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How to Swim in Cat Pee with Dignity

It’s only fair, since I work so hard to make my children miserable that they (or their cats) return the favor.

After our  amazingly miserable day at the river I decided to take my children to the local pool. Actually, I was determined to get Apollo back in a pool so he could keep up all the skillz he had gained at his recent Safety Around Water classes. I was excited to see what he could do on his own, out of the swim lesson environment.

Plus I was dying to try out my Olympus TG4 Waterproof Camera

^^^ Yes, that’s an affiliate link,. Now you can go buy your own.Swimming in cat pee; every mother's dream. At least I have the Olympus TG-4 underwater camera to help capture the memories. 

I was not disappointed! This is a kid who three weeks ago was afraid to stick his face in the water. Um…I think he’s over that particular fear. He is now in the stage where he is terrifying to be in the water with because he has more courage than skill and endurance.

But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about the joy of cat pee.

Swimming in cat pee; every mother's dream. At least I have the Olympus TG-4 underwater camera to help capture the memories.

Ten minutes before our scheduled departure for the pool yesterday, I grabbed my swimsuit. Remember, I keep all of our swim gear together in the laundry room for easy access?

Easy for me, easy for the kids and easy, apparently, for the cats too.

Swimming in cat pee; every mother's dream. At least I have the Olympus TG-4 underwater camera to help capture the memories.

How do I know this? I know because when I grabbed my suit yesterday I was greeted with the very distinct smell of cat urine. And my swimsuit was slightly damp.

Well, I knew I hadn’t peed in the suit. That and cat urine has a very distinctive (and persistent) smell.

Swimming in cat pee; every mother's dream. At least I have the Olympus TG-4 underwater camera to help capture the memories.

Well I had only ten minutes until we needed to leave…

…so I did what any self-respecting mother would do. I rinsed it out in the sink.

And I rinsed and rinsed and then rinsed some more.

Because cat pee.

The smell. Never leaves.

I didn’t have time to actually wash it. So we headed out on our Grand Adventure, the kids with goggles, suits and towels. Me, with a soaking wet, urine-smelling suit.

I very seriously thought about hanging it out our window as I drove, like we did with Avi’s dress…but decided it was too risky and 15 minutes probably wouldn’t have made that much of a difference anyway.

Now please don’t leave a comment about how unsanitary it is to enter a public pool with cat-smelling swimsuit.

Because:

#1 It was CLEAN…just smelly. 

#2 We all know kids pee in these pools constantly. That’s what the chlorine is for.

#3 At least it wasn’t a dead body.

#4 It’s bad enough that my suit got peed on.

Swimming in cat pee is a small price to pay for bonding with your children. Am I right?

Jubilee took this image while going down the water slide!

Happy swimming! I hope  your summer is as exciting as mine.

10 Comments

    • Renee

      I was afraid to use any soap/cleaner/etc lest I cause a chemical reaction and start foaming (think science project volcano) or explode. Because that would be embarrassing.

    • Renee

      I was about to ask why someone would have vomit in their bra. And then I remembered my life. I once had a baby puke in the hot oven that contained our breakfast. Oops.

  1. Lindsay

    Oh my gosh, this is the funniest thing I’ve read in a long time. Thanks for the laugh at your expense 🙂

  2. bemis

    This one time, at band camp…

    Yeah, I had a cat pee on my high school marching band coat. Wool. Dry clean only. Only dry-cleaning didn’t help, and neither did anything else we tried. In the end, it didn’t smell as much like cat pee anymore, but it smelled horribly of febreeze mixed with cat pee…so badly that people could smell me from a long way away. I was already the weird homeschooled kid in marching band, I didn’t need to be known as the girl who smelled like cat pee, or febreeze mixed with cat pee. To this day, the smell of febreeze makes me feel nauseous.

    Just don’t use febreeze on your bathing suit. I feel your pain.

    • Renee

      You have no idea how good it makes me feel to know I am not alone in my cat-pee wearing ways. We should be BFFs.

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