Anyone who owns a cat has most likely experienced stepping on cat urine. This problem intensifies when your cat urinates on your carpet. The smell is definitely bad and it will continue, as cats will urinate at the same area if you do not remove the spot.
Cat urine is the same as with other pets. The only difference is it is sometimes hard to notice at first which gives the bacteria a chance to grow and produce a funky ammonia smell. It only gets even worse if your cat continues urinates on your carpet because it can seep down into the floorboards.
Here are some reasons why cats urinate in the wrong spots:
1. Litter box problems – the box might be too dirty for your cat. If you think the litter box is fine, think again because cats have amazing senses. It might also involve the privacy of the cat. Consider moving the box to a more private area.
2. Marking its dominance and territory – cats urinate because they want to mark a particular area as their own. Male cats are often the worst because they are usually the ones who want to mark their territory.
3. Unfamiliar smells or new objects – New objects like baby blankets, shoes, jackets, etc. may be perceived by your cat as an intruder.
4. Behavioral problems, stress and anxiety – if your cat has a history of being abused then their stress and anxiety might manifest physically. This will require special care from the owner.
5. Health problems – Older cats may have health problems that you may not notice and requires your veterinarian’s attention. It should always be investigated immediately.
Cleaning your cat’s urine will depend on certain factors such as how long it has gone unnoticed and what type of surface it was deposited on. The most effective products are those that contain enzymes that cause chemical reactions that break down the urine, making it easier to clean.
If you are using a commercial product, just follow the instructions and you will never go wrong. Some products that have good reviews are “Just for Cats by Nature’s Miracle” and “Kids n Pets Brand Stain & Odor Remover.”
Only few urine smell-removing products really do the job. However, different surfaces require different methods or solutions in removing cat urine stains and odor. Some may use bleach, ammonia-based products or even perfume-based but usually these will only worsen the problem.
Below see the steps of how to get rid of cat urine smell from a carpet
It is a good practice to eliminate the urine while it’s still wet, otherwise when it dries up, the odor will be stronger and the stain will be more difficult to remove.
1. If the cat urine is fresh and has not dried use clean dry towels and place them over the wet area to soak up the urine residue, tread them so as to absorb the urine as much as you can.
If the urine is dried, you can make use of a black light touch to locate it. Cat urine will illuminate when in contact with the light from the flash light. A visible stain in the carpet or fabric may indicate the presence of dried urine.
2. Mix the vinegar (white) with about 50% water and mix the solution thoroughly, apply the mixture to the cat urine area until it penetrates to the fibers. After the solution is spread enough, dried off the area, you can make use of a vacuum cleaner to help you dry the area. The vinegar actually neutralizes the ammonia found in urine. If you are cleaning a dried cat urine, its recommended you make the mixture describe in this step using warm water.
3. Apply some baking soda all over the area with the cat urine; make a mixture of hydrogen peroxide with liquid dish cleaning agent in the ration of a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon full of dish cleaning detergent. Apply the mixture over the baking soda. Spread it well with the help of a brush or your fingertips. It’s advisable to put on some gloves while using your fingers. The function of hydrogen peroxide in this process is it kill the bacteria found in the cat urine which makes the urine smell.
Baking soda is one of the best know deodorizer that absorbs the bad smell. If you sprinkle sparingly in small quantities on your carpet once in a while and vacuum clean, it will make your carpet smell great always.
Once you have completed remove the solution and dry up the area. A vacuum cleaner or a fan can assist you to dry the affected area.
Its recommended that you don’t use a high concentration mixture of hydrogen peroxide, otherwise your carpet or seat may be bleached. Never use ammonia based chemicals or detergents while getting rid of cat urine small, the traces left by the ammonia based chemicals may make the cat to urinate on the same spot.
The urine odor will disappear in three easy steps on this how to eliminate urine smell. To discourage your cat from repeating the urination again, ensure that you remove the smell and stain completely.
4. Listerine Mouthwash – add few drops of this with a solution of white vinegar and water or you can mix it with peroxide. This is effective because to the amount of alcohol in Listerine.
There are various enzymatic cleaners that are specifically manufactured to clean cat urine. They help in breaking down the urine components and cause the bad odor, by converting them to oxygen, hydrogen and carbon.
It is good to note that enzymes target specific matter; therefore you should look for the products manufactured purposely for cat urine. You should play the enzymatic cleaner directly to the urine odor in the carpets, furniture or fabrics.
Always adhere to the direction given on the product purchased. The enzymes eliminate the odor completely and prevent remarking of the area by the cat. They are also more effective because they do not have any harmful effects to the pets or the environment.
6. Oxygen bleach
This is another effective product that helps eliminating odor by cat urine. It has sodium percarbonate that is mixed withl soda ash. Water has the ability to activate oxygen bleach components, which then emit oxygen and break down stains and cat urine odor.
