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
HI have 5 indoor cats and know your problem. The first thing to do, is clean it as soon as it happens, if possible.
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)
I live on a farm and often get stray males spraying on and around my home. We have an enclosed porch that they seem to find a way in and spray. I usually can't find the spot where they spray so this is what I do.
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)
Hey, I was reading through here and thought i'd offer up my opinion.
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)
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