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How to Find the Best Cat Urine Enzyme Cleaner

Cleaning up our cats’ messes can be difficult and frustrating. Traditional household cleaners can be toxic to animals and don’t actually address the problem. Enzymatic cleaners for cat urine are the best method, but they need to also be easy to use, multipurpose, and safe to use around pets and people. Like most pet parents, I’ve suffered from pet pee problems.

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My cat, Olivia, has had her difficulties peeing in random places, like on my new bath mat. I know how frustrating it can be. Not only are you trying to figure out why your pet is treating your whole house as a litter box, but you also have to figure out the best way to clean up the mess too!

There are so many cleaners on the market, but not all are created equal. Some of them don’t clean pet messes effectively, and some of them can even be dangerous for our pets! 

An enzyme cleaner for cat urine is your best bet, but there are so many to choose from. To find the best pet enzymatic cleaner, it’s important to understand what’s in cat pee, how enzyme cleaners work, and what you should look for in a good enzyme cleaner.

Why Does Cat Pee Smell So Bad?

Of course, all pet pee smells bad, but cat pee has an especially bad reputation for smelling horrible. It seems to linger longer than other pet pee and with a stronger odor too.
All urine is made of water along with components like urea, uric acid, and creatine. So why does cat pee smell so much worse?

my cat peed on the bathmat
After turning 16, my cat Olivia started peeing outside the litter box.

There’s actually a scientific reason for the extra odor. 

The main reason is time. Many pet parents don’t notice that their cat has peed outside the litter box right away because cats often pee or spray urine in out-of-the-way places.

When cat pee has a chance to linger, bacteria will eventually break down the urea. This gives off those stale pet smells we’re familiar with. If the pee lingers longer, the pee decomposes even more and gives off mercaptans, which are what make skunk spray stink!

This decomposition process is why it’s so important to make sure we clean up every last bit of the pee, not just cover it up. And that’s where a pet enzymatic cleaner comes in.

How Do Pet Enzyme Cleaners Work?

Enzyme cleaners as cat urine removers use good bacteria to create enzymes that attack the waste causing your pet stain and break it down. Then those helpful bacteria eat the broken-down waste from the pet stain and change it into nothing more than water and carbon dioxide.

I know it’s tempting to reach for any household cleaner you can find when you realize your cat has peed out of the litter box. After all, you don’t want that urine odor to linger!

Unfortunately, a regular household cleaner can never fully clean up cat urine odors and stains. Even if our noses think it smells clean, our cats’ sensitive snouts can sniff out the slightest traces of urine, and that could lead to repeat offenses. Plus, many household cleaners contain harsh, irritating chemicals that can be harmful to cats and other pets.

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Pet enzyme cleaners are so effective because they don’t just cover up your cat’s pee – they break it down completely.

With enzyme cleaners, your pet pee problem literally evaporates into thin air.

But what enzymatic odor and stain remover for cat urine is the best choice for your family?

4 Things to Look for in a Good Enzyme Cleaner for Cat Urine

When searching for an effective and safe stain remover, here are four things to consider. 

  1. Be Wary of Any Odor Eliminator with a Strong Scent.  Scents that smell just fine to us can be overpowering or even dangerous to our furry friends. 
  2. The Packaging of the Stain Remover Needs to Last. Most odor remover brands have trigger sprayers making it difficult to allow you to saturate the spot with enough formula to eliminate the entire stain. Look for a brand that offers a pour top or a trigger that can be adjusted for a more liberal application of the cleaner.
  3. Dyes Are Not Your Friend. Any stain remover or odor eliminator with dyes in them may be eye-catching on the shelf, but that means they can leave eye-catching stains in your house too. For a fabric-safe cleaner, look for one that’s dye-free.
  4. The Stain Remover Needs to Be Versatile. Cats don’t just pee on one surface, so your stain remover and odor eliminator should be good for multiple surfaces. A good multi-purpose enzyme cleaner will be usable on carpets, hard surfaces, upholstery, and in your laundry while also cleaning things like toys and leashes.

