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How to Remove Cat Urine Smell Naturally

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How to Remove Cat Urine Smell Naturally

This summer has been a difficult one for us pet-wise. We have struggled with trying to remove cat urine smell all around the house, something we’ve never really had to deal with before. My 6 year old kept finding puddles in her room, or she would go to put some clothes on and they would reek of cat pee. YUCK! Poor kid.

We finally started closing the door to her bedroom, but the cats just moved on to the master bedroom. We treated the old cat when we realized he was a definite culprit and made him more comfortable, though the vet warned he may be cured of his UTI he is still old. Sigh.




Then, the big, fat, hairy siamese cat started peeing behind the toilet in the bathroom. Yes, at least he was nice enough to restrict it to the bathroom, but he was mean. He was in so much pain he was lashing out at the other cats and us. He sometimes goes through periods like that when the seasons change, but this didn’t end.

We just couldn’t live with him like that and realized it was not normal. So in her went to the vet. You should have seen me trying to get an angry, aggressive 16 pound siamese into a cat carrier! We opted to get injections for him rather than the pills, needless to say.

In the mean time, we had to put my old kitty down, which broke my heart. I loved him so much and it’s hard when I realize he’s really gone.

To make a long story short, we took the third and youngest cat in to be tested when we found him peeing in the dining room. He actually had the worst case of UTI but barely let on that he was sick! Poor kitty.

catit water fountain reduces urinary tract infections in catsOne of the best things for cat health is water. LOTS of water. After switching to a fountain water dish for my cats, we have not had any UTIs in the house. And no peeing! We’ve tried a few and I have decided I love this Catit Flower Water Fountain because it offers a constant stream of fresh filtered water and the cat can drink in a comfortable standing position! It includes a triple action filter to help prevent urinary tract diseases by removing magnesium and calcium from tap water. These minerals can accumulate in your pet’s lower urinary tract and lead to urinary tract diseases, which is a common health issue for cats. Additionally, this high performance filter removes chlorine odors and bacteria, and retains stray hairs, sediment and debris.


We have changed the cat’s food and are paying more attention to their litter box. It was really hard with three cats to keep it clean, especially when we have three little kids at home. So my dear husband, NO more than two cats…EVER!

Now where there is cat urine there is smell. Gross. It’s as if the walls of our house are permeable, the urine smell just getting everywhere. I am not a fan of sprays or shampoo that just mask the smell – I want something that is actually going to take care of it. So I always turn to my essential oils to remove cat urine smell.

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Best Ways to Remove Cat Urine Smell

  1. Carpet
    When I find areas of carpet that smell of cat urine but are old and dry, I mix some baking soda with a few drops of lavender and sprinkle liberally. Then I let it sit for a few hours or overnight before vacuuming. The lavender and baking soda actually absorb the odor rather than just masking it. If you work the baking soda into the carpet when you apply it, the mixture will work even better.
  2. Clothing
    I use a cup of vinegar with a few drops of lavender oil when washing clothes that have cat pee on them
  3. Air Freshener
    I LOVE using a diffuser to freshen the air! It also acts as a humidifier so even better! I add a few drops of whatever oil or blend I decide and then it diffuses for hours.
  4. Leather
    I found this really great recipe for treating leather over at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. Add the following ingredients to a spray bottle:
    • 5 oz hydrogen peroxide
    • 1 tsp vinegar
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 3 drops of orange essential oil (You Can Buy Here)When all of the ingredients have been added, gently shake the bottle.  Now simply generously spray the affected area with this solution and allow to completely dry. It will become powder-like once the formula dries. Once it dries vacuum up the powder.

      If the smell is still there, then sprinkle a few drops of 100% pure Orange Essential Oil on the spot and gently rub into the leather with your fingers. Wipe dry and let sit. Enjoy your urine-free couch!

    Do you know how to remove cat urine smell naturally with different methods? Let me know!

    How to Remove Cat Urine Smell Naturally

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Joann

Wednesday 10th of April 2019

The lady before us had a cat. In one certain room , the cat had peed for years without her knowledge on to the carpet there.

When we bought it We pulled up the carpet in that room And found it still wet from cat urine. ....now question is. How do we get cat urine smell out of the floor ? The pee soaked thru the carpet and onto a lineoleum flooring. We need help !!!

Tracy Hopkins

Wednesday 5th of December 2018

Thank you for all your wonderful advice! I have an elderly cat who keeps refusing to use the tray and wees by the back door!!! Any recommendations on cleaning laminate wood flooring!! It’s actually starting to wear me down!! As all I can smell is!! Wee!!xx

Jamie

Tuesday 24th of October 2017

Such great tips for cat owners. Thanks for sharing on More the Merrier Monday link party!!

Kim~madeinaday

Tuesday 24th of October 2017

Great tips! Pinned! Hopefully I will never need this post! Lol My cat is getting up there. Sounds like a whole lot of not fun. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Hope to see ya next week! Kim

Baylie

Sunday 6th of August 2017

Hello - I noticed a couple other people asked this question with no response and I'm desperately wondering too!!! What do I use on my leather couch?? I have a sublet and I need my damage deposit back. I got a professional cleanse and he used a deoterizer, neutralizer, enzyme, and acid or something and then they peed again in another spot and I used hyrogen peroxide and water (a natural pet product from the store) on both spots and nothing has worked. Please help :(

Vicki

Monday 7th of August 2017

I'm so sorry Baylie! After your comment and others about urine smell on leather, I am updating the post to reflect this need! I hope it helps. :) - Vicki