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How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell in Your Home

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Do you have a cat that likes to pee in inappropriate places? If so, you know how difficult it is to eliminate the smell. In this blog, we will provide several tips on how to get rid of cat pee smell from your home. We will also discuss how to prevent your cat from urinating in inappropriate places. Let’s get started!

Why Does Cat Pee Smell So Bad?

Urine is a concentrated metabolic by-product of urea, creatine, uric acid, detoxified chemicals, salt, and other electrolytes. The color comes from the presence of urobilinogen.

Bacteria break down the urea and give off an ammoniacal odor typical of stale old urine. The second stage of decomposition produces mercaptans, chemicals that contribute to cat urine’s unpleasant stench. Other factors, such as diet and environment, naturally influence each animal’s fragrance.

Older animals have less efficient kidneys, resulting in cat urine odor. Because of certain steroids, male cats’ urine has a distinct smell compared to that of female cats.

Additionally, male cats that aren’t neutered produce testosterone-spiked urine, which warns other males to stay away and signals to females that they are in the vicinity.

It is worth noting that if you buy pee pads when potty training your four-legged friend and put them down on your floor, you are telling your pet that you want them to pee in your house. Preventing this behavior is just as important as mitigating it!

How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell on Couches

Here’s how you can remove cat pee smells from couches:

1. Locate the cat pee spot. Use your nose or a pet urine detector if you can’t see it.

2. Using paper towels or an old rag that is somewhat damp, blot as much of the urine as possible. If you have a wet vac, you can use it in the cold setting to remove the urine. Don’t scrub; doing so will only intensify the smell.

3. Use an enzymatic cleaner or create a cleaning solution by mixing one part white or cider vinegar and one part water. Because the vinegar is acidic, it will destroy the cat pee’s bacteria, diminishing its odor. Let the solution sit for three to five minutes, or follow the directions on the cleaning product’s label carefully.

4. You can also sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it sit for an hour before vacuuming. This will help to eliminate the cat pee smell.

How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Odor in Fabrics

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Washing machines are great at removing cat pee as long as you pretreat the clothes.

Before following these tips on how to get rid of cat pee smell, a warning: never mix bleach with ammonia. Doing so can release harmful gases into the air.

1. If your bed linens and clothing are machine-washable, rinse them with cold water before putting them in the washer.

2. Pretreat your clothes using an enzyme cleaner. This will help break down the stubborn stains before they’re washed. 

3. Place the smelly fabrics in the washing machine with detergent. If you’d like, add a cup of baking soda or a quarter cup of cider vinegar for an extra cleaning boost.

4. Always air-dry urine-soiled clothing and linens after they’ve been washed. Please don’t use the dryer, as its heat may retain the odor before it has entirely vanished.

5. You may need to rewash the clothes more than once until the scent is completely gone.

How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell in Carpets

Here’s how to get rid of the cat urine scent from carpets:

1. Blot away remaining pee stains as soon as possible with a clean towel.

2. Remove the water from the area with a wet/dry vacuum. Don’t use a steam cleaner since the heat might cause the stain to set in place.

3. Use an enzyme cleaner in a spray bottle to eliminate lingering smells. However, spraying a light coat over the stain will not be effective. Instead, remove the sprayer and soak the area thoroughly.

4. Allow 10-15 minutes for the cleaner to do its job. After that, blot up as much of it as you can with a clean cloth.

5. Cover the area with aluminum foil or an aluminum baking sheet to deter your cat from returning to it during cleaning. Alternatively, place an upside-down laundry basket over it.

6. Repeat the procedure to remove any residue or use a different cleaner if stains are discolored or pungent.

7. You can also put baking soda over the cat urine stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. Vacuum thoroughly afterward.

Removing Cat Pee Smell From Unsealed Hardwood Floors

Cat pee on hardwood floors can be tough to remove, but there is hope!

If your floors are unsealed, here’s how to get rid of cat pee smell from them:

1. Remove the cat pee with cold water and a brush. Then, use white or cider vinegar to scrub the spot and rinse with cold water.

2. Wipe the stain with a towel until it appears dry.

3. You can use an enzyme cleaner, but be mindful since it can harm your unsealed flooring. Do a spot test on a low-risk area before spraying it on the stain.

4. If the cat pee stain and odor persist on the floor, consider sanding it since the urine may have seeped into the wood.

5. To prevent your floor from being damaged by cat urine, have it sealed if possible.

Preventing Your Cat From Urinating in Inappropriate Places

There are several reasons why cats may urinate outside of the litter box. Common causes include stress, anxiety, illness, and a desire to communicate with you.

If you think your cat is urinating in other places because of stress or anxiety, it might be a good idea to head to the vet for a check-up. Illness can also be a reason for inappropriate peeing.

The best way to prevent your cat from urinating in inappropriate places is to have a litter box that is easily accessible. The litter box should be kept clean and in a quiet location. Your cat may not want to use a dirty litter box. You should also scoop the litter box daily and change the litter altogether every two weeks.

You can also try using a litter attractant to help train your cat to use the litter box. Finally, ensure that your cat has plenty of fresh water and a balanced diet. If you think there may be a medical reason for your cat’s inappropriate urinating, please consult your veterinarian.

For Carpet/Upholstery Cleaning and Biohazard Remediation, Contact PuroClean Today!

If you’re struggling with cat urine smells in your home, PuroClean can help. We offer a wide range of carpet and upholstery cleaning services that can remove any traces of cat urine or feces. We also offer biohazard cleanup services for homes affected by excessive cat urination. Our experts are highly trained in odor removal, and we use the latest technologies and equipment to get the job done right.

We understand how important it is to keep your home clean and free of unpleasant smells, so we’ll work quickly and efficiently to remove any traces of cat urine from your carpets, furniture, or floors. To schedule an appointment, please visit our website or call (800) 775-7876.

Last edited on 28th of July 2022