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The Truth about Cat Urine Smell

Updated on February 25, 2010

To understand how to rid your home of cat urine smells, one must be able to tell the difference between male and female urine.

Non-neutered male cat urine has the distinct smell of an onion gone bad, or some really bad human body odor. Female cat urine smells distinctly of very strong ammonia. Both odors are extremely hard to rid your house of. There is hope if you are determined and are not scared to put some elbow grease into it.

One of the best ways to lessen male urine smells is to get the cat neutered, if you are not going to show and breed with him of course. This will also help stop the cat from marking it's territory. Male and female cats usually start to "mark" their territories at about six months of age. This is the time to neuter or spay your cat. It really cuts down on the spraying problem.

It is imperitive you keep the litter boxes cleaned of all feces and urine daily. If the cat has a clean place to go, it will be much more likely to go where it is supposed to go instead of on your furniture, on your carpet etc...Cats also like to have privacy when they use the litter box so be sure to put it in a quiet low-traffic area of the home.

There are several great products on the market to help you remove stains and cat urine smells that already exist in your home. Be sure to choose one that contains enzymes and bacteria as these are the products that work the best at attacking the urine smells. One of the reasons cat urine is so hard to remove is the bacteria that the urine contains. It also contains a substance called urea, a sticky goopy substance called urochrome, and pigment which gives the urine it's hard to remove staining color. The best of all is it's uric acid which gives the cat urine it's lovely, unforgettable odor.

With a little elbow grease, a small black light to find the hidden soiled areas and a good quality cat urine remover, you can get your home smelling like home sweet home again!


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      4 years ago

      Greased lightening! Even carpet cleaners use it. A cat sprayed my car. It worked. Don't get bleach kind unless cleaning white. A simple spraying nuetralizes it but scrubbing makes carpet look new. Also takes off Sharpie from surfaces. It's my go to for smells and stains. Clothes too.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Well explained Hub about the smell of cat's urine I had no idea of this until I read this Hub

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      8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Fabulous Hub Page!

      It certainly helps solve my problem!

      I love my cats however they can be rather messy!


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      8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Good hub . I am sure your advise will be taken by cat lovers.

      Marking territories is as natural as eating and sleeping to them. Good start keep up the good work


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