could not tell me off for not trying!
To use the spray you simply spray it on the affected area. Our affected area was the mattress and this is safe to use on fabrics but please remember to test it on a hidden area beforehand if it is the type of fabric that is on show for example a sofa or carpet. The spray comes out in a fine spray and a very good amount is dispensed, you only need a few sprays to cover the area.
The spray has a very distinctive smell but I cannot tell for the life of me what it is supposed to smell of! It's not exactly an unpleasant smell but its not pleasant either and I did find myself either longing for something odourless or with a fruity fragrance as if I sprayed this in the morning I could still smell it at bedtime! I actually got a bit paranoid that guests might wonder what the smell was because it certainly wasnt familiar!
So did it work? No. My mattress thankfully does not smell of cat wee however I do always disinfect it and then use febreeze if Duke has an 'accident'. By the way, Duke does suffer from urinary problems so he's not a terribly behaved kitten who shouldnt be allowed on the bed! If he is suffering he may have an accident once every week or two but touchwood at the moment he seems to be fine.
So despite spraying this on the mattress numerous times, Duke still goes in the same place so I am going to hazard a guess that no, this doesnt work, at least not for me anyway! It may have a better result on harder surfaces such as cupboards and doors and if you do have a need for this product and spot it in your local Poundland it is only £1 after all for a large bottle of 750ml so it could be worth a try.
I have two rescue dogs, house training was a bit of a struggle at first due to their backgrounds and their difficulty adjusting so there were a fair few accidents in the early days and even now its still an occasional occurrence.
I needed a product that would clean up the mess well enough so that the dogs weren't tempted to 'remark' their territory, and I also needed a product that would put them off and repel them from weeing in places they weren't supposed to. 'Wash and Get Off' claimed to be able to do both, and was fairly reasonably priced at less than £5.
Unfortunately, its been about as much use as spraying water on the carpet! It doesn't clean particularly well, I use Stardrops and hot water instead now. It also doesn't seem to work at all as a repellent, maybe the smell isn't strong enough to put them off their favourite spots. Another downside is that while the smell doesn't seem to achieve the desired effect its really strong and pungent and lingers for days and days and, to be honest, its not much better than the smell of dog urine, which at least has the benefit of being easy to get rid of, in comparison. I hated having the smell of this spray getting up my nose for days on end.
I don't use this anymore, in fact I don't use any 'repellent' product as having tried a few I'm not convinced any of them actually do any good, not for my stubborn little dogs at least! I wouldn't waste your money, a far better investment is to spend some time on really really intensive house training and a much cheaper cleaning product for the inevitable occasional mishaps.
After my cute little male kitten suddenly matured into a highly sexed Tom cat, we started to suffer from excess spraying all around the house. While we were waiting for the vet appointment to cut his love life short and remove his manhood, we had to cope with some very unpleasant smells around the house and decided that we needed to take some urgent action.
I dispatched my husband to the nearest pet superstore to find some odour neutralising spray ... and he proudly returned with a giant bottle of Get Off Spray. My first reaction was to take it back; I was certain that this product was to deter random cats from soiling on our garden, but he showed me the instructions on the bottle, and the label did seem to indicate that it was for use inside the house. Armed with a bottle of odour remover in one hand, and a bottle of Get Off spray in the other, I proceeded to deep clean the house. What a mistake!
The front of the bottle tells me that the Get Off cat and dog repellent spray will "care for my home and my pet". The back of the bottle says that the spray is an effective treatment for indoor and outdoor use, containing harmless but effective deterrent scent that will discourage even the most persistent cats and dogs from further fouling or marking in the same place.
It claims to be ideal for use both inside and outside of the home. The instructions told me to wash down the soiled or marked area, and then spray Get Off Spray around the spot. It would be effective for up to 12 hours.
~~The Smell and the Effect~~
Using the powerful trigger spray attached to the top of the bottle, I proceeded to liberally spray all the doorways and carpets in my house where my Tom cat had marked his territory. The bottle warned me to test some spray on a small piece of carpet before I sprayed to make sure that it did not permanently mark. Trying it on a small area under the sofas, I found that it did not stain carpets or laminate flooring at all.
The deterrent scent that was mentioned would have deterred any living thing from going within 12 meters of my house. It was a strange, sour smell that pervaded all through the house in a really unpleasant way.
All three cats shot out the cat flap within 10 seconds of smelling it, and quite frankly I felt like following. The smell was truly repulsive. Two of my male cats just bolted - I did not see them for three whole days. The female cat was very sad, and spent 24 hours perching in the rain on the back door ledge. Occasionally when she saw food, she would poke her head through the cat flap, only to wrinkle her nose up in disgust and back out quickly. None of the three cats would come into the house to eat or drink during the following two days.
Waking up to the smell was indescribably depressing, so the whole family set to work with soap and water and tried to wash off all of the spray from hard surface areas. We had some measured success and the smell began to subside with the aid of three room-scenters and a lot of Oust.
The Precautions on the bottle are slightly alarming.
The spray warns you not to use the spray near houseplants or other delicate foliage, as it may cause burning. Never use the spray near fish or ponds. Do not use on painted or varnished surfaces. Avoid contact with eyes and wash hands immediately after use.
There is no list of ingredients apart from the warning that it contains Methly Nonyl Ketone - a substance which is widely used as an insect an animal repellent, and is very good at keeping mosquitoes away. It claims to be safe if used as directed and I can find no internet warnings regarding toxicity.
As a cat repellent for the garden, I can truly recommend this product, but I would never advise anybody to use it indoors.
For any cat owners, I would say that even using it in the garden creates a huge risk of encouraging your cat to leave you completely and find a more welcoming environment to live in.
This product gets five stars for doing what it says on the tin, even though I feel that the labelling was very misleading when it indicated that it could be used by pet owners around the house.
I paid just under £6.00 for my bottle at the local pet supermarket