Cat Pee Odor Outside Windows in Apartment?


I've lived in my place coming on 20 years, but really can't put up with cat pee every time I open all my windows. I live on the ground floor. I have tried a load of stuff, but nothing ain't working. Can anyone please help?


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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

Dog pee and cat pee is horrid and hard to get rid of. I normally mix white vinegar with some bleach and spray the area. This will clean the area and get rid of the smell. A lot of time if you spray this area on a daily basis the animals will stop going there to pee. They are just makring their territory and that means that more than one goes there to pee in the same place as another one.

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

Are you in an apartment? Have you asked your landlord to see if there is something he/she knows of to clean the area?

Is this concrete or dirt?


Are these people who live in the building and let their animals pee there?

If that is the case, perhaps have a building wide meeting and ask that people use a different space for their dogs and not let their cats outside (I know that one will cause a huge fuss, but I am all about cats being indoor pets, not going out--but that is me).

Wishing you all the best! I hope you find a solution.

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

Lots and lots of Cayenne pepper! Cats can't stand this spice!

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August 22, 20190 found this helpful

An enzyme cleaner like Natures Miracle will remove the odor.

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August 25, 20191 found this helpful

Several questions that only you can answer will determine which suggestions you might be able to find helpful.

1.) Is this area concrete or grass/dirt/gravel?


2.) How large an area are you talking about? Is it just a small area under/near your window that could be sprayed with some sort of solution? And maybe sprayed for several days in a row or every few days for a few weeks?
3.) Are there shrubs that some solutions may harm or kill?
4.) Have you notified your landlord and they are not taking action?
5.) Is this a public walkway?

Perhaps you can decide what sort of action you can take depending on the answers. I have tried or heard or read about some solutions that might work for some areas.

1.) Spread pine cones around the area. If you do not have access to pine tress for free pine cones you can place a pine cones wanted ad on, Freecycle, Craigslist and probably find lots of free cones. This really works and is usually free.

2.) Mix half and half water and white vinegar a spray bottle and spray directly on the soiled area. Must be done everyday for a week to keep cats from returning and then a couple of times a week and then once a week for a while. You can use stronger vinegar solution but if you spray several time and then occasionally it should not be necessary.


Do not use any product that has Ammonia as an ingredient as this will only attract more cats.

Information from a vet:

A popular piece of advice for discouraging cats is to use cayenne pepper. Don't. Though it's true that cats are averse to the spicy powder, they could actually go blind if they get it into their eyes. Use other deterrents that will not harm the cat.

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