by Sara Belkofer
As you probably already know, it can be pretty difficult to eradicate the smell of cat pee from your home. Making things even more difficult are the masses of confusing or incorrect information about cat odor removal tactics spread across the internet. After more than 20 years of trying to rid my home of “cat stink”, I’ve tried just about everything. Hopefully, through my trial and error, you’ll be able to quickly restore freshness to your home.
Products That Effectively Remove Feline Urine Smells
When it comes to removing cat urine odors, enzyme cleansers are the “new black”. In fact, for most people who’ve battled inappropriate urination problems with their pets, “enzyme” is practically a buzzword. There’s no doubt that odor removers based on enzymatic processes can be very effective. Although expensive, they do a great job if the urine hasn’t completely dried and saturated the carpet padding or sub-floor.
Of all the odor removal products I’ve used, “pairing agents” are by far the most effective. Unfortunately, it’s hard for consumers to directly order this type of product. After realizing this, I asked my carpet cleaner if he could get the best pairing agent he knew. He was more than happy to help out and this has been my “go to” product ever since. Again this type of product can be quite expensive but it lasts a long time and is far less expensive than replacing a carpet.
Products & Home Remedies That Are NOT Effective
People want to get rid of feline urine odors instantly. (Yes…they really do smell that bad!) As a result, pet owners try to use home remedies. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a home remedy that actually works. Here are just of a few of the one’s I read about on the internet and decided I’d try…but to no avail.
The only reason I can think people ever thought this might work (myself included) is that it kills odors in our mouth, e.g. bad breath. Bottom line, mouth wash does not help get rid of cat urine in your carpet, furniture, or anywhere else.
I guess this is similar to mouth wash in the reason why people think it might work. Let me save you some time; toothpaste will not get rid of cat urine smells. It will, however, create a big gooey mess that will be hard to clean up. My advice? Don’t even try using toothpaste.
Another home remedy, baking soda isn’t effective either. It’s great at killing airborne, odor-causing bacteria in a refrigerator. But, it’s useless against the highly concentrated, pungent bacteria that cause the odors in cat pee.
The Proper Cat Odor Removal Mindset
Think of it this way; the smell of cat urine is one of the most difficult to eradicate of all odors. To get rid of this stench, you need to use a product that’s developed for this exact purpose. There are plenty of products available on the market, but make sure you do proper research before making a purchase.
About the Author
Hi animal lovers! My name is Sara Belkofer. I’m the owner of six cats and two dogs. (I actually adopted my sixth, Pistachio, just last week!) During my many years of pet ownership, I’ve battled more cat urine smells and stains than I’d like to admit. In fact, I created a blog titled PetLuvR (http://petluvr.net) where I outline the best way to remove cat urine smells from carpet and many other surfaces such as concrete, furniture, and more! If you’re ever stumped on how to get rid of a stinky stain or odor caused by your feline friends, feel free to drop by.