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Removing Cat Pee and Odor from Carpet

I need tips on to get rid of cat pee! Especially the smell, but I want to get rid of the smell so that my cat does not smell it and pee again! I heard vinegar works, but has anybody actually tried it? I'm afraid that we might have to get rid of him if he doesn't stop, because we're installing new hard wood flooring, but I also heard they stop with that too. HELP!


Is Your Cat Fixed? 08/05/2004
I have three cats (actually 9 felines (6 babies). I've found VINEGAR to be the best (bar none, including fancy store products) for dealing with the issue.

I do wonder, has the cat been fixed? I know mine made horrific smells but he was actually "spraying" not peeing. It's not the same thing and once he was fixed problem eliminated!

I keep a spray bottle of vinegar & water (sometimes with essential oils) around my kitchen for EVERYTHING!!!

Good Luck!

P.S. On a final note, cat will pee elsewhere if their litter box is not kept really clean. They're fastidious creatures and the pads of their feet are sensitive.

By LadyRagtop (Guest Post)
Vinegar and Water 08/07/2004
Yes, vinegar and water does work. Mix it half and half. Ladyrag is absolutely right about altering your cat. They are marking their territory. Female cats will also do this! However, if the cat has not been doing this before, it may have a urinary tract infection. Good luck! Barb
By Barb (Guest Post)
Oxyclean 08/07/2004
We had a "sprayer" some time ago who loved to spray our fabric couch. I ended up replacing the couch with a new leather one and the problem stopped. I've not tried vinegar but I can say that when my elderly dog has an accident, I use Woolite's OxiClean spray that works on stains and odors. We never have a problem with the other animals (two other dogs and two cats) or our elderly dog going back to the same spot because of any residual smell. I also spray Febreze around the house pretty regularly to stop any animal smell that might linger in the carpet.
By Christine (Guest Post)
Inject Vinegar Into Your Carpet 08/09/2004
I have heard that you can use a syringe with vinegar in it and inject it into the carpet spot so that the vinegar gets down into the carpet pad. That gets down below where you normally can't reach.
By Nancy (Guest Post)
Nature's Miracle 08/15/2004

We bought a repo home whose last occupant had 5-20 cats at any given time. She let them pee in the house, because the smell masked the smell of other *illegal* smoke fun, if you get my drift.

It was so bad it was down to our sub floor. I checked around everywhere and here's what worked for us.

IF it's thoroughly soaked, the odor may be hard to remove. Ours was black and crystallized in some places. You have no choice but to replace.

I spent a lot of money on remedies, but the only one that really worked was Natures Miracle. It's expensive, but even on the blackest of spots, it helped the smell. It uses enzymes to eat the offenders in the cat pee that make it smell.

But beware: if the spot is bad enough, if it gets wet, it will smell again. This includes humidity. Even treated areas smelled for us on humid days.


What worked for us was replacing the most damaged areas completely, treating the smaller areas with Nature's Miracle, then when dry, painting over them with Kilz. You have to seal the areas, otherwise when wet, it'll stink again.

We thought we treated the whole house, yet when the carpet people FINALLY came, they spotted areas that we didn't even consider. They allowed us to treat them, but they recommended baking soda to neutralize it. And I'm sure they've seen their fair share of nasty carpet.

I hope this helps some!

By Shawn Kelly from Burkburnett, TX
Keep Your Litterbox Clean 08/25/2004
Cat Pee is horrible - I have three cats and there is nothing worse than that smell. The litter box has to be kept clean and it must be large enough to accommodate your cat. Some cats will NOT share a litter box with another cat therefore you must have enough litter boxes in your home to accommodate those fussy ones. Spaying and Neutering can work but it should be at an early age before 1 year old. Chances are 50/50 they will not continue to spray if you spay/neuter your cats after 1 year old. Good Luck everyone.
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Nature's Miracle 11/03/2004
There is nothing on this earth that can get rid of that odor than Natures Miracle made specifically for that purpose AND they will not return to the spot. When I first got my Yorkie, she went everywhere! I went to PETCO or some similar place and would buy it by the gallon... it WORKS!! Try it!
By Guest (Guest Post)
Out 11/18/2004
There is a product called Out that is sold in Walmart. It contains enzymes and bacteria that completely gets rid of the odor and prevents cats from returning to the same spot. It works on carpets, material, etc. It also has a money back guarantee.

Burkburnett, TXI have used it many times and wouldn't be without it. There are probably other products on the market that contain enzymes and bacteria - check your supermarket.

By Karen Lawrence
Black Light 05/10/2005
You can find cat pee that you can't see by using a black light bulb on a utility light and put the light close to the carpet's corners and under furniture. The cat pee will glow.
By guest (Guest Post)
Don't Mix Urine and Bleach 07/28/2005
Do not put bleach on any kind of pee or urine. Urine is ammonia and when the two are mixed it is a NOT GOOD combo. Tried it in my basement with just bleach water and urine and had to get everyone out of the house because of fumes then was later told by everyone that urine is a form of ammonia.
By yuckycatoee (Guest Post)
Try Nature's Miracle 08/17/2005
Try Nature's Miracle. It DEFINITELY works wonders! You can buy it at any pet store usually. I had a male cat spray my entire overstuffed couch once & thought for sure that I would have to get rid of the couch. A friend of mine told me about Nature's Miracle. I used it, and the smell was gone completely.

It says it's guaranteed to work or your money back. We just moved into a house & our older cat is a bit nervous and he ended up urinating behind our entertainment center in our living room. We went to the pet store & bought more Nature's Miracle & put it on there.

The only thing is, You have to keep them away from the area while it's being treated or they will pee there again. You need to completely saturate the carpet where they have urinated to completely get out the odor (since the urine seeps into the padding,etc. under the carpet). It takes about 2 weeks or so to fully dry & for you to tell if the treatment completely worked. If after 2 weeks you can still smell it, they say to try to put the Natures Miracle directly to the padding under the carpet, since that's where the odor would be coming from. So far it's been 3 days for us, and the carpet isn't completely dry yet back there, but the smell is pretty much gone already.


I hope this is of some help to you! Good luck.


By Jackie (Guest Post)
Tea Tree Oil 09/12/2005
What also works is tea tree oil diluted with water, that will take the pee smell out and like you guys have mentioned white vinegar works also great. My friend uses Tide laundry detergent and that works for her
By barbara (Guest Post)
Nature's Miracle? 09/22/2005
I've heard many people talk about how great Nature's Miracle is, both on this site and elsewhere, but I've got to say that I'm not having much luck with the product. I caught my cat peeing in the newspaper recycling basket on Monday. As I was removing the basket, a small stream of urine fell onto the carpet. I immediately drenched the area with Nature's Miracle, but I'm still smelling the odor. Because I caught the cat in the act, there's no way the urine had time to seep into the carpet pad. The treated area is still a bit damp. When should I start to see (or smell) results? Thanks for any help you can provide. (FYI, their customer service number doesn't work.)
By catherine (Guest Post)
Peroxide, Water and Vinegar 11/27/2005
I found that Using white vinegar and peroxide with water worked.
By Debbie (Guest Post)
Borax 11/27/2005
Try using borax on the spot. Sprinkle borax on and then take a wet cloth and rub it into the spot. Let dry and vacuum up the extra borax. If they pee on it again, after cleaning rub onion on the spot. It will cover up their marking scent.
By Julie Barwick

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