How do I get rid of cat urine smell in my home?


Get rid of the urine smell from our elderly cat who has missed the box more than once? He missed when the box was near carpet and when it was on tile. Thanks

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  • Bijous Bijous on Nov 09, 2018

    Hi. There are sprays at the pet stores just for this purpose. Use those. They have enzymes that eliminate the odor. Nothing else will do that. Put down wee pads around the box that are typically used for puppies. Even if he misses, it's easier to clean up.

    Older cats like their litter very clean and odor free, I've noticed. I use a natural grass litter that has no fragrance. It stopped my older cat from making a real mess. I also clean it out once a day and use litter box liners. The liners make it so much easier to scoop and get everything out so there's nothing left.

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    • Lizbeth Lizbeth on Nov 10, 2018

      Nature's Miracle is an enzyme brand I've had good luck with.

      Also if there's room around the box you can place the litter box in a plastic boot tray to catch misses. (Edges are low so older cats can step over easily)

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 09, 2018

    Cat pee is really hard to get out of anything even if we can't smell it, they can, or when it's wet it still smells. This product "Stinkers"really works but extremely hard to find here is one place that you can order it. You'll also need to get your to cat a bigger litter box. Get a cement mixing tub(black heavy duty vinyl/plastic) from Lowes/Home Depot. ($6-10) this is wide enuf for him to move around in since he's getting old. I've done cat rescue,fostered,taught cat behaviour ,trapped spayed neutered Ferals for way over 25 yrs and this product is the only product that works. It's saved a lot of cats lives by helping owners thus keeping the cats,not dumping them,keeping them indoors or euthanizing them.

  • Laura Cooper Laura Cooper on Nov 09, 2018

    Cleaning with baking soda, peroxide and dishsoap really helps. It usually requires multiple treatments. For an elder cat, it's extremely important to scoop EVERY DAY. This is what helped our elder cat to have better aim. Also keep a minimum of 3" of liter at all times.

  • KC KC on Nov 10, 2018

    I know this isn't in answer to your odor question but I just wanted to add that I haven't used traditional "litter boxes" in years. I use Rubbermaid storage containers that I cut down on one end and no more accidents outside the box or on the walls.

  • Lisa Lisa on Nov 10, 2018

    For my elder cat I use a very low cat litter box 3” tall as she has arthritis. I scoop twice a day as I have 4 kitties. I would use a vinegar water combination. Be careful as this will lighten the wood floor as will hydrogen peroxide. I used vinegar and water for a dark urine stain and lightened it significantly.

    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 10, 2018

      The cat pee is what's lightening the floor it will eat any varnish,paint off of anything. Cement mixing tubs from Lowes or Home depot make excellent low access,wide space,low cost,easy to clean litter boxes.

  • Susan Susan on Nov 10, 2018

    After you clean, to prevent further problems do what I did. Buy a roll of plastic carpet path protector (with the little teeth on the back). I cut it to fit an area larger than the litter box(es) so any little "misses" land on the plastic where it is easily wiped up. Also easy to sweep up litter from the paws than it is off carpet.

    Very inexpensive, comes in different lengths. Got it at Wal-Mart.

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  • Evelyn McMullen Evelyn McMullen on Nov 10, 2018

    won't get rid of the smell but it will protect surface under littterbos; put a clear plastic shower curtain underneath, it can be removed and washed.

    • Jude v Jude v on Nov 10, 2018

      I use boot try under the kitty litter box . Wash it seems to work also use conger was area . I have older female cat she can sure miss box

  • Sally M Sally M on Nov 11, 2018

    I’ve had much success using straight rubbing alcohol. I had tenants whose cats regularly missed their box and the smell was sickening. I cleaned and then soaked the corner with alcohol and let it dry. It took a few times but the smell is permanently gone now. The trick is killing the bacteria. Rubbing alcohol works.

    • Luiscarrillo1943 Luiscarrillo1943 on Nov 14, 2018

      Putting an sprayer attachment to one of Costco's works wonders and makes the alcohol last longer after you keep using it; whern gone just replace a new alcohol bottle....Good Luck.....