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Removing Cat Pee and Odor from Carpet

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When you kitty has an accident on the carpet it can be difficult to remove the pee and the odor. This is a guide about removing cat pee and odor from carpet.
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October 18, 20060 found this helpful

(format_html)I have 2 boys and 2 male cats that just got fixed. There are black marks on my carpet throughout the house. One cat decided to spray everything and the cat that would only go to the bathroom outside has been forced to stay in. I've cleaned up a lot of messes. Since they have been fixed, one has quit spraying but the other has not. When I see him sniffing around, I lock him in the bathroom with the box. It seems to be getting better.

I can't take the smell or the stains any longer. The items I have on hand are Oxy Clean, Vinegar, peroxide, ammonia, alcohol, and baking soda. The black stains are deep. What mixture can I use to take care of all of this? Any help would be great.

Thank you in advance.

Greeneyes

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"I have 2 boys and 2 male cats that just got fixed." Wow...you must have gotten a volume discount for all 4!

We solved that by getting the cats out of the house. They are not allowed inside. (05/05/2006)

By Pablo Haynes

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20 Muleteam Borax is the best! Nothing else worked for me. I dilute some into my carpet cleaner or I just mix it w/warm water & swish it around w/a broom. You must use paper towels or towel/rags to soak it up. In fact, I just finished doing my smelly house a few moments ago & the yucky smell is gone! (05/11/2006)
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By Mary

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Unfortunately, I have used Tide, Oxiclean, Vinegar, Natures Miracle, I will not try peroxide due to it will take out the color in furniture and or rugs, but a friend told me to use rubbing alcohol- I guess I just have a sensitive nose. Whatever it is you want to clean with, just use it hopefully it will work. Baking powder sprinkled on it when it is wet might help, wait till it dries then vacuum. Just make sure your cat is fixed and your litter box is cleaned daily, more if you have a lot of cats. (05/31/2006)

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After weeks of trying to get rid of cat urine from my rug, I finally found the answer. My one cat kept peeing at the end of the hallway downstairs on my new rug. I tried steam cleaning, didn't keep her away. So I finally put a plastic runner down with a throw mat on top, well she peed on that every day, so I had to wash the mat and put another down. One day while I was housecleaning, I steam-cleaned that area again, stunk real bad with cat urine after I got rid of the plastic runners. I was at my wit's end.
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I tried everything people suggested, even bought the powder from Planet Urine a waste of 40 dollars.

I told my husband he had to lift the carpet, well our padding is covered by plastic on top so it didn't seep into the concrete floor. I bought Woolite Pet and Stain Remover, after cleaning the pad and rug bottom and top with this, I got up the next morning and my house smelled worse than cat urine, a bad chemical smell. I wouldn't advise buying this.

So I went to Walmart. When I came home, I steam cleaned the rug with Bissell pet and odor remover. At Walmart, I bought this stuff in the pet department called Kids and Pets, and also Out. I lifted the carpet after steam cleaning it and washed the padding with Kids and Pets, then I sprayed Out on it. I turned the rug over and sprayed Out on it, then I put the Kids and Pets stuff in my steam cleaner and did that. I lifted the rug and put a fan to dry it.

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Then I sprinkled 20 Mule Team Borax on the padding and the underneath of the rug. Turned the rug over and that was it, I smell no more urine. It was like a Miracle. Trust me on this, I have used so many different products, such as Urine Out as seen on TV, that stuff from Planet Urine, nothing worked.

I have put up a window screen so my cat won't get to that area now. So far so good. She was sniffing around the screen and I chased her away.

Try this it really works. Remember it's only at Walmart. (06/01/2006)

By Sunny

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I thank each and every one of you for your ideas. I did find the answer to my question. For the black spots, I took an old hairbrush, brushed up the spot area and applied shaving cream. I then took the brush and went over the spot so the shaving cream got down into the stain, I let that sit till it was almost dry, took a mixture of vinegar and water, got the area a LITTLE wet and patted till I could not see anymore shaving cream. let it dry and the next day I used the cleaner. For the I for the odor problem, I did the carpet with vinegar and water, and for the most part, it worked... I sprayed it on there and let it sit for 10 - 15 min, then went back over it with the machine and sucked up the solution. With the area's of the problem, (one cat left it alone, the other didn't) I mixed 1/3 water, 1/3 vinegar, and 1/3 peroxide. Got the carpet nice and wet and let it sit. About 30 min later, went back over it with the cleaner, sucked up the solution, and my (problem) cat has not touched it since. I don't know if we are supposed to answer our own questions, but since you were nice enough to give me suggestions, I thought it would be nice to know what worked for me. Thanks again, everyone. (06/01/2006)
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By Michele W.

