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How to Clean Cat Urine

By Valerie Trumps

 

Getting Rid of Cat Urine Smell

 

The lingering, pungent odor of cat urine is enough to make a homeowner with carpeted floors weep in despair. Besides the unhealthy air you’re breathing, the “mark” beckons your kitty to return again and again to that same spot. Here's how to get rid of the smell for good.

 

Play Detective

 

Black lights are unique in their ability to detect urine, blood, sweat, and other gross bodily fluids that contain fluorescent molecules. Pick one up at most any store – pet store, hardware store, discount department store. Wait until nighttime, turn out all your lights except for the black light, and mark the spots with something heavy (rocks work well) that your cat won’t disturb. Then get to deodorizing so whatever product you choose can work overnight.

 

Stop the Stink

 

Few things smell as bad as cat urine ripening in your home, which has made products reputed to de-stink your carpets a hot commodity. Enzyme-based cleaners and odor removal products claim to render the odor inactive (in my experience, they do not), and sealers (like Kilz) are reported to lock the odor away in walls and floors. But rather than spending a lot of money on chemicals that are bad for you and your animals, consider using cheaper and time-tested cleaners from your grandparents’ day.

 

Go Natural

 

Some natural and reportedly extremely effective remedies include these:

  • Pour ammonia on the offending areas, allow to dry, cover with baking soda, let it sit for a while, and then vacuum.
  • Saturate the spot with hydrogen peroxide, pile baking soda on top, and let it sit for a couple of months (seriously!).
  • Give the spot (or area) a heavy spray-down with white vinegar.

 

Granted, the ammonia and vinegar routes can be pretty stinky on their own, but the smell will dissipate much sooner than any urine odor will.

 

Bring Out the Big Guns

 

If none of these methods work and your house still smells like a litter box, it’s time to bring out the big guns of serious measures and considerable expense. Rent a commercial steam-cleaning vacuum to deep clean the carpets and go over the areas slowly and repeatedly. Combine this with purchasing an ozone machine, which improves the air and makes the whole house smell as if it’s never been urinated in.

 

If you have the unfortunate experience of neither of these methods solving the problem, a professional may have to be brought in to rip up the carpet and pad, scrub and seal the floor underneath, and replace it all. Short of moving out, this is the method that’s practically guaranteed, although it is extreme and very expensive.

 

Be Thorough

 

Whichever way you choose to get rid of the stench, you absolutely must, unequivocally, be completely thorough. This point cannot be emphasized enough. If Kitty-Face so much as gets the slightest whiff of having urinated there before, the call of the wild will make her do it again. And after all the work you did to get rid of it in the first place, being forced to do all of it all over again has been known to reduce some urine cleaners (namely, me) to tears. It’s a good idea to block off the room from your little spraying feline until the cleaning and deodorizing process is complete and no odor remains. Otherwise, she may decide to thwart your efforts by re-spraying.

 

Have you had success with any other solutions besides the ones mentioned here? Or have any of the listed methods (or combination of them) worked especially well for you? Speak your piece and share your tips!

 

Image: Steve Heap / Shutterstock

 

This article originally appeared on Pet360.com

 

 

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  • Peeing contest
    10/29/2014 03:23pm

    I have a multi cat household (16 cats) in a stone/brick house with wood floors. I have two males that are peeing and spraying. They are currently on Anxitane. I have 5 Comfort Zone Diffusers and I should have more. Since I have an issue with harsh products, I am limited, however, I recently used Baking Soda near a stone wall where there has been constant spraying which seems to work. I did spray vinegar somewhere else but apart from my boyfriend complaining about THAT smell it hasn't worked very well. Whoever sprays, sprays again.
    The most important thing is, is to clean the spot thoroughly before applying an odor repellent. If not, then the kitty will go back that is certain. I've never though about Ammonia since you can't use ammonia based disinfectants for cleaning according to the vet.
    In conclusion, Baking Soda works but

  • 10/15/2015 02:08pm

    Ammonia is not just awful but it smells like pee and the cats will be attracted to it. I sometimes use Bissell products-- they work very well and smell pretty good. PS -- thanks for all you are doing for kitties-- you sound like a rescuer.

  • 10/15/2015 02:10pm

    I also use a mixture of 3 parts water, 2 parts cheapo lemon juice and 1 part white vinegar -- if it smells like lemonade then I know I've mixed it to my satisfaction.

  • 10/31/2015 12:15am

    My vet also recommended lemon. She said cats dislike it, so they generally stay away. Do you find that it bleaches the color of the furniture? I'm worried that it will lighten the area.

