You love your feline companion more than anything, and while you are thrilled that she has graced you with her presence, you are far from delighted that she has brought along an unwanted follower with her. You know that unwanted follower; it’s that odor that greets you as soon as you open up your front door; the smell that your guests put their nose up to when they come over. It’s your cat’s urine. That pungent, unmistakable odor is enough to drive you up a wall and send guests running out of your front door.
Fortunately, you don’t have to get rid of your kitty in order to get rid of that horrible smell. Here’s a look at how to get rid of that awful cat urine smell so that your feline family member can live together happily.
Keep it Clean
It probably goes without saying, but the cleaner you keep your cat’s litter box, the better. In other words, the less urine there is in the litter box, the less that distasteful odor will permeate through your home. Change the cat litter box once a day, if possible. If you can’t change it ever day, at least clean out the soiled litter after your kitty does her business.
Likewise, if your cat has gone somewhere in your house outside of the litter box, make sure you tackle it right away. Blot the area with an absorbent towel to soak up the moisture. Make sure to then treat the area with an odor-eating, enzymatic cleanser. These cleansers actually release cultures that will eat your cat’s urine, which means that not only will the odor be gone, but so, too, will any germs that the urine left behind.
Use a Wet Vac
If you notice that your cat has tinkled on your carpets, use a wet vac to clean it up. Choose a wet vac that extracts the carpet, as it will expel clean water out onto the carpet and the urine and then suck the dirty water back up into its tank.
It’s very important to note, however, that you should never use steam on cat urine. The steam will only exasperate the problem, making that urine smell even more pungent.
Freshen the Air
In addition to keeping things clean, take it a step further and freshen the air. Set out baking soda, as it will absorb any leftover odors that are traveling through the air. Air fresheners will add a pleasant smell to the air. It’s important to note that just spraying an air freshener won’t really do you any good if you aren’t using baking soda to absorb the urine smell, as the air freshener will only mix with the urine, creating an even more repulsive smell.
Relocate the Litter Box
If possible, try to keep your cat’s litter box in a part of the house that is far away from the main living quarters and a spot where there are a lot of windows. For example, a mudroom would be an ideal spot. Open up the windows when the weather permits to let the stale, urine-scented air out and the fresh air in.