A few years ago, we invested in getting all new carpet for the house. That was a bad move. I thought that if we started fresh, we could keep up with it and it would remain somewhat nice. Nope. The cats just became bigger jerks. For a while we were able to contain it because the gray cat was consistently peeing in front of the litterboxes. We put down washable puppy pads and are constantly washing those damned things. But hell, at least that cat is consistent in his jerkitude.
Last month, as we purchased yet another device designed to clean up cat messes in the ever losing battle of keeping the carpet from stinking, I decided I'd had enough. As much as I love this little spot cleaner, after a week of owning it, our floor is completely polkadotted with little scrubbed circles from all the messes we've used it on. It really demonstrates just how much the cats have been messing up the floor and how chasing after them is a losing battle. I thought about all of the devices and products we've spent money on in an attempt to keep the house smelling halfway decent, crap, we've probably spent near what it's going to cost to just put in a better floor. We should have just done that in the first place and saved ourselves the money, aggravation, work, and time that all ultimately failed anyway.
We're taking out a new mortgage on the house to pay off all of the IVF credit card debts at a lower and tax deductible interest rate. We've decided to take out a little more than we need to pay off those loans and redo the floor entirely in the house. We're getting rid of the carpet and putting down laminate (probably). Who knows what damage we're going to find when we pull this carpet up, probably massive amounts of urine soaked plywood (it's a manufactured home), but we're going to take care of this once and for all. We're going to get it done right. No more bandaid fixes. If the entire floor has to come up and be rebuilt, so be it. Hopefully just a good thick layer of Killz will be enough, but if it's not, oh well. We're going to put down a cleanable floor and area rugs that can be replaced when they get gross.
With the girls poised to crawl any day now, and knowing that they're only going to grow into toddlers and kids that will spill milk and have potty training accidents, it's time. We have a guy coming on Monday to take measurements, give advice, and ultimately sell us a new floor. And with this, we commit to living here for several more years.