  • 01/12/2016 08:56am

    Use SCOE 10X-a bit spendy but MONEY BACK

  • 01/12/2016 06:24pm

    Depends on what the furniture is made of-- wood? If it's stained I don't think a swipe and a rinse off would hurt it. Check a corner to test the solution. I've only used it on rugs and I have cheapo rugs which I am about to pull off. The wood floors (sealed, stained but old)have never been bleached by this solution

  • 02/06/2016 12:19am

    Our family has tried lemon juice but the problem is that there isn't a way to completely eliminate the pulp in the juice and you end up with microscopic food particles in your carpet which can attract certain insects and leave a sticky residue on a floor. Finally, if you include lemon juice in a mix for the rug shampooer, it can clog the machine. We stopped using lemon entirely after such realizations. We just stick with white vinegar, enzyme-based detergent, and water. We use Cat Attract in a natural litter product of Arm & Hammer's corn chips, a large litter box made out of a large bin with a little door cut into a side (so that there is ample room for movement and no litter or potty being disposed outside the box), and routine carpet, floor, and furniture cleaning just for the sake of allergies and accidents. We seem to be doing okay!

  • 12/30/2015 06:23pm

    I googled "How to get Urine Smell out of Wood Floor" -- here is one answer:
    http://www.hardwoodchampion.com/pet-urine-smell/

    However, the responses posted above seem to be very helpful too!!

  • 01/12/2016 09:06am

    Use SCOE 10X by Bio FOG. Spendy but money back guarantee. Safe for pets, etc.

  • 01/11/2016 02:16pm

    gonna try this...as all else has failed. I too, have multiple fur babies...24 at this time and many are physically challenged. Though neutered, the toms are the most problematic. Of course, it is crazy having 13 males of all different ages. Like humans, somebody is always unhappy with somebody else and with cats, at least in my house, if one doesn't spray to show he's the big (dog) then the other one pees because of stress....it's a no win situation...they spray, I spray....and...if that one doesn't pee there again then it seems like another one will!

  • 10/15/2015 07:36pm

    I never though of myself as a rescuer. Five kittens born in one of my barns have been added to the pile so I guess I am that. Thank you for the compliment.

  • 10/31/2015 12:11am

    Please be sure to spay/neuter them, even if they are feral. Often your local vet or animal shelter can provide no/low cost options.

  • 11/23/2015 03:11pm

    I have found that Lysol Power & Free Multi-purpose with HYDROGEN PEROXIDE works super well !!!!! There is also one for the bathroom. when sprayed this one sprays foam. I have found when you spray a generous amount on the spot , it eliminates the smell ! I have tried everything too to get rid of smells. This works well for me ! I buy it all the time...

  • 12/29/2015 04:01pm

    Doesn't Hydrogen Peroxide bleach out the color from the area sprayed?

  • 12/29/2015 05:18pm

    I haven't had a problem with that. But you can test it first. I have used it on the sofa, carpet, wood, multi areas with no problem. plus I use it to clean my bathrooms and kitchen counter. The cats have a spot there, to keep their food away from the dogs. So I am cleaning there a lot. Give it a try ! you can always use it in the bathroom and kitchen. Good Luck, Kathy

  • 12/30/2015 06:07pm

    Thank You I need to try it on large areas since I am not sure where the smell is actually coming from.. I have 3 cats now but one that I had previously did the spraying and urinating before he was neutered. He has since passed away. I am still finding containers, and others things that he sprayed. Frustrating for sure, and it is down in our family room, so I think I will wait till some warmer weather to actually empty the room and shampoo the wall to wall.. LOL right now it is also my crafting workspace. Lots of "stuff" down there.. I already have 3 litter boxes for my"boys" one down there and 2 in the main bathroom.. Cater to my cats?? well, yes and I am lucky they all get along, finally, The latest addition is a 10 yr old I rescued. Thank to you and all the others for this interesting and informative thread!! Happy & Healthy New Year to all!!!

  • 12/30/2015 07:06pm

    To Lovethecatskills: Just a tip - many cats like to urinate on anything made out of plastic, including plastic bags, plastic containers or bins, plastic on appliances/devices, and so forth. It's the smell of plastic to which they are attracted naturally (and where other cats have been). For the question on peroxide, I personally found that it lightened up my carpet coloration in certain spots after repeated use. It lightens hair, and the enzymes that are in it (enzymes remove bodily fluids like urine) can be found in certain laundry detergents like Tide and Gain and will do just as well instead of peroxide. Happy New Year to you too!

  • 12/31/2015 03:41pm

    You are welcome... Because you have such a big area. I have used Pure Ayre. I saw it on Shark Tank. The TV show. It is about $50.00 a gallon. It works really well. One of my lovely cats. Peed on my son's bed ! It went all the way to the mattress. And as it was his extra bed, it went undetected for a little while. Remember it's a boy...Anyway, I poured Pure Ayre on it. Let it sit ,I covered it with a towel. Came back later , gave it the sniff test, GONE..This might work better than many bottle of the Lysol. Probably be cheaper to and work better. I'd put it in a garden sprayer, and spray everywhere..Good luck, remember I've been there. We have 6 cats, 3 dogs and 2 Guinea pigs..Let me know how things go... Kathy

  • 12/18/2015 03:30pm

    I purchased several cans of the Ssscat repellent from Amazon or Drs. Foster and Smith website. It emits a non toxic gas when the cat walks in front of the electric eye. This helps keep the cat away from the area. After a couple of sprays, you can turn the cans off and just leave them there. I also use the cat scram device to keep the cats from entering my kitchen because someone was spraying around the cabinets. The deterrents have changed my life. Sometimes they find another spot, but it seems like once they lose their favorite, they return to the litter box or wee wee pad.

