The Dangers Of Cat Urine: Why You Must Eliminate Cat Urine Odor From Your Home

Cat pee isn’t just disgusting, it can harm your health, too. The dangers of cat urine aren’t always obvious, though. No doubt you realize that cat urine, like all human and animal waste, carries bacteria that could cause illness.

So you dutifully wear gloves when cleaning up kitty’s “accidents” and while washing the mops, sponges and other items you used to clean it with. ( By the way, cleaning your mops and other items with bleach kills bacteria, but apply bleach only after thoroughly rinsing out all traces of urine with plain water to avoid risk of producing noxious fumes). No problem there. Or is there…?

Man in gas mask to avoid cat urine odor.

It’s easy to assume that once the urine stain and germs are gone, that lingering odor is nothing but a harmless nuisance. Remember, though, that odors are composed of microscopic particles of the thing that caused the odor. So by inhaling cat urine smell, you’re actually inhaling cat urine. Just the thought is enough to make you sick, right? Wait, it gets worse

Ammonia’s Effect on Respiratory Health

Cat pee contains a particularly high concentration of ammonia. Although this is a natural compound containing nothing more than nitrogen and hydrogen, it’s not exactly good to breathe. The good news is that most cat caretakers won’t need to worry about this. A corner of the living room carpet that smells faintly of kitty piddle isn’t going to harm healthy lungs.

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Vinegar And Cat Urine: Tips on Using Vinegar for Cat Urine Removal

Search online for natural cat urine odor removers and you’ll probably come across a few tips for using vinegar to get rid of cat pee stains and odors. While vinegar is rarely enough to remove urine that’s been left for more than a few hours, it does have its uses. It’s gentle, natural and lifts out odors well. Vinegar leaves its own pungent odor behind, but that goes away in an hour or so. If you use a large amount, you may find the area smells like a salad bar for a few days, but that odor will eventually fade.

Mopping up Fresh Puddles

Vinegar is a good first-line treatment for any freshly deposited cat urine puddles you may find. While brown vinegar is equally capable of cleaning cat urine, it may leave a yellowish or brown film, so white is preferable. For tile or hardwood floors, mix 1 cup of white vinegar in 1 gallon of water and mop or wipe down the soiled area with this solution. Vinegar’s not the best choice for carpets and other absorbent material, though. On soft surfaces, vinegar alone may work on fresher spots, but it’s more effective with other ingredients.

Removing Cat Urine from Clothes

Because vinegar is so gentle, you can safely use it to get cat pee out of non-delicate machine washable clothing. Fill up the wash machine and add half a cup of white vinegar and two capfuls of any mouthwash that contains alcohol. Next check if your powdered detergent contains Borax. If it does, add another 1/4 cup to the amount of powdered detergent you’d normally use. If your detergent doesn’t already contain Borax, add a 1/2 cup. Add the detergent/Borax to the machine and wash the clothes as usual. You’ll need a different cleaning method to get cat urine smell out of clothes that require hand-washing or dry cleaning.

You can solve your cat’s inappropriate urination problems and get your home completely free of cat urine odors, but the solutions may not always be obvious. Instead of wasting time learning by trial and error, read the book Cat Urine Problems Eliminated to discover proven-effective ways to retrain your cat and regain your home.

Warnings

Some of the most effective cleaners for cat urine are those that use live enzymes and bacteria. These micro-organisms eat away at the uric acid crystals that make older cat urine stains so hard to remove. Because they’re alive, though, they’re sensitive to chemicals, including vinegar. If you’re planning to use vinegar and an enzyme cleaner, check that the brand you have won’t be damaged by vinegar. If you decide to experiment with making your own homemade cleaner, don’t mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in the same container. The combination creates peracetic acid, which is corrosive and toxic. Also avoid cleaning the litter box with vinegar. Some cats hate the smell and it could make them avoid the litter box, worsening your problems.

Crystals In Cat Urine: Destroy the Crystals, Destroy the Smell

The crystals in cat urine are your greatest foe in the battle to get cat pee smell out of your home for good. They may be microscopic, but they’re tough. Before we go any further, though, I want to make it clear that I’m talking about crystals that form after the urine leaves the cat’s body, which cause odor on carpets, furniture and wherever else the cat has peed. Crystals can also form while the urine is still in the cat’s body. This is a sign of health problems, such as dehydration or pH imbalance. So, if your vet has told you your cat has crystals in his urine, it means kitty needs a better diet and/or veterinary care. Urine crystals on the carpet, however, are another matter.

