Cleaning Cat Spray

October 11, 2017

Cleaning Area Where Cats Sprayed InsideI have three male cats. They have sprayed different areas in my home. It smells! How can I find the right area? I want to clean it well! I just cannot see exactly where. Please help!



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October 11, 20170 found this helpful
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You have to break up the urea crystals. An excellent product is Nature's Miracle, made by Amazon. You need to saturate the area. It can take up to two weeks to break up the crystals. After two weeks, if it still smells, you missed a spot, and must apply again.


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October 12, 20170 found this helpful
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I had this problem before. Wash your carpet, if you have one, and all your walls with a vinegar and water solution. Then spray with Febreeze, the one for animal smells. Works really well to take the odor away.

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January 22, 2005

My cat is spraying on my front porch and along the side of the house. (I think to mark their territory) and the smell is making me sick.

Does anyone have any suggestions to get rid of this smell?


January 23, 20050 found this helpful

Vinegar should help. Use it half and half with water and spray it on the area.

By Susan (Guest Post)
January 23, 20050 found this helpful

Try using a bleach and water solution 50%/50%. Let it dry. It seems to be the only thing to kill the bacteria of the acids. I had an issue with that years ago and after removing the carpet the odor remained in the wood floor. Bleach and water did the trick. If odor remains try a stronger mixure of bleach and water.


Good luck!

By Burnt toast (Guest Post)
January 23, 20050 found this helpful

You may want to try straight peroxide, I did this with accidents on the rug, it didn't harm anything.

Cat also got closed in the car overnight and pee'd on the cloth seat. I did the same , soaked it with straight peroxide. I would suggest you spot check it first though.

Maybe you could use a spray bottle, just spray on and leave it , don't wipe it.

January 23, 20050 found this helpful

Baking soda should neutralize the odor as well. Mix with water. Use a sponge to wash down the porch. There are products you can buy that are supposed to keep animals away from areas where you don't want them to be.


One is called Indoor No and I think another one is Scat!

January 23, 20051 found this helpful

When a cat starts spraying you have a problem as they usually continue to do so. About the only remedy I have heard of is to have the cat neutered.

January 25, 20050 found this helpful

I posted information about this product regarding another question, but I think this would work for you. I am an Independent Watkins Associate, and we carry a product called Odor Zap. It's a heavy-duty odor neutralizer. It's biodegradable, non-toxic, non-corrosive, hypoallergenic, and non-staining. It's 100% safe for people, pets, and the environment. It may be used on all household odors like smoke, mildew, paint fumes, and waste matter (which I think cat pee qualifies as - ha!) It's great to use in mopping solutions, carpet cleaners, or humidifiers and may even be used on sports equipment, shoes, and wet dogs.


If you would like me to send you a catalog so you can look at the product, just e-mail me and I can send you one. Good luck. I know that smell can really be strong!

trudypowell @ (remove spaces)

By Shelley (Guest Post)
January 26, 20050 found this helpful

I have 4 cats and two of them are constantly peeing on stuff. The only thing I have ever had work is Oxi Clean. (It works great on carpets.) You can use it if your porch or siding is unfinished wood, fiberglass, or metals. But if it consists of Painted/finished wood it can't be used. Good luck.

By Chris (Guest Post)
January 29, 20050 found this helpful

I go to K-mart and get the gallon jug of Pet Out. It works wonderfully. I have a dog and cat and sometimes they have accidents and this takes the smell out and any stains left behind. I hope this helps.



By Carrie Bridges (Guest Post)
February 3, 20050 found this helpful

I used to work for a vet and we always had animals peeing on the sidewalk and the building. We used the bleach and water solution and also scrubbed with a brush or broom with hard bristles. It did the trick everytime. Good Luck!

By Chris (Guest Post)
January 17, 20070 found this helpful

I actually read somewhere that cats are attracted to bleach so I ha ve stopped using it. I use a vinegar and water mixture with a touch of listerine.

January 21, 20070 found this helpful

If you really want to get rid of the spray odor, Get some OdorXit Concentrate and spray it (diluted 1 part concentrate 20 to 30 parts water on the contaminated areas after washing and rinsing the areas with TSP or Simple Green or Dawn. Vertical surfaces often will take more that one treatment and a 15 to 1 solution.

January 21, 20070 found this helpful

If you really want to get rid of the spray odor, Get some OdorXit Concentrate and spray it (diluted 1 part concentrate 20 to 30 parts water on the contaminated areas after washing and rinsing the areas with TSP or Simple Green or Dawn. Vertical surfaces often will take more that one treatment and a 15 to 1 solution.