    Another note: I have one cat who is very timid. She likes to use a wee wee pad instead of the box. I think she just feels safer.

  • 02/05/2016 11:26pm

    We have a six year old rescue we adopted three years ago. She had bathroom issues right from the start and pooped every where, on carpets and furniture but usually peed in a litter box. We tried every litter and litter box on the market, once having seven boxes in the house. She would poop right next to them. Eventually it came to me in a dream (I kid you not), she didn't like litter. She had been declawed by the owner that dumped her at the shelter and we assume it was such a painful experience she would no longer use litter. We started using puppy pads in her litter box and she's been 98% cured. She still has her moments but she's so much better than we we adopted her.

  • 05/14/2016 12:39am

    I have two scaat repellent cans, I use it at Christmas so the cats leave my tree alone. And I put one where my female has peed, they are so afraid of that thing, works great.

  • 01/12/2016 09:00am

    Use SCOE 10X by Bio FOG. Bit spendy but MONEY BACK guarantee.

  • 01/12/2016 09:03am

    Use SCOE 10X by Bio FOG Bit spendy but MONEY BACK guarantee.

  • 02/01/2016 07:01pm

    Look not to judge I have a few cats and every things cool most of the time. Sometimes though one of my two (neutered like ALL of my pets) males doesn't like the other and wants to fight, nothing big no trips to the vet just enough to make himself a bit of a pain. The other takes it with out fighting back the first couple of times and fights back just hard enough to let the other cat know he's not just a punk he can mess with, afterwords though he'll pee on a couch or chair to let it be know he's for real. This happens about 3 times a year and there buds the rest so it still works. At one point though I had something like 16 cats (I did not ask for them) I had to let more the half go to another home because it was hell on me and hell for the cats and the males peeing everywhere because cat ARE social but like people they lash out when they feel trapped like your cats do that's why they pee. Also are you letting your cats breed? I love neutered male cats they have great personalities, most intact male toms are jerks that just want to get the most mates and act like a-holes. That not true of ALL males but a lot do act horrible, this is because that's a males job in the cat world to mate and pass on there DNA. Neuter your males and in about a month the hormones are gone and maybe they'll pee less, you probably have females that pee on your stuff to that's cause they feel trapped. Your going to have to re-home until your at 5 to 7 any more and the bad behavior is going go on. I know it's hard to do but know that there not happy living like that, I had to learn this all myself the hard way.

  • Cat Urine odor control
    03/18/2015 05:41am

    I've had good luck with a product called Atmosklear you can buy it online and at hardware stores. It eliminates odor and stains.

  • Successful product
    04/14/2015 05:44pm

    My 17yo kitty recently had a bladder infection and was peeing on my dog bed in my home office, who knows how many times before I discovered it. Of course it soaked through to the carpet. I tried following a You Tube procedure with no success.
    Target carries a product called "Zep Pet Stain & Odor Remover" and I am happy to inform you, IT WORKS. You spray the area, let it sit, blot it up (I had to do these steps 3x) then vacuum.
    Thankfully, when I had new carpet installed, I got a moisture proof pad throughout my house.
    And my kitty is feeling better, too!

  • 10/15/2015 07:31pm

    Glad your kitty is feeling better. My Sweet Cee Cee started peeing in one area even tho there were 2 litterboxes there. Turned out she had Hyperthyroid issues. I placed 2 overlapping pee pads in the area she peed in, and she used them. Now that she has been on medication for her Thyroid issues, she usually uses the litterboxes. I keep the pee pads out just in case and she uses them once in a blue moon. I remove them, wipe off the area with my vinegar mixture and replace em -- there is also newspaper under the pads, Just In Case.

  • Dog urine too
    10/10/2015 04:38pm

    We are currently in the process of tearing out carpeting and pad due to one of our dogs peeing on the carpet. We tried cleaning it but his hunting dog nose found it every time. We have blocked off that room and removed the pad and carpet. Next we will be sealing the floor with Kilz (oil based, the latex kind won't seal it properly) then new carpet and pad will be installed. Also we will keep that room blocked with a gate when we are not present even after the work is done. The rest of our house is hardwood floors and tile.

  • Cat urine deodorizer
    10/12/2015 01:22am

    I've found that an oxygen based liquid product like Oxyfresh works miracles! It's sometimes hard to find but worth the hunt. I douse the spot with Oxyfresh and let it sit over night, then I rinse it with fresh water and blot up any excess. If the spot has been used for awhile, you might have to repeat the process but I've saved a nice Karastan wool rug that was used by a cat with a bladder infection while I was gone over the weekend. (You can also make a slurry of oxyclean (found in the laundry aisle) and let it set until it partially dries, then vacuum.

