Tackling the Odor from Kitty's Indoor 'Accidents'

Cecilia de Cardenas
Sep 18, 2008
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Is your cat peeing around the house? Grab a sponge and use some of the following commercial (or homemade options), but don't forget to attack the root of the problem.


There’s nothing quite as pungent and persistent as the smell of cat urine. If you’ve ever come home to the overwhelming stench of ammonia, or given strong consideration to trading your beloved cat in for a goldfish, then you know exactly what we’re talking about.


Of course, the best way to keep your home pee-free and smelling sweet is prevention. There are two ways to stop a cat from spraying in the house or from using a dark corner as an alternative toilet. First, you can get your cat spayed or neutered. Unfixed males spray to mark their territory, and unfixed females spray to let tomcats know she’s ready for some lovin’. The other solution is to keep the litter box super clean. That may mean cleaning the waste more than once a day. Cats are fastidious creatures, and many will absolutely refuse to go in a dirty litter box. If you’re not keeping the box up to your kitty’s high standards, then kitty will find another place to "go."


If your cat has already peed elsewhere in the house for whatever reason, the best way to stop repeat behavior is to make sure that the area has been cleaned thoroughly, leaving no lingering smell. If a cat smells old urine, chances are that spot is treated worse than the bathroom at your local truck stop.


And what is the best method for removing the smell? Well, you do have a few options, both commercial and homemade. You want a product that contains enzymes that will break down and eat the bad-smelling bacteria (go little enzymes, go!). But remember, not all products are created equal, so do some research into which ones actually work. And by research, we mean ask your veterinarian and the helpful folk down at your local pet supply store. Online customer reviews are another invaluable resource.

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