How To Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell In the House or Yard
Cat Urine Truly Smells Awful -How To Get Rid Of It For Good
I think we all know that cat urine stinks and can be an over powering smell. In this article I will tell you how I went about getting rid of that odour once and for all. I have read when doing my research that there is no way to get rid of a cat urine smell especially on carpets.
That is actually true in most cases but it depends on a number of things which I will discuss in this article. One thing I would say is please ignore the old wives tales that you may read or hear. Most of those are nonsense and what people did back in the day because there were no other options.
In this article I will take you through the practical options for getting rid of that horrible cat urine smell in your home and we shall also look at how to get rid of it from walls and yards.
Cat Urine Truly Stinks
What Makes Cat Pee Smell So Bad?
This may just surprise you. Human urine and animal urine all smell and the smell is none too pleasant. Cat pee is not any different to any other animal's urine and contains salt, electrolytes and uric acid. The big difference is that cats mark their territory by spraying urine. This is an instinctive natural behaviour of the entire family of cats.
Many cat owners think that if they have a cat litter and the cat has been trained to use it, then they will not experience any urine smells. That isn't true and cats will spray carpets, walls etc both inside and outside the house.
When Does It Smell?
It is when these sprays of urine start to break down that ammonia is released and it is that which truly stinks to the high heavens. That is probably the first time you will really start to notice the stench. The bad news is this gets much worse.
After the ammonia release another chemical reaction releases what is called mercaptan. When I looked that up I was stunned. If you know about skunks then you will know if they feel threatened that they will spray the most awful stink at their attackers. Yes - that is what cat urine releases if left untreated.
Most Effective Cat Urine Removal Products
There are many hundreds of cat urine odor removal products available in the market place. There are however only a few in my opinion that have any track record of working and being effective. I have listed these below.
Above I have also included a UV light that quickly identifies areas where a cat or a dog may have urinated. These are pretty handy to have especially if you are a cat or dog owner.
Some other great tips do exist and you may be able to use products that you already have in your home so let's have a quick look at those.
Many people swear by this. You quite simply dust some baking soda on the effected spot and this absorbs both the smell and dries up the stain. To be honest, there are mixed reports on this one with some people claiming great success and others saying it was a waste of time. People also use this to remove spilled milk in a car, and I tried that, but it really didn't work for me.
Quite a few people stated that they had used white vinegar to neutralize the smell of cat urine. When you find the stain, splash on some white vinegar and leave it for about 15 minutes and then use a cloth to clean it up. I am rather dubious about this method as vinegar could easily stain carpets, and your house will smell of vinegar, so this one would not be top of my list either.
Paper and Charcoal
An interesting one, though I have not tried it, but I do get the theory behind it. You place a few pieces of charcoal on some newspaper, in each effected room of the house and open the windows. Leave it like this for a couple of hours, and apparently the cat urine smell will be gone.
If anyone has tried this please let me know down below in the comments.
So those are some tips and tricks, but the products I have listed below are I think a more guaranteed method of working.
Cat Odor Remover
This one deals really well with stronger smells and with the removal of yellow stains. If you find that you have really tough to move stains and continuing smells, then this is a good product to choose.
It should be available in many stores and garden centres.
Great Video On How To Remove Cat Urine Smell For Good
Using UV Light To Find Where A Cat Has Left Urine
If you have tried to find out exactly where the cat may have urinated in your home, and just can't find it, then you may need some scientific help. One thing that really shows up cat urine is a UV light. There are even lights like this, often called black light, that can detect dog, cat and even rodent urine patches.
They are really simple to use and they are not overly expensive. If you have tried and failed to find the source of the smell, then this useful set of lights will help you do that in a flash.
Ultra Violet Cat Urine Detector
Finding the patch or patches where cats have done their business. Well at least it used to be until some clever person invented this ultra violet light. Switch this on and it clearly points out stained areas in a flash.
Cat Urine Odors Identified
Male cats will spray more than female cats and it will smell stronger. If a male cat is not neutered then it will smell even stronger again. This is because certain hormones are very strong and increase the strength and smell of the pee. When this happens then the smell of cat pee in your home can be really bad. Let's have a look at where cats will normally spray and urinate.
Cat urine will stain carpets and they will also stain fabrics such as curtains and table cloths. The longer it is left untreated then the more difficult it is to clean. Act quickly and you stand a good chance. If left untreated for even a few days, you are probably looking at a new carpet.
Identifying The Smell Location
You can normally locate it simply by smell. Some people advise to feel for a damp spot with your bare hand but please never do that. If you own an ultra violet light or a black light, then cat urine will show up using this.
Once located put on gloves and absorb as much as you can with paper towels and something like Lysol or any type of disinfectant spray. This is important - dab the carpet lightly and don't rub heavily as that will push the urine down into the pile of the carpet.
If you have a steam cleaner then time for it to go to work. Use a cat urine cleaner (vinegar does not work) and a steam cleaner will work if you catch it early. On wooden floors this is also a good idea and should lift most of the urine. We still need to deal with the smell.
