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How do I get rid of the smell of cat urine in carpet? The carpet has already been steam cleaned, but the smell still lingers.
By susanmcclure from Fort Scott, KS
Whatever, you do not use heat on the area that smells like urine. the heat will only make the smell worse. I learned it the hard way!
Try Natures Miracle from a pet store. Also you can get carpet cleaning solution for pet odors. It does work.
Try mixing cup water, 2 tbsps of baking soda & 1/4 cup of white vinegar together in a spray bottle. Spray on the stain & rub with a cloth to remove excess moisture, do not use disinfectants as it leaves a lingering small of ammonia which will encourage the cat to keep peeing there.
Oddly enough I've searching for weeks for a home remedy, no chemical type solution for this problem. I've tried several suggestions found all over the place on the web... Some listed mouthwash, others peroxide, vinegar, baking soda, etc. So, fed up with so many options I filled a spray bottle with an entire bottle of peroxide and whitening mouthwash, sprayed away and violá, stink and stain GONE! No residue, no carpet discoloration, no damage to padding... After several fails it was nice to finally see results. Good luck!
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?
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.
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.
Lots and lots of Cayenne pepper! Cats can't stand this spice!
An enzyme cleaner like Natures Miracle will remove the odor.
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?
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 Nextdoor.com, 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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My kitty cat Shnookums (aka Mr.Choop and Big Spenda) has kidney failure and for some reason decided that my decorative pillow was the *perfect* place to go pee. I stripped off the pillow sham and tossed the pillow. I took the pillow sham along with my comforter to the dry cleaners (they're both dry clean only) and the woman said that most likely nothing they did would be able to get rid of the odor, but they'll try anyways.
When I get the pillow sham back what can I use on it if the odor is still there? He peed on the backside of the pillow on the plain black cotton side.
So any tips that are color-safe and don't require using a washing machine?
By Jennie from Tempe, AZ
I have used Febreze Spray. It is a bit expensive however worth the price. (11/05/2010)
By julie hogan
One of the few products that works is Natures Miracle. They have a line of remedies that takes care of skunk smell, urine, and feces removal. I have used it to remove not only the smell, but the stain also. It is available at any pet store. There are copy cat (excuse the pun) brands, but they don't work as well and are a waste of money. (11/05/2010)
My 5 year old cat has just started peeing and pooping inside, in only one spot. She's never done this before. I've used the mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the odor to try stop her and also have sprinkled cayenne pepper over the area.
None of these seem to be working. Her situation hasn't changed at all and she is a very happy, well looked after cat. I would like some homemade recipes to try to stop this problem. The room is going to be my daughter's room, so I don't want any chemicals to be used. Please help.
By amy from New Zealand
No cayenne pepper. It burns their eyes and, as a vet assistant, I have seen cats actually claw their eyes out to stop the hurting. Cats don't like the smell of citrus fruits, try spraying the area with a strong citrus scented spray, such as "Orange Glow". (07/24/2009)
By Dena Roberts
I just discovered that washing with an orange oil based soap, then spraying with diluted rubbing alcohol and lemon oil, does a good job. I would, however, try putting a litter box in the chosen spot and then gradually moving it away. (07/27/2009)
I found a product called "Out Natural Spot and Odor Remover" that uses enzymes to kill the odor. I tried 2 other pet products that didn't work. This one did. I poured the product on the area and scrubbed it in with a nylon scrub brush, blotting off the excess with paper towels.
Regarding someone's advice to put the cat box there and gradually move it away. Don't do it.
I moved my cat's freshly cleaned box into the guest room for 7 hours while the plumber worked in the laundry room. After putting it back to it's normals place, the cat immediately started peeing exactly where the box had been in the guest room. The cat is 17 years old and never gone away from his box other than outside. (10/27/2009)
You can also use mouthwash, such as Scope, to get rid of the odour. (10/27/2009)
By Dena Roberts
My older cat has been urinating on my bathroom rug. I have washed it several times, but can't seem to get the urine smell out. Is there anything that I can make at home to remove the odor. I know you can buy stuff, but it is rather expensive.
By Rose Smith from Malvern, PA
I would keep the rug off the floor because you may never get rid of the smell as far as the cat's nose goes. Try adding vinegar to the wash. (01/19/2011)
Get a large bottle of hydrogen peroxide at K-mart or Walmart. The last I paid for a large bottle was 1.29. Soak the rug for 20 minutes, then wash it by itself with detergent and 1/2 cup vinegar.
I buy a product called Odoban. I have seen it at Walmart, but I purchase the gallon size and dilute it at home. It saves money doing it this way, but it sanitizes and doesn't just mask odors. You can spray it on after you have cleaned the carpet, let it dry and maybe reapply if needed. I know I have purchased the gallon size at Home Depot and at Sam's. Good luck! (01/19/2011)
Borax is the only way I know to really get rid of cat urine odor. A large box costs about $2.50. I use about 1/3 cup in my front loader and wash as usual. Even the cats can't find the spot afterwards. (01/19/2011)
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