Tips to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell
Tips to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell
Being a crazy cat lady is one thing, smelling like one is a whole other.
Cat urine smells TERRIBLE. PERIOD. There is no debate about it.
Being an owner of 3 cats, I had always been proud of how I raised my furry babies. There were occasional accidents where Kit, the youngest of the three would pee on the floor, nothing too serious. Accidents happen. Understandable. Walking in to the office and being greeted by a whiff of what smelt nothing less than an angry skunk’s spray was NOT understandable. Okay, maybe I am exaggerating a little, it wasn’t THAT bad but it was constant. The horrific smell was all over the place, under the table, in my documents, on the little rug under my feet. The whole office was just as annoyed as I was. It wasn’t until the end of the day that I changed into my sleeping tee that I realized that I was carrying the cat pee. My little Kit had soiled a part of my blazer the night before and I wore it carrying its foul odor everywhere I went. After a considerable number of 'accidents' and countless application of home remedies, I am now an expert in the cat’s pee department.
Need to get the smell of urine out your carpet? I have the perfect hack.
Hating the way your upholstery is stained? That’s fixable.
Irritated with how your cat keeps urinating at the same spot, the spot being NOT the litter box? You don’t have to worry one bit.
There are a number of ways these issues can be resolved.
First there are 3 things you should know 'why':
- A few unattended accidents can not only make your house smell like a stinky pee factory (I am aware that its not even a thing) but you could also be missing out on certain vital signs with regards to the health of your beloved odor-able friend (pun-intended). There is a possibility that your cat may have a urinary tract infection, diabetes, kidney disease or even arthritis which can cause the cat to urinate outside the litter box.
- Sometimes you have to turn into a detective to understand why your cat’s behavior has changed while at other times, the reason could be as simple as the litter box being dirty. Always make sure to scoop dirty litter and add about two inches of fresh litter every day. If you’re too lazy to do that, you can buy a self-cleaning automatic litter box form Cat Evolution (It’s a life-saver for every lazy cat-person!). A self-cleaning litter box separates the dirty litter, and transfers it into another compartment so you don’t have to scoop it every time your cat takes a dump.
- Cats are also known to spray out of stress or anxiety, sometimes changing the litter from clay to crystal can induce changes in your cat’s behavior. Unfixed male cats spray to mark their territory while unfixed females spray to let other cats know that they are ready to mate. Spaying/neutering them in the first year of birth can help you prevent spraying and ultimately dozens of babies that you obviously can’t handle alone!
How to remove Cat Urine from washable materials?
You can use these methods to clean any washable items like rugs, clothing, bedding etc.
The best product to treat cat urine is an enzymatic cleanser. It contains special biological enzymes which breaks down the proteins in the urine and gets rid of its odor. To clean washable items, simply throw them in the washer along with detergent and enzymatic cleanser, and give it a spin. Add more cleansers and repeat the wash cycle until the smell has been completely eliminated before drying them in the spinner.
Alternatively, if an enzymatic cleanser is unavailable or you just prefer using home based ingredients, you can swap it with a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with your laundry detergent and start the washer.
Note: Be cautious while using bleach for cleaning delicate fabrics. When mixed with ammonia in cat urine, it can cause harmful gases, so its best reserved for cleaning walls and floor.
There is nothing like good all-purpose baking soda, it works great for getting rid of the smell of urine. You can deodorize soiled bedding by adding it directly to the wash cycle or just use a detergent that contains baking soda in it.
How to remove Cat Urine from non-washable materials?
This method is for cleaning non-washable surfaces like, carpet, upholstery, mattresses etc.
Getting rid of cat urine smells is difficult enough, cleaning non-washable surfaces is another beast. Before you douse the surface with the enzymatic cleanser, it needs to blot using a towel or an old cloth. Once, you blot as much as you physically can, pour the enzymatic cleaner on the surface and let it sit for 24 hours. Alternatively, use vinegar and water in equal parts and saturate the soiled are with it. Always remember to saturate more than the soiled area to be sure that all of the urine has been removed.
Once you have cleaned the particular area, you can prevent a recurrence by changing the significance of that area for your cat. You can move the sofa at the spot or you can place your cat’s food bowl there. It should be noted that it may takes days to dry a carpet completely, so remember to be patient!
Note: Never use ammonia to clean, because it is a component of cat’s urine and smells exactly like it which could result in your cat using the same area for urination in the future.
How to remove Cat Urine from cement floors and bare walls?
Using bleach on cat's urine is a disputed method of getting clear of the smell but I swear this works, you just have to be slightly cautious. First, wash the surface with water TWICE, yes its laborious but it works, so just hear me out! Next, pour 1 part bleach to 10 parts water in to a spray bottle. Make sure you are wearing gloves and sitting in a well ventilated area and spray the magic mixture on the surface. Let it sit for 30 seconds, wipe and repeat!
Here are some tips that might be useful when cleaning is a nuisance:
- Never rub the stain if it’s dry, pour cold water and blot, blot, blot!
- Throw in more litter boxes so your cat has a variety to choose from1
- Try a new litter and see what your cat likes best (Sometimes cats are as high maintenance as their owners!)
- Avoid using detergents with ammonia in them.
- Test any new cleaning mixture in a small are first.
- Use a baking soda to deodorize a spot, your cat is more sensitive to smell. If the soiled area still smells like cat pee, it’s highly likely that your cat will use that area again.
- Take your cat to a vet, more often than not, a vet knows why a certain behavioral change has taken place, and you always want to rule out a medical condition before anything else.