Tips For Cat Urine Clean-up

As all good pet owners know, if your pet is exhibiting any unusual behavior (such as marking or “spraying” outside of the liter box), the first important step is to take your cat to the veterinarian to rule out any underlying medical concerns. This is especially important, as urinary issues can become potentially life-threatening in cats if left untreated.

That being said, owners who have had cats spray outside of the liter box experience the very potent smell of the urine, and the struggle to remove the smell. Many products are sold to treat carpeting and other surfaces, and it may be a matter of trial and error when it comes to what is truly effective for your home and what isn’t. Regardless of the product you use though, you want to follow some basic guidelines for cat urine removal:

1) Make sure the product is safe to use around pets (and kids, if applicable). That may sound redundant or obvious if you are buying a product that is designated to remove pet odor/staining, but you may be surprised. Unless it is sold in a veterinarian’s office, or specifically recommended by your veterinarian, most pet products are not regulated and you always need to read the recommendations and usage instructions carefully.

2) Clean urine accidents immediately with an enzymatic cleanser designed to neutralize pet odors. This is important in helping to deter that the pet does not mark in the same spot again. Do not use any ammonia-based cleaners as this could actually attract the cat back the spot the next time around.

3) Never rub your cat’s nose in the urine or feces or punish the cat in another way. There are many possible reasons the cat is marking and there are many ways to resolve these issues, as your veterinarian can advise you. Punishment never solves a urine marking issue.

It’s frustrating to continually have to keep cleaning your carpets and other surfaces. But there are ways to change your cat’s behavior and treat the issue. The best way to do this is by understanding how cats really think.