Mission Impossible: Getting Rid of Cat Pee Odors
Get Rid of Cat Pee Once and For All
Okay, I'll be the first to admit that this is a very unpleasant topic. However, as any cat owner knows, cat pee can quickly become a serious problem no matter how clean you try to keep your house. You can clean your litter boxes ten times a day and if the cats decide to use your carpet instead of the box, you're going to smell it (as will anyone who walks in your home) and getting rid of that odor can be a nightmare. Don't replace your carpet just yet. These tips will help you get rid of that cat pee once and for all.
For Hard Flooring
If your cat has been peeing on a hard surface, you're in luck. It will be much easier to get rid of that horrible odor and it won't cost an arm and a leg. Here's what worked on one of the rental home we were renovating:
First, wash the floor with a solution of PineSol and warm water and let it dry. Then wash the floor with straight vinegar and let it dry. Repeat this process one to two times finishing with a cleaning of PineSol and water. The cat pee smell will be gone before you know it.
Getting cat pee out of carpets is a bit harder, however, it's far from impossible. There are a few products we've tried on our rental properties and some don't work at all while others work wonders.
First, steam clean the carpet. You need to get rid of any cat pee residue before you can eliminate the cat pee odor. Then soak the affected areas with Nature's Miracle or Simple Solution. After the area has dried, apply a product called Clear The Air (available at most pet supply stores). It's not a liquid -- it's a granular powder that actually draws odors out of the carpet. Sprinkle it on your carpet, let it stand for about 48 hours and then vacuum it up. Your cat pee problems will be gone.
Address the Issue
Now, it's important to note that just because you get rid of a cat pee smell doesn't mean it's not going to come back. You have to find out why your cat was peeing in the first place. If your cat is an intact male, spraying might be the cause of the problem and fixing him can cure it. However, a urinary infection might also be to blame and you should take your pet to the vet to rule that out.
By addressing the problem as well as the odor, you'll finally be able to live a cat pee free life.