We have an 18 year old cat who unrinates on or near doors that lead outside. I'm looking for solutions to make it easier to clean up/eliminate the odor. We do eventually plan on replacing the carpeting the room he's targeting right now, but not until he crosses the rainbow bridge. One thought I had was to install tile in front of the door, to provide an impermeable surface we can easily clean (especially if we put a rug right there that's machine washable, much easier to wash a rug than carpet).
Below are pictures of the space, including a paint outline of where the tile would go.
My questions are as follows:
- Is this a good idea?
- Is there a specific phrase to describe what we're trying to do that I can Google for information?
- Assuming the floor beneath is level (and there isn't wood under the carpet), my plan was to cut the carpet away from where we intend to install the tile, then treat the subfloor directly with cleaners before sealing the area with stain-blocking primer. Would you recommend installing or treating with anything else prior to following instructions for installing tile? Removing the tainted subfloor would probably be better, right?
- Is there a better idea for how to turn this pee zone into something I can clean up after?
- What would be the best way to handle the curved transition zone?
My husband and I are moderately experienced DIY'ers but we haven't done tile before.
And as is required on the Internet, cat tax. The jerk in question. His face isn't blurred for his protection, it's because he was mid-meow asking why I was taking pictures.