Nature's Miracle Quart or Secret Weapon is ideal for this and removes yellow staining and all residues. Once you have absorbed what you can using paper towels then you soak the affected area with this agent and make sure it gets all the way down into the carpet.
This can take 1-2 weeks to dry. If the smell remains then repeat this process until it is gone.
Cats are territorial creatures by nature and they will mark places like the entrances to your home. They are basically telling other cats, that they live here and to stay out. Very typical a great deal of cat smell will come from this marking process.
Curtains & Drapes
Yes even here, cats tend to spray as to them a window just looks like an outside space. Cats as you know also like to climb and when they see open space, they will spray.
They simply view this as a handy litter box, especially if the plant pot has soil and gravel on the top of it.
Getting Rid of Really Strong Cat Urine Smells
My sister in law moved into a house and the back hall and dining area smelled really bad. The previous owners had two cats and we knew instantly what the problem was - cat urine and spraying. She had this problem once before and had used Miracle to get rid of the urine smell.
This time it was simply not enough. The smell had been left untreated for too long and had probably been happening for a long time. The carpet was very damp and the smell was really bad when the windows were kept closed.
She called me and we knew that simply a new carpet was required. However when we removed that it had got down into the under felt and had also seeped into the ground which was concrete. There is only one way to fix that.
We threw out the carpet and underlay. We also treated the ground with Miracle until all smells had gone. We then had to use a sealer to make sure the concrete was protected and that the damp could not ride up through it and back into the new underlay.
You don't need to buy expensive concrete sealers and only enough to spray or pain the affected area. Make sure it is well coated and give it plenty of time to dry out.
It was nearly three weeks before we were certain the smell was gone and she got her new carpet. It was a lot of work but at least we knew it was done right.
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Those who bought this one did so based on reviews from other people with the same problem.
The reviews are extremely impressive.
Video On Removing Cat Urine Smells from Carpets
Getting Rid of Cat Urine Smell on Walls
Inside & Outside of The House
Hopefully this is on the outside of your home and not the inside. I will cover both problems here but you can be more abrasive if on the outside of the house.
Inside the House
Let's deal with the toughest one first. If urine and spray has contacted the walls then it depends on the material the wall is made of and what is covering it. Typically this will be a wall constructed of wood or plaster board.
If it has been covered with wall paper it then also depends on the type of paper that was used. There are two main types:
2 Ordinary wallpaper
If it is vinyl or the surface has been painted then you are in luck. This will wash off and the urine should not have soaked through. It will need to be washed and disinfected first and then apply one of the many products I have shown above to kill off any smells.
If the surface was covered with ordinary wallpaper then most likely it has soaked through to whatever is underneath and the first stage is to remove the wallpaper. There really is no other way of dealing with this other than removing it.
Most likely underneath there will either be plaster board or a wooden structure of some kind. Just pray that it hasn't soaked all the way through. If it has you could cut out the effected area and get it pieced back in again. I promise you that if it has soaked all the way through something like a porous surface you will never be able to dry it out and get rid of the strong smell.
This may seem a drastic measure but it is the only effective way to remove this type of cat urine damage. Hopefully it is only a small area and this can be cut out and filled with a foam and then sanded down to a smooth finish. After that you can then either paint the surface or wallpaper it again.
Outside The House
If the surface is wooden it should have some form of exterior protection. These are normally treated woods to stop them rotting. Again disinfect the area and wash thoroughly. Apply one of the products above and leave for two weeks. Check again and re-apply if required. It will eventually go away.
If the surface is concrete, brick or some form of cement block or plastering then it could have soaked in. This will take a bit more work to remove. If you have a power hose or a pressure washer give it a good blast with that. Then apply something like Miracle and give it a thorough soaking.
Leave again and check in 2 weeks. Repeat until the smell is gone and then when it has, apply a water sealant as I described earlier. That should keep the smell at bay for good.
Rocco & Roxie For Odor Bashing & Elimination
Quite a few people have written to me and said that they used this product. Until they did, it was not one that I was familiar with, so I checked it out, specifically for dealing with the stench of cat urine of course.
I noticed first of all that this product is a best seller with over 500 reviews and an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. That certainly got my attention. I have not used this myself so I will not be able to do a full review until I have personally tried it. Those who have left reviews have certainly been impressed.
I will update when I have tested this myself.
Preventing A Cat Urinating In The House
They all do it - try to catch them doing it and quickly spray them with cold water. It doesn't hurt them and eventually they reduce greatly and sometimes stop all together.
If you have a male cat get it neutered. This will help with litter training and less strong urine.
Clean the urine as soon as you see it.
If you have house plants, then they are also worth checking out. Many cats will use these in a similar way to a litter box, so just be aware of that. This is especially true if the plants are large and sitting on the floor.
Also if you ever notice your cat using newspaper to pee on, then place that into their litter box, as this will indicate to them that the litter box and the smell are associated.
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