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How to Get Rid Of Sour Cat Urine Odor For Good

Updated on April 5, 2016

Stop Smelling Like A Crazy Cat Lady

Even die hard cat lovers have to admit that the smell of cat urine is terrible, and is almost impossible to remove from carpets, upholstery, wood floors, bedding or anywhere else that your cat has an accident.

Aging cats in particular often develop continence issues. Their companions and owners sympathize with their cats on the one hand, but also do not want to live in the stink of cat urine, or have their beloved pet ruin all the furniture.

Animal lovers also know that the insidious smell of cat urine and dog pee is only a part of the problem. The other part of the problem is that wherever an animal has previously gone to the bathroom becomes a beacon, seemingly inviting the cat or dog to relieve itself on the same place again and again and again.

Pet store companies have entire aisles devoted to stain and odor eliminators, and it is a big business. Desperate pet owners, not to mention apartment renters who want to get their security deposit back, spend huge amounts every year trying to get rid of stains and that musky, acrid smell of cat urine that fills a room and does not go away. Time, in fact, makes most cat pee smells worse.

These same desperate pet owners also know that most of these products do not work. They may mask the smell of cat pee for a short time, but after a few weeks or months it has returned. Or the smell is improved, but the animal keeps revisiting the same spot, no matter what you do. Or maybe you have mastered the smell, but the stain is stubborn.

Here is an easy-to-make, natural formula that may be the answer you have been looking for to get rid of cat urine odor.

Long-Lasting, Homemade, Natural Recipe for Cat Urine Odor and Stain Remover

My mother has a cat who gets angry at her when she travels, so whenever mom gets back from a lengthy trip, or even a night away, she comes home to numerous pee stains. She had tried everything, from Nature's Miracle to calling in COIT carpet cleaners to Oxy Clean. These all worked a little bit, but next trip Blaze would be back to her old tricks, and in many of the same places, urinating to show her displeasure.

It got so bad that mom's entire house started to smell like cat urine, and close friends would mention the smell when they came to visit.

That's when she hit on this easy-to-make recipe that really works to remove cat urine odors and to keep the cat from peeing in the same place again and again. It's simple to use and is made from ingredients you probably already have lying around your house. Best of all, the positive effects last a long time.

I have also used this recipe to treat an area on my front steps where a very large dog that recently moved into the neighborhood has decided to take his morning and evening constitutional. The urine smell was very strong, and bleach neither removed the odor, nor got the dog to stop urinating on my stair post. This recipe did the trick.

Home Made Cat Urine Odor Treatment

  • 16 ounces 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon dishwashing liquid

Directions for Use

  1. If the stain is still wet, blot up as much liquid as you can with cloths or paper towels.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and soak the urine-affected area.
  3. Let the solution dry completely.
  4. Once it is dry, vacuum away and white, dusty residue left by the baking soda.

Be sure to spot test a small area of the fabric or carpet you will treat to make sure it is colorfast. This solution shouldn't bleach any fabrics, but it is best to check and be sure.

This treatment can be used on fabric, woven carpets, wood floors, cement — pretty much any surface on which a pet might urinate.

The above recipe is good for one or two stains. Mix more to treat larger areas. Do not store the already-mixed solution, but mix a new batch fresh when your pet has an accident.

Other Solutions To Get Rid of Pet Urine Odor

  • White vinegar is great to get rid of some odors, though it isn't always effective against cat pee. Used straight from the bottle or diluted with distilled water, white vinegar will help neutralize pet urine odors, especially ammonia, and it won't leave behind a sour vinegar smell.
  • Nature's Miracle is an enzyme-based odor remover found at most pet stores. Some pet owners swear by it, but it didn't work well for my mom.
  • Woolite Pet Stain & Odor Remover is a relatively new product available at most stores with a decent cleaning aisle. I have not tried this product.
  • OxyClean is an oxygen-based cleaner, much as hydrogen peroxide is, and can kill bacteria which may be behind the lingering cat urine smell. Mix it with water and baking soda to remove pet odors.
  • OdoBan and OdoMute are two products that many people say works well on cat pee, but I have not tried them.

5 Tips To Prevent Your Cat From Urinating On Furniture and Rugs

The very best way to eliminate cat urine and dog pee odors from your house is by not letting them happen in the first place.

Here are five useful tips that will help keep your cat from having embarrassing and smelly accidents:

  1. Spay or neuter the animal while it is young
  2. Keep the kitty litter very clean at all times
  3. Do not feed your cat in the same area that you keep its kitty litter
  4. Avoid stressing out your cat, as stress makes cats pee
  5. Take your cat in for regular check ups at the vet. Cats who have a lot of accidents could have a more serious kidney or other medical problem


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      Bainesy 2 weeks ago

      Some really good tips in this article. Enzyme sprays only seem to be effective if your cat pees in the exact same place every time. If it's different places, it's probably cheaper to get to the root cause. There's a brilliant 7-day step by step guide at: http://www.catsprayguide.com

      I know it's frustrating but you just have to be consistent.

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      debbie 2 weeks ago

      how to get rid of cat pee in your home help

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      Al 3 weeks ago

      If I wash my hard wood floor , do I just let it dry after sprayng on the floor or just mop the floor

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      Lauren C. 6 weeks ago

      We have only had good results with the enzyme based Natures Miracle product in the red sprsy bottle, unless it has been changed . Their aerosol can carpet product uses a strong masking perfume abd we do not recommend that version.

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      sirena 2 months ago

      nancy some litter types are too rough for declawed cats to use...

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      Matt 2 months ago

      Thanks so much for this! One of my cats peed on the carpet and it went unnoticed until the entire downstairs of the house smelled awful. I tried woolite spray which didn't really work. Then I found your solution and it worked amazingly! Thanks so much!

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      Nancy 2 months ago

      In addition to these five tips, I'd like to add the following: Do not have your cat declawed. I adopted a declawed cat from a local shelter and it took me months before I finally had her successfully using her litter box. She would pee on the carpet, sofa, towels, dirty clothes on the floor, anything soft and I think it was because of the declawing procedure.

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      Geoff McColgan 2 months ago

      I agree with you completely regarding the "Natures Miracle" not working for your Mom. I tried it and it was a total waste of money.

      However there are positive reviews regarding another urine odor remover called "NoK Out". I haven't yet tried it but am considering it.


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      ssmnv98 2 months ago

      Can't stop your Cat peeing in the house? Then no worry...

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      jimmy 8 months ago

      Thanks. Very helpful ! I'd Like to share this articl about urine removal tips http://www.cathealthblog.ml/2016/10/cat-urine-odor... good luck!

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      B.Jake 11 months ago

      thanks.great article. here are some other tips www.catsprayingissues.blogspot.com

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I have a cat like your mother's that gets separation anxiety when we travel and pees on the carpet. I am going to try this! Thanks for sharing.