Eliminating cat urine odor can be a really troublesome exercise.
One of the main causes for cats to pee outside their litter box is a urinary tract infection.
If it hurts to pee your cat may associate that pain with it’s litter box and so will avoid it at all costs. Preferring to urinate on the bed, on the carpet or in the corner of the kitchen.
So best to treat the cause and not the effect by taking your cat to the vet and have it checked out.
Keep the Litter Box Clean
Another cause of your cat urinating on the carpet is the litter box. If the litter in the box is stale, smells or their is urine and poops already in the litter box its a good chance that your cat will avoid it. Remember cats are naturally very fastidious in their cleanliness.
Potty Training Your Cat
Kittens are great imitators and will follow the behaviour patterns of their mother. So if the mother uses the litter box it’s fair to say the kittens will observe how the mother uses the litter box and will follow along.
Not so for a kitten without a mother’s guidance or maybe an outside cat being brought indoors. Then cat toilet training will be necessary.
Location of the Litter Boxes
Would you like to eat in the same area as you eat? I think not. The same applies to your cat. If you place it’s feeding bowls next to the litter box, well you can expect some surprises.
And if you have more than one cat consider providing a litter box for each cat.
A Little Privacy Please
The same applies to the location of the litter box. Would you like to go to the toilet with the bathroom door wide open? So give your cat some privacy and position the litter box away from the main traffic routes in the house and with an easy escape route in case the cat is startled. Remember also away from the cats bed and feeding station.
Introduction to the Litter Box
Poor litter box maintenance is often why cats avoid them and find elsewhere to pee and poo.
Cats hate dirty stinking litter boxes the same as we avoid public toilets in bus stations, right?
Make sure the litter box is large enough for the cat to move around in comfort with no body parts hanging out.
A shoe box will be big enough for a small kitten but that will soon be outgrown.
And when you decide to upgrade and the kitten is already performing in the shoe box, place the shoe box inside the bigger litter box until the kitten is familiar with the larger litter box
How to eliminate Cat Urine Odors
A blacklight is indispensable.
Turn off all the lights and Inspecting your carpets, floors, curtains, bedding with a backlight will illuminate your cat’s urine.
Mark the areas with soft crayon or cut out the rough shape in a piece of paper and cover the area for later treatment.
And repeat the inspection after you have treated the areas to make sure there are no residual urine stains
Cat Urine Odor Eliminators
Cat’s urine odor and stain removal products can be bacterial, enzymatic or chemical
Bacteria will eat the oder-causing components in cat urine converting it to carbon dioxide and water
There are many ‘home-made’ recipes for solutions to eliminate cat pee odor. Usually including:
- White vinegar for stain removal
- Baking soda for door removal
And the idea is to:
- Blot up as much of the urine as possible with paper towels
- Mix 2 cups white vinegar with 2 cups of lukewarm water
- Add 4 heaped table spoons of baking soda. (Watch out because the solution will fizz up very quickly)
- Spray the solution, a lot of solution, over the affected area
- Leave for 10 minutes
- Gently rub and blot up the wetness with paper towels
A lot of work for a short term solution. Because these home remedies just do not remove the odor causing bacteria permanently. Yes for sure immediately after cleaning every thing appears OK but in a few days the lingering smell returns.
Why? Well we need a little chemistry lesson here.
Cat urine is a complex mix of bacteria and because cats do not drink vast quantities of water, their urine is pretty much concentrated mix of bacteria and uric acid.
And its the bacteria that makes the eye-watering smell.
And what eats up bacteria? Enzymes.
Normal household cleaners and ‘organic’ solutions just cannot eradicate the cat urine door because they do not contain the all important ingredient.
Enzyme Cleaners for Eliminating Cat Urine Odor
Enzyme cleaners work because the enzymes eat the bacteria. When the bacteria is all eaten up, the cat urine odor and the stains vanish.
The enzymes breakdown the uric acid into carbon dioxide and ammonia. These are both gases that easily evaporate.
Like all else in this world there are good enzyme cleaners and some not so good. You get what you pay for.
Most enzyme cleaners are distributed in a spray bottle. A little more than useless since you will need to pour copious amounts of the liquid over the stained area and really let it soak in.
And remember to allow the enzyme cleaner to do its work by letting it air-dry.