Remove Cat Urine Smell

by Karen Bates
(last updated September 22, 2014)

Cats can make very clean pets, and they tend to require less time for washing and grooming than other animals since they take care of this job on their own. But cats, although tidy, may not always go to the bathroom where you want them to. They might miss the litter box, or decide that they would rather use your carpet, your couch, or your bed.

If this happens to you, you will probably know it first from the smell that hits your nostrils. Cat urine has a very strong odor, and even after it has been cleaned the scent can still linger in your home. In order to remove this cat urine smell, you must use certain methods to clean the mess the cat left behind.

It is important to note that simply covering up the urine smell won't provide long-term results. To successfully get rid of this assaulting smell, you will have to do a thorough cleaning job using the proper cleaning products and methods.

If your feline friend has made an unfortunate mess in your home, use these ideas to remove the smell of urine from the soiled surface:

  • Soak up the urine completely if you find a fresh mess. Use paper towels or an old rag to absorb the urine from fabric or carpeted areas by applying a little pressure to the soiled area. Repeat this until you have soaked up as much liquid as you can. The less urine left in the fabric or carpet fibers, the less likely the smell will stick around.
  • Combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle to create a natural cleaning solution. Spray this on the urine spot, then blot up the excess with a paper towel.
  • If you find a dried-up urine stain, apply some warm water to the area before attempting to clean. This will help you remove more of the urine as you clean.
  • Find a pet stain remover that contains enzymes. These help eliminate the smell of urine and discourage your cat from using this spot as a litter box again. Spray the enzyme cleaner over the urine stain, let sir for the amount of time that the bottle indicates, and blot away with paper towels.
  • If your cat urinates on a wood floor, start by wiping away the liquid. Use a pet stain remover on the area to clean it, use a vinegar solution, or try 3% hydrogen peroxide.

Keeping your house free of cat urine scent doesn't mean getting rid of your furry friend. Just try one of the above cleaning methods and find one that works best for you and you will have a home that doesn't smell like cats even live there.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Cosmetic Brushes

There are many ways to apply makeup. Using brushes can help you achieve a soft, blended look.

Discover More

Cleaning a Gas Oven

Cleaning a gas oven and stovetop can be quite easy. Use soapy water or cleaner to wash away dirt, spills and grease, and ...

Discover More

Sponge Mop

Mopping hard floors is an important part of their maintenance. A sponge mop is a convenient way to make sure your floors ...

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Cleaning a Cat Mess

Cats can be a wonderful addition to the family, though like any family member they can cause a few problems that you have ...

Discover More

Dog Cleaning Products

Although you may be a dog lover, your canine friend may make messes that you don't appreciate. Clean up after your dog ...

Discover More

Cat Cleaning

Cats tend to be fairly clean, but they can sometimes leave messes around the house. Make sure you know how to clean up ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is one less than 2?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.