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Life Hacks: How to Get Cat Pee Out of Clothes and Carpet

Updated on June 21, 2017
If the weather permits, try drying your clothes out in the sunshine after washing them to help air out and lingering cat urine odors.
If the weather permits, try drying your clothes out in the sunshine after washing them to help air out and lingering cat urine odors. | Source

Cats are NOT Jerks Who Pee But They DO Pee

When I first wrote this article around three years ago, I went on a bit about how evil cats are and how they're always plotting to destroy the world and, well, it made a LOT of people mad. People do not like to hear that cats are bad because inherently they really aren't. If your cat is urinating outside of his or her litter box there is likely a good (in the cat's eyes, anyway) and solvable reason.

Still. As someone who has three cats that she loves very, very much, I can't help but feel like they've committed a special kind of wrong when one of them urinates on something of mine or my children's. It's just so violating.

Why cats choose to do certain things like eat houseplants, destroy fine china, sleep in cardboard boxes and very large shoes, and pee on $90 jeans is beyond human logic. That's okay, because we don't need to understand it. All we really need to understand is how to fix it. And clean it. Learn how to do that in this article. And please, if I've offended you with my less-than-favorable language towards felines leave a comment.

Tips to Prevent Accidents

Before we get to the nitty gritty of how to remove cat urine from clothing, rugs, and fabrics, it's important to remember that most of these accidents are preventable. The reasons are many that a cat may choose to urinate outside of her litter box. Sometimes it's innocent - something random to us but instinctual to her inspired her fancy, while other motivations may be more serious, like an unchecked medical condition that requires attention. Whatever the reason, here are a few tips to prevent your little buddy from creating any more havoc:

  • Spay or neuter. If you haven't already done so, spay or neuter the perp. Not only is it the responsible thing to do, but it will help deter your cat from feeling the need to "mark" territory.
  • Clean up previous pet stains. Cats seem to go back to spots where they or another pet have urinated to cover over it. Properly cleaning the area can help your cat to forget there's somewhere important they have to pee.
  • Keep laundry and blankets off the floor. Because cats just like to add to the chaos, keep piles of dirty clothes and folded blankets off the floor. These are like cat magnets. First they cuddle, then they pee.
  • Purchase rugs that don't have a rubber bottom. As weird as this may sound, sometimes certain smells can attract cats to a spot that they just have to pee on. The smell of rubber is one of them.
  • Keep that litter box pristine. Your idea of clean and your cat's idea of clean may not be the same. Choose a time each day to clean the box and sprinkle a baking-soda based deodorizer to keep things fresh for your cat.
  • Don't make the cat mad. Easier said than done, amirite?! In my case, my cat often pees on my stuff if I don't feed him at a specific time of day or if I've done something to irritate him.
  • Take your cat in for a check-up. Sometimes peeing outside the litterbox can indicate a health problem in your cat, such as diabetes. If all else fails, get your critter checked out.

If you've ruled out benign causes for peeing on your stuff, it's time to take your feline friend in to the vet for a checkup to find out if there is an underlying cause to his accidents.
If you've ruled out benign causes for peeing on your stuff, it's time to take your feline friend in to the vet for a checkup to find out if there is an underlying cause to his accidents. | Source

How to Remove Cat Urine from Clothes

The good news is, of everything your cat could choose to take a leak on, save for extremely you can do the following:

  1. Assess the damage. If the urine is old (as in, you just discovered the accident two days after the deed was done), throw the pile into a bag - paper or plastic will do - and douse the clothes in baking soda to help lift the urine. Seal the bag by either tying it or taping it shut. Let the clothes chill like this overnight. If the urine is fresh, though, just head straight to the washing machine.
  2. Wash clothes. Throw the clothes in the washing machine with a regular dose of laundry detergent, 2-4 cups of white vinegar (depending on how large the load is), and a liberal scoop of baking soda. Use the smallest setting you can so you can really get the fabric agitating in the machine. The white vinegar deodorizes the urine, while the baking soda helps lift the urine out of the fabric. Wash on hot.
  3. Run clothes through again on a hot cycle, this time with no soap, vinegar, etc. to fully rinse any residue.
  4. Hang to dry. Because you're washing on hot, it's best to hang this load to dry to prevent shrinkage.


This method works for towels, curtains, and small area rugs too.

Delicate Fabrics

To remove cat stains and odors from delicate fabrics, use the same method as you would for washing regular fabrics, but use the "delicate" or "knits" setting instead of a regular setting, as well as a larger load setting to prevent wear and tear of the fabric.

How to Remove Cat Urine from Carpet

Cleaning cat pee out of carpets and large rugs that can't be thrown in the wash is a different game. While the agitation from the washing machine helps to throw the urine out of the fabric, so to speak, cleaning carpet is tricky. This is because, if you're not careful, you'll just sort of rub the pee in more. Thankfully, if the urine hasn't been there for too long, you may be able to save the carpet—or at least prevent the stain from soaking too deeply into the baseboard. Try the following before ripping any of your Berber up:

  1. Soak up the stain. Use paper towels to soak up as much of the pee as you can, without rubbing.
  2. Spray white vinegar on the area.
  3. Soak it again. Again, use paper towels to soak up the moisture. Repeat this step once or twice more, depending on the severity.
  4. Use baking soda, next. Sprinkle the stained area with baking soda to absorb as much vinegar and urine as possible. Let that sit until dry.
  5. Vacuum up baking soda.

