One of the most difficult odors to eliminate is cat urine. The smell is pungent and long-lasting if not quickly — and properly — treated. Here are some tips on how to get rid of the smell of cat pee and, better yet, how to avoid it in the first place.
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A SMELL-NEUTRAL LIVING SPACE
Whether you rent or own a home, you’re likely living on either carpet or hard flooring. But when it comes to pets, wood and tile are better options than carpets, which are much more likely to hold in odors left by pets, regardless of how thoroughly vacuumed or washed. Also, if your cat happens to be territorial, there’s a good chance that lingering odors may inspire your pet to spray and mark its territory. (Source)
Also be sure to routinely wash human and animal bedding, vacuum furniture and flooring, and frequently clean and change your cat’s litter box. The cleaner your home, the more likely your cat is to fall in line with sanitary bathroom habits. It’s very important that the area around your cat’s litter box is kept tidy, ventilated and somewhat private. The box itself should be cleaned daily and the litter completely changed at least once a week. If the litter box is excessively dirty, cats may look elsewhere to do their business. (Source)
ABSORB THE ACCIDENT
If your cat does have an accident indoors, do your best to absorb as much of the urine as possible. If the accident is on carpet, use a paper towel and gently blot the area to avoid rubbing it deeper into the fabric. Throw the wet paper towels away (and the odor with it). You can also use paper towels to absorb urine from hard surfaces. Ensure that any accidents on wood are cleaned quickly and thoroughly to avoid warping. (Source)
USE AN ENZYME CLEANER
Enzyme cleaners are typically the best at neutralizing pet odors in carpet (and also furniture). Be sure to follow the directions, and test a small portion of the area you’re treating to ensure the product is color-safe. For hard floors, make sure any cleaning product used is not harmful to the flooring, especially if it’s wood. (Source)
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CLEAN IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
It’s important to eliminate as much of the urine smell as possible, or else you risk your cat returning to re-mark the affected area. If you are bothered by the lingering odor of carpet cleaners after treating a feline accident, thoroughly rinse the area with water, and then use washable rags to absorb the water. Consider making a lemon water or eucalyptus water mixture to lightly spray on any area where your cat is having accidents, as those smells are believed to be feline deterrents. Always be sure to test carpets and fabrics for colorfastness before treating a large area. (Source)