How to Get Rid of That Cat Pee Smell for Good

By Friday, December 27, 2019

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Few things are as frustrating for cat parents as when their feline friend decides to pee outside the litter box. Not only does it create a lot of extra work, but that lingering cat pee smell can be really hard to get rid of.

Even worse is the fact that our cats can smell the faintest trace of cat pee (even if we don’t notice it), and it will actually draw them back to the same place to pee again.

The good news is that you can get rid of even old, set in cat pee stains and odors. Here are some tips to take care of the smell on any household surface.

Cat Pee Smell on Wood Floors

Wood floors can be tricky because you don’t want to use a harsh cleaner that will damage the finish, but you need something that will penetrate a little bit to remove odors – especially if you find a stain that’s been sitting for a while.

Ideally, you’d catch the accident early and wipe it up before it has time to set in. Then follow up with a cleaner specifically formulated for removing pet stains and odors.

Get rid of cat pee on hardwood floors.

Simple Solution Hard Floor Pet Stain and Odor Remover is one way to eliminate the lingering odor of cat pee and prevent your cat from returning to the scene of the crime. All you have to do is spray the area where the accident occurred, blot with a rag to remove the stain, and wipe up the excess.

One of the things that makes this such a great product for wood floors is that it comes with a special nozzle that adjusts the spray for your specific situation. If it’s a fresh stain, then a quick mist will do the trick. However, you can change the setting to foam for deeper set stains and odors. There’s also a stream setting that can help you target the nooks and crannies in your wood floors.

One word of caution: Most cleaners are formulated for sealed wood floors. If your floors are untreated, you risk staining or damaging them further with many cleaning products. In some cases it may be necessary to sand and refinish them.

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Cat Pee Smell on Tile

If your cat pees on a single tile, your job is easy. Just wipe it up with your favorite all purpose cleaner. If it has seeped into the grout, though, that’s another story!

Even sealed grout will probably need to be cleaned with an enzymatic cleaner. Remember, just because you don’t notice any odor doesn’t mean your cat can’t still smell it. Simple Solution Hard Floor Pet Stain and Odor Remover works for tile as well as wood floors. And the direct spray setting is an easy way to target those grout lines.

Cat Pee Smell on Carpet

If your cat pees on your carpet, the first thing you’ll want to do is soak up as much of the urine as possible. Use a clean cloth and blot until you’ve absorbed most of it. Make sure you put some pressure on the cloth, especially if your carpet is thick and plush. You might even want to step on the cloth to give it a little extra push.

Next, rinse the area with clean water and blot with a new cloth or use a wet/dry vacuum to suck up the water. Avoid using anything that heats up (like a steam cleaner), since this could set the stain.

Remove cat pee smell from carpet.

The next step is to use an enzymatic cleaner like Simple Solution Extreme Stain and Odor Remover. Pour a generous amount on the area you need to clean, let it dry naturally, and vacuum once it’s dry.

Carpet shampoo for cat pee.

If you prefer to use a carpet machine for deep cleaning, Simple Solution Extreme Carpet Shampoo is compatible with any machine and can tackle those deep set stains and odors.

Cat Pee Smell on Furniture

Probably the last place you want your cat to have an accident is on your couch or your bed. If it happens, though, you don’t have to toss your mattress. Cleaning furniture is a similar process to cleaning carpets. It just takes a little longer to dry since the liquid penetrates so much deeper.

Start by blotting up as much of the urine as possible and cleaning the soiled area with water. Follow up with a good enzymatic cleaner like Simple Solution Cat Extreme Pet Stain and Odor Remover. Pour on a good amount, let it sit for 10-15 minutes to allow the enzymes to work, and then blot the excess with a clean towel.

Cushions and mattresses will dry much more slowly than carpets. If the weather is nice, you can leave your cushions outside to dry. If you bring them inside before they’ve dried completely, you may want to cover them with a sheet of tin foil to discourage kitty from jumping up and revisiting the area. You probably don’t want to drag your mattress outside, but you can lay down a towel to absorb any lingering moisture before you remake your bed. Then change the towel daily until the mattress is completely dry.

You may need to repeat this process a few times to completely remove the cat pee smell.

Preventing Accidents

A while back, my cat Olivia, developed the unpleasant habit of going outside her litter box – usually on my brand new bath mats. In her case, I was able to resolve the problem with a good enzymatic laundry pre-treatment and a few tweaks to her litter box.

My cat, Olivia, started peeing on my brand new bath mats!

Usually, if your cat is going outside the litter box, she is trying to tell you something. A trip to the vet can rule out any medical issues, like kidney disease or hyperthyroidism, that could contribute to accidents.

Once your cat has a clean bill of health, you’ll want to make sure that her litter box meets her needs. Otherwise, all of the cleaning in the world probably won’t keep her from peeing where you don’t want her to.

Our idea of a purr-fect litter box setup may not meet our cats’ exacting standards. Click here for expert tips on making your cat’s litter box a place she’ll want to visit. If you think your cat could use a little extra convincing, my favorite litter, World’s Best Cat Litter, makes a litter especially for picky cats. It contains a safe, plant-based ingredient that naturally attracts cats to the litter box. How great is that?

Obviously, prevention is the best solution to a pesky cat pee problem, but even if your cat still has the occasional accident, the right cleaning routine will prevent it from becoming a habit.