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How to get rid of cat urine smell

get rid of cat urine smell

How can you get rid of cat urine smell? Our guide outlines some home remedies and tips to remove the unpleasant cat urine odor.

As good as we take care of our cats and take care of them, sometimes we do have no fun: The cat pees on the couch, the carpet or even in our bed. There are many reasons for this, but first of all we face the problem: how the hell do we get rid of the cat urine smell?

Because cat urine not only smells very strong, the smell is also difficult to remove. This is particularly important so that the cat doesn’t pee on the same spot again.

We will tell you the best cleaners and home remedies with which you can remove cat urine and neutralize odors. Here are our tricks to remove cat ringing from the couch, laminate, tile, carpet or bed.

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Why do cats pee in the home?

If your cat pees into the home, there is always a good reason – even if you can’t always see it at first glance. Again and again one hears that cats pee somewhere “out of defiance”. However, this is not correct. Cats don’t hold a grudge against you or try to bully you by peeing.

Peeing is usually a way to show you that something is wrong. It is therefore particularly important that you do not punish your cat for peeing. Do not shout at your cats or try to push their nose into the urine stain. Your cat will only be stressed out and will not understand what did it wrong.

It is much better to investigate the causes so that you can prevent peeing in the long term. Here are some of the most common reasons why cats pee in the apartment:

  • Illness or pain
  • Noise (loud music, construction site in front of or in the house)
  • Stress (moving, moving in a new cat )
  • Problems with litter boxes ( wrong litter, wrong location, too few toilets)
  • Underchallenge and boredom
  • Rivalries with other cats in the household or in the neighborhood
  • Mark (missing castration)

The best solution to prevent your cat from peeing in the apartment is to address the causes. 

Tips to get rid of cat urine smell

Anyone who has ever discovered cat urine in their home knows that the urine stinks because it contains substances such as ammonia, amines, hydrogen sulfide and mercaptan. To get rid of cat urine smell, you have to neutralize the smell. It does not evaporate over time, but becomes more and more intense the longer it can soak in a material. The most important rule when removing cat urine is therefore: remove it as soon as possible!

Also take care when using home remedies to get rid of cat urine smell as well as with cleaners that it is suitable for the appropriate material. It is best to always test the agent of your choice in a hidden area beforehand.

It is best if you wash the affected fabric at 60 degrees in your laundry. If this is not possible, you can usually easily remove the cat urine and the associated stain with a little detergent or cleaning agent.

It becomes more difficult with the smell of cats, because not only is it extremely persistent, but often there are scent particles that you can no longer smell, but your cats can. The result: The cat often pees again and again in the same place.

It is therefore important not only to remove the cat’s urine, but also to neutralize the urine smell.

Enzyme cleaner

In stubborn cases, when home remedies are not enough to remove cat urine, a chemical odor neutralizer is needed. These so-called enzyme cleaners mostly contain bacteria that break down the substances in the cat’s urine and can thus completely remove the smell.

Enzyme cleaners can easily be sprayed onto the affected areas. Upholstery should be processed generously so that the bacteria can penetrate and also decompose the cat ring odor there.

The advantage of chemical cat urine removers: They can completely remove the cat urine odor and are gentle enough on the material so that they can also be used on upholstery or laminate. The organic cleaners usually do not contain any harmful ingredients, so they are also safe for cats. 

Our tip: With the help of enzyme cleaners, you can easily remove cat urine from wooden surfaces or parquet, as it is usually particularly difficult to get the smell out of the cracks. Enzyme cleaners are also suitable for upholstery or mattresses. The advantage of chemical cat urine removers: They can completely remove the cat urine odor and are gentle enough on the material so that they can also be used on upholstery or laminate. The organic cleaners usually do not contain any harmful ingredients, so they are also safe for cats.

Home remedies

If the mishap happened for the first time, we usually have no special cleaner on hand. But home remedies also help to remove cat urine. Provided the cat urine has not been able to soak in for too long and has not penetrated too deeply, for example into a cushion. In the first step, you should always wipe the urine off the floor as best as possible or soak it up with kitchen paper. 

If necessary, first clean the area with normal cleaner before you neutralize the smells. If the cat ring odor does not work with home remedies, you can still switch to chemical cleaners.If the mishap happened for the first time, we usually have no special cleaner at hand. But home remedies also help to remove cat urine. Provided the cat urine has not been able to soak in for too long and has not penetrated too deeply, for example into a cushion.

Baking soda

Grandma already knew that baking soda can neutralize odors. To remove cat urine odors, put a little baking soda or baking soda in a bowl and mix it with a little water so that a paste is created. Apply the whole thing to the stain with a brush and leave it on overnight. The next day, just vacuum the leftovers. Repeat if necessary.

Our tip: baking soda and baking soda are particularly good for removing the cat ring odor from the couch, upholstery, duvets or mattresses . But be careful: If the urine has already penetrated deep into a cushion, the mixture must either be worked in several times very well or you should use a chemical cleaner.

Coffee or espresso powder

Coffee not only smells better than cat urine, it can also neutralize odors. To remove the smell, put some coffee or espresso powder on the already cleaned and dried area. If the powder is worked in with a brush, let it soak in a little and then suck it off. Important: Since coffee stains, you should only use this method on dark fabrics.

Our tip: Coffee or espresso powder is particularly suitable for removing the smell of dark red fabrics and materials .

Alcohol

High alcohol (around 40%) can help remove cat urine. Massage some clear alcohol on the stain and let it soak in for a while. The smell of alcohol evaporates after a while and the smell of cat ringing should also be neutralized.

Our tip: Alcohol works to remove cat urine particularly well on laminate, tiles, baseboards or joints .

Vinegar

Vinegar can also help remove cat ring odor. If it is a washable fabric, you can soak it in a water bath for about 30 minutes, to which you add a large glass of apple cider vinegar. Then wash at the highest possible temperature. Our tip: Vinegar is best for pretreating and soaking washable fabrics that you can wash later at 60 degrees.Vinegar can also help remove cat ring odor. If it is a washable fabric, you can soak it in a water bath for about 30 minutes, to which you add a large glass of apple cider vinegar. Then wash at the highest possible temperature . that you can wash later at 60 degrees .

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