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I have tried many things to get the odor from my carpet and padding. With four cats and two dogs, I sometimes find it impossible to keep up, especially when they do it at night or when we leave the house for a while. When I steam clean the carpets, I wash them once with some Perfex, because I have it on hand, then when I go over the carpets again for a final rinse, I add some concentrated fabric softener. It gives the house a wonderful scent, except it doesn't last long and my dog or cats still go to the same spot. I don't have much money to spend on fancy cleaners, so are there any ideas on how to keep my dogs and cats from going to those spots again and again. My dad, who comes for a visit is telling me that I shouldn't have any pets in the house, but I can't let my cats outside as the town I live in, (pop. 300) will kill them without even giving you a chance to get them back. The cats just simply disappear, so my mom and I keep them sheltered in the house. (07/07/2006)
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By Amelia

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I found by accident this formula. I have had cat pee stains and odor for 2 years. I have poured expensive types of professional products in my carpet...the smell always came back. Then I mixed 1-quart hot water with 1/4 oxy clean. 1/4 cup surf powder (my source said use Tide) and 1/3 cup white vinegar. Shake and put in spray bottle. Saturate each spot, brush vigorously, blot with a towel. The smell went away and the yellow stains. A miracle! (07/13/2006)

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By 0 found this helpful
October 4, 2004

My daughter is moving out of an apartment and the management company tells her they have a device that will detect cat pee in the carpet because cat pee doesn't dry - has ANYONE heard of this before? I've contacted the company that sells this device - it is actually used to detect moisture from water damage, water, etc. nothing about cat pee, and am awaiting a response from them. I cannot find anywhere on the internet if cat pee truly does not dry - I need to find out how they can use this as a defense before we do the walk through.

Charob

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October 5, 20040 found this helpful

I looked for an answer, and I'm pretty sure cat pee dries, but I think the reason they said this is because if a pet pees somewhere, they usually pee in the same place over and over again, which would mean it is never dry in that area. All you need to determine cat pee is a black light. Cat pee glows.

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By traci (Guest Post)
October 5, 20040 found this helpful

Any type of urine stain on a carpet that has not been cleaned with an enzyme cleaner CAN BE detected with a black light. I am not if the device you mentioned can be used, but i do know that we use the black light method when we are training new puppies as sometimes you can miss where they go.

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October 5, 20040 found this helpful

We have a cat who was born with deformed front paws. Unfortunately, he doesn't like using a litter box because of this. Also unfortunately, my husband doesn't like picking up his dirty clothes. The combination means that my husband's pile of dirty clothes often become our cat's litter box. Although a pile of clothing isn't as thick or absorbent as carpeting (which we don't have), I can guarantee you that peed on clothes definitely do dry! I would think the black light method (which is true) would be more effective at detecting old urine.

Good luck with your walk through,
Kathy

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By Jennifer (Guest Post)
October 5, 20040 found this helpful

Up, it's a liquid... and not a thick one at that. Whoever told your daughter that is an absolute twit. Have her ask them if they ever learned about a little thing called "Evaporation."

As to any cat damage, yes a good enzyme cleaner (I've had better luck with those at cleaning supplies) and a Rug Doctor will do the trick. If you can get a Bissell, even better, since it will let you put down the solution and you can let the enzymes sit and work, without immediately sucking them back up again. If the carpet is REALLY bad, I'd let it set over night at least.

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By Ann (Guest Post)
October 5, 20040 found this helpful

Also, if there is hard wood floor under your daughter's carpeting, cat pee ruins it. And if there are baseboard heaters, the smell gets sucked in. I had to pay a previous landlord to repair the damage.

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October 5, 20040 found this helpful

Cat pee does dry, however it is made up of some chemicals that glow under a black light. A black lightbulb that can fit into any regular table lamp can be found at Wal-Mart or other stores - especially this time of year. The glowing pee sounds like a Halloween story, but I actually learned it in college in one of my Veterinary Technology classes.

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October 5, 20040 found this helpful

Cat pee does dry, however it is made up of some chemicals that glow under a black light. A black lightbulb that can fit into any regular table lamp can be found at Wal-Mart or other stores - especially this time of year. The glowing pee sounds like a Halloween story, but I actually learned it in college in one of my Veterinary Technology classes.

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October 5, 20040 found this helpful

You can get urine neautralizer at janitor supply places. It will make the smell go away, then shampoo the rugs well. Of course cat pee dries. They just want your security money instead of returning it. I bought a house from a vet that had ten cats & dogs living there, what a stink! I stripped the carpets, killed the fleas and neautralized the floors. Just like new again.

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October 13, 20040 found this helpful

Cat pee does dry and smell terrible--- there are some products on the market that will eliminate the odors if they are not soaked through carpet. I had to clean all my upholstered chairs after I moved. My male didn't like the upsets and decided to claim his territory. Doesn't smell like that now. Carpet is another matter because the padding soaks it up and keeps the smell.

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By Meredith (Guest Post)
October 28, 20041 found this helpful

We bought a house thar sat for at least 8 mos. and they had a cat that peed in a corner. My husband had to rip the wall out because we tried everything to remove the smell and it wouldn't go away. Low and behold the wall and wood were STILL WET!!!!!