Harmless Ingredients

Most of the components of cat urine are actually pretty easy to clean up. This is why you might remove the stain and no longer smell cat pee for a while. Unfortunately, if you’re not using the right cleaner, you’re probably only removing a few of the less stubborn components. Feline urine is composted of urea, urochrome, and uric acid as well as several strains of bacteria. Urea is what makes cat pee sticky. Urochrome makes it yellow and causes staining. Those two aren’t much work to get rid of. It’s the uric acid that cause crystals in cat urine and that’s the real problem.

What the Crystals Do

Uric acid is made of crystals and salts that give off that unmistakable pungent cat pee odor when wet. They’re at their stinkiest when “freshly made,” after you’ve made an unsuccessful attempt to clean them, or in humid conditions. Once formed, these crystals are waterproof and impervious all but a few substances. There’s a reason for this. Some of the normal bacteria strains meant for scent marking are contained in these crystals. Nature intended for these crystals to stick around, allowing the cat’s territory marking, his urine scent, to stay put outdoors in the rain and wind.

But unless you want the whole family and all your guests to know the corner of the living room carpet is your cat’s “territory,” you’ll need to find a cleaner that breaks down those crystals in cat urine so you can remove all of kitty’s piddle and with it, the lingering odor.

Finding the Stains

Because cats have a stronger sense of smell than humans do, they can detect even the faintest whiff of cat urine. And that whiff is what they use to decide where the appropriate bathroom areas are in a given location. The litter box should smell slightly of cat urine because this attracts the cat to the box. Your carpets, however, should be absolutely clean. You’ll need to use a homemade or commercial cleaner that’s effective for breaking down cat urine crystals (not all are) on all areas the cat has soiled. After wetting, a cat digs not only to cover his leavings, but also to spread the smell. That means your cat may have splashed urine on walls and furniture near where he peed. Fortunately, there are easy ways to find soiled areas without sniffing around for them.

You can solve your cat’s inappropriate urination problems and get your home completely free of cat urine odors, but the solutions may not always be obvious. Instead of wasting time learning by trial and error, read the book Cat Urine Problems Eliminated to discover proven-effective ways to retrain your cat and regain your home.

How To Get Cat Urine Smell Out Of Carpet

A some point, nearly every cat caretaker needs to know how to get cat urine smell out of carpet. While removing that pungent smell from absorbent material like a carpets or rugs isn’t easy, it isn’t as impossible as it may seem. True, there are easier surfaces to clean, like linoleum and glazed tile, but carpet actually isn’t the biggest challenge when it comes to cat urine odor removal. Just be glad kitty didn’t pee on your mattress or sofa. And if he did, well, let’s just work on the carpet first. 🙂

Pin-Pointing the Piddle

On light colored carpets and rugs, you might be able to track down the majority of the cat urine on the carpet just by looking for stains and smelling for the source of the odor. On dark carpet or carpets with older stains that have been removed (except for the odor), sight and smell wont be enough to guide you.

To prevent your cat from being drawn back to urinate in the same area, you’ll need to find all the stains and remove all stains and lingering odors, even those you cant see or smell. Your cat, after all, has a stronger sense of smell and can detect odors you cant. The easiest way to find all the soiled areas is to shine a black light on them. There are several ways to do this. The black light will make any organic material, including urine, blood and vomit, glow faintly. You can then mark the areas with tailors chalk or masking tape so you can find them after you turn the lights back on.

The Cleaning Process

The first step is to check whether or not the urine has seeped through the carpet and into the floor below. To to this, just pull back the carpet and look for dark stains. Any staining here also requires cleaning since it, too, will give off odors. Clean this before you start on the carpet.

When you’re ready to work on the carpet, vacuum first. Next you can apply an appropriate enzyme-based cleaner alone, but you may have more success pretreating with a homemade cat urine odor remover. Just make sure your homemade cleaner wont kill the enzymes in your store-bought cleaner. Even vinegar can reduce the effectiveness of some enzyme products, so check the label on your cleaner to find out what will and what wont affect it. Let your homemade cleaner work as long as needed, according to the recipe you’re using, then blot it up with white cloths (colored cloths may bleed and stain the carpet).

After this you can apply an enzyme cleaners. With most formulas, you’ll need to cover the treated area with plastic and let it sit for 24 hours. After this time, blot up the cleaner or use a wet/dry Shop Vac or extractor to pull the moisture out. Make sure there’s plenty of air circulation in the room so the carpet dries quickly. Otherwise, periodically go over the wet area with a hairdryer on a low setting.

You can solve your cat’s inappropriate urination problems and get your home completely free of cat urine odors, but the solutions may not always be obvious. Instead of wasting time learning by trial and error, read the book Cat Urine Problems Eliminated to discover proven-effective ways to retrain your cat and regain your home.