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.