Cat urine has a pungent, ammonia smell that’s absolutely unmistakable. Whether you have a cat that urinates wherever he or she wants or one that’s simply spraying as a way to mark territory, the results are always the same. This strong odor can have an impact on a very large portion of your living environment, even if the affected area happens to be small.
You should consider yourself lucky if you can easily identify the wet area or puddle on your floor, upholstery or rug, and if you can treat it right away. Once cat urine has had the chance to dry, however, you may need to locate it by smell alone or with the use of a black light.
Removing Odors After Having Found The Urine
After you’ve identified the affected area, you need to take measures to eliminate as much urine as possible, not only to keep your living space smelling good but also to discourage your pet from returning to this space and using it as a personal bathroom.
There are a number of organic compounds in cat urine that can make it difficult to get odors out – some of these are going to be water soluble, but uric acid is not and it can bind to all adjacent surfaces. After having identified a fresh puddle of urine you’ll want to:
Use a paper towel to wipe the urine off of any hard surfaces or to blot it out of your rugs or furnishings. Cloth should never be used unless you intend to toss this out when you’re done.
The best product for removing cat urine and the related odors is an enzyme cleaner. These are designed specifically for breaking uric acid down into carbon dioxide and ammonia so that these can naturally off gas on their own.
Never try to speed up the drying process when using enzyme cleaner given that this will inhibit the natural dissipation of carbon dioxide and ammonia.
Get a high-quality enzyme cleaner – low-cost options tend to require numerous uses before they’re able to fully clear odors from cat urine out.
Apply the enzyme cleaner liberally – the targeted area should be saturated with these solutions so that the enzymes can really go to work.
Leave the cleaner in place for approximately fifteen minutes, then blot any excess away and let the spot dry on its own.
Even though cats usually urinate on rugs, they can also target clothing, sofas, and beds. You can use the same cleaning strategies on these spaces that you use on your rugs. Clothing and slipcovers can be washed separately after treatment with enzyme cleaners. You will find spray markings on vertical surfaces like chair legs or door frames.