WHY, FLUFFY, WHY?!
This is a big issue, and for every cat out there, there must be 2 things we need to know about cat urine. You might be surprised to hear that the # 1 reason cats end up in shelters is poor litter training. Owners frustrated with smells and stains often end up re-homing the cat, surrendering them to shelters, or abandoning them. It’s sad, and frankly, usually just stems from an avoidable misunderstanding.
First, ensure that you are consistent and patient in litter training your cat. The occasional slip up is to be expected for the first few months. For litter training tips, you can find a comprehensive guide here. If you have already taken care to litter train your cat, but accidents still occur, causes can include texture preference, odour preference, or old urine smells..it is very important that you rid the area of the odours. Leaving lingering urine odours just encourages the cycle of re-offending.
When To See A Vet
If the problem begins suddenly and persists, visit the vet. It could be a medical problem rather than a behavioural problem. Uncontrolled urination could be a sign of infection, diabetes, or urinary tract problems. These need to be treated early before they cause more serious problems.
Cat pee stinks, there’s no denying that, but is not just damaging to your house; it’s also damaging to the lungs of family and pets in the home. It’s always best to act in the moment and get right to it when you find a fresh offence. You’ll need to start with some very basic ingredients and materials:
- Rubber gloves to protect your hands from the cat pee and cleaning ingredients.
- A spray bottle
- A funnel
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Essential oils – we suggest using citronella or eucalyptus because they have a strong, fresh, cleansing smell. They’re also good for killing bacteria, deterring cats from the area, and eliminating the urine odour. Whatever you use, be careful not to get it on your skin, especially your face, and wash hands after use.
- Absorbent cloths (old towel, rags, paper towel, even newspaper if you have to)
Note: It is NOT recommended that you clean floors, bathrooms or furniture with any kind of ammonia based cleaner if you have pets, because it smells enough like urine that they may mistake the area for a giant litter box. Not good.
What To Do
For fresh offences, soak up the moisture as quickly as possible.
• Saturate the spot with water, then press (don’t scrub) your absorber onto the area. Repeat until it’s mostly dry.
• Put a bit of the dirty paper towel, rag, etc into the cat’s litter box to reinforce where pee should be.
• Spray the area with vinegar solution and few drops of essential oil.
• Sprinkle with plenty of baking soda, and leave for an hour or so to dry, then vacuum clean.
• If the smell persists, use an enzymatic spray according to the instructions of the package.
If you can smell cat pee in the home, but you can’t find it, kill the lights and play CSI.
• Using a black light can pinpoint stains, fresh or dry. It will glow green under UV light, so once you find it, circle it with a piece of chalk or string before you turn the light back on.
• Follow the same instructions as you would for a fresh puddle, and repeat if necessary.
And remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Good luck out there.
For a simple, step-by-step guide to eliminating cat odours, watch the video below.