Cleaning Cat Urine From Suede?

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If your sweet little kitty has an accident on your suede shoes, clothing, or furniture it can be stressful determining how to clean it. This is a page about cleaning cat urine from suede.


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January 10, 2006

My cats got to my suede leather jacket and a pair of my leather boots and one of them "sprayed" on them. Can someone give me a tip on how to clean them?

HB from NY


By KJ (Guest Post)
February 24, 20050 found this helpful
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A few things you can try.:

1. White vinegar. But try it on a section of the boot that won't show much to ensure it doesn't damage the suede. White vinegar takes out ALOT of feline urine odor on most anything (carpet, clothing, etc.)

2. There is another product in pet stores that you can get that "eliminates" the enzyme that causes the odor/stain. Check with your local pet store for the name (I can't remember).

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By rob (Guest Post)
November 11, 20051 found this helpful
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Nature's Miracle is the enzyme stuff, available at PetSmart. Works wonders on carpet/upholstery. Suede may be permanently spotted by liquid already though.

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September 12, 2016

How do I clean cat urine off a leather and suede bag?


February 24, 20170 found this helpful

A combination leather and suede will be very difficult to clean as they are entirely different leathers especially when it comes to cleaning. I would suggest you consider turning this job over to a professional cleaner.


But if you still wish to try something yourself, I would try a regular leather cleaner on the leather part and try not to hit the suede. Leather cleaners can be found in shoe departments or you can try the leather cleaners found in your auto departments.
Regular suede cleaners will not remove the odor - in fact - most people say they have never been able to completely remove urine odor/smell - especially if it is from a male pet.Suede may be permanently spotted by liquid already though.

Here are some suggestions to try:

Odors can sometimes be removed by sprinkling the area with baby powder or baking soda and allowing it to set overnight. Vacuum the area the following day to remove.

Vinegar is another odor remover that is usually safe for suede. Wipe the area with a cloth that has been lightly moistened with white vinegar and allow it to dry. The vinegar smell will dissipate as it dries, and the odor will sometimes be removed.


Many people swear by a product called Nature's Miracle. It is an enzyme cleaner generally used for cleaning up pet odors. This can be found on-line at Amazon or at PetSmart and maybe other stores. Just follow directions on the container.

Here is what UGG (suede boots) suggests:
Apply diluted cleaner with a sponge, rubbing gently all over. Don't rub delicate suede harshly.
Stuff gently with paper to hold shape. Dry slowly, NOT with heat or sunlight.
When dry, brush with a suede brush in only one direction.

Here are a couple of sites that offer suggestions:

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February 24, 20170 found this helpful

You need to blot up as much as possible first. Then follow this article:

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