By Andy (Guest Post)
February 17, 20070 found this helpful

The smell may not be from your cat. Obviously if you've SEEN him spray, you don't need to read the rest, but here's an idea:
Another possible source of the smell could be your shrubs. If you have planted boxwoods around your porch, which many of us have, you should know that these shrubs have a very strong odor that is similar to cat urine.

By Sharon L Martin Canada (Guest Post)
July 26, 20070 found this helpful

Spray vinegar on the area . I keep a spray bottle on my deck all the time to spray door and side of house. It works!!!!!!

By no name (Guest Post)
April 22, 20080 found this helpful

I just got rid of the same problem yesterday. scrub with a hard bristle brush and a bucket of ammonia and water. let it air dry a bit and get some moth balls, crush them in a bag and sprinkle in the area. don't use more than one box of moth balls in one small area or your house will have a strong smell of moth balls like i did.


it worked though. just wont use as many (2 boxes) next time...well hopefully there won't be a next time

By emch (Guest Post)
November 25, 20080 found this helpful

I have a neighbor cat that uses my front yard close to the door as a potty area. How can I stop this cat from using my yard?

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July 5, 2009

How do you remove cat spray odor from sneakers?

By Carol Smythe from Grahamsville, NY


July 5, 20090 found this helpful

Leather or fabric, the sneakers are unwearable as is. Mine are leather. Wash in the washing machine with an old towel or two, using hot water, a tablespoon of detergent, and a cup of white vinegar. Run one entire cycle. Put wet sneakers in the sun to dry. If necessary, repeat. It took doing twice, but now mine don't smell anymore.

July 6, 20090 found this helpful

If it's inside the shoe, try sprinkling baking soda and leaving for a day or two to absorb the odor. If on the outside leather of the shoe, try vinegar and water.

July 6, 20090 found this helpful

Product called Kids N Pets sold at WalMart (at least this is where I buy it.) It works, I got cat urine out of my leather sofa, my beautiful mauve carpet and it works great on a mattress. This stuff is always in my house between two geriatric pets I have. That if one is not having an accident the other is. :)

July 7, 20090 found this helpful

You can try Urine Gone which I bought at walmart - does the trick. Spray and smell gone.

July 8, 20090 found this helpful

Febreeze works wonders. If you have a Dollar General near you, the "Febreeze" generic they have works as well as the real one, I think. You may need to do once or twice.


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July 11, 20090 found this helpful

We have had cats for years so I know what you are referring to here. I would suggest going to your nearest Pet Store (or perhaps even your cat's Vet office) and purchase what is made for this very thing.

Just tell the store clerk or the vets office what you are trying to do and they can and will help you. Please do not ever rub an animals nose in the mess that they have made AS this ruins their sense of smell permanently.

Your pet is your companion, treat it as you yourself would like to be treated. Our 5 cats are our furry children now that the children are married and moved away.

Please make an appointment with your vet to have your cat spade or neutered. This will help with them with marking off their territory by spraying. Your cat is just marking your shoes (or you or your smell) by spraying on them so others will know to stay away.

Let us know how "this" turns out for you both; we are after all "your on line family" and we do care for one another in what happens OR at least I do. Good Luck to you and your furry child both!

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June 5, 2011

We went on holiday, putting our cat in the cattery but forgetting to lock the cat flap. A tom cat has been in the living room and sprayed it. Yuck! We've had some success with warm water and white vinegar, but does anyone have any other ideas, please? We'd be very grateful.

By Susan Southern


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June 5, 20110 found this helpful

Use the white vinegar full strength. Repeat as necessary. Walmart has a relatively inexpensive enzyme/odor product in the pet section. But if you apply where you have already applied the white vinegar, be sure to go over that area with basic soap and water and dry before applying enzymes as I don't know what the acid of the vinegar might do to affect the enzymes. But vinegar full strength might do it alone.


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June 7, 20110 found this helpful

Get a black light and turn it on in a dark room. The urine marks will show up but only when using a black light. Treat the areas where the animal urine is showing up with the black light. (You'll be amazed at how it shoes up I know I was when we had the same similar problem). This way you can see everywhere the cat sprayed and treat the areas that need to be treated. Make sure your cat does not mark his or her territory because they can smell another cat in their domain now.

Keep us posted on what you end up doing!

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March 19, 2007

A cat has gotten under my house and sprayed. I don't have a cat.
The odor is awful in my kitchen and living room. How do I get rid
of the smell?


March 31, 20071 found this helpful

Pour some bleach or "Real Lemon" on the area to kill the odor........and sprinkle ground black or cayan pepper to help keep the cats away.

