You love your cat, but it’s not always all fun and games when Felix or Luna goes on your floor instead of the litter box. Are they acting out because they’re upset with you? Do they have an underlying health issue? Whatever the problem is, now you have another one: the lingering smell of cat urine.
If you’ve dealt with this problem before or are finding yourself in this situation for the first time, you’ll know that it’s a smell that can be tough to eliminate. Luckily, we’ve been around the block a time or two and have some tricks that can help you tackle your cat’s lingering scent to turn your home back into a fresh and airy oasis.
How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell
There are a number of cleaning products on the market, but the best cleaners for cat urine will have enzymes which will kill the bacteria and eliminate the odor. Enzyme-based cleaners can be found at your local pet store, but vinegar and baking soda will also work well in neutralizing the smell.
It’s important to clean the area as soon as possible, since the smell will only get worse with time. Cats will mark their territory, and if an accident isn’t cleaned quickly, it can be difficult to remove the entire smell which will entice your furry friend to keep going there.
Blot up the accident as soon as possible with a towel and rinse the area with clean water. Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove the liquid, and then follow up with your enzyme cleaner or other cleaning product. You can repeat this process as needed. Having a repeated problem with cat or pet smell in your carpet? Many people do, that is why there are specific carpets designed to help reduce pet smells and make clean ups easier. Contact our team at Flooring By Design today to learn more about pet friendly carpet options and make your life a bit easier!
Why Does Cat Urine Smell?
Despite popular belief, the smell of cat urine is not much different from other animals. However, it is easy for an accident outside the litter box to go unnoticed. This results in a strong stench that any cat owner knows all too well. Bacteria in cat urine will decompose over time, emitting compounds that (if we’re being honest) reek to high heaven. One other factor that makes cat urine smell terrible? Hormones. These hormones signal to other cats that your feline is around, which is good for cats in the wild, but bad for cats and guests in your home.
Why Did My Cat Pee Outside the Litter Box?
There are many reasons your cat might go outside their litter box, including illness, arthritis, or behavioral problems. Your vet will be able to help you determine the cause of urination outside the litter box and propose solutions to stop it.
Can Professional Carpet Cleaning Get Cat Urine Smell Out?
We thought you’d never ask! Here at Flooring by Design, our team of flooring professionals has seen it all, which means we know how to deal with it all. If you’re struggling to eliminate pet odors in your carpet or would like to replace the carpet in your home, we’re here to help. Contact us online or call us at 919-477-9849 today. Want to see carpet options for replacement? Come see us at our Triangle flooring stores in Durham and Holly Springs!