Last updated: June 26, 2017
This is one of the only downsides of owning those perfectly beautiful, lovable, lithe, purry furry little beings called cats. Their fur smells like – well- nothing! They have lovely little “love me” voices. Their purrs could send you to heaven! They dispose of their own –em- waste in the garden or litter box, which is fine, because those are the right places, but at other times they seem to indiscriminately spray it everywhere, just to annoy you! How to get rid of cat pee is not an easy job, but it can be done.
But Why Do They Do It?
Cats are territorial creatures, and when they are demarcating their territory, patch, stomping ground or ‘hood they leave calling cards in the form of very smelly patches of urine absolutely everywhere! To other cats, this may smell like Chanel No. 5, but to you and me it’s Eau De Tom and it STINKS!
For instance, imagine approaching your brand new out-of-the-box sports car. You’ve just brought it home from the showroom and you’re about to get in for a drive to impress your latest boyfriend or girlfriend. Suddenly all hopes of a romantic evening disappear in a whiff of cat pee. That’s it. You’ve lost the moment and probably the boyfriend or girlfriend too. Console yourself with the fact that it’s not Tom’s fault. He’s only obeying Mother Nature’s orders!
But how to get rid of a cat urine smell is something you must find out about before you lose another date! And before you console yourself by thinking: “I’m OK because I’ve got a female,” those little madams do it too, though less frequently.
Cats can also do this because of stress or anxiety, or because of bladder and kidney problems, so if in doubt, always consult your vet.
How Do I Stop It?
One of the first things to do is neuter. In over ninety percent of cats this will stop the problem right away. My cat was neutered at a very early age, but he tries to spray anyway! It’s so cute! By this time all the trees in my garden, my car, my bed and my lounge suite should be smelling of Rascal No 5, but they don’t. You also have a healthier and happier cat.
So What Do I Do to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell?
If you’ve decided, for whatever reason, not to neuter or if he or she is one of those stubborn sorts who just won’t stop spraying, you need to find a way of dealing with it, because a cat will find its way back to its own smell and use that spot again and again. Then you will really have a problem.
Clean My Toilet!
Clean out the cat’s litter tray more often. Your cat may be saying: “Excuse me, but this litter tray won’t clean itself, you know!” If the litter tray itself smells bad, your cat won’t use it. You know how fussy they are!
Your Furniture’s Not My Bathroom?
If it’s on linens or carpets, blot up any excess urine with a paper towel, a rag that you can throw away, or some old clothes that you can wash. (Your Armani suit or Vera Wang dress won’t wash well!) The less urine there is to start with, the less you’ll have to deal with later. Pour clean cold water on it then blot again. If it’s on a wall it’s much easier. Wipe it with a soapy cloth and do it as many times as it takes to get the job done!
Break ‘em Down!
An enzyme based cleaner works like a charm, breaking down those evil chemicals so that they can’t use their dirty smelly germs anymore. Follow this with the ever-faithful, tried-and-tested baking soda, let it dry, then vacuum.
Suck ‘em Up!
Use a wet-vac cleaner, which works by forcing water through the carpet or linen fibers and sucking up the dirty ones. Don’t be tempted to chuck a bit of dish soap or anything else in, and whatever you do don’t use a steam cleaner unless your idea of home decor is a permanent pee-stain on the carpet, sofa, or armchair. This method can also be used for mattresses, but it’s advised that a plastic mattress cover is kept on the bed after that.
I’m Getting Too Old For This.
If your cat really won’t, or can’t (as in the case of some elderly cats) stay away from his favorite peeing place, you can get some absorbent pads for them. These are plastic backed and lined with cotton and polymer filling; they are actually manufactured for use in puppy toilet training, but they perform just as well for cats, and after use they can simply be thrown away.
There are plenty of proprietary brands of hygiene products and cleaners which you can buy from your vet or pet supply stores too, so if in doubt, ask him or her.
A Sense of Scents
Can’t quite get rid of that last stubborn odor? You may have chased the stain away, and even trained your fluffball not to bless it again, but in spite of your best efforts, there may still be a lingering aroma of your favorite little person’s perfume. Again, there are plenty of solutions if you google or shop around, and you may be able to get your vet to recommend something, but you can find your own solutions if you’re 1) a D.I,Y. fan, 2) a tightwad, or 3) both.
The best way to get rid of an unpleasant smell is to mask it with a pleasant one. These are my best ideas:
Mix a solution of a couple of teaspoons of baking soda in about a pint of water, add a few drops of scented oil and spray it on the affected area. (But please do your research and find out which ones are toxic to cats first!)
Scented candles are a lovely way to mask any kind of odor. You can get them in the usual scents like jasmine, sandalwood, and lavender, but I like the mouthwatering ones like vanilla, orange, and chocolate. Yum! (Good thing they don’t have tuna-scented ones!)
Incense is one of my favorites. You can cover the whole house in different fragrances in a matter of minutes and pretend you’re somewhere warm and exotic!
Last but not least, don’t forget to wash your hands! Cats are clean but germs aren’t fussy, and you don’t want to get sick just when you’ve found out the secret of how to get rid of a cat urine smell!
Well, owning a cat may be the next best thing to a river of chocolate, however there are certain teensy-weensy little drawbacks. But they are minuscule compared to the love of your little furball!