how's it working out?
was just thinking how previous owner of this object coated it with some type of finish or maybe some type of oil based stuff and it might need to be removed. is this goody finish thick enough finish that a sharp putty knife can scrape it off?
I wonder if someone chopped meat on it and then felt like they had to wipe it with bleach?
As others have said, sanding, scraping and sun all sound like great solutions.
I've used lemon juice and salt to scrub on ours occasionally and then a rinse and some sunshine.
my first thought reading this is "someone used murphy's oil soap to clean it". I spent years cleaning saddlery with oil soap and then when I went to college, we had a restaurant kitchen in my house and that was what they used to clean the butcher block counters. I smell that stuff in my dreams.
I'd just scrub it down and leave it outside, like everyone else says. Even if someone used bleach on it, it is volatile and loses its potency. Also, consider that the previous owners might not have been up on their food hygiene. If it were mine, I'd make a paste of salt and lemon juice and leave it in the sun on any surface that might have come into contact with raw meat.
Still holistic approaches are gaining ground, there is a flourishing organic market, people are aware of different systems, it's up to us to grow them now. I have quite a nice piece of land and it's starting to become productive and gain attraction. Things will take time, but it's fun and good for the health so i keep going!
You say you can't not let your cat outside but I'd say at this point you can't let it out either. Just keep your cat in, she'll adjust. Id stop feeding the birds if it's attracting them to their demise too. These answers suck, I get that. However, you can't control your neighbor, only yourself.
If the kids seem otherwise fine I would not be calling CPS on them. However, if you suspect they are being abused I'd call and report that. Course they might retaliate
I don't have the same problem because my dogs would handle it, but I'm assuming you don't have a dog, and this alone isn't a great reason to get one. It will solve your issue though.
I chased that cat with a cordless skilsaw, hedgetrimmers, chainsaw, etc. If I saw him 500 metres away, I made a beeline for him. He stopped coming anywhere near my cat and the areas I occupied, in less than a dozen doses. I was dead serious about doing him harm, and he knew it.
My cat was locked up at night once I quit for the night, usually by 11. He didnt mind, and this was probably key.
Saw a study (South Africa) on how much wildlife is killed daily by pet cats monitored by cameras on their collars and was surprised by the numbers. Apparently mice counted for a small percentage while birds and amphibians took the brunt of the damage. Something like 9 varmints per day on average.
there were a couple problem cats on my street. killing chickens, kittens and wreaking havoc. sad as it might be if owners cannot keep them under control they need to be removed especially if killing livestock.
this one cat we had coming around attacked my Sylvester and three visits to vet to get him patched up cost a pretty penny.