How to Combat Cat Odors

September 8, 2017 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

If it’s one thing that cat owners know, its cat odors. Particularly the smell of cat urine. While it’s not ideal, cats may occasionally spray outside of their litter box. There are a variety of reasons why they would, but today’s focus is on eliminating the odor. Cat urine gets its reputation for its smell for a very good reason. It does stink and will only get worse the longer it sits. Wiping up urine the moment you see it might not be enough to prevent a stain from setting in. Once that stain sets in, it can stink just as bad and serve as a lure to get your cat to urinate there again.

One simple way to eliminate odor is to buy enzyme-based cleaners from your local pet supply store. There are home remedies, too. With urine stained clothes, set them in the laundry, add two cups of baking soda to the load, and set the washer to soak mode with warm water. Leave the clothes sitting overnight, and in the morning, proceed to wash as normal. If the odor is still there after this, you may have to buy the enzyme-based cleaner and follow the instructions accordingly.

For couches, carpets, cushions, etc., you can make a bottle of spray to clean the area at home. Put in 16 ounces of warm water with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil or two tablespoons of peppermint extract. Spray the suspected areas, and in a few hours, the scent should be gone. Conversely, you could opt for the store cleaner again.

For carpets, you will also want to scrub down the affected area to get the stain out. In some cases, you may have to use a stain-blocking primer beneath the carpeting on the subfloor to eliminate the odor. A good tip for keeping cats from going there again is to put their food bowl there, as cats do not like eating and going to the bathroom in the same area.

If your cat frequently urinates outside of the litterbox, it may have a behavioral issue or a health problem. Feel free to schedule an appointment with us, and we can discuss your cat’s situation to get to the root of their urination problems.

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