how to get rid of cat pee smell  effectively and for good


How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell Effectively and For Good

July 5, 2016

Having a cat as a pet is one thing, but cleaning up its mess is quite one another. Most people think adopting a cat will give them a bundle of cuteness and joy. They don’t think much about its body discharge.

One of the annoying things about cat’s discharge is its pee odor. How to get rid of cat pee smell is something most cat owners still have to master. How many times we come into a house of cat owner and smell something bad in their sofa? Absolutely we wouldn’t want such thing happen in our house.

Thus, here are some effective steps and techniques to effectively remove cat pee smell.

1. Remove the Urine as Quick and Much as Possible

how to get rid of cat pee smell


First, you need to remove the urine as quick and much as possible. If you don’t clean it right away, chances are you have to deep clean the affected area. So when you smell something suspicious, find the root of the problem as quickly as possible.

If your cat has peed on the furniture, rugs, or carpet, it’s highly recommended to blot the urine with paper towel. Yes, this couldn’t absorb the entire urine, but at least there’s only less of it you need to take care later.

If your cat has peed on a fabric like drapes, clothing, or linens, all you have to do is washing them or dry clean if possible. Do the laundry as soon as possible, because the longer it stays, the harder it will be to remove. To remove the odor, mixing baking soda and detergents will be the best mixture you should have while washing it.

If your cat has peed on the hard surface like wall, you need a wet rag or clean cloth to wipe it down.

2. Enzymatic Cleaners

how to get rid of cat pee smell with enzymatic cleaners


Second, you may need enzymatic cleaners to completely remove your cat pee. This substance is able to eat the cat pee literally. So the affected surface will be odor-free once it’s dry.

Keep in mind usual fabric deodorizer couldn’t overcome the strong odor of cat pee. It’s important to completely remove the odor with professional cleaners, because cats have stronger smelling sense than human. If it can smell its leftover urine, it will be likely to pee on that area again.

The enzyme cleaner is commonly formed in spray, so you just have to spray it in your affected spots. The enzyme will break down the pee, giving your cat a fat chance to return.

If you are looking for this product, please know that they come in various brand names, even though basically they’re all just the same enzymatic cleaners. You can find the in home improvement stores or even pet shop. Make sure you follow the instruction when using it.

Warning: enzymatic cleaner will lose its ability to break down cat pee smell if you use it with another chemical product. So, it’s important to use only enzymatic cleaners as your removing cat odor product.

Some people don’t fancy the idea of using chemical product in their houses. If you happen to be one of them, you can use vinegar solution as an alternative of enzymatic cleaner. Plus, if enzyme cleaners couldn’t remove the smell entirely, vinegar solution will do.

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You just have to combine white vinegar and water in ration 1:1 in a spray bottle or in a bowl. Spray or saturate the affected area. It’s even better if you have UV light, so you can see the pee glow in the dark, making it easier for you finding the exact affected spot.

After that, scrub the vinegar solution in that area. You can use bristle brush to rub the mixture until the area is wet completely. What the vinegar do is neutralizing ammonia smell in cat pee. Next, blot the area until it’s half dry, and let the rest be air-dried.

To wash the affected area in hard surfaces, you need a household cleaner which doesn’t contain ammonia. Because your cat pee has already contained ammonia, and you surely don’t want to add up the already there problem.

You need bleach mixed with water in 1:10. So 1 part of bleach should be mixed with 10 parts of water. Don’t forget to put on rubber gloves before spraying the affected area with bleach mixture. Let the mixture sit around 30 seconds before cleaning it with damp cloth.

However, you need to be careful when using bleach because in some materials, it can change or damage the color.

If it’s your clothes soiled by the cat pee, you can use apple cider vinegar to completely remove the urine as well as the odor. This can be the alternative of baking soda. Add 60 ml of apple cider vinegar to your laundry detergent, then wash your clothes as usual. If you still smell the urine, you can add enzymatic cleaner as well.

3. Using Extracting Wet Vacuum

how to get rid of cat pee smell using extracting wet vacuum


Third, you need to clean the are using extracting wet vacuum by expelling clean water to the fabric or carpet then suck back again the water to the tank. Always avoid steam cleaners in this case. This is the best way to clean carpets. When you use wet vacuum, it’s recommended to use cool and clean water instead of the hot one.

It’s the same reason why you need to avoid using steam cleaners. It’s because intense heat can make the odors set deeper to the carpet’s fiber, thus it will be harder to remove.

To freshen the air, you need baking soda. Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, a great substance to absorb stubborn odor. There are several ways to use baking soda in this case.