By Meaghan (Guest Post)
November 21, 20070 found this helpful

You might not want to mix bleach with cat urine - urine contains ammonia, and bleach + ammonia = chloramine/chlorine gas. Not fun.

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January 15, 2012

What is the best solution for cat spray odor in carpet?


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July 6, 2016

I have stray cats that visit my yard. They have gotten into my garden shed and sprayed on just about everything. Any suggestions how I can remove the odor?

Thank you.

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March 30, 2015

My 8 month old neutered cat just sprayed all over his own underbelly, tail, and the wooden porch in response to the presence of a tom cat! He is usually just inside and wants in, but there is no way at this point. He is smelly and you can smell it in the kitchen as the door comes into the kitchen area. He is very fiesty and it will be dangerious to try and bathe him. Any ideas?

By Colleen

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October 21, 2014

tabby cat on brick walkI created a very comfortable and warm shelter for my 3 ferals. They lived there for almost 3 years. Last winter, another feral from the neighborhood tried to seek shelter there and there was a fight, the feral sprayed in the houses and my ferals sought out new shelter. I've tried cleaning the houses and surrounding areas with a solution I found online called "Anti-ikky poo", I sprayed the houses thoroughly, changed the straw, cleaned the heated beds, and changed the vinyl flap doors, all to no avail.

They still won't go in there! I have to do something for them before the winter, but don't know if I should buy new houses, or relocate my existing ones. I don't know how to resolve this problem. What should I do?cat next to driveway

By Alexandra

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June 24, 2012

My cat has sprayed my computer bag that was by the front door. How do I remove the smell?

By D. Jeanette

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July 16, 2010

I have a female cat and a male dog and had recently signed up to watch my sister's cat for a week. I have since found out that she had never gotten him neutered, so with that being said in the course of a few days her cat has covered my place with his spray which is a very acidic odor.

I have no idea where he had sprayed or how may times, but I'm desperate to get that smell out. So my question today would have to be, which is the best way to deodorize my place and free myself from the strong scent of cat spray?

By Britney from Edmonton, AB


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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

I also recommend the Natures Miracle enzyme soak product. It is great. When it is dry the smell will be gone. Some pet stores have a blacklight that allows you to see where the cat sprayed. Although I have found many of them dont work all that well, it is something. In your case I think I would be letting my sister help (a lot). :)

August 16, 20101 found this helpful

My cat just started spraying like two days ago, he has a vet appt on Friday. He only sprays in one spot by the front door. I literally just used baking soda and hydrogen peroxide an hour ago, and the smell is gone! I also used the lemon idea to see if it will get him to stop spraying in that area. But hydrogen peroxide with baking soda is the cheapest and most effective thing I have found to work.

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December 5, 2014

How can I get old cat spray out of my rug? It's a big rug for the middle of the floor.

By Linda

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November 7, 2014

What can I use to remove cat spray from vinyl siding? What can I do to have it not happen again?


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September 6, 2013

My cat sprayed my hair last night while I slept. I see solutions for everything but this. And yes I know, he needs to be neutered, he has an appointment next week already.

By Nelwyn

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April 23, 2012

A stray tom cat got into our house and marked it with cat spray. How do I rid my carpets of the odor?

By cork

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July 16, 2014

How do I remove the smell from cat spray on an Xbox 360? I've been rubbing it with multi action cleaner for about an hour, but with no result.

By D. Jones

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February 7, 2014

How do I remove cat spray from clothing?

By Grace D. from Picayune, MS

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January 7, 2014

My young male cat has obviously used this area before and I just found where. I was wondering what kind of solution is there for wooden floors? Any advice will help and I'd be very appreciative! Thank you!

By S.C

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March 10, 2013

How do I remove cat spray odor from papers?

By Joyce F

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June 30, 2004

HELP ME PLEASE. I just discovered that a neighborhood cat has been spraying in my cellar window onto my carpet. OMG, the smell is enough to gag you. What can I do to get the pee out of the carpet?

I have closed the window, so he won't be able to continue to do it. Any help you can give me I thank you for already.

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January 6, 2011

Help me please. I just discovered that a neighborhood cat has been spraying in my cellar window onto my carpet. The smell is enough to gag you. What can I do to get the pee out of the carpet? I have closed the window, so he won't be able to continue to do it. Any help you can give me I thank you for already.


July 16, 2010

What can I use to get the smell of cat spray out of my house? And how do I find where it is?


April 13, 2010

A feral male cat entered my house and has sprayed everywhere. I tried to eliminate the odor with a pet odor removal product today and it did not help.


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