Cats— they can be lovable and the perfect cuddle partner at times. But MOST OF THE TIMES, cats are frustratingly aloof, cold, unfriendly, and always had this I-simply-don’t-care-about-you-unless-you-feed-me attitude.
Oh, and they are a great maker of mess, too. From furball vomits to inappropriate urination, cats will just look you dead in the eye, shamelessly making you clean up his mess like you are some maid or what.
Cat pee is a pain and is never fun to clean. But what makes it worse is when your bratty feline chooses to do it on the carpet. Not only does it make stains on your beautifully laid carpet but it also causes unpleasant odors to linger around your home and can sometimes cause respiratory or breathing issues.
This is why it is best to get the cat pee out of the carpet and prevent any pee issues in the near future altogether.
But right now, in fighting urine stains and marks, there are several steps you can do to eliminate and get rid of the unflattering odors and unsightly spots.
1. Wipe The Urine With Paper Towels
If you spotted fresh urine, get a paper towel and try to remove as much of the urine as possible. This should make the job easier. Also, you can use rags for better absorption and soak up more urine.
2. Find The Stain
In case, the crime was done a few hours ago and the evidence already dried up and is hard to find, try to use a UV flashlight to find the urine spot on your carpet. Ultraviolet rays can reflect off the chemicals in a cat pee causing hidden evidence spots to glow when the UV light is shined directly on it. This should make any hard-to-see spots easier to notice on your carpet.
3. Treating The Stain
After wiping or finding the stain, the next thing you need to do is to clean the part. Here are some effective pee cleaners:
- Enzymatic Cleaner
Enzymatic cleaners such as Nature’s Miracle has special biological enzymes which break down the proteins in urine in order to reduce or even completely eliminate the smell.
You can simply spray the enzyme cleaner solution on the affected areas of the carpet. Lightly scrub the cleaner in with a brush in order to ensure full coverage of the affected area then just sit back and let the enzyme do its job.
- Vinegar Solution
In case an enzyme cleaner did not completely remove the smell, then try a vinegar solution. This should cut out the scent of cat urine in the carpet and prevent any future crime.
Just combine equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle or a bowl then spray or saturate the pee area.
Scrub the vinegar solution on the soiled area using a bristle brush until it is completely soaked in vinegar solution. The vinegar should neutralize the unpleasant smell of your cat’s urine.
Now, use a clean rag or a paper towel to wipe up as much vinegar solution as possible and let the area completely dry.
4. Deodorize Area
Sprinkling baking soda over the area deodorizes the stain. Because baking soda is a natural cleaner as well as deodorant and odor absorber, it can greatly reduce the unpleasant smell of your cat’s urine.
Next, mix a teaspoon of mild dish detergent with a ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide together and spread it over the baking soda. (You might want to spot test this cleaning solution first to confirm that there will be no discoloration.)
Wear rubber gloves and use a scrub brush to rub the solution into the baking soda. Wipe the area clean and allow the carpet to dry.
5. Vacuum Soiled Area
Use a vacuum cleaner on the soiled area to remove both urine particles and deodorizer that you have applied. For best results, try using wet vacs which saturates the carpet, if you have one. However, do avoid steam cleaners since intense heat can actually cause odors to set into the fibers of the carpet more stubbornly.
Reducing the Chances of More Inappropriate Peeing
The more urine that your cat adds to your home, the harder it is to keep the unpleasant odor at bay. So, the best way you can fight this horrible stench is to eliminate any chances of it occurring in the first place. Here some methods you should try:
Never punish or yell at your cat for urinating in the wrong place. Instead, move her quickly to her litter box and consistently take her there and give positive feedback when she uses it. This should reinforce a positive association with her litter box and urinating.
2. Replace Litter Box More Often
Believe it or not, cats are hygienic animals and they love clean litter boxes. So, if you are neglecting your cat’s needs of a clean bathroom then he will find the carpet more appealing to pee at.
3. Consider Getting Your Cat Spayed Or Neutered
Cats, just like dogs, are extremely territorial animals. They mark territories they own and that includes the sofa they sit on or the carpet they lie on. Cats that are spayed or neutered will not purposely urinate just to mark their territory and solving small, scattered pee everywhere.
4. Have Your Feline Checked By The Veterinarian
While cats can be bratty and love to create a mess, particularly with young or elderly cats, you cannot simply skip the chances of any medical issues as the reason for your cat’s inappropriate urination. Contact your veterinarian in order to discuss any possible medical reasons why your cat urinates outside the litter box. Medical issues such as diabetes, kidney disease or urinary tract infection, can be life-threatening to your feline buddy if ignored and left untreated.
Despite the cold treatment you can get from a cat all the times, having a feline buddy can be rewarding and relieves stress. So, do not let any urine odor ruin such an amazing experience.