  • Another good odor killer
    10/15/2015 11:56pm

    Greetings and Salutations;
    Some time ago, i discovered a commercial product called "Fizzion" It is relatively cheap when purchased through Ebay, but, even other sources although more expensive, are worth it. It does a great job of breaking down the odor causing and staining components of cat urine.

  • Chronic pee-er
    10/18/2015 02:53am

    Gideon has always had two or three other cats living with him. He peed in the wrong spots from time to time--in my tote from school on student papers as I was grading papers once--and really increased the marking in 2008. No physical issues, but he was--vet's words--one neurotic kitty. He hates change. My bathroom had just been remodeled, and he lost it and marked everywhere. I tried all the products, but they were merely a "mask". And as I continued to remodel the house over the next 3 years, we tore up carpet, and the guest bedroom reeked! I mopped the floor with bleach water three times before it was painted with Kilz oil based. Then we put down a high quality laminate. Other areas were Kilzed, also. We caulked the tops of the baseboard trim, too. As things settled down, and I retired, Gideon improved. And then, last October I had a new AC/furnace system put in and he lost his mind. He was a peeing machine--just about anywhere, as long as it was against a wall (well, he had other spots, too). Took him to the vet, and he was in stage 3 of a 6 stage kidney failure. Changed his diet to all low protein, tried the Feliway plug ins--not impressed--but am using pheromone collars on him and his buddy Rowe who is too bouncy for G's taste. Gideon is also on Zylkene, a milk derivative, once a day, and it helps to keep him less stressed. No bladder infection, either--it just gets inflamed with stress, and he pees indiscriminately as a result. He's done well; 6-8 accidents a day to 1 or fewer a month. When I left for the night, after I returned that week I found 3 spots. His big issue is that change in the household routine stresses him out. So I'll be staying home more...he's 14 in November and is doing very well for his kidney condition and his neurotic little self.

    PS--When I did remodel, I made this house as cat proof as I could. Makes clean up so much better.

  • 12/13/2015 02:13pm

    I have a 17 year old cat that was my mother's that I adopted when she died. This cat, apparently, has always refused to use the litter box no matter what I do to entice her to use it. Hence, she uses the carpet in HER room to do her business. I have tried everything to rid the area of the smell and now I am having the carpet ripped up and high quality vinyl laid down. The flooring is concrete...I am wondering if I am going to have to wash the floor with Kilz or some like product? I am not sure the vinyl layer is going to wait for me to do that if I do. Any suggestions?

  • 12/13/2015 10:52pm

    Hi Deb, I admire you for taking on your mom's baby. Have you taken her to a vet? Maybe there are other issues that can be fixed with diet change. Definitely give the concrete floor a good mopping or two with bleach water and then apply Kilz (check with someone familiar with concrete first though.) Kilz 2--oil based--is what we used on wood and there is no odor anymore.

    Since I wrote, Gideon is now on 2 caps of Cosequin for cats, 1 cap sprinkled on his wet food twice a day. His peeing accidents have STOPPED altogether. It's a glucosamine product that the vet said might relieve the inflammation in his bladder lining. Evidently it has. I'm thrilled!

  • 12/14/2015 01:49am

    Thank you, Catzmom, for your kind remarks and good information. My 14 year old cat was recently diagnosed with a hyperthyroid condition and now I am suspecting that the 17 year old might have one as well. I will take her to the vet next week and have her really checked out. In the meantime, the carpet comes up and the vinyl goes down and I think pee pads might be in order. I will check about the Cosequin for cats, too.

  • 12/15/2015 01:34pm

    I'm sorry but I must argue the bleach aspect of your reply. There are two things that are strongly suspected of contributing to the growing numbers of dogs and cats with lymphoma. One is the vaccinations being administered; it is believed widely by the veterinary circles that the FELV vaccine is causing lymphoma in our cats at least. The second is BLEACH. Please read up on it. Do not use bleach in your households at all if you can help it, and if you do, please make sure not one of your animals inhales it or has any kind of exposure to it. They have small brains, lungs, and hearts and their immune systems cannot handle it. Use something else on your floors if just plain hot water, soap, and vinegar will not clean it to your satisfaction. But stay away from bleach, by all means! It's not worth the risk. Again, please do your research on it rather than argue with me. :) Thanks!

  • 03/22/2016 01:05pm

    deb, Don't know if this will appear twice, but I typed it once and hit something that made it disappear. Anyway, we have 8 rescued cats. Most of the boxes are down in the basement, but someone was still going on the concrete floor. I tried many things, but one day in Walmart, I came across something called OUT! PET CARE OXI-FAST. It comes in a 64 oz. white plastic container with a red and white label. I just pour it on the pee, use a scrub brush to rub it in then spray it with feliway spray. Don't know if the feliway is necessary, but that's what I do. It has done the trick for me. I now also use 2 kinds of litter because some like a different texture. I use a clumping clay litter in some of the boxes and in the others I use OKOCAT litter. It kind of looks like sawdust. Some of my cats will only use those boxes. I do have a box on the main floor of the house and I use OKO in that box because it does a great job of absorbing the pee and the odor. Happy to say that our problem seems to have been solved. Hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying that. Good luck in whatever you try. It is a frustrating problem, but I love my cats so much that I decided I would just keep trying different things till I found something that worked.

  • Beware of Ozone Machines
    11/05/2015 05:06pm

    Ozone Machines are not a good thing. Please, do your homework before you even consider that purchase, these break down oxygen molecules to ensure that fresh air. But.....they're not all they're cracked up to be. I have cats, I thought about buying one until my Vet advised me how dangerous they can be to animals and humans......Here's some information regarding that as well.......http://www.nachi.org/ozone-generator-hazards.htm

  • Stay Natural!
    11/06/2015 08:54pm

    Hi Valerie, I wanted to make a few comments about the ammonia, peroxide, and my own method. First, ammonia is actually very dangerous for animals to be inhaling. It usually causes upper respiratory problems for cats. Ask me how I know! It's a chemical, while are advocating for the use of natural products (which is good!). :) Also, cat urine turns into ammonia over time, so putting more ammonia on it will not help. Okay. The second thing is, peroxide tends to bleach colors, whether in your hair or on the carpet. Like ammonia, it's also a chemical. Third, what works for me is to use enzymatic laundry detergent (just enough to break down the urine), white vinegar (lots to counteract the potassium in urine), and pet stain/odor remover all in my shampooer with water, and shampoo the carpets very well. Stains disappear and the smell is nice! Shampoo every three weeks which is healthy for humans as well, having all that dirt out of the house. At some point, I will have no carpeting in the house, which I've done before in other homes and it makes a huge difference in the quality of air in your home when you have several pets. Thanks!

  • Pure Ayre!
    11/07/2015 05:51pm

    The best product out there is Pure Ayre. It is FOOD GRADE liquid enzyme with a light minty scent. No chemicals. It is worth every penny. Look for it online.

  • Baking soda & Peroxide
    11/08/2015 05:45pm

    This is what I've found to be the best homemade solution. It's basically several steps using a combination of baking soda, vinegar, dish soap and hydrogen peroxide.

    1. Blot the urine on your carpet with paper towels. Be sure to try to absorb as much remaining urine as possible from the site of the crime. This will ultimately make your job easier. Use clean paper towels and apply pressure. Repeat until you are unable to soak up any more.

    2. Mix 3 parts vinegar with 1 part water and saturate the soiled area. Be sure to saturate well beyond the urine spot just in case. If you have a blacklight or UV light at your disposal, you can turn off all the lights in order to look for the exact spot of the foul.

    3. Dry the area thoroughly. Again use paper towels or a clean rag to blot up as much vinegar solution as possible.

    4. Sprinkle baking soda over the damp area. Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural cleaner as well as an odor absorber and deodorant.

    5. Mix a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and mild dish detergent together. Mix 3/4 cup (180 ml) of 3% hydrogen peroxide with one teaspoon (5 ml) of dish detergent and sprinkle it over the baking soda. You may want to spot test this cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area at first to confirm that there is no discoloration. If you can find it, colorless dish detergent is best.

    6. Use your fingers or a scrubbing brush to rub in the cleaning solution to the baking soda. Wear rubber gloves if possible, and wait for the telltale foaming action of the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to kick in.

    7. Blot again and allow the mixture to dry.

    8. Vacuum the soiled area. Vacuuming the soiled area removes both the urine particles and the homemade cleaning agent you used to clean the urine, ensuring a happier ending to the saga of the cat urine. There are, however, a couple things to remember about vacuuming:
    Extracting wet vacs work best for urine removal.[1] These wet vacs expel water onto the carpet and then vacuum the soiled water back into the vacuum's tank. For best results, use cool water in the vacuum tank, and always follow manufacturer's instructions.
    Steam cleaners don't work nearly as well for urine removal. Steam cleaners vacuum at extremely high heat, which can set the urine set in the carpet instead of remove it.Regular old vacuum cleaners will work, but they won't be as effective as extracting vacs at
    removing the offensive smells.

    9. Check clothing for urine. If any clothing has urine, add 1 cup (60 ml) of apple cider vinegar to the detergent in your regular wash.

  • 05/11/2016 06:23pm

    Yes, hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent works! The only thing I would tell you is to use Dawn Ultra because it has enzymes in it and that will work against the urine smell. Haven't tried using the vinegar but did sprinkle baking soda on the stain and that absorbed a lot of the urine.

