Cat urine odor not only smells horrible, it's almost impossible to completely eliminate. If you've noticed how that nasty cat pee smell seems to linger, even after repeated cleansing attempts, it's because you're facing an uphill battle. Fortunately, with the right knowledge and cleaning supplies, you can get rid of cat urine odor for good.
Why Is Cat Urine Odor So Hard To Eliminate?
You've probably noticed that cat pee doesn't seem to go away. Not even if you use the same kinds of soaps that seemingly remove any other tough stain or smell. That's because cat urine is actually made up of tiny microscopic crystals that literally cling to anything they come in contact with. It's a huge biological advantage for wild cats, who mark their territory with their own urine, but it's a nusance at home. And unless you can destroy these crystals, they will continue producing odors.
So if you've noticed that nothing seems to get rid of cat urine odor, it's because the chemicals or soaps you're using aren't designed specifically to attack and destroy these clingy cat pee crystals. And if you don't do that, it doesn't matter how many times you wash or deodorize, you'll never remove the stink.
Long story short: If you want to get rid of cat urine odor, you must completely nuetralize the cat urine spot itself. Deodorizing sprays will only mask the problem. And regular cleaning chemicals will only make you very frustrated, not to mention annoyed.
Why You Need Specialty Cat Urine Chemicals
Those tiny little urine crystals I just talked about aren't going anywhere with simple soap and water. And they'll laugh in the face of pretty much any other cleaning product you'll throw at it. Think about it: Cat urine has perfected itself over millions of years. When a wild cat marks something with its own urine, its actually setting up its territory. And that territorial marker must survive anything nature throws at it: Monsoons, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards... hopefully you get the point.
Needless to say, your multi-purpose cleaner isn't going to make a dent in cat urine.
You need a chemical specifically designed to attack the chemical bonds that make up cat urine at the microscopic level. There are several such products on the market, and while I won't give a particular endorsement to any (what works for me might not work for all people, depending on a variety of variables that I don't want to get into for the sake of time), make sure you use something that was chemically formulated to break down the enzymes in cat urine.
How To Get Rid Of Cat Urine Odor
Got a good, purpose-built cleaner? Good. Now read the instructions. Don't just make mental notes of how much product you'll need, but also pay attention to any safety instructions. Remember, these chemicals are designed to break down enzymes at the molecular level - so imagine what they'll do to your eyes, nose, ear or internal organs. That would be bad. We want to avoid bad. And the easiest way to do that is to follow all the safety precautions outlined on the label.
Next, pay close attention to application instructions. Every chemical is different, so make sure you thoroughly read the instructions. Some require you wait several minutes before scrubbing or soaking up, others let you clean things up immediately. Getting rid of cat urine odor is difficult enough, so give your cleaner all the help it needs by following all instructions to the "t".
Before you go bombarding towards your cat urine trouble spot, think about what would happen if the cleaning chemical you are using drastically changed the color of whatever the cat peed on? I don't know about you, but I'd have a lot of explaining to do. Always try any cleaning chemical, including cat urine remover, on an unseen area first. If you're cleaning a carpet, find a spot in a closet that nobody will see. If it's furniture you're working on, find the most inconspicuous area possible. Even walls and hardwood floors should be tested first to avoid any unwanted side effects.
Oh, and remember my little note about safety earlier? If the container says to use in a "well ventilated area," make sure your area is well ventilated. If you live in Canada, and it's winter, I appologize. But you'll thank me when you wake up tomorrow with all of your senses and bodily functions still working properly.
Other Options For Getting Rid Of Cat Urine Odor
While cat spots are almost always the root cause of cat urine odor, they aren't the only ones. If you've searched high and low but can't find any pee spots on your floor or furniture, try some of these simple suggestions. They might just fix you problem:
- Switch to a different brand of cat litter. Just like people, each cat has its own internal chemistry, and sometimes that chemistry isn't soaked up by particular brands of kitty litter. Worse yet, sometimes it actually reacts with the masking agents in certain types of litter. So if your nasty smells are coming from the litter box, give this a shot.
- Move the litter box. Perhaps you've got a much more sensitive nose than most people, and you'll always detect the hint of cat urine, even if nobody else can. If that's the case, try moving the litter box to a different location and see if you notice the odor less.
Is Your Cat Healthy?
I'd be remiss in my duties as a cat lover if I didn't include this.
In many instances, cats will urinate in inopporune places when they aren't feeling well. Perhaps this is their way of telling us they aren't feeling well, or maybe its an ancient reflex? Either way, vetrenarians agree that cats will "lash out" with their bathroom manners when they are sick.
So if your cat has made a mess on the floor, think twice about becoming angry. Instead, pay real close attention to the kitty's persona, attitude, personality and activities. If they're abnormal, maybe it's time to visit the local vetranarian? Because getting rid of cat urine odor is one thing, but losing your cat to a preventable illness would be horrendous.