How to Remove Cat Urine From Carpet | Some Handy Tips

One of the most frustrating situations a cat owner deals with, is to clean cat urine from inappropriate areas around your home. What makes this even harder is when it’s your carpet you have to remove the urine from. Hopefully, this will provide you with some handy tips to help scrub off that cat pee. Also you may love to read how to get dog urine smell out of carpet DIY.

Why does my cat pee on the carpet?

Surely you have asked yourself this very question for a considerable number of times. Well, there are several possibilities to this. Here are the common causes behind the deed, as well as some advices to help eliminate the issues which bother your cat.

A kitten knows no rules: It could be that your cat is more specifically a kitten and is new to his home and its surroundings. Anything soft, blanket-y, will make your young feline to relieve himself on the spot. They have tiny bladders, and zero knowledge. This is the ideal time to start training your kitten so he knows where to do his business in the long run. Or else he will keep going back to the blankets, or the pile of laundry to urinate.   

The litter box dilemma: Or, the most common reason causing your cat to urinate outside his designated area could be the designated area itself. Try seeing the world from your cat’s eyes. Ask yourself questions about the size. Is it much too small, maybe narrow, or shallow, for your cat?

Note that the ideal litter box is large, and open. And it should also have low sides or at least one low spot for easy access. If it is difficult to find litter boxes that have these characteristics in pet supply stores, you can go ahead and DIY it. They are easy to make using plastic storage boxes, or laundry boxes. Whatever suits Mr. Fluff. 

Maybe it’s the type of litter you use. Because cats get a tad offended by strong smells, switch to an unscented type of litter and see how it works out for your cat.

Try looking for any problems about the location of the box. Is it in a place where people walk across frequently? Is it too out-in-the-open? If so, change the location of the box to a much more secluded area. Your cat deserves some privacy, just like we do.

Another reason could be the number of boxes available to your cat. Is one box simply not enough? Well, it obviously depends on the number of cats you have. If you have more than one two cats, simply add another box in your home.

The last thing to check about the boxes would be to check its cleanliness more often. That’s right, there could be the chance that your cat finds it way too nasty in there to put more of his waste in. Clean the box more often.

Stressed out: A cat could be stressed for any reason, and it’s your duty to find out what it is. Start investigating. Is there a new cat in your home? Any conflict with a new pet? A drastic change to the household lately? Figure out what may be bothering your cat and you might stop having to clean his pee.

If that is the case, help your cat cope with the change, taking small steps, and all the time he needs. Remember, while some cats adjust very well with changes, some cope rather poorly. Your cat needs you to help him out.

Feline hormones: Cats perform a certain act, which we call “marking”, or “spraying”, or “urine marking”.  You can learn the difference between spraying and urinating by getting a close look. A cat urinating will be crouched and he will leave a large amount of urine on a flat surface. A cat spraying, however, will literally spray a smaller amount of urine on a vertical surface.

Why? It is mostly because your cat is an unneutered male.  Although female cats as well as neutered and spayed cats can urine mark, unneutered males have more reason to do so. The main function of urine marking is to announce reproductive availability, so unneutered males may urine mark to let females know they are available, and to mark territory by the help of a special chemical found in cat urine called Pheromones.

Neutering your cat greatly reduces the incidence of territorial spraying.

Signs of a health problem: If none of these applies to your cat, it is highly suggested that you take a visit at the vet’s. Urinating outside the box could indicate that something is wrong with your kitty, and it is always wise to get help from a professional.

How to remove the mess left behind?

The carpet is generally the most difficult surface to remove odors from. You have to remove it from four different surfaces; the carpet itself, the carpet backing, the carpet pad, and the sub-floor. The longer the pee saturates in the carpet, the more layers it will effect, and the more layers it effects, the harder it will be to remove.

There are various methods regarding this, all of which you should read up on to increase your feline-related knowledge.

First is, if it’s fresh urine, then be quick on your feet. Blot up as much urine as possible. Do not rub, but blot with clean paper towels. If you have a wet/dry vacuum in your house, this is where it might come in handy. But remember to not use steam cleaners, as it will set in the stain and smell more strongly.

Next, use a cleaning agent. Whatever you plan to use, make sure to test it first in order to know it is both safe and effective. You could either be a home-made agent, or effective commercial cleaners. The best choice would be to break down the stain and smell with an enzymatic cleaner.

Enzymatic cleaners release cultures that literally eat the urine. It is necessary to use effective agents such as these, because cats have a stronger sense of smell than people. So even if you cannot smell leftover urine, your cat might, increasing the chances of him peeing there again.

Even though these enzyme cleaners come in a spray bottle, spraying a light coat over the stain won’t do much. Instead, remove the sprayer and pour a bit of the cleaner on the spot.  Let the cleaner sit for ten to fifteen minutes, and then blot up as much of it as possible with a clean cloth. Vacuum once again to dry it off.

If you prefer to use home-made agents, then there are several ways to make them using cupboard staples. Here are a few recipes that use natural and effective ingredients -

Vinegar and water: Dilute white vinegar with equal parts water and saturate the carpet stain with the solution. After thirty minutes, remove as much of the liquid as possible. Several treatments may be required. The strong vinegar smell will dissipate once it’s dry.

Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda: This may be used alone or after the vinegar treatment. Sprinkle dry baking soda over the stain and work it into the fibers. Mix one-quarter cup peroxide with a teaspoon of dish detergent. Use only three-percent hydrogen peroxide. Pour or spray this over the baking soda and work into the carpet with a toothbrush. Once it’s dry, vacuum away the residue using an upholstery brush attachment. 

Club soda: Pour club soda directly onto the stain. When it stops effervescing, blot the liquid away with a towel. Repeat if needed. This remedy is more likely to work on recent stains that aren’t very strong. It’s a good alternative for when you don’t want to smell vinegar or have a powdery mess on your carpet.

If the stinky odor does not go away despite your best carpet-cleaning efforts, you can try neutralize the scent by using an oil-based, stain-blocking primer beneath the carpeting on the subfloor and replace the padding as well as that area of carpet. Afterwards, it is a good idea to sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet to help absorb any lingering odor. You can also check out carpet fresheners.

You can also use this method with sofas, cushions, mattresses, linens, etc. as the material is similar.

If it is dried urine, then it will be hard to find the places the urine has reached. The first step to take before beginning to clean dried urine would be to identify exactly where the stains are located. Use a black light for this purpose.

Urine fluoresces as a pale yellow color. The best way to see urine under a blacklight is to wait until evening, when it is dark. Turn off all interior lighting. Take the blacklight and hold it 1-2 inches above the carpet (or furniture, mattress, etc.). Slowly sweep over the area with the blacklight to identify any light yellow stains. You may need to reapply the cleaner to the area and let it dry again for older, dried or particularly odorous stains.

And maybe, you can also skip doing these and consider contacting professional carpet cleaners.

Now, the last step would be to prevent your cat from soiling these areas.

Also you may love to read how to tell if your cat loves you.

Last tips

To discourage peeing on the spot while the mattress dries, cover the bed with a large plastic sheet or tarp when you’re not using it.To keep your cat from returning to the spot during the cleaning process, place a piece of aluminum foil or an aluminum baking sheet over the area, or cover it with an upside-down laundry basket. Since cushions take days to dry, lay aluminum foil down before putting the cushion back, then put a second layer of foil over the top of the cushion to discourage your cat from peeing on the cushion again.

Paula Anderson

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