Assessing Cat Potty Problems, DIY Remedy to Eradicate Cat Urine SmellPublished January 4, 2012
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Those who are owned by a cat already know; there is nothing as delightful as watching cats playing, more rewarding than a gentle loving touch of a paw on one’s cheek or the soothing sound of a deep resonating purr made by a contented kitty.
However, at times significant challenges can present themselves which test the patience of those who live with these amazing animals. One such challenge (as seen through my own personal experience) is the unpleasant dilemma of cats that stop using litter boxes, preferring to go "potty" by anointing our carpets, unmade beds, and clean clothing stored in baskets in the laundry room.
Naturally, when a cat’s elimination behavior changes radically, the first thing to check out is whether the litter boxes are pristine, or the placement of their “toilet” is acceptable to them. Since cats are picky creatures by nature, if their litter box is filthy, can you blame them for protesting and going on strike?
But if the box is clean and all the other requirements are met, the next thing to consider is whether there is the possibility of a urinary tract infection or bladder stones. In this case, a quick visit to the vet is in order.
Once the problem is resolved, dealing with the unpleasant lingering odor of cat urine is next. Since the pungent scent often becomes the source of repetitive unwanted behavior, taking immediate action to remove it is essential.
DIY: Getting Rid of Cat Urine Smell
A popular home remedy to eradicate cat urine smell:
- Start by using old rags or paper towels to blot up as much of the urine as possible. Mix 3 parts water with one part vinegar, saturating the spot with the mixture. Dry thoroughly as possible.When the area is dry, sprinkle it with baking soda.
- Next, mix ¾ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide with one tsp. dish detergent. Sprinkle this mixture over the baking soda. Important: First test this on an obscure area of the carpet to ascertain hydrogen peroxide won't bleach out the carpet. Then use an old brush or your fingers to work in the baking soda. Once the area is fully dry, then vacuum the entire area.
- Once completed, if a slight odor remains, repeat the process. Additionally use the same method on “soiled” clothing, linen and blankets in your washing machine simply by adding ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to your laundry detergent.
Products containing enzymes which break down odors and stains are, from the writer's experience, far more effective and easier to use. I recommend Nature's Miracle and Simple Solution, which are available at pet stores and on the Internet. While you are at it, also purchase a good black light to help locate affected spots.
What other methods work for you? Share with a comment.