Have you ever had a pet sprayed by a skunk? Ever had your house covered from top to bottom in the reeking toxic smell of a skunk’s butt? Ever had the fun experience of repeatedly washing a cat? This was the beginning of a beautiful Saturday morning at my house. Fast Forward 6 weeks and we are still dealing with the smell after trying several odour removing methods including Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover.
Let me set the stage…
My very friendly kitty decided to say hello up-close-and-personal to a skunk’s behind and was sprayed directly in the face. He ran inside and then frantically ran from room to room throughout the entire house trying to get the burning sensation out of his eyes, nose and mouth. About 5 minutes later, when my poor kitty had made sure to leave not a single room untouched, I realized it was him. I segregated him in the bathroom and washed his face down quickly with the kids tear-free shampoo while my husband googled how to properly handle this disaster.
In our first attempt to get rid of the odour on him, we used a very popular method:
- 1 quart of 3-percent hydrogen peroxide (available at any pharmacy)
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap
We ended up doing this twice on the first day and allowed him to dry in between, which helped somewhat but nowhere near gone.
Testing Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover
By the next morning his face was still smelly so I went to the store and picked up Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover. The sales person explained that I didn’t need to fully wash him again. (THANK GOODNESS!) All I had to do was wet a cloth with their solution, rub his face down and leave the solution on the fur to dry.
I applied it 4 times that day. It didn’t seem to to anything but mask the skunk smell with a pervasive perfume scent. I tried it again the next day and there was no improvement. Finally I thought that maybe there were parts of his body that I had missed in the original bathing.
I reread the instructions on the bottle which were only useful if you were dealing with a freshly sprayed animal. I went online and searched for more descriptive instructions. I ended up tracking down what I needed to by searching their Q&A section. After finding confirmation, this time I completely soaked him from nose to tail in the Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover and let him air dry. Instead of fixing the problem he reeked of the oppressive scent from the odor remover AND I could still smell the skunk! Not to mention, I can’t imagine how healthy it would be for him to ingest so much of their solution while he cleaned himself.
Finally, I spoke to my vet who said to mix the hydrogen peroxide solution one more time but leave it on for 15 minutes to really soak into the fur and get right down to the skin. They did not recommend anything other than this method. In retrospect I should have just called them…. I followed their instructions and this time he finally smelled almost normal. The skunk smell is lingering but definitely under control and at least the perfume smell is gone. Oh, and I should also mentioned he was bleached! My brown long haired tabby is now orange!
According to Amanda… the verdict is:
Step 1: Avoid your pet from getting sprayed by a skunk at all cost! If you fail, move on to next step.
Step 2: DO NOT LET THEM IN THE HOUSE!
Step 3: Use the time tested hydrogen peroxide method. The ingredients are likely already in your house and there is a reason it is the most widely used solution, it works …the best.
I do not recommend Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover. Their instructions were incredibly vague and their website was not helpful until I spent 10 minutes digging through their Q&A section. I did not find it to work on my cat and the perfume smell they use was offensive.
If you are unlucky enough to have your pet sprayed use the time tested hydrogen peroxide solution, please be sure to be careful around the pets eyes and mouth!
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