Cat urine odor removal
How to get rid of cat urine smell is one of the biggest questions cat owners have when it comes to dealing with bad behavior. The problem is, you may have already “fixed” the cause of the issue, i.e. you’ve stopped your cat from urinating or the offending feline is no longer there, but the effects still linger (cat urine smell) on things like carpet, rugs, furniture, clothing and worse, in the air. Cleaning cat urine odor from your home can be easy or difficult, all depending on how many places it exists and also how many other smells around the home are present to help mask the cat pee odor. Whatever the case may be, if you have cat urine smell, you need to get rid of it. Besides being annoying and unpleasant, this potent smell can be extremely bothersome to overly sensitive people and can be a big turn off to visitors, other pets and, of course, prospective buyers if you’re selling your home. In this article, let’s take a look at some of the most common methods people have used for cat urine odor removal and how well they do at resolving the problem for you and your nose!
Problems when removing cat urine odors
One of the biggest mistakes cat-owners make when it comes to cleaning up cat pee is trying too hard. We’d all like to think that this stuff is like any other stain that, once you wash it down with some water, soap and/or disinfectant, will go away. In the case of cat urine removal, you’re usually disappointed afterward, when you discover that the smell is only dulled in a best case scenario. What happens is you try to “absorb” the stain and odor by diluting it and then washing or mopping it up; but, what you end up doing is cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces only. Worse yet, wetting down the area can often “reactivate” old cat urine crystals (like soaking dried banana chips in water), making the smell stronger than ever. In other words, adding water and rehydrating the uric acid in kitty urine is the last thing you want to do! Unfortunately, this happens if you try and steam clean the area, such as with a professional carpet cleaner.
The best way to get rid of cat urine smell
Today, the most effective way to tackle cat pee odor is organically. As mentioned above, water and disinfectants give you results ranging from “lessening” the intensity of the smell to actually making it stronger. You need a solution that literally attacks the odor causing compounds in the substance that is causing the odor. The attackers in this sense are called enzymes and “good” bacteria. With the right product, these enzymes and bacteria actually feed on cat urine’s odor sources (uric acid) and digest them completely. What’s left is no more cat urine odor, and in most cases, no more stain. Products like
Rocco & Roxie’s brand are completely natural, Ph-balanced mixtures that are totally safe for humans and pets.
The directions for this product couldn’t be any easier: just squirt on and saturate the problem area, and wait while the cat urine smell disappears. Depending on your needs, they make an all-purpose formula, as well as one for carpets and one for laundry (nothing is worse than cat pee smell in your clothes!). By the way, there are lots of other natural, enzymatic cleaners out there that probably do just as well. Kids n’ Pets brand is just so easy to use, and is usually the least expensive. ***It’s recommended to buy these in bulk if you can, since the stuff will last…and it works, so you’ll always want to have some on hand, even for problems other than removing cat urine smell!
Other notes on cat urine removal methods
Some people don’t want to spend the money on a product to work on their cat pee odor problems. Even if it’s not full of chemicals like the solution mentioned above, they insist there are other all-natural ways to go about it, that don’t cost anything. Let it just be known, that these remedies will only help you, and not fix the problem permanently like an enzymatic cleaner can. Home remedies include the classic vinegar and water with baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, or rubbing alcohol. Again, all these will have some affect in a lot of cases, but you’re not taking care of the problem, because the urine in essence, is still there. That means the odor is still there! If you’ve already tried any of the above, consider these tips to help you:
- Once you’ve tried to disinfect the area, cleaners with enzymes and bacteria like Kids n’ Pets may not be as effective, and could require repeat applications. This is because the disinfectants will kill the “good guys” you’re pouring in to “eat” the odor causing elements.
- Avoid using ammonia-based products, as cats may identify it with the ammonia in their pee and make further messes in the same spot.
- Try using a citrus smell to “cover” up any remaining smell (if you opt not to use something like Kids n’ Pets brand to do the trick!). The citrus smell should deter cats from that location.
- Remember, the best cat urine odor remover is the one that eats the stuff away for good!