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: