Cat Urine Odor: Get Rid Of That Awful Smell

Removing Cat Urine Odor Can Take A Lot Of Work – But It Can Be Done.

What you use to clean up your cat's accidents is as important as how you clean up the mess.

Generally speaking ordinary cleaners that you keep at home for everyday cleaning simply will not do the job of getting rid of urine stains or eliminating that awful, lingering urine smell.

It is no use masking the smell of cat pee, you have got to neutralize it.

You will read of folks claiming success with a wide variety of home remedies for cleaning up cat pee.

These remedies involve the use of such things as club soda, vinegar, bicarb of soda (baking soda,) even coffee grounds.

Some may work quite well, in certain circumstances, in cleaning up the urine and preventing stains. But they are not likely to effectively and permanently get rid of the cat urine odor as opposed to just masking it for a time.

Then there are the many products that are specifically formulated for tackling pet urine, breaking down the enzymes in the urine and eliminating the awful associated odor.

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Most of these do actually work with varying degrees of success.

Some work well with some types of surfaces and not so well with others.

If you have a particularly nasty mess to tackle it will usually take more than one attempt, perhaps several.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and it is always best to test an out of sight spot, before you drown your carpet, or favorite sofa that your cat has seen fit to urinate upon.

Remember that if your cat urinates in a spot just once it is very likely she or he will keep urinating there if they can smell the pee odor.

All traces of the odor must be eliminated, if there is any whiff left your cat will smell it, even if you can't, and she or he will use that spot to pee again.

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Where Is That Cat Urine Odor Coming From?

You can smell that cat urine . . . but you can't find it!

You know that kitty has had an accident somewhere, there is no mistaking cat urine odor! But search as you might, you simply cannot find it.

Cats can pee in some very unlikely places and some places that are pretty inaccessible to humans. You have to hunt high and low. Find a puddle or an obvious stain and you've found the source of the whiff. But some urine stains are not so obvious.

There is a terrific tool available to help you locate less obvious cat urine spots – A U.V. Blacklight. A Black light illuminates urine stains making them so much easier to find.

Urine contains fluorescent molecules, so when you shine an ultra violet black light on it, the urine glows! However, it should be pointed out that the florescent molecules in a cat urine stain will not be very strong, so it will show up much better if the black light is used in the dark.

Draw the drapes if you are hunting the source of that cat pee smell. When the black light finds the spot mark it with a coin or some other small object, turn on the lights, open the drapes and get to work cleaning.

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Cat Urine Odor and Carpets

Removing your cat's urine smell out of a carpet can be a problem. If you catch a fresh puddle of pee then it is not too bad. But once the urine has soaked through the carpet is when things are a little tricky.

Removing fresh cat urine from your carpet - blot it up, blot it and blot it again. Resist the temptation to rub. Rubbing will only force the urine into your carpet. Use paper towels (lots of them,) or a diaper.

Press the towel firmly on the pee, without rubbing, for around thirty seconds. Discard the towel and repeat again and again until you are sure that no more can be blotted up.

Then treat the area with your favorite odor neutralizing cat urine cleaning product following the manufacturer's directions.

If you are lucky, and you have caught the accident early enough, the cat urine will not have soaked through the surface of your carpet and you will not be plagued with an ever present cat urine smell in the room. But . . .

. . . it does not take long for that cat pee to soak through a carpet to the backing, the underlay or the floor beneath.

If your cat has urinated near the edge of your carpet, and your carpet is not fixed to the floor, you may be able to easily lift it to get to work on cleaning the pee from the underside.

If however, your feline has blessed your carpet right in the center, then you have plenty of work on your hands to get to the spot from underneath.

It has to be done, if you don't treat the underside, the padding, and possibly also the floor, then that awful urine odor will stay.

So you could find yourself moving all your furniture, carefully removing the tacks from around the edge of the carpet and rolling it up enough to get to the spot.

But there is an easier way that you may want to try.

There is a cat urine cleaning product that comes with an injector, a fat hypodermic style syringe. The product is Anti-Icky Poo, first treat the carpet's surface and then inject Anti-Icky Poo through the carpet to the backing and the floor, repeat as necessary until the urine stench is eliminated.


Upholstered Furniture . . .

Of course, it is usually your best, and newest piece of upholstered furniture that your feline uses as a toilet, that's cats for you.

If your upholstered couch, or chair, has removable covers you will find that a blessing.

Get the covers off and wash them with an urine cleaner, once, twice or even three times, as many times as it takes to get the stain out and to ensure you eliminate the cat urine odor. (Whatever you use make sure that it is safe for the material of your covers. If need be test a corner.)

If the cushioning is foam rubber you may be able to soak it in urine odor remover and wring it out like a giant sponge. Repeat as necessary.

If the cushioning is some other type, or the covers are not removable, the Anti-Icky Poo injector kit may be your best option.

Any trace of urine smell and your cat is very likely to pee on your upholstered furniture again. Or, for whatever reason, if your cat is prone to 'accidents' you could find yourself once again tackling the problem.

If your couch, or chair, has removable covers you may want to consider wrapping the cushioning in plastic sheeting, and fastening the covers over that. Then if the worst happens again you only have to wash the covers.

Cat Pee and Hardwood Floors

A fresh pool of cat pee on a wood floor may not be too much of a problem. Mop up what you can and get to work with your favorite enzyme urine cleaner.

Repeat as often as necessary. However if your wood floor has cracks between the slats of wood then the urine is going to go down there - - and so must your urine cleaner.

How well your wood floor is sealed is the key to how difficult it will be to banish stains and the awful cat urine odor.

If the sealing has lost its effectiveness then the cat pee could soak in and you will have to make several assaults upon it.

Some sources of information recommend that after you have done all that you can to remove cat urine odor from your hardwood floor, then reseal it. It is said that resealing will trap any remaining trace of urine odor.

Floor Tiles and Tiled Surfaces

It should be fairly easy to clean up an accident from a tiled surface. Blot up what you can and use your odor neutralizing cleaner.

If the grouting between your tiles is old and tired then the cat pee may have soaked in. You may have to reapply the grout to completely get rid of the cat pee smell.

There are several reasons a cat may reject the litter box and urinate elsewhere. It could be a health issue, it could be that the litter box smells or it could be a cat behavior problem.

For whatever reason your cat is peeing about your home it will mean stains and that awful cat urine odor. It might take a good deal of work but the problem can be beaten.

Cat Scratching Posts.

Not all cats like to scratch in the same way. Some like to scratch vertically and some like to scratch horizontally. Your cat is far more likely to scratch on the post, and not on your furniture if it's the kind of post that she prefers.

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