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How to get rid of cat urine smell?

(August 13, 2010)

Cat urine smell is rightly believed to be one of the most formidable odors that pets can leave behind. Cat urine smells terrible and the odor may persist in the household for days together. In fact, if you do not remove the odor entirely, it serves as an open invitation for your kitty to turn back and mark the territory once again. The cat would come back and spray the same area again later. There are many things that you can do to get rid of cat urine smell.

There are commercially prepared pet odor removers which can sometimes be expensive and are therefore better avoided. These commercial preparations are best used when the cat urine has dried up or if the cat has marked the same spot in your house several times.
If the urine is fresh, here is what you can do to remove cat urine smell:

  • Blot the urine with a large, dry towel. Let the towel remain on the urine for some time, allowing it to soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Again, wet the towel, with warm water this time, and repeat the process. If you have a steamer, you can use it on the stain. The steam will help loosen the stains, making them easy to remove.
  • Mix together equal parts of water and apple cider vinegar. Allow the stained area to dry and then apply this solution to it, saturating it completely. Allow this solution to stand so that it can be air dried.
  • When the vinegar solution has dried, apply a thick layer of baking soda to the area.
  • Now bring in a detergent and a bucket of water to clean out the area manually. Pour the water and detergent mix on top of the baking soda. Use a scrub to work the water, baking soda and the detergent into the fibers of the carpet. Continue to scrub till you have a thick white froth. Now leave the froth and allow it to air dry.
  • You can now use a vacuum cleaner to clean up the baking soda and detergent. If the vacuum cleaner is not able to do it, you could use towels and water.
This is one of the most foolproof method of removing cat urine stains and smells. If possible, you can use this same method on upholstery, curtains, and other fabrics as well. If your cat continues to spray around in your house, it is better to get it spayed or neutered so that this behavior can stop.
Submitted by N M on August 13, 2010 at 06:19


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