My Favorite Enzyme Cleaner for Cat Urine

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My favorite stain remover for cat urine is Kinderbean No-Stress Mess Eraser, an enzymatic cleaner!

First off, I’ll admit I’m just a teensy bit biased on this one. That’s because I actually created this stain and odor eliminator.

And there’s a very good reason why I decided to create an enzymatic stain and odor remover when there were already so many on the market to choose from. It all comes down to one word: frustration.

Like many pet parents out there, I was constantly frustrated when it came to cleaning up my pets’ accidents.

I tried so many stain and odor eliminator brands, but I kept running into problems. Some wouldn’t clean the mess completely. Others had strong fumes or a smell that lingered for days. One odor remover in a spray bottle even broke the very first time I tried to use it.

I couldn’t find ONE cleaner that checked all the boxes. I needed a stain and odor remvoer that was:

  • Safe for every member of my family, human and animal
  • Safe for carpet, hardwood floors, upholstery, laundry, leashes, and more
  • Effective in removing any pet stain
  • Easy to use

Besides my own personal reasons for wanting a reliable pet enzyme stain and odor remover, there was a bigger picture.

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Behavioral issues are one of the top reasons why pets are surrendered to shelters, and inappropriate elimination is one of the top issues. One of the reasons this occurs is because stains aren’t cleaned up properly, and the pet revisits the scene of the crime, like outside of their litter boxes! 
In other words, if pet parents had access to an effective and easy-to-use stain and odor remover, they would be less likely to surrender their cats to shelters. Since over half a million shelter cats are euthanized every year, solving this problem could literally save pets’ lives.

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Kinderbean only needs three simple steps (soak, rub, and air dry) to thoroughly and completely eliminate stains. I made sure those instructions are clearly explained on every bottle—not only because I want to make the stain removal process as easy as possible for you but because ineffective pee cleaning actually affects cat behavior and ultimately their well-being and happiness.

Kinderbean also has no dyes, is made in the USA, and has only 5 natural and safe ingredients. It’s currently available on Amazon for purchase. 

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How Do I Get Old or Set-In Pet Stains?

You can use the Kinderbean No-Stress Mess Eraser to tackle those stubborn old pet urine stains on clothes, linens, carpet, and more! 

For clothes and linens, blot up as much cat (or dog!) urine as you can, if there’s still any. After, soak the pet stain with the enzymatic cleaner and leave it overnight. Throw in your stained clothes in your regular wash cycle and add 1/4 cup of Kinderbean along with your regular detergent. Usually, one cycle can eliminate the stains, but for particularly powerful cat urine stains, you may need to repeat the process.

The process is pretty much the same with carpet, except you can skip the laundry cycle. You can read more about it in this post.

The Tail End

As a lifelong pet parent, I know the frustration of dealing with our pets’ messes. I created Kinderbean to help all pet parents by making living with and loving our pets easier. Thank you so much for supporting a product that also supports the health and welfare of the pets we all love so much.

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Kristen Levine is a nationally acclaimed pet expert, influencer, and Fear Free Certified® Professional with over 30 years of experience working with pets.

Through this blog and her book, Pampered Pets on a Budget, Kristen has helped millions of pet parents solve problems and provide the best care for their dogs and cats.

Working alongside hundreds of pet professionals, including veterinarians, behaviorists and trainers inspired Kristen to become a pet parenting “guide”, providing readers with reliable information about health, wellness and lifestyle for dogs and cats and the people who love them.

A dogged advocate for pet adoption and rescue, Kristen has featured over 1,000 adoptable dogs and cats from the SPCA on live television and radio appearances to get them adopted. Her blog, KristenLevine.com has been featured in over 100 media outlets – including the New York Times, USA Today, FOX & Friends, Good Morning America, Women's Day, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, Pop Sugar and more.

To stay up to date on the latest health and lifestyle trends for pets, Kristen regularly attends the top veterinary and pet product conferences, where she’s often a featured speaker.

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