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By Mary (Guest Post)
November 29, 20040 found this helpful

Cat pee does dry. It can be detected using a blacklight. Of course, if you get cat pee that has dried in a carpet (for instance) wet again, it'll stink to high heaven! I had this happen to me about 10 years ago. I found a product at the pet supply called "Nature's Miracle" & it specifically attacks the dried cat pee & chemically breaks it down & gets rid of it. However, the stink will get worse for a day or two while it does it's job, but it's well worth it. Cheaper than replacing a carpet, for sure.

Good Luck!!

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By Paul P (Guest Post)
June 15, 20050 found this helpful

Cat pee dries but the urine salts are very absorbant. The salts absorb moisture from humidity in the air. That moisture can be detected with a moisture sensor.

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By concerned (Guest Post)
August 20, 20050 found this helpful

this sounds like a scam to me, just do the walk thru and take an empty spray bottle, preferably new and in a sealed store bought package, and a video camera. Tape the walk thru under the disguise that you want proof of how you are leaving the apartment, (a good idea for any one that rents) when they "detect" urin simply open you spray bottle and walk to the sink, fill it with ordinary water walk over to a different spot on the carpet and mist it, have them check this freashly sprayed area, when this device says that is urine, politly ask them to prove the first spot was not just water, they should have quite a hard time doing so if you are savy with your words, not to mention you'll have one heck of a funny video.

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By Morpheus (Guest Post)
April 16, 20070 found this helpful

Yes, cat pee DOES dry... it just has an oily texture to it that does leave a residue unless cleaned properly.

The only device that would be able to differentiate cat pee from other substances would be a blacklight.

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By Angela (Guest Post)
August 19, 20080 found this helpful

Cat pee does indeed dry - but under a black light it will show (glow). But so won't spit, blood and other bodily fluids. Even though the stain looks gone.

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By Red Neck (Guest Post)
October 23, 20080 found this helpful

I'd suggest Anti Icky Poo, or other products that contain bacteria (not just enzymes). The bacteria in Anti Icky Poo is purportedly hardier than the other brands such that it can withstand some disinfectants, not a problem unless you tried disinfectants first. The bacteria will spread to follow its food source (the cat pee, wherever it managed to soak) until it has been consumed. It might temporarily stink worse until the bacteria have finished. The phosphorus salts in the urine are not affected, and will still show under black light. But they can be removed from the surface by conventional shampooing.

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January 5, 2018

I live in a condo with off white carpet. My cat peed on the carpet. I'm cleaning the spots with an enzyme cleaner, but a faint yellow stain remains. Also does the cleaner bubbling up (like peroxide) mean it is removing the stain? Do I keep cleaning and re-cleaning the area until it no longer bubbles? There is no odor, but I'm a little obsessive and even if it is not noticeable to anyone else it will drive me crazy. Thanks.

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January 5, 20180 found this helpful
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Natures Miracle, available at pet stores and amazon, will take care of both stains and odors.

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July 12, 20110 found this helpful

My cat who is being treated for a UTI is adamant that he will continue to pee on the carpet in the same area rather than use his litter box; however, he does use the box at times, it varies. I've use peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda in past, but I am out of it at home. Sometimes it worked; sometimes it didn't. My question: I do have rubbing alcohol in my cabinet at this time,. Does anyone know if this will discourage a cat from peeing on the carpet once he smells this strong, unpleasant odor?

By Kathy

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July 12, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know if rubbing alcohol will help at all. I'd be wary of pouring/spraying it onto my carpet. You should go pick up an enzymatic cleaner the next time you're at the store. I've gotten some at Petsmart and Wal-Mart, but have seen it at other stores, too. Head to the area of the store where they have pet cleaning supplies. The enzymes actually break down the biological residue, so there is no odor left for the cat to find.

If your cat has been using the same spot repeatedly, I suggest you treat the area a few times, making sure you saturate it (follow the directions on the bottle). I had a cat that decided he liked to poop in a certain corner of our computer/kitty litter room. I got one of those plastic carpet protectors from an office supply store (so that a rolling desk chair doesn't dig into the carpet) and placed it over the spot he was using. I don't know if it was the change in texture, or if he couldn't smell the spot anymore, but he stopped (and went back to the box).

Good luck with the pee, and I hope your kitty is feeling better soon!

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January 13, 2011

I took my cat to the vet and she did have a UTI. She still is peeing in the same spot. What do I do? We live in a an apartment and that will be a pretty fee when we are out of here. I did get a new cat box, the Tidy Cat Breeze one, with pellets. Should I go back to the old way or the electronic way?

By kim from Mishawaka, IN

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

I suggest you try an enzymatic cleaner. It'll break down urine, feces, vomit (biological wastes) so that the cat doesn't come back to the same spot. You'll have to saturate the area to get down to the padding, and you might want to treat the area twice, just to be sure.

Just a few days ago, someone posted about a dog peeing on the floor. Maybe it'll be of some help to you.
http://www.thri  9104376.tip.html

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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

If you look further down this page I have listed a recipe that most folks have in their cabinets and I do guarantee it works. Please scroll down to see it. I would post it again, but then it would be repetitive.

Hope it works for you, it has worked for us in many situations including a cat that got into my husband's van (we forgot to close the back door all night long) and he no longer has that nasty smell.

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