  • Green Dog UrineEliminator
    11/12/2015 03:53pm

    I have been in the Deodorizing service business for 25 years dealing with Cat Urine and every other odor in the world. When I started my business I was in the Auto Detailing business. I asked my Car dealers what is one service that you need which is not available. They all came back with Odor issues in cars.
    So my Father and I opened up Odor Blok Deodorizing service here in Michigan. We started it in my Detailing business and purchased every product on the market. Let me be frank here, NOTHING WORKED. We had a friend who was a chemist for very large national chemical company. He was breaking out on his own and my dad reached out to him. In the 80's bio-degradable was a key for developing new products. Environmentally safe was also a key. Because we were working with Cars, Homes, and RV's. All of these area had fabric and lots of sunlight to deal with. The products could not harm any of them. I am trying to be quick here, SO for the next year using hands on development we had to design a number of products that actually worked. We developed 10 products for every situation of smell we ran across. CAT URINE was one of the worse issues we had. WE designed a product specifically for Cat Urine because when cat urine dries it crystallizes. Those crystals need to be dissolved before you can rid the odor issue for good. We do not use any fragrance in our products so we know they are working.

    I am not going to disclose our propitiatory type of enzyme we use for Cat Urine But I can tell you this it is not Digestive or Bio. Another major issue with products on the shelves is they also have disinfectants in them. Like Alcohol. Any disinfectant ingredient will kill the enzyme immediately. Rendering your store bought product useless.

    Plus all the other factors that kill enzymes before they reach your shopping cart. Our Product needed to work every time because being a service company we could not stay in business returning time and time again for the same issues. Our Chemist fell in love with our developing process because we were testing his formulas in real world situations. Not just some lab environment under perfect situations. This was hands on. It took us about 2 years to develop the formulas through my detail shop averaging about 125 vehicles a week for just Odor related issues. Yes we had to redo a bunch to get results. But that is what helped our chemist to finalize a product line that actually worked.

    25 years later from our launch to doing business outside of my detail shop we have enjoy less than 1% of failure rates. The only time we ever failed was not because the products failed, it was because our crews failed to reached the source of the issues. I call this a failure. because we would have to go back into the work site and fix the problem. The most important thing is getting to the source.

    SO one night I was giving a bath to a nice Black Lab who had just been sprayed by a skunk. The young lady who brought him to me was very skeptical because she has tried everything under the sun for Skunk n her dog in the past. I explained to her this is what I do for a living and it is safe to use on your dog. Let me show you. I washed her dog and within minutes the Skunk odor was gone. She was AMAZED. She explained to me who she was. She showed me her business card and we talked.

    I have never once in 25 years thought of selling my products tot he public because it would hurt our deodorizing service business. BUT after talking to Kelly from Green Dog Pet Accessories who had a very cute logo and was all about Natural Green products. We decided to private label our Pet product line under her label exclusively.

    She has taken a full year to test our product under her label through Grooming, Kennels, Vets, and Friends to find out YES these products actually worked for their designed purpose.

    Cat Urine is easy to rid if you follow the directions on the label to the T. I can't even tell you a number of how many times I have rid Cat Urine issues over the past 25 years, But it is well into the Thousands.

    Green Dog Urine Eliminator is the product to rid your Cat Urine Issues. Stop playing with the spray n pray products on the shelves they DO NOT WORK and Use fragrances to hide the real problem. Which will return once the fragrance is gone.

    Go to www,gogreensdoggo.com and purchase your Pet related odor products from Green Dog Pet Accessories. If you have a issue with the product your purchased not working for some reason. You can call email into Green Dog's website your contact information and a ODOR BLOK service technician will call you directly and help you solve your problem. It is my belief that these products need live customer service to help people understand their situation and use the products correctly to solve the issue for good. The odds are in our favor to help you solve your Cat Urine issues because we have already been solving them for 25 years in the service industry.

    If your having trouble deciding on which product you should use. You can also reach out to Green Dog's website and have a ODOR BLOK service tech call you and talk about your situation first.

    I can't tell you how many times I read articles like this and read through the comments. It just rips my head off with all the issues that can be solved with one simple product line that was just released at the Global Pet Expo for the public this past March. Green Dog is a new product line But it has been proven for 25 years to actually work in the service industry. STOP playing around with harsh chemicals and get back to a proven product to solve your pet odor problems. We are talking to many major pet stores and grocery stores who are all interested in this line. But are needing time to redo their shelves and inventory before they pick up the Green Dog line. You can order direct form the Green Dog website or find the products on Amazon.

    Let Green Dog Pet Accessories and ODOR BLOK hep you.

  • 11/21/2015 05:06pm

    the website you have listed is incorrect........you have www,gogreensdoggo.com but there is no S after gogreen........it should be: www,gogreendoggo.com

  • 11/24/2015 08:45pm

    Web site is www.gogreendoggo.com

  • Cat urine formula...
    11/13/2015 04:45pm

    I have found great success with a simple formula.
    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup Baking soda,
    1/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide,
    3 Tablespoons Scent free Liquid Laundry Detergent.
    Mix in a small - approximately 1 cup hot water mix well, then after "chemically" mixed add approximately 4 cups cool water so it doesn't hurt your hands--or well gloves. Rub well, blot- then repeat... leave for about 10 minutes.... rinse well, dry. I use this formula on materials in the wash. My cats hated my husband (he is now deceased) and urinated on all of his stuff. One (the nicest most even tempered of the bunch) even went to pee on his face when he was laying down. It works.

