How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell

How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell

Cat Pee Smell

There’s nothing worse than entering a beautiful home and being assailed by the strong odor of cat urine. Usually, the smell is from a cat who has started peeing outside of its cat litter box. The worst part is, if the urine is not removed quickly, the cat will return to the same place to urinate again.

Cat pee is especially offensive for several reasons. When the bacteria in the urine starts to decompose it gives off an ammonia-like odor. Then mercaptans form, which are the same compounds that skunks spray to ward off threats. In addition, the older the cat, the worse the odor. Unneutered male cats’ urine often contains strong smelling hormones which add to the stinky mix.

Urine odor gets worse over time because it becomes concentrated as it sits. Luckily, there are common household items like vinegar and baking soda that can counteract the urine stench.

Urine odor gets worse over time because it becomes concentrated as it sits. Luckily, there are common household items like vinegar and baking soda that can counteract the urine stench. Since vinegar is an acid, it neutralizes the alkaline salts in the cat’s urine that causes the ammonia-like odor. PetMD.com recommends a mix of one part vinegar to one part water to clean walls and floors. The vinegar smell should go away after a few days along with the urine smell. Adding a combination of one cup baking soda and a quarter cup of vinegar into a washing machine with detergent should remove cat odor from items you can wash, like bed linens and clothing. If the first wash doesn’t completely remove the bad smell, then repeat. A big favorite is enzyme-based cleaners you can get from pet stores. These enzymatic cleaners break down the acid in the cat urine, which removes the stench. These products are useful on items it is difficult to wash, like carpets and upholstered furniture.

Whatever you do, DO NOT try to clean the stain with ammonia.

Whatever you do, DO NOT try to clean the stain with ammonia or products that contain ammonia, since it won’t get rid of the cat urine stink. Since ammonia is a component of cat urine, it will attract the cat back to that spot to pee again.

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