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    Senior Member Missi's Avatar
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    I had my queen size black and white quilt blocks laid out on the living room floor. I got them all labeled, and most of them matched and pinned and last night found a present in the matched blocks.

    She threw up on the blocks and covered it up with the other blocks. Well it was dry so it easily came off, problem is now there is a faint yellow stain from the dye in her food.

    Ideas anyone. I thought about ripping out the blocks that are stained and replacing them. But these are 16 piece blocks. Do I try and scrub it out.

    Augh - I could pummel her and this on top of her knocking my kitchen plant in my favorite pot off the counter this weekend.

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    You gotta love our fur babies!

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    Oh, lord. The barfing is one thing, but HIDING IT? I'd want to punt her, too!

    Maybe a Tide pen, or some other type of bleach pen, would work?

    At least the quilt is still unassembled so you *could* rip out the stained blocks pretty easily if it came to that. Depending on the construction, you might be able to perform surgery and replace the stained blocks without ripping out every piece.

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    How about putting it all together and treating the stains and washing the whole quilt after it is completed?

    I know what you mean about cats. We have Abby who we love, but she barfs a lot. Can't keep the carpet clean. We've tried putting her on special food, elevating her food bowl, etc. but she barfs at least twice a week and it isn't because of hairballs. We just put up with it and try to clean up as best we can. It does get a little frustrating when you have your carpets professionally cleaned and a few days later, there are barf stains.

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    Humm! It sounds like someone is looking for attention.

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    Get some Resolve carpet cleaner and spray it on the spot, rub gently and rinse in cold water and let it air dry. It should all come out. Ask me how I know. Nana Katie

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    That yellow is a combination of the dye in the food and bile and it is a b**ch to get out! Ask me how I know. I had this happen on a completed quilt top (not quilted yet). I know you won't want to hear this but I never was able to get the stain out. I did however fade the stain considerably. I even took a chance and machine washed the unquilted top hoping to get it out. No luck. I quilted the top anyway (for practice when I first got my LA) and have yet to put the binding on it. I will try scrubbing it with oxiclean and all the usual suspects but I am not holding out much hope to get all of the stain out. You can try scrubbing and stain removers and such but you may have to resign yourself to either remaking the blocks or ripping and resewing the stained parts, or live with the stain.

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    I put dish detergent on the spots and ran water through the fabric when one of my cats "blessed" one of my projects.

    If it's fresh, most of it should come out.

    Baking soda is another thing you could try.

    I would try this on a scrap first, though, to see if or how it affects the colors/fabrics.

    I would also avoid "scrubbing" or "agitating" as much as possible.


    One of my cats throws up a lot because he has hyperthyroidism - even with medication - I think about half of what he eats comes back up. I'm reasonably sure he can't help it.

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    soak it in oxy clean...in a ziploc over night if you have too....NO bleach, it will make it worse..and NO heat or it will set it...

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    In all fairness to the cat (because he can't talk), I just wanted to add that your kitty was trying to clean up in the only he knows how..... :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I'm reasonably sure he can't help it.
    I'm not laughing at your cat's misfortune, but that phrasing made me choke on my coffee. :lol:

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    I have good results with oxyclean and dawn dish washing soap. good luck

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    I've had good results from using Nature's Miracle. Put it on the area affected & gently hand wash that spot. The yellow stain should come out.

    I've used it on regular clothes when one of mine has an upset tummy on my dirty clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkimba
    I've had good results from using Nature's Miracle. Put it on the area affected & gently hand wash that spot. The yellow stain should come out.

    I've used it on regular clothes when one of mine has an upset tummy on my dirty clothes.
    I was just going to suggest Nature's Miracle. It does work well. I have also used it for human stains of this nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redpurselady

    I know what you mean about cats. We have Abby who we love, but she barfs a lot. Can't keep the carpet clean. We've tried putting her on special food, elevating her food bowl, etc. but she barfs at least twice a week and it isn't because of hairballs. We just put up with it and try to clean up as best we can. It does get a little frustrating when you have your carpets professionally cleaned and a few days later, there are barf stains.
    My cat's used to do that (and still do occassionally). I tried different foods too but it didn't help. Finally, we found out they were chewing on our flip flops and that was making them sick. Now we hide all things made from rubber/foam and when one of them gets sick, we look for shoes that someone forgot to hide!

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    I recently cleaned some places where my dog threw up with Shout. Worked very well to get the stains out of the carpet.

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    Oh no, sorry about the kitty.

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    One of my cats throws up a lot because he has hyperthyroidism - even with medication - I think about half of what he eats comes back up. I'm reasonably sure he can't help it.[/quote]
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    My rescue Fredrica is a delicate darling, but barfs if she eats more than 2 bites too much. It's always easy to pick up, but
    dry enough so that it doesn't leave a stain.

    After some years I discovered that if I rub coconut oil on her feet so she'll lick it off, she doesn't barf as much. She flat out won't eat it if it's in her food, but angrily licks it off her foot, while glaring at me all the while! Now she's even gaining much needed weight, in the last 3 weeks almost 2 pounds, which she very much needs. Always been thin, vets didn't know why.
    She prefers to sit on fabric, then kick any she doesn't like off the machine while I'm away from it.

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    I would say Natures Miracle or hydrogen peroxide. I have used peroxide to get blood out of carpeting.

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    Sorry to hear your cat left you such an unwelcome gift. :thumbdown:
    It is a relief tho to know my cat isn't the only one that does that. I finally tacked an old fleece blanket on a wall to use for a design wall. It keeps the pieces up out of everyone's way - especially the cat!

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    One of my cats, scratches where she barfs too. I think it's just natural....like covering their poo when they're done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie
    Quote Originally Posted by redpurselady

    I know what you mean about cats. We have Abby who we love, but she barfs a lot. Can't keep the carpet clean. We've tried putting her on special food, elevating her food bowl, etc. but she barfs at least twice a week and it isn't because of hairballs. We just put up with it and try to clean up as best we can. It does get a little frustrating when you have your carpets professionally cleaned and a few days later, there are barf stains.
    My cat's used to do that (and still do occassionally). I tried different foods too but it didn't help. Finally, we found out they were chewing on our flip flops and that was making them sick. Now we hide all things made from rubber/foam and when one of them gets sick, we look for shoes that someone forgot to hide!
    Virtualbernie - my Abby looks just like your avatar and I love her to death. She was a rescue kitty and even though she barfs a lot, I don't ever regret having her in our home. She makes me smile everyday.

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    Ummm Hummm!!! I know about this!! We have a cat who I swear is bulimic....she goes in and eats and eats and eats, then comes into the living room and barfs right onto the rug!! ugggghhhh!!! So, I use the spray spot cleaner and a wet sponge, and it pretty much comes up.

    I haven't had to clean it off of a quilt top, but I'll bet Spray N Wash will work. That gets stains out of anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Humm! It sounds like someone is looking for attention.
    With peeing or pooping, they can sometimes be looking for attention, but I don't think they have the ability to choose to vomit. One of my cats had to take medicine for a thyroid problem and the medicine made him throw up. We felt so bad for him, but there was nothing he could do.

    I have not had this happen to a quilt of mine before, but at least you know that in the worst case scenario, you can take apart the blocks and re-do them. Good luck. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by SparkMonkey
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I'm reasonably sure he can't help it.
    I'm not laughing at your cat's misfortune, but that phrasing made me choke on my coffee. :lol:
    ME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!

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