  • Racking my brains
    11/15/2015 08:48pm

    I have a 13 year old female calico who despite having a clean litterbox will not get into the box far enough so when she urinates it all stays in the box and not on my bathroom floor. Vet says nothing wrong with her physically so I can eliminate that as a reason and the litter in scent-free and has been the same for many years. Question I have is does anyone have any suggestions on what I can spray on the floor that won't damage the ceramic tiling on my bathroom floor to get rid of the urine smell? Thanks..

  • 11/28/2015 03:41pm

    Try using pee pads under your litter box. I've had the same issue with cats missing the box and pee pads caught those near misses!

  • 04/29/2016 12:01pm

    That's what I do too, I buy the extra large pee pads and put them under the box so they stick out far away from the bottom of the litter box, my male cat just pees right on the side of the box and sometimes it goes over on the floor, thank goodness for pee pads.

  • 12/29/2015 06:21pm

    Calico Lover, I would suggest a larger box. Oftentimes, in this family anyway, a cat does this when it feels it has not enough room to do his/her business. You can buy clear plastic bins that come with a cover (the kind we store Christmas decorations in), and cut a little entry way (rectangle) at the center of a side down near the bottom, without the cover on top (to allow ventilation), and it will keep the litter and waste inside always. The cat will be able to see out while doing her/his business, will have air to breathe from the top despite litter dust, and will have plenty of room to turn around. You will be happy because there is no longer any mess to clean and the bin will look nice and tidy.

  • 12/29/2015 06:25pm

    Also, vinegar does a wonderful job of neutralizing the odor on the ceramic, and peroxide or laundry detergent with enzymes (Tide or Gain) removes the substance. Use vinegar, water, and detergent or peroxide for a gentle and effective clean. Some add baking soda for scrubbing and neutralizing as well.

  • I'm Impressed
    12/15/2015 01:08pm

    There is a product out there called Furry Freshness (website). DEFINITELY not cheap but DEFINITELY works. I have an old house with old carpets and old, sick animals. This product removes odor and stains, even those that have been previously "cleaned". Follow the directions on the bottle. Also removes other types of stains. I started with a quart and quickly progressed to a gallon. Please try. (by the way, my subfloors are involved, too, under this old carpet.

  • Fresh
    12/24/2015 03:07am

    Oxyclean!

  • Meleluca works
    12/24/2015 10:31am

    I live in a multi-cat home and often have the occasion to use meleluca oil aka tree tea, diluted with water and sprayed on the areas in question. The Meleluca smell is quite strong however, when it evaporates, both the urine smell and the meleluca smell dissipate. Make sure to use a high quality meleuca oil.

  • baking soda
    12/29/2015 05:21pm

    I tried the baking soda method & it ruined my vacuum cleaner. It worked for getting the stains from the carpet for a little while but it ended up costing me $89 to fix the vacuum & I could have gotten a new one on sale for that price or $10 more. MY problem is my cat started peeing on the bed when I was gone for 2.5 weeks this past summer. He still pees or poops on the bed once in a while. This week he has done it twice now & I don't know what else to do. I'm going to change the litter in the litter box this week & buy fresh litter & get rid of all the old litter & see if that will help

  • 12/29/2015 06:14pm

    I hope that 50 years living with cats will be helpful to someone, anyone! :) There is a cat litter product called Cat Attract, and there are cat litters that have Cat Attract ingredients in them. They work! Incidentally, I also lay a thick sheet of clear plastic on my bed each morning after I've made my bed, simply because I have several dogs and cats and do not want any accidents on the bedspread or bed, such as tears in the fabric, dirt, hair, or urine. It does look nice, despite what you might think. Walmart has sheets of plastic (folded or in roll fashion) in their arts and crafts section, or you can get some at the fabric store. But try the Cat Attract first, as you may be pleasantly surprised. All of our extended families use it because it's so effective in getting cats to stick with the cat litter box. If you haven't done so, Laurie, I would also check the cat for UTI, just in case (you have to request that the cat's urine be tested at the veterinarian clinic; don't wait for a doctor to suggest that one be done, just be sure to request it so that you may eliminate it as a possibility for your cat urinating outside the box). Hope this helps!

  • Time is of the essence
    01/18/2016 10:15pm

    It is imperative that you act as quickly as possible. Perhaps, this is obvious. I have found in my experience with both cat and dog urine, if the padding should become saturated, the situation is beyond all hope. There is no magic cleaner out there (I have tried just about everything!) that will remedy this situation. Renting a professional steam cleaner does not help either. It merely makes the room smell like hot pee. This, of course, was my fault for not taking immediate action. Don't make the same mistake as me!