You can just sprinkle it to the affected area (be it furniture or carpet) after it has dried completely. Let the baking soda sit in the affected area for about one hour or so, then vacuum it. Or, you can also try this recipe:

Mix them up together, then sprinkle the mixture onto the affected area. Let it stay for about 10-20 minutes, after that vacuum it. If there’s extra mixture, store it in a contained which is airtight enough.

For another recipe, you can mix mild dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide in a small amount. Use only 3% hydrogen peroxide in 1/2 cup with 1 teaspoon of dish detergent. This mixture should be spread over baking soda which had been sprinkled before.

Warning: before you use this solution, you need to do cleaning solution check first in a less important are to make sure there will be no discoloration.

If you’re sure enough there will no future problem, use a scrub brush to mix the mixture with the baking soda. If possible, wear rubber gloves. Wait for a moment until the combination starts to kick in.

It’s better to always vacuum right after you do everything with the affected area; be it clean or deodorize it. Because vacuuming the affected area will completely remove the urine substance and deodorizer you put back before.

In this case, it’s advisable to always use extracting wet vacuum for they will saturate the carpet then suck back the water to the tank. You can also use regular vacuum if you want, but the result is less effective then extracting wet vacuum.

To avoid this problem again in the future, it’s better to follow these tips.

  1. You may need to potty train your cat again. It’s important to not punish or yell at your cat for peeing outside the litter box. Instead, put it back to its litter box. Always consistently put it back to its litter box whenever it pees in the wrong area and don’t forget to give positive feedback once it pees on the right area.
  2. Or, you should replace the litter box every now and then. Cats always like clean litter box, same with us liking clean bathroom. So, always clean and replace the sands whenever you see the stain in it. If the litter box is not empty, your cat will be likely to pee on the wrong area.
  3. Place the litter box in a quiet area, it’s even better to place it far from the feeding area. Cat doesn’t like to be seen when it is urinating or pooping.
  4. If you have more than 1 male cats, chances are they will pee in many areas in your house to claim its domination and mark their territory. So it’s better to consider neuter or spay your cat. Neutering or spaying cats will solve your problem right away. Plus, you don’t have to potty train the new kitties again.
  5. It’s also recommended to check your cat to the vet. Yes, some incidents happen, but it usually happens to only very young or elderly cat, not to usual adult cats. So, your vet may find some medical issues that maybe the reason why your cat pee inappropriately. Medical issues like diabetes, kidney diseases, or urinary track infection can be life threatening to cat, so be careful.
  6. Consider adding one extra litter box in an area where your cat usually pees. This will make it understand that it should not urinate in the wrong place.

The solution above is mostly used natural substances. And most people think that natural things sometimes take some time to kick in. On the other hand, chemical products will give bigger effect and almost instantly. So, if you prefer using chemical products, here are some recommendations.

Simple Solution, Odor Neutralizer, Capture Pet Stain, Odor Remover by 8in1, Complete Pet Stain, and Nature’s Miracle are so far the most recommended and effective products on the market. They can be easily found in home improvement stores, pet shops, or even online stores.

All of them contain bacteria which produce substance working continuously until both the cat pee smell and stain are completely removed.

When cleaning cat pee, be it the stain or the odor, please remember to always wear gloves and face mask if possible. You don’t know what kind of bacteria you’ll have to deal with.

It’s also important to isolate your cat first when the cleaning is being processed. Don’t let your cat accidentally lick cleaning products containing chemicals or even natural ingredients like vinegar or baking soda.

cleaning cat pee using chemical products


Another important tip is, when you see the cat pee stain in any kind of surface, restrain yourself of rubbing it. Rubbing the stain will only make it even worse. If the pee is new, you can blot it right away. However, if it’s already dried, you should pour it with cold water before blotting it.

Always check the ingredients in home cleaner products which is not specialized for cat odor remover. If it contains ammonia, it will encourage your cat to pee again in the same spot, because cats’ urine also contain ammonia, and when they smell the same scent, they will think it’s their pee and they will urinate on it again.

When it comes to cat pee, just because you can’t see the stain doesn’t mean it’s gone forever. Sometimes it’s always recommended to check every now and then in the same spots whether there’s unwanted aroma or not.

It’s good to invest UV light if you have cats, especially male cats. UV light will show you the unseen stains, so you can effectively remove it. If you don’t feel like vacuuming after deodorizing, you can use mixture of detergent (without ammonia) and water to spray the spot. Let it air dry, even though some people prefer using baking soda and vacuum it after that.

If it’s your clothes or any kind of fabric that your cat peed on, when you still smell the pee odor even though you have washed it based on the instructions stated above, then it’s better to throw them away. Wearing or keeping the stained or peed clothes will never do you any good.

And always make sure your cat has been vaccinated to avoid any kind of disease that may infect you through its urine. So visiting a vet regularly is a must.

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