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Tip – 19 – Cat urinated on my floor/carpet

Cleaning cat urine stains

Assuming there is no medical problem with your cat, cats urinate where they are not supposed to for many reasons. Some common reasons are;

  • The litter box is too dirty and/or the litter box has a cover and keeps the smell in.
  • The litter box is in a non private area.
  • The cat is part of a multi-cat household and requires its own litter box.
  • Another common reason is the behavioral tendency to mark territory with urine. This is especially true of cats that have not been spayed or neutered.

The key to getting rid of the strong smell of cat urine is to completely get rid of the smell from the cat’s perspective. A cat’s nose is much more sensitive than the human nose. When we think we have cleaned the cat urine and removed the smell completely, the cat may still smell where he/she urinated. This is a problem since cats like to urinate where they have urinated before.

Don’t just use any household product to get rid of the smell. There are many products available from pet stores that can get rid of the smell completely. The best products contain enzymes and they will neutralize the smell. Getting the urine and smell off the floor is easy enough, but off the carpet requires a gentle technique. Don’t scrub the carpet as you will push the urine deeper into the carpet fibres. Blot it gently, and follow the strict directions on the bottle.

A good tip is NOT to use ammonia or ammonia based products to clean up cat urine since ammonia smells similar to cat urine, so you will be defeating the purpose.

7 Responses to this Article, So Far

  1. Avatar Larry says:

    My cat litter box is a inclosed litter box in the utility room and my wife just recently purchased a runner rug. Since this time she(cat) has urinated there once and pooped three times within the last couple weeks. Any ideas on why this is happening and what can be done to stop it.

    • Avatar Marko says:

      Interesting. Is the runner rug in the utility room? if so, and this is the only such problem you’ve had – I’d remove the rug. That might be the easiest solution even if it’s not in the utility room. cats sometimes like to mark new things.

      u could try a repellent like citrus to keep the cat away from the rug or a product called ssscat which shoots compressed air when the cat crosses the can’s path by way of a simple motion detector. Costs about 20ish bucks and works pretty well.

      I’d also try posting this on our board to see what other cat lovers suggest. They may have even better suggestions.

      Good luck!

  2. Avatar Roxanne says:

    My cat is 14 year old male and has always used his box. About 3 months ago he stopped peeing in the box. He continues to defecate in the box but interesting he no longer covers his stool. He is peeing on all the rugs and any blankets that he happens to find in the floor. I have gotten him a full medical work up and he is healthy. He has a domed litterbox. I have tried moving litter box to new location. I have left litter box uncovered. I tried the sprays to prevent cats from spaying. I purchased a new litter box so he now has two, but refuses to use new box. Not quite sure what to do next so tonight I am putting sprinkling catnip in the new litter box. I am out of ideas, any suggestions?

    • Avatar Marko says:

      Sounds like you are doing the right things. This might be a better question for our pet forum and feel free to ask it there.
      I would ask have new pets come into the house? are new pets appearing near the window? is the litterbox scooped of solids and the litter changed weekly?
      Again posting this in our forum will get u a better variety of answers.
      Good luck!

  3. Avatar Chris says:

    My cat once urinated on my carpet and it left a very foul odor. I have tried everything to remove it and I almost lost hope. Good thing I found some tips on the web and found a product that satisfied me in permanently removing that foul odor. I bought it from amazon its called SUN (Severe Urine Neutralizer) Concentrate – Complete Urine Odor Remover and you can check their own site.

  4. Avatar Kim says:

    I am at a loss. Have 6 month old cat. Got him he used the litter box no problem. For three months he has been pooping and peeing at different parts of the house. It’s getting to the point I just can’t enjoy him. Now the Christmas tree is up and he’s climbing that! I have a clean litter box. Tried different litter…tried covered…uncovered and now we are trying prozac when we can get him to take it. Help I have no luck with cats but I love them.

    • Avatar Marko says:

      Have you tried moving the litter box to a quiet place – sometimes that can be an issue.

      And just to be crystal clear, a clean litter box means clean from the CAT’s point of view. This means solids are scooped out every single day and the entire litter is changed once a week whether you think it needs it or not. A cat’s nose is FAR more sensitive than yours.
      Good luck!

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