Get rid of cat urine on wood floors.
Getting rid of cat urine from hardwood floors is, in general, a much easier task than removing them from carpet. If the cat urine is still wet, wipe it up with your absorbent material of choice, spray the spot down with an enzymatic cleaner, let it sit for the time recommended (usually just a few minutes), and wipe it up.
If you don’t have an enzymatic cleaner, mix a 3:1 solution of warm water to vinegar and start mopping. Vinegar is an extremely effective natural solvent and antibacterial agent. Use this same method to get rid of urine odor from concrete floors.
Remove cat urine from furniture.
For smaller stains, mix a half cup warm water, a half cup white vinegar, and a quarter cup dish soap in a bowl and whip it with a hand mixer into a thick foam.
Apply it to the stain, work it in with a soft toothbrush, let it sit for a couple minutes, scrape it off with a spatula, and wipe the spot down with a clean damp rag.
For a larger stain, remove and wash the cover if possible. Next (or if the cover doesn’t come off), spray the soiled area with either straight white vinegar or an enzymatic cleaner.
Don’t overdo it, but use enough so that it reaches everywhere the urine has spread. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, blot, and repeat if necessary. Remember to first try this on an inconspicuous spot to check for color fastness.
Cleanse laundry of cat urine odor.
Whether it’s in your dog’s bedding, your rugs, your clothing, or even your own bedding, you’re in luck. Taking care of your cat urine laundry is quite simple.
All you got to do is add a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar along with your regular laundry detergent. If you don’t trust me, even though you most certainly should, you can choose to buy enzyme cleaners that can be used in the washer.
Look for brands like Biz, Simple Solution Stain & Odor Remover, or Nature’s Miracle Laundry Detergent.
Get rid of cat urine odor from mattresses.
Removing cat urine from a mattress is not as difficult as it sounds. All you need is one of those enzymatic cleaners I keep bragging about (Simple Solution, Kids ‘N’ Pets Stain & Odor Remover, etc.).
These cleaners don’t just mask odors. The enzymes actually penetrate and neutralize the molecules causing the urine odor.
Spray enough cleaner onto the urine stain so that it both dampens the surface stain and is able to work its way down into the mattress where the urine has spread. Leave the mattress uncovered and allow it several hours to dry.
Try Zero Odor Pet.
According to their website, Zero Odor Pet products bond with and actually change stinky pet stain molecules into molecules that are literally unable to emit odors. They’re also extremely safe to use. Pretty awesome. They have a pet stain remover, litter spray, and a pet spray. I highly recommend giving these a shot.
Cat Urine Problems
Cats experience urine problems that may cause discomfort to their urinary system on the lower side. This may lead to blockage of the urethra or the bladder may not be able to empty urine correctly as is required. This may eventually lead to an infection known as the Feline Lower Urinary Tract disease.
The cause of the disease is due to various symptoms that are accompanied by various causes. The symptoms include the cat licking the opening of the tract, urine that has traces of blood and painful and frequent urination.
One way of treating the infection is by determining the core of the problem, which may include cancer, infections, blockage and bladder stones. Cystitis is considered the problem if these symptoms are not determined.
Problems of the urinary tract in cats may be caused by abnormal congenital, problems of the spinal cord, when there is an injury to the urinary tract or injury, infection of the bladder or inflammations, stress and plugging of the urethra.
Urinary tract problems may be caused by certain health conditions like diabetes mellitus and hyperthyroidism, which are endocrine ailments. Feline Lower Urinary Tract disease is mostly cited in cats that are four years old. It is rare to diagnose it in those less than a year
It is easy to find out when a cat has problems with its urethra.
These ways are urine that appears cloudy and bloody, vomiting, intake of large quantities of water, urine that smells of ammonia, squatting for long on the box containing litter, cries are heard when passing urine, lethargy, frequent licking of opening of the urethra, unable to control bladder leading to urine dribbling and urination becomes almost impossible.
Measures should be undertaken when one cites urinary tract problems. These measures include visiting a veterinary doctor, as the cat may need serious medical attention especially when it cries out in pain or has difficulty in urination.
A urinalysis is conducted on urine; blood tests are carried out, ultrasounds and radiographs in order to diagnose a urinary tract problem.
Treatment of this problem is undertaken through taking the cat to a veterinary doctor as the feline problem may be serious and are different from each other too.
Treatment may include consumption of huge amounts of water, changing of the cats’ diet, medications that may include taking of antibiotics, correcting of the congenital and getting rid of tumors or bladder stones through surgery, therapy of fluids and taking of acidifiers.
In case one does not treat this ailment may lead to obstructing of the urethra completely or partially. This may cause the cat to stop urinating. This may eventually lead to failure of the kidney.