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How to get rid of cat smell

No matter how cute your cat is, you don’t want it to urinate in your home. Read on to learn how to get rid of the smell of cat pee after any accidents.

No matter how adorable your cat is, there are certain habits you won’t want to encourage it to do inside your home. Urinating outside of the litter tray is one of them.

Litter trays are designed to give domestic cats a safe place to do their business. They are designed to absorb liquid and stop nasty smells from filling your home but what happens if your cat has an accident outside of this area? You don’t want the smell of cat urine to get into your home’s furnishings – and luckily we know just how to get rid of the smell of cat pee. Let’s take a look.

What You'll Need:

  • Gloves
  • Disposable towels
  • Relatively airtight plastic bag
  • White vinegar or a clear mouthwash with alcohol
  • Water
  • Domestos bleach spray, or another powerful disinfectant
  • Baking powder or unused coffee grounds

How to Get Rid of Cat Wee Smell:

  • Find the source. If there is a smell of urine in your house then the first thing you need to do is find out where it is coming from. Track the wet patch down or, if the stain has already dried, then look for a stained patch or consider using a black light to reveal the affected area responsible for the cat smell in the house.
  • Soak up the urine with a towel, and pick up any faeces with a plastic bag. Pop your gloves on first. If there are cat faeces as well as urine, use a plastic bag pick it up, then turn the bag inside out to carry it to a bin. Blot any urine with the towels, being careful not to spread it over a wider area. If the stain is already dry, pour on a little cold water and then blot the area. 
  • Use a specialist (ideally, enzymatic) cleaning product on the affected area. Most pet shops will stock something appropriate. Read the label carefully before you apply it and test on a small, inconspicuous area first to check that it’s suitable for your surface.
  • Combine white vinegar and water, and apply to the stain. You need equal amounts of each ingredient for this solution. Soak the stain thoroughly, and then use a brush to scrub it into the area. Finally, let it air dry. You can also use a non-coloured mouthwash with alcohol instead of vinegar.
  • Disinfect hard surfaces, and wash any fabrics. Domestos bleach spray is a good bet here. Once again, check the label and follow instructions on any cleaning product you use. For soft furnishings with washable covers, you might consider running these (along with any affected clothes) through the wash.
  • Sprinkle baking powder or unused coffee grounds on the affected area. This applies to really stubborn stains that still have you wondering how to get rid of cat pee smell. Leave it for a few hours (ideally overnight) and then hoover it up.

If you’ve dealt with any urine stains, but you’re still left wondering how to get rid of cat smell in the house, there’s a chance it’s pet hair that’s the problem. Take a look at our guide to the best pet odour remover products and solutions to find some of the best ways of learning how to get rid of cat smell.

Finally, if you find yourself dealing with this problem on a regular basis, you might need to top up your cat’s litter training. Remember that cats will ignore a dirty litter tray, so make sure they have a clean tray to use or install a cat flap to minimise the effort at your end. If it seems as though your cat really can’t help it, take him or her to the vet: there may be an underlying health reason to explain why they keep urinating in the home.

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It’s best to disinfect any hard surfaces that come into contact with cat urine. A product like Domestos will leave most surfaces brilliantly clean. Whatever cleaning product you use, remember to read the label and test on a small, unnoticeable area before applying.

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