The odor of cat spray can be tough to get rid of. Properly removing the odor can also help prevent recurrences. This is a guide about cleaning cat spray.
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My cat is spraying on my front porch and along the side of the house. (I think to mark their territory) and the smell is making me sick. Does anyone have any suggestions to get rid of this smell?
By emch (Guest Post)11/25/2008
I have a neighbor cat that uses my front yard close to the door as a potty area. How can I stop this cat from using my yard?
We went on holiday, putting our cat in the cattery but forgetting to lock the cat flap. A tom cat has been in the living room and sprayed it. Yuck! We've had some success with warm water and white vinegar, but does anyone have any other ideas, please? We'd be very grateful.
Vodka in a spray bottle and reapply as necessary.
I have a female cat and a male dog and had recently signed up to watch my sister's cat for a week. I have since found out that she had never gotten him neutered, so with that being said in the course of a few days her cat has covered my place with his spray which is a very acidic odor.
I have no idea where he had sprayed or how may times, but I'm desperate to get that smell out. So my question today would have to be, which is the best way to deodorize my place and free myself from the strong scent of cat spray?
By Britney from Edmonton, AB
My cat just started spraying like two days ago, he has a vet appt on Friday. He only sprays in one spot by the front door. I literally just used baking soda and hydrogen peroxide an hour ago, and the smell is gone! I also used the lemon idea to see if it will get him to stop spraying in that area. But hydrogen peroxide with baking soda is the cheapest and most effective thing I have found to work.
My cat has sprayed my computer bag that was by the front door. How do I remove the smell?
By D. Jeanette
The only way to get rid of the smell for good is with bio-remediation, that is letting the correct bacteria eat the organic matter sprayed by the cat. Make sure that whatever product you use has live bacterial spores. I use a product from Winsol Labs but you only need a small amount so Natures Miracle would work.
Any bacterial product made for septic systems like Ridex will work. Rid ex comes in liquid form but since you need so little of it I would recommend the powder. Mix about a teaspoon of the powder with enough water to cover the sprayed area, or cover one whole side of the computer bag at a time.
Make sure the area stays moist for at least two days to give the bacteria enough time to work. You can put the liquid on and cover with a plastic bag. To find where the cat sprayed, look at the bag in the dark with an ultraviolet light. You can also use products for cleaning sink drains as long as they work by using live bacteria.
HELP ME PLEASE. I just discovered that a neighborhood cat has been spraying in my cellar window onto my carpet. OMG, the smell is enough to gag you. What can I do to get the pee out of the carpet? I have closed the window, so he won't be able to continue to do it. Any help you can give me I thank you for already.
A cat has gotten under my house and sprayed. I dont have a cat.
The odor is awful in my kitchen and living room. How do I get rid
of the smell?
By Meaghan (Guest Post)11/21/2007
You might not want to mix bleach with cat urine - urine contains ammonia, and bleach + ammonia = chloramine/chlorine gas. Not fun.
A stray tom cat got into our house and marked it with cat spray. How do I rid my carpets of the odor?
I discovered this recipe for getting cat spray out of carpets, furniture and even hard surfaces. It really works for me. 1st mix 1 cup water to 1 cup white vinegar. Find the area of spray with the black light method, or your nose. Wet rag with vinegar water mixture and keep pushing mixture into smelly spot. Once saturated blot with a dry clean cloth. Next sprinkle baking soda over the area.
Next, get an empty spray bottle and mix 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide to 1/4 teaspoon dawn dishwashing soap. Spray over backing soda. Once the baking soda is dry vacuum off. Make sure it is dry. I hope this works for you as well as it has worked for me.
What is the best solution for cat spray odor in carpet?
Try the Natures Miracle enzyme product. I use it all the time.
How do I remove cat spray odor from papers?
By Joyce F
My cat sprayed my hair last night while I slept. I see solutions for everything but this. And yes I know, he needs to be neutered, he has an appointment next week already.
By just jen09/06/2013
I've never tried this, but I do rely on white vinegar to get all sorts of smells out of things - cat pee from a jacket, skunk from a dog so you might have some luck.. couldn't hurt!
