Tips for Cleaning Up Cat Urine
All cat owners should know that behind the innocent and adorable appearance of a cute kitten there is sometimes a real little devil…
And when our cat urinates where he wants, the coexistence is not as pleasant as expected.
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So the first thing to do when your cat starts peeing everywhere is to try and understand the reason for her behaviour to prevent it from happening again – and if necessary, do lots of tricks to flush your cat’s urine into her tissues!
The first thing to do is to understand why your cat is urinating everywhere.
You know the proverb: “Better safe than sorry”. So the first thing to do, if you don’t feel like cleaning up the cat’s piss in your house or apartment, is to understand the reasons why your cat may want to relieve itself outside the litter box.
In fact, the ultimate solution to getting rid of the cat’s pee is to keep it clean.
And here’s the good news: you should know that cats are actually naturally clean animals, which means that once you’ve taught them how to use the litter box, it’s very rare that they’ll want to venture elsewhere for relief.
A cat that urinates out of its litter box is therefore a cat with a small problem. Remember that there are many reasons why a cat is messy:
- Your cat can simply perform “urine marking” (sexual behavior to mark its territory).
- It can also mean stress, for example due to the presence of another animal in the home, or your cat may not feel comfortable in her environment for various reasons.
- A dirty, poorly placed, or poorly maintained litter box can also explain why a cat urinates elsewhere
- In case of urinary problems (incontinence or other), the cat may have to urinate very often and may not always have time to get to the litter box.
- To avoid spending time cleaning up your best friend’s little furry gifts, try to find out where the problem is coming from, this will help you find a long-term solution!
Do not use bleach to clean up cat urine.
It’s a fact: Bleach is a multi-functional, multi-surface cleaning product, it disinfects and masks odors.
But above all, never use it to clean up your cat’s urine, as this would be completely counterproductive.
Although bleach can be effective in eliminating urine traces, it turns out that cats love the smell of bleach.
So, if you use it at home to clean up your cat’s urine, chances are that as soon as you finish cleaning up, your pet will return to the scene of the crime to relieve itself in the same place. It would be a shame… !
The right thing? Instead, put a few drops of lye in your cat’s litter box: this will attract it and disinfect the litter box in the process. This is called killing two birds with one stone!
How can I clean cat urine off of clothes and furniture?
You will notice that cats, these smart little companions, often tend to relieve themselves on rather absorbent surfaces.
Which is not going to help your case! Luckily, there is a super effective recipe from grandma to make cat urine from a textile: prepare a homemade product using 3 key ingredients for an economical and ecological cleanup, namely baking soda, white vinegar and lavender essential oil. The principle is simple:
- Rinse the fabric once with soda water.
- Pour baking soda generously directly into the stain and rub gently so that it penetrates the fibers a little.
- Pour white vinegar on the linen (it will lather up a bit, don’t panic, it’s quite normal).
- Run it through the machine, making a normal program. Feel free to add a little lavender essential oil in the softener drawer.
- Let it dry and admire the result! If there is still a little smell, don’t hesitate to repeat the operation.
Note: this preparation is very effective and has proven its value in pillowcases and comforters, which come out clean and odorless from the washing machine.
Keep in mind that the faster you wash your textiles, the easier it will be to get rid of the smell.
How can I clean cat urine from a couch or cloth mattress?
If your cat has peed on your beautiful couch, chair or cushion, you need to act quickly.
Yes, on a cloth couch, urine is absorbed quickly, so you have no time to waste.
First, abandon the idea of compressing the mattress or cushions to squeeze them: this would only spread the urine over an even larger surface. So here’s how to clean up urine on a cloth couch:
- After checking a hidden part of the sofa for discoloration, pour sparkling water over the stain and absorb as much as possible with paper towels.
- Repeat to rinse.
- Pour baking soda generously to absorb the remaining liquid and deodorize your couch (baking soda is actually known for its absorbent properties). Let it sit for 15 minutes and remove approximately the baking soda.
- Prepare the following mixture: 3 parts water, 1 part white vinegar and 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
- Pour the preparation into the stain.
- Repeat the operation if necessary.
A water rinse may be necessary to remove the bicarbonate residue that leaves a white stain.
Again, remember that the longer you wait, the harder it will be to clean up: be efficient!
The important thing to remember: opt for prevention!
Since cat urine has a very strong odor and is quite difficult to clean up, the best solution is still to opt for prevention.
If, despite all your efforts, your cat is a little devil that tends to urinate everywhere, protects sensitive areas or blocks access to high-risk rooms when you are not there.
Always keep baking soda, white vinegar and a bottle of essential oil at home. This way, you can be prepared for any eventuality!