Removing cat urine from ceder

Dee Thurman
by Dee Thurman
I have a ceder chest that belonged to my husband's great aunt. We kept it in the basement next to our youngest son's room. Well his cat decided that the sheet that was covering it to (protect from scratches) was hers to pee on instead of her litter box. She was actually protesting against the litter we bought for her. My question is how do I get the smell out, the wood is soaked.
  8 answers
  • Jill Feigelman Jill Feigelman on Oct 30, 2014
    Maybe try vinegar? This Hometalker asked about removing cat urine and got some interesting answers back:
    Removing cat urine.
    • Jill Jill on Oct 15, 2019

      One of my 2 cats (both neutered males) had taken to painting all of my walls, furniture, and anything else he could reach. I was horrified when I got a UV light. He never did that in all of the 9 years I've had him and didn't when I got him a buddy (they love each other and did so right away) but when a strange black cat started showing up outside both of my cats went nuts and the older one (9) started his wall painting, as well as the curtains out in the kitty room. I couldn't keep up with it.

      My cats are indoor cats so it's not like the stray is actually going to get in here but they both hate him (and he is neighbor's cats hate him too). I've tried cleaning with a pet urine enzyme and then spraying some "No More Spraying" but that hasn't worked. He's a sneaky little bugger too; he waits until he thinks I'm not looking and then does it. He's learned that the minute I see him backing his butt up to something he gets yelled at.

      It wasn't until I found "Cat Spraying No More" that I was able to finally get rid of this tiresome behavior.

      Now my house doesn't smell like a litter box anymore :)

      Here's a link the their site if you're interested in checking it out:

      I hope you guys don't mind me sharing this. Cheers!

  • Barb Orthmann Barb Orthmann on Oct 31, 2014
    I had a terrible issue with one of my cats protesting the arrival of our dog. The only product that works is called Fizzion. It's a tablet you mix with water. It degrades the proteins in the cat urine. With wood, you may have to let it soak in and it will probably takes a few treatments. I've used the enzymatic cleaners like Natures Miracle and Anti-Icky-Poo (real name lol) but Fizzion has worked the best for me. You can get it from Amazon or Home Depot
  • Karen Karen on Oct 31, 2014
    I have had really good luck with a product SCOE 10X. You can order it online
  • Amy Amy on Oct 31, 2014
    I had success with household bleach and water mixed 4 parts water to 1 part bleach, let soak in and cry, cat pee bubbles to surface and can be scraped and removed. May need multiple coats. if that doesn't completely get rid of it, you may have to seal the wood with KILZ oil based primer. You'll save the chest but not the cedar smell.
  • Deana Deana on Oct 31, 2014
    I have also used SCOE 10X. I have had amazing results. Just make sure you use as directed. You should soak it completely and let it dry. You may have to do this multiple times.
  • Jane Butler Jane Butler on Nov 01, 2014
    Vinegar & water in spray bottle, spray several times, set it the sun to dry.
  • Deb Zimmerman Deb Zimmerman on Nov 02, 2014
    The product "Get Serious" is the best product I have found to remove the smell and stain from cat urine. It has removed the smell from wooden baskets, so it may work on the wood of your chest. You have to follow the directions exactly - I got a baby brush to scrub the spots and activate the product, - worked GREAT! And removed the smell and stain from a white brocade upholstered chair. I got Get Serious at PetSmart
  • Grady Grady on Dec 02, 2014
    Cat piss doesn't get out of anything but dog piss does.