My young male cat has obviously used this area before and I just found where. I was wondering what kind of solution is there for wooden floors? Any advice will help and I'd be very appreciative! Thank you!
How do you remove cat spray odor from sneakers?
By History Buff from Grahamsville, NY
By Paula Jo C.07/11/2009
We have had cats for years so I know what you are referring to here. I would suggest going to your nearest Pet Store (or perhaps even your cat's Vet office) and purchase what is made for this very thing.
Just tell the store clerk or the vets office what you are trying to do and they can and will help you. Please do not ever rub an animals nose in the mess that they have made AS this ruins their sense of smell permanently.
Your pet is your companion, treat it as you yourself would like to be treated. Our 5 cats are our furry children now that the children are married and moved away.
Please make an appointment with your vet to have your cat spade or neutered. This will help with them with marking off their territory by spraying. Your cat is just marking your shoes (or you or your smell) by spraying on them so others will know to stay away.
Let us know how "this" turns out for you both; we are after all "your on line family" and we do care for one another in what happens OR at least I do. Good Luck to you and your furry child both!
How do I remove cat spray from clothing?
By Grace D. from Picayune, MS
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My male cat sprays and it smells bad in my house. Can anyone help me take the smell out of my house?
Joanne from Kingston, PA
I read different things on here about using white vinegar and water to take the smell out. If it is on clothes or that kind of thing use the vinegar in your wash. I have used a product called "Out" from Walmart. This is cheap and works wonders for urine, feces and vomit. Many others on here have posted about it and seem to have luck with it as well.
Another thing is finding the urine, if you are not sure where it is, use a blacklight. Cat urine glows under it.
I hope that this helps! (03/13/2006)
First I make a mix of peroxide and baking soda. It will be foamy. The vet said don't use vinegar because it smells similar to the urine and it will encourage them to go there again.
Anyhow, I make this in a big bowl...it will foam up and if not in a big bowl you will end up with it on your counter. I pour this mixture directly on the concrete floor, and also put some in a spray bottle. I spray where the smell is the strongest and it takes the smell away. This will take a few days to completely rid it but does work. (03/15/2006)
For cleaning urine, hydrogen peroxide and water is amazing. For floors and whatnot, let it set; for carpets rub it in and wash away with warm water after it has dried.
For clothes, however, I find that putting some white vinegar (as mentioned before) in the wash works quite well.
As for preventing them going in the same place again, replace some of your every day cleaners with something lemon scented. Cats don't like citrus scents (especially lemon) and prevents them from going in that area. Also, lemon air freshening sprays are good to knock out a whole room. I, personally, use lemon mopping liquid, and sprinkle lemon scented powder on my carpets before vacuuming. The house smells wonderful.
Also, cut out an ammonia from your cleaning rituals. There is ammonia in cat urine, and so the smell is familiar. It encourages, rather than discourages, the cat.
I hope these tips help. (05/11/2006)
My room smells like cat spray, not pee, spray. I don't know where it's coming from. The people who lived here before me must have had a cat. What do I do?
Ana from Toronto, ON
By Paula Jo Carr, Mebane NC USA
You can also leave a bowl of vinegar (with or without citrus peels) in a room to freshen the air.
Sprinkling baking soda around and vacuuming it up after an hour or so also helps freshen the air in the room. You can do the same thing with dry tea leaves. (12/12/2006)
A feral male cat entered my house and has sprayed everywhere. I tried to eliminate the odor with a pet odor removal product today and it did not help. This happened today and I can't see where he has sprayed.
Clare from Cameron, OK
If the cat sprayed on a wall, then use straight peroxide. Leave it on for a few seconds and then wipe. Continue to do this until the smell is gone.
If perhaps you see a cat pee, use baking soda, pour it on the pee and it will absorb it. Wait a few seconds and then pour peroxide on the spot. It will suds up. Wipe and use more if needed. (02/19/2009)
What can I use to get the smell of cat spray out of my house? And how do I find where it is?
By Alicia from Arlington, TX
Help me please. I just discovered that a neighborhood cat has been spraying in my cellar window onto my carpet. The smell is enough to gag you. What can I do to get the pee out of the carpet? I have closed the window, so he won't be able to continue to do it. Any help you can give me I thank you for already.