If that doesn't seem to have done the trick, try a cleanser formulated to clean the enzymes found in cat urine and follow the directions on the bottle.

You can also use a black light to find places you may have missed.

Vinegar and Baking Soda Not Doing the Trick?

BISSELL Little Green ProHeat Compact Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner, 14259 - Corded
BISSELL Little Green ProHeat Compact Multi-Purpose Carpet Cleaner, 14259 - Corded

With especially old, or deeply penetrated urine stains, baking soda and vinegar may not do enough to lift the odor and the bacteria that causes it. This is where a more powerful tool comes in handy. The Bissell Little Green ProHeat has proven itself to be a total lifesaver in my life (seriously, my mom "borrowed" mine and I immediately had to order a new one because with two toddlers and two cats, it's become a nearly everyday essential for me).

You can use it wet or dry and with hot or cold water but my favorite thing about the Little Green ProHeat is that used on the hot water setting, it helps loosen pet urine stains before lifting them and I feel like there's at least some germ-killing action happening as opposed to using plain cold water and sopping it all up with a rag or paper towels.

I use this machine with an accompanying solution (you can pick which Bissell formula works best for your problem area) to remove pet stains (including the more than occasional hairball) from our carpet.

Also useful for removing stains we won't go into detail over from upholstery, couches, mattresses, and rugs when your two children simultaneously come down with the stomach flu. Hurrah!

 

Stain and Odor Still Lingering?

If the method here doesn't do the job, try a scoop of OxiClean powder in your load of laundry.

Keep your cat's litter box fresh, clean, and filled with litter to help prevent her aching desire to urinate on your personal belongings.
Keep your cat's litter box fresh, clean, and filled with litter to help prevent her aching desire to urinate on your personal belongings. | Source

Cat Urine Stained Upholstery and Carpet

For carpet and upholstery that has been heavily saturated, the baking soda and vinegar method may not be strong enough. For those tough jobs invest in a compact upholstery cleaner - preferably one that utilizes hot water or has a built-in water heater - to remove cat urine stains and odors.

What are your best tips and tricks for handling cat accidents, odors, and stains? Have a cat pee question you want to ask? Comment below!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Kierstin, you can also use ammonia when cats have peed on the carpet. Ammonia works with the same premise as two negatives make a positive. The ammonia counteracts and eventually negates the pee smell.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Whoa, I had no idea! Thanks for the tip = )

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Your welcome!

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      Jennifer Suchey 4 years ago

      I love your hub and I think you're pretty awesome. I like your writing style and the fact that you love cats and you homeschool. ;) My most amazing kitty who I loved massively died a few months ago. :( I will get another one some day but not sure when. I guess I thought I might as well read your post since I do know the frustrations of cat pee issues. Great info and fun to read. You're going to do well here. Thanks!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Jennifer, thank you so much for the encouragement!! I'm sorry about your cat : ( I had a cat pass away a couple years ago and I STILL have dreams about her, I miss that silly girl. I currently have a calico named Meredith and she's a little hellion but she's precious. Good luck on your kitten search!

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      trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

      Interesting.

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      amanda 3 years ago

      I wouldn't use ammonia being a cats urine is ammonia based. So they will just pee again on it...

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      Nancy 2 years ago

      Maybe you can help me. I have cat pee on a case it 3 ringer binder, the type used for coupons, if that helps you understand what I'm talking about. I need to get the smell out of it. Any ideas?

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      Jenn 21 months ago

      Our cat Puffy has been driving the entire family crazy with his peeing everywhere. We bought de-scenting sprays and special cleaners, which he ignored and re-marked all over the house...some advice? (I refuse neuter my cat.) Thank you.

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      Liza 21 months ago

      Well, you can find guides that solve this and other training issues. Instead of the expensive sprays, they show you how to make your own herbal mixtures that do the trick to guide your cat to "not think out of the box". HaHa! I found out what we were doing wrong and quickly solved what my cat's communication problem was.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great tips. I'll keep this hub in mind for future reference. I use vinegar all the time for laundry loads. I'll try baking soda too.

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      Chloe 14 months ago

      I agree with the cleaning tips, strongly disagree with much of your assessment of cat behavior.

      A) vet diagnosis for physical/mental health should be first step. Cats don'the emilinate out of their box to annoy folks, they're trying to tell you something is wrong!

      B) cats pee on things that smell like their human for comfort - again a former of communication, not an evil plot.

      C) YES - spay/neuter is essential for happy, healthy cats! Desexing your cat preventspecific many behavior issues (see Jenn above) and prevents several types of cancer. It also allows your cat to focus on loving you and your family rather than being driven wild by their hormones (imagine being a teenager your whole life).

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      Dallas 14 months ago

      Can I use Apple cider vinegar instead of white?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 14 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Dallas, yes you could try apple cider vinegar. It's not going to hurt anything and I've used it to remove other pet stains and odors :) Good luck!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 14 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Chloe, thanks for the insight! You're right, if a cat is suddenly urinating outside her box when she's never done it before then that's a red flag to take her to the vet. I will add that to this article.

      However, I do have a cat who, for the past ten years has always urinated on piles of clean or dirty laundry, bathroom rugs, carseats, etc. He's healthy, it's just a very annoying quirk--especially when he does it on stuff that belongs to my kids. Needless to say, he was my inspiration for writing this.

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      Janette 13 months ago

      OMG do NOT use AMMONIA! It smells like urine to them, and tells them