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Tips to Remove Cat Odour

Cats are pretty low maintenance pets, but there will be times when you'll need to know some cat urine odour removal tricks! Read on for quick & easy tips.

Key Points for Cat Odour Removal & Prevention:

  1. Clean up cat urine stains as soon as you can.
  2. Don’t rub at the stain, but blot it with paper towels.
  3. Make sure your cat is happy and has somewhere clean to take care of business to avoid recurring incidents.

Many of us love having cats around the home. They provide great company, great amusement, and kids love them. As long as you don’t mind a little cat hair, urine and other odours are the only things you need to worry about when you have a cat as a pet.

Unfortunately – and no matter how well behaved they are – they can leave the unpleasant scent of cat urine behind them, particularly if you have an unneutered male cat who’s marking his territory. As the cat owner and homeowner, you might not even be aware of the smell, because you’ve spent so much time around it. However, your visitors will soon notice that urine odour and won’t find it very welcoming.

Luckily for you, we know the trick to cat urine odour removal – and how you can help to prevent odours occurring in the first place.

Cleaning Up Cat Urine 

If your little friend has left you an unpleasant surprise, make sure you clean it up as soon as you notice it. Not only does dealing with it immediately lessen the chance of stubborn staining, but it will also mean the urine odour doesn’t have a chance to take hold.

So if you’ve spotted the surprise straight away, quickly blot the area with paper towels – rubbing it will only push the stain further in the flooring or fabric. If the urine has dried, moisten it with warm water, again blotting the area with paper towels until you’ve removed as much of it as possible.

With most of the offending substance removed, here’s how to get rid of that special cat urine odour:

  • Take an empty spray bottle or bucket
  • Make a mixture of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts warm water in the bottle/bucket
  • Spray or apply (using a clean cloth) the solution onto the stained area, testing on a small area first (vinegar should not be used on stone or marble surfaces)
  • Blot the solution up after allowing it to soak for a couple of minutes
  • Liberally apply baking soda to the area – this absorbent, deodorising substance will help you banish the unpleasant smell!

How to Prevent Cat Urine Odour

There are many reasons why you might have the odour of cat urine lingering around your home. Here are a few of the most common reasons, and how you can solve each problem:

Dirty litter tray

Cats are, as you’ve no doubt noticed, very clean animals. So it’s only natural that they like a clean toilet to use. Scoop out faeces or clumps of urine-stained cat litter daily, and empty and disinfect the litter tray at least once a week. That way they won’t have to find alternative places to go to the toilet.

No access to outdoors

If you have a cat that likes to explore life outside the house, it’s likely that they’ll prefer to go to the toilet outside. They’ll often let you know that they want out, but it’s more difficult for them to do this when you’re asleep. Always make sure your outdoor cat has had the chance to do its business outside before locking up your home for the night – or consider getting a cat flap so they can come and go as they like.

Stress

Despite appearances, cats aren’t always incredibly laid-back and relaxed. Many events, from moving home to the arrival of a new family member, can leave cats feeling like their world has been turned upside down. So if you’ve made a major change, or even if there’s just a new cat in the neighbourhood, your cat may respond by urinating in an unsuitable place, sometimes to mark their territory. Make sure your cat is happy – give them more attention or give them a safe haven (preferably somewhere high up, as cats like to see what’s going on).

As we’ve said, cats are usually very clean animals, so there’s often an underlying reason for them urinating where it’s not welcome. If they’re still doing it after you’ve addressed that underlying reason, you can always try putting cat litter trays where you’ve found stains. Or better yet, try putting a little orange peel there – they hate the smell and will avoid the area in future!

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DO NOT clean cat urine with ammonia-based products. The smell of ammonia will only encourage your feline friend to revisit the scene of the crime.