nana4 asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

how to get rid of cat urine in carpets

12 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Remember, a cat’s sense of smell is fourteen times stronger than that of a human. This is why it is so important for you to thoroughly clean the urine spots. Even if you can’t smell it, your cat probably still smells the urine in the carpet, and this can make them want to “re-mark” that spot over and over.

    To remove the smell of urine from just about anything, first clean it with some sort of soap or kitchen cleaner. Then clean it with lemon juice. If you don’t like the smell of lemon juice follow it up with a little bit of vanilla extract. One of the most effective formulas I’ve found for removing ANY odor was from Popular Science Magazine. Mix 1 quart of Hydrogen Peroxide, with 1/4 cup of Baking Soda, and one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap. Saturate the affected area, rinse thoroughly with clean water, and the smell is gone. This is non-toxic and safe for your animals and children, and those with allergies. This is especially helpful for removing skunk odor from your outdoor animals. As always, test a small portion of fabric for color fastness, before treating a large area.

    What Won’t Work… There are many home remedies for treating pet stains and odors, and let me stress that most of them are not too bad as far as removing odors for humans’ noses. Vinegar, ammonia, baking soda, laundry detergents, lemon juice, fabric softeners, and commercial strength pet stain removers are all great for removing the odors that humans can smell. However; you will need more to remove the odor for your cat’s nose. An enzymatic cleaner is the best answer, but it is slow and may take more than one application, (Nature’s Miracle is one of them). The Hydrogen Peroxide/Baking Soda combo is fast, but can alter the colors of some fabrics. In the end, you must decide which application is best for your situation.

    Even if you clean a pet stain with soap and water certain micro-organisms remain behind and your pet can smell them. Enzymatic Cleaners are designed to completely eliminate the source of the odor by using enzymes to eat away the micro-organisms that cause the odor. The one drawback to these cleaners is that they are slow; it could take several weeks for them to completely eliminate an odor. Enzymantic Cleaners are available at most pet stores, organic/natural/health food stores, and even some hardware stores. You can also ask your vet for suppliers.

  • 1 decade ago

    Pet urine has ammonia in it so you have to nuetralize it or you will never get rid of the smell. I would and have used white vinegar to nuetralize. You could go to the pet store and find a fancy brand if you like but vinegar is cheaper. After using the vinegar and the spot is dry you a spot carpet cleaner. If you don't clean it up properly the cat will keep going there again and again because they can smell that they went there before. Good luck.

  • 4 years ago

    Use a black light to locate the source of the odor. Any product that has peroxide in it will help remove the odor. However, you probably should pull back the carpet, and padding, so that you can apply it to the subflooring as well. Once you have treated the subfloor, the padding, and the carpet, go over the entire room with a steam cleaner to help remove any residue left in the carpet. Be sure to check the walls, and baseboards with the black light, too. If it was a male cat, he might have sprayed. It took more than one treatment in our home, but it saved us having to replace the carpet. Hope it helps.

  • 1 decade ago

    Professional steam cleaner!!

    Then, vinegar or Febreze may help. The big problem is that the urine gets into the carpet pad and seems to be there forever. I just finished removing the last of all my wall-to-wall; I got really tired of the cleanups.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, I recently had that problem. I used all the stuff eveybody on here suggested and I could still smell the stuff. I ended up getting a professional carpet cleaning and they used an enzyme cleaner that completely got all the odor out.

  • 1 decade ago

    Good luck because if you have wood floors underneath the carpet, it might have gotten absorbed. Try vinegar, professional steam cleaning, or spot and odor remover and soak it.,

  • martin
    Lv 4
    3 years ago


    Source(s): Cat Peeing Problem
  • 1 decade ago

    Nature's Miracle...they sell it at petstores. They even make one specifically for cat works great!

    Source(s): I have 2 cats.
  • 1 decade ago

    get a litter box and put the cat paws in its sand and it will use it

    good luck

  • 1 decade ago

    buy some Kiltz it works wonders

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