Cat spraying can be a catastrophe. Probably, the first thing you will notice is the pungent smell, caused by the cat defecation, emanating from all corners of the house. When you find yourself in this dilemma, the first step should be to find out “where?”.
There is little you can do unless you find the spots where the cat has been spraying. In the worst case scenario, the cat might have been spraying for a while without your knowledge. In this case, you will have an uphill task in locating the spraying zones. The good news is that cat urine can be spotted even when dried up since it forms some stains.
When finding out “where?”, you should focus on the key entry points to the house such as the doors and the windows. This is because cats are notorious for spraying on these areas as a sign of marking their territories. The other target points are the carpet and the couch.
These are the places where the cat is more likely to spend its day. By checking up these areas, you will identify the spraying zones by either spotting the urine or the stains. Let your sense of smell guide you in your search for the spraying areas. The closer you get to the spot, the stronger you feel the spray smell.
The hardest part is to identify the spraying zones. Once that is done, the rest is just a matter of effort.
Step 1 – Wipe down the Spray area
Now that you know where the cat has sprayed, you should start by cleaning the area. Grab a paper towel or a rug- in case the area affected is too large. Using the paper towel or the rug, wipe up the urine.
In the event that the urine had already dried up, pour a glass of cold water on the spot and wipe it out with the paper towel. In cases where the spot is on a carpet, pour some cold water on it and bolt it out with the paper towels before adding any cleansing products.
Avoid rubbing the urine into the carpet or seats. This may cause it to set and hence making it even more difficult to remove.
Step 2 – Apply cleaning products
Once you have wiped out the urine with a rug, it is time to clean the spot with a cleaning product. It is good to check your cleaning products and ensure that it does not contain ammonium.
Cats are notorious for picking up the smell of ammonia and they may continue spraying in that spot. The best cleaner for cat spraying is an enzymatic cleaner. The enzymes are effective in breaking down several compounds in the cat’s urine that cause bad odor.
You can ask for such cleaners from any local store. Follow the directions on the bottle. You can soak the sprayed area with the cleaner then bolt it out with a paper towel. You should then vacuum the area thoroughly to remove the stain.
Alternative Cleaning Method
Use a Natural Remedy.
Some people do not like using chemical cleaners on their carpets and seats. If you do not want to add chemical cleaners to the stained spot, you can make your own natural cleaner by mixing vinegar with some warm water. Mix 100ml of vinegar with a glass of water and shake thoroughly.
Add the mixture to the affected area after wiping it up. Let it soak in on the spot and bolt out with a clean cloth or a paper towel. Another natural remedy can be made by mixing nitrogen peroxide with baking soda.
When you mix a tablespoon of baking powder with 5.5 oz of nitrogen peroxide, you will make a good cleaner for cat spray. Mix the two in a container and add 1 squirt of liquid handsoap then mix well with a wooden rod.
Before applying the hydrogen peroxide mixture to your carpet, you should do a spot test with some rugs to ensure that it does not bleach. Use the same process of cleaning as it is with the other cleaning products.
How To Deal With Intense Smell
The best way of dealing with the cat spraying smell is to clean the spray areas thoroughly. You can use the process above and repeat it up to three times before you completely get rid of the smell. In the meantime, you can keep your house smelling fresh by the use of air fresheners.
Use an air freshener that contains baking soda. They are very effective in absorbing bad odor due to their components such as sodium bicarbonate. You could also improvise your own air freshener.
For example, using natural herbs, you can mix 1 cup of dried herbs such as rosemary or lavender with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, a teaspoon of ground cloves and a teaspoon of baking soda. Sprinkle this mixture on the carpet and let it stay for around 30 minutes then vacuum it.
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