Asked on Nov 6, 2019

How do I clean cat urine stains and odors?

AllisonSherryCraft Invaders


New kitties refuse to use litter box. They are urinating on the carpeting. My living room smells awful. What is the best DIY solution?

4 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Nov 6, 2019

    Remove the carpet. It's too late to clean it now. Pee is in the pad. Talk to your vet to see if they have any recommendations on how to get them to use litter box.

  • Sherry
    on Nov 7, 2019

    Kittens can learn to use litter box. Set one in the litter pan, gently take a front paw & lightly show them how to scratch in the litter. I found this method usually worked with any kittens we have had.

    Hope this helps.

    As was far as urine stains, mix some vinegar with baking soda, soak it in & shampoo it out. Do it a couple times. When it is dry, sprinkle baking soda on carpet & vacuum a day or so later.

    There are odour products you can purchase at Pet Smart as well.

    Good Luck!

  • Allison
    on Nov 7, 2019

    Your cats may not like the litter you are using. If it is highly perfumed, or hard on their feet, they will go somewhere else. I really like Tidy Cats natural. It clumps, smells like cedar and is easy on my old cat's paws. Also, rule of thumb is to have one box for each cat, plus one. Some cats are very picky about a clean box, scoop every day. If they are covered boxes, perhaps one of the cats is ambushing the others while they are in there and they can't escape. Try removing the tops for a bit to see if that may be the issue. Cats are extremely clean, they really don't want to stink up your house. Something is amiss if they are not using the box. Since it's more than one cat missing the box, it's not very likely to be a health issue, although I did have 2 of my males develop urinary tract blockages at the same time. As far as cleaning the carpet, the key is to get the pad. Nature's Miracle, soaked into the carpet and left to dry should do the trick.

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