  • 02/15/2016 06:26pm

    Chlorine dioxide is a very effective way to neutralize urine odor by eliminating the bacteria that causes the odor.
    Performacide is an easy-to-use product
    performacide.com

  • Vinegar in carpet cleaner
    02/18/2016 02:31pm

    I had a huge problem with my neutered dominant cat picking on my older calico kitty, come to find out she would urinate next to the wall behind my recliner, I guess to be close to me. I cleaned the rug with my extraction cleaner dozens of times but it never stopped the problem. I bought an area rug to cover that corner of the living room but did not just want to 'cover up' the problem. Instead, I used vinegar in the carpet cleaner, a ratio about twice what it called for in carpet cleaner to water. What THAT solution pulled out of the edges of my carpet was absolutely DISGUSTING. I had to go over it several times until the water pulled from the carpet was remotely clear, then let it dry. I put the area rug down, (and added a litter box there for Missy...never in a million years thinking she'd accept a covered box) and the problem is over. Several other of the five kitties like that box too, so that's fine -- it's right in back of my chair in the living room so I'm extra sure that the dominant kitty...Mouse...doesn't bother her when she uses it. So I vote for the vinegar and water in the extraction carpet cleaner...you might even try a stronger solution...and it gets rid of all the leftover 'soap' residue inthe carpet too!

  • Only one thing will work
    03/22/2016 04:58am

    My mom was a "cat lady" and had multiple cats for years. As one could imagine the house wreaked. A water line broke one year and gave me the opportunity to clean the place up through the insurance. The carpet and pad were removed and discarded along with the tack strip. I scrubed the sub floor vigorously with 50% bleach and water and let it dry. I then painted all spots with several coats of a good quality primer. New tack strip, new pad, new carpet and new base molding were reinstalled and all cats were removed permanently.

  • 03/22/2016 06:43am

    Your poor mother. The last years of her life without the very things that give her joy. A mother's joy should always take precedence over material things and in our family, we will always find ways to resolve animal issues for our mother in the way that works for her - thankfully, there are plenty of options as listed in this column. Even grown children can be so insensitive and some other things I will not mention here.

  • 03/22/2016 07:03am

    My mother died of cancer you judgmental cat lady freak, and probably got it from breathing the bad air in her house for years. There is no excuse for bad hygiene and like breathing secondhand smoke it is toxic to humans. Pets are nice but when they control your behavior then you have a psychosis.

  • 03/22/2016 09:13am

    You really should not be bringing your anger and resentments to this site. Please take it somewhere else or seek some counseling. Thanks.

  • 03/22/2016 08:22pm

    Lidy, you are one ignorant, judgemental and foolish person. By the way, you do not what you are talking about here and act like you are an expert. I have been doing insurance damage repairs for years and your advice is hearsay and home remedy bologna. Please go get a life somewhere other than a cat piss blog!

  • Cat urine on slate
    05/04/2016 11:38pm

    One or both of my spayed adult cats (7 & 16) have been urinating in an unused fireplace and on the slate hearth. Does anyone have any solutions for eliminating the odor from porous surfaces such as slate?
    Both cats check out fine at the vet. I have 3 litter boxes which are scooped faithfully, Never had a problem before and have not changed litter brands. I've SCOE-10X with some success, scrubbing with citrus scented Lysol and water, then with hydrogen peroxide. At the moment I have aluminum foil on the area which seems to keep the cats away, but I know the smell is in the stone.
    I'm afraid if the fireplace is ever used again it will reek. I'm thinking my next step is professional cleaning, and if that doesn't work I may have to replace the firebox and hearth. Help!

  • Darla
    05/22/2016 04:16pm

    I have used a product called Fizzion for years. This stuff REALLY works. I had 3 cats: 2 males, 1 female (still have her). Oh they could really smell up the ONE carpeted room I still have...until I used this. It uses the power of CO2. And it cleans and wipes the smell completely away. Only one problem...I can't find a distributor anymore. If someone knows where to get this I need more!!

  • ACCEPT THE LIMITATIONS..
    05/26/2016 06:32pm

    I don't mean to discourage anyone, but IMO, it is impossible to "fix" cat pee on wall-to-wall carpeting, as long as cats continue to live there. You can fix it to the point that humans cannot perceive the smell, but cat and dog noses are superhuman. You just have to rip up the carpeting.

    My approach is: No wall-to-wall carpeting with pets. Only hardwood, stone, or tile floors are practical. Of course, you can use area rugs, but don't spend the family fortune on them, because you may need to throw them out, at some point.

    "Nature's Miracle" can get rid of cat urine smell, to the point that it is imperceptible to human noses. Vinegar also works reasonably well. But if you try to get rid of the smell to the point that cats won't find it: forget it!

    I had a friend who kept having her carpet cleaned in the family room, where the carpet and pad were laid over a concrete floor. She eventually had to have the concrete jackhammered in the "chosen spot," and new concrete poured.

    Sometimes you just need to cut your losses, instead of spending more time and money on a "solution" that doesn't work.


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