There are a few ways to get rid of the cat pee smell. One is to pour a pot of boiling water on the area and let it sit for a few minutes. This will cause the urine to evaporate and the smell to dissipate. Another option is to use a vacuum cleaner with the hose attachment. Make sure to use the appropriate filter for cat urine. Finally, you can use a commercial cat urine eliminator.
It's all fun and games until the cat pees in your house. Kitty tinkle is one of the most unique and pungent smells on the planet, perhaps rivaled only by the notorious durian fruit.
Cleaning cat pee is also not intuitive - it's more like a science experiment. Whereas you'd instinctively use warm or hot water to clean almost anything else, using hot water on cat pee will only set and amplify the stench.So, if you have a cat pee-emergency, follow our instructions below to get rid of that stinky urine.
General cat pee removal guidelines:
If your cat peed on the carpet, mattress, or couch, do the following:
Follow general cleaning instructions, then sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it sit for an hour or so before vacuuming it up to help neutralize the cat pee smell.
If your cat peed on tile, sealed wood flooring, or baseboards, follow these steps:
On the stain, use general guidelines or a DIY solution of hydrogen peroxide and water (1:2 ratio) or straight up undiluted white vinegar.
If your cat peed on an unprotected floor:
If your floors are not sealed, after cleaning up the cat pee with cold water, scrub the stain with straight vinegar and rinse with more cold water.Blot the stain with a towel until there is no longer any trace of moisture. Enzymatic cleaners may cause damage to unsealed floors, so test some in a hidden location before liberally applying to the stain.
If the cat pee stain and odor persist, you may need to use a sander to remove it because the urine may have soaked into the wood. We recommend sealing your floors, but that's a project for another day.
If your jerk cat peed on your clothes, do the following:
It's time for a new cat.Rude.
But seriously, a common mis-cat-ception is cats mistaking laundry baskets for litter boxes; do not, no matter how tempting, throw your cat's pee clothes straight into the washing machine.If you do this, the odor will set in and your clothes will be ruined. Think of cat pee like smallpox: the odor is highly contagious and can be transferred to other clothes in the same laundry load, necessitating a new wardrobe.
Stop and breathe.
Rinse the cat pee stain on your clothes with cold water and blot with towels, just as you would a floor or a piece of furniture; blot, not scrub.Soak soiled clothes in a bucket with 12 cup oxygen bleach (not chlorine bleach!) for 2-3 hours, then remove and soak in a vinegar and water (1:3 ratio) bath.Allow some baking soda to sit directly on the stain for 10-15 minutes before adding the cat pee clothes to the washing machine, set to cold, and run without any detergent.Because the heat from the dryer may still cause the odor to set, hang the clothes to dry.
If this appears to be a lot of effort to remove a stain, you are correct; we would reserve this level of care and diligence for your most prized possessions; otherwise, it may be time to go shopping.
The future is feline
Keep a clean litter box to avoid future rogue cat pee incidents. Kitties despise a dirty litter box.Consider taking your cat to the vet for a check-up if it continues to pee outside of its box for no apparent reason (new pet, new house, change of scenery, change of kitty litter).