How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell (in 5 Steps)

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Soak Up As Much Urine As Possible

First of all take all the litter out of the box, getting as much urine soaked up as possible. Scrub it clean with an old toothbrush, throw out any old litter, and sprinkle some baking soda on the place where the cat urinated. You put it there to absorb the ammonia odor in the urine.

Wipe the baking soda up with a paper towel, and then sprinkle the box with some new litter. You don't want to put the cat back into the box yet, because it could catch her attention and make her want to pee in there again.

Move the box a distance away from the original spot, and place it in a quiet area. Some people say you should leave the box in another room for a day or two. Litterboxes should be placed with the opening facing away from where the cat sleeps.

Before you put the cat back into the litter box, you should get rid of the smell once and for all. Place a small, clean bowl of vinegar near the litter box to prevent the cat from urinating there again. Vinegar has an odor of its own that will keep your cat away from the litter box if she comes back to try and use it.

Natural Solutions You Likely Have On Hand

Cleaning your cat’s litter box is a necessary part of maintaining your cat’s health, but it can be a daunting task. We know it can be difficult, but with the right products and proper cleaning, the task is not as bad as it seems.

My family used to dread this task, but after switching to Quick n Clean litter, it doesn’t feel overwhelming at all!

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Use An Enzymatic Cleaner

Enzymatic cleaners have active enzymes that help break down proteins (i.e. the proteins from cat pee). They are usually made from plant derived proteins. The biggest advantage of enzymatic cleaners is that they do not only get rid of cat pee smell from carpet, but they also help to prevent your cat from peeing on the same spot again.

In order to completely get rid of cat urine smell from carpet you should consider using an enzymatic cleaner. If your carpet already smells bad, an enzyme cleaner is not the right choice!

Enzymes work best when the urine is still fresh and wet. They do the best job, when used before other products. If you have already used other products, let the area dry and then apply the enzymatic cleaner.

You can use an enzyme cleaner with a brush or pour it directly onto the soiled area. Whichever method you decide to use, make sure you cover the entire area. If you have to use a lot of enzymatic cleaner, make sure you rinse it out after. If too much of the product is left on the carpet, it will leave a sticky residue and/or smell.

Try An Extracting Wet Vac

In my experience the best way to get rid of that awful smell that we love so much is through the use of an extracting wet vac.

Put the end of vacuum hose (that it came with) near the offending (cat urine/feces) area and turn it on.

The suction and the fan that extracts the air from inside the vac should suck any cat urine & feces and other crap that's attached to it from the area that stinks.

If there is more than one place that stinks you may need to repeat the vacuuming over every spot that stinks to remove the cat urine smell.

Prevent Future Accidents

I know you are eager to get rid of the odor, but to prevent similar odor problems from occurring, you need to solve the cause.

You can follow the steps that are listed below to solve the cause of the problem.

There are many great ideas that are described in websites and blogs from cats owners.

In order to prevent the cat from urinating everywhere in your house, you’ve to act before every accident, since once the cat urinates the damage is done and the cat will look at it as his/her territory. The best way to prevent it is to show the cat with patience and care that this area is not acceptable for its needs, and then you will limit its access there and find your cat a proper place.

Make sure to clean the area you want the cat to use and leave its urine smell on it.

As your cat has its favorite places where it usually urinates, try not to change it! But if you have to change it, then your cat will feel like that place is his/her old area. It will go there more frequently and will take a long time to stop the smell.

You can put scented carpets at certain locations, but cats get use to those scents and they will still spray in other places.