With a cat that likes to periodically pee outside the box, the carpeting was stinky and gross, I couldn't wait to get rid of it.
Yeah, this is really hard for me to share with everyone. I know I wasn't as diligent about cleaning the box as I should be. I do have three (!) litter boxes in the basement as well...and this one really should be moved upstairs, but I'm terrified of Max peeing on our newly refinished floors. The carpet around this area was also a convenient scratching post for my cats, who have all their claws. DOH!
Once we started ripping it up, I was pretty amused by what we found. Old linoleum (at least I think it's actual lineoleum, based on the age) in a funky pattern.
Once that carpeting was removed, I was able to scrub the heck out of the flooring, baseboards, and put down some 'urine off.'
The stairs also looked better minus the scraggly carpeting.
However, we are at a loss about what to do with them. Do we try to rip the flooring up and refinish the wood? Rip off all the treads and buy new ones? Paint what's there until we feel like dealing with it? We have no idea. So it's sitting like this until I make up my mind.
Stupid litter box. Please tell me your litter box/cat potty problems, I need to know I"m not alone!