Cleaning Tips for Cat Urine
"Cleaning tips for cat urine include your choice of home remedies or a commercial product that contains enzymes. If you smell urine, but can't find the spot, then an inexpensive urine light can help locate the problem."
Cleaning tips for cat urine. If you have a cat, chances are you’ve had to clean up cat urine at some point. There are many reasons a cat might not use the litter box. It might not be clean enough to suit her. She might have a urinary tract infection. She may be anxious about something, like having a new pet in the house. Whatever the reason, you’re left with a mess to clean up.
Cleaning up cat urine can be difficult because it soaks into carpet and fabric quickly. Then bacteria grows where the urine is, causing that awful smell. It’s hard to get the smell out, and even when you can’t smell it anymore, your cat often can. And as long as she can smell it, she’s likely to return to that spot and urinate there again.
We’ve collected some cleaning tips for cat urine:
- Clean up urine as quickly as possible, before it has time to seep all the way through carpeting into the floorboards. Soak up as much urine as possible with paper towels before doing anything else. If the urine has penetrated carpet try and clean before it reaches the carpet padding. For fabric dry clean if possible.
If you know your cat has urinated somewhere but don’t know where (for instance, you can smell it but can’t find it), consider purchasing a Pet Urine Locater Light. These can cost as little at $5 and will make urine stains glow under the light.
You can make your own cleanser from white vinegar and hot water. You may need to treat the soiled area more than once, particularly if you are cleaning an old stain. Let the area dry completely, and if any odor or stain remains, treat it again. See our complete guide to cat urine home remedies.
When using a commercial cleanser, look for one that contains enzymes that break down urine and kill any odor causing bacteria that forms. The one made by Nature's Miracle Stain & Odor Remover is highly rated by users.
Don’t use cleansers that contain perfumes or fragrances. They might disguise the smell to you, but your cat will still smell urine. If you cat can smell urine they use that as a signal that they can urinate in the same spot again. See our guide to removing cat urine odor.
Never use a cleanser that contains ammonia. Urine contains ammonia, and the scent of ammonia will make your cat think it’s OK to pee there.
Remember, these cleaning tips for cat urine are only a temporary solution to the problem. Take steps to find out why your cat is not using her litter box and help her get back in the habit of using the box.
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