The smell of cat pee, especially when confined within all four walls inside a house, can be overpoweringly pungent. Your olfactory nerves can easily sense it each time you enter the room. If nothing is done about it, the unpleasant smell will linger for a considerable length of time. Fortunately, there are many products in the market that you can use to get rid of the pee smell.
Here are 5 steps to get rid of your cat pee smell.
1. Wipe-off the pee immediately. The lesser the pee that is left, the lesser the effort you’ll have to do to get rid of the pee remnant. If you found that your kitty had urinated anywhere outside of its litter box, clean it up immediately. If the pee were found on the carpet or sofa, it’s recommended to blot the area with water and use an absorbent paper towel to mop up the pee. This will not remove all of the pee, but what is left behind will be easier for you to tackle later.
If your kitty has pee-ed on linens or fabrics, wash them immediately or have them sent to the laundry for dry-cleaning as soon as possible. Letting the pee stay on the fabric longer than necessary will make it more difficult to get rid of its smell. Adding some baking soda or enzymatic additives to detergent is effective for cleaning articles that have been pee-ed on.
If the pee is on a wall or the tiled floor, just wipe it off with a wet cloth.
2. Use an enzymatic cleaner to dissolve the stain. The enzymatic cleaner contains a chemical that will dissolve the pee and make the fabric or carpet sanitized and smell-free once it’s dry. Many deodorizers available in the market will not be able to get rid of the strong smell of cat pee. Cats have a powerful smelling sense as compared with humans, so even if you’re unable to smell any leftover pee, your cat will, making it very likely that it will pee on the spot again.
Enzymatic spray that is meant for pet pee can help dissolve the pee and make it less likely that your cat will pee on the spot again. A fair selection of these products can be found in pet shops and DIY shops. Before using them, be sure to read the instruction thoroughly.
3. Clean the spot with an extract wet vac. Extracting wet vac dispenses clean water onto carpet or fabric, then sucks the washed water back into its tank. This is an effective way to rinse the spot, especially for the carpet. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully and to use cool, clean water in the wet vac.
Don’t use a steam cleaner as the Intense heat can cause the smell to set into fabrics and carpet more permanently.
4. Finish-off with air fresher that contains baking soda. Sodium bicarbonate, the ingredient of baking soda, is effective in getting rid of the smell. After you’ve cleaned your cat’s pee and the spot is thoroughly dried, sprinkle some baking soda on the spot, be it the carpet or furniture. After which, leave it alone for an hour or so, then vacuum it off.
5. Look for ways to avoid future incidents. The more your cat pees in your house, the more difficult it’s going to be to keep your house pee smell free. So, the best way to avoid this smell is to prevent your cat from peeing indiscriminately in the first place. There are various ways you can follow, such as:
- Training your cat to use its litter box.
- Placing disposable, absorbent pads on the spot where it continues to mark and pee.
- Have it spayed or neutered.
- Bring it to your vet to ascertain if it has any bladder or kidney issues.
- Clean out its litter box frequently.
- If you have more than one cat in the house, consider placing extra litter boxes.
Cats can provide great companionships and having one can be rewarding. By the same token, keeping a home smell-free can be just as rewarding. So, don’t let your cat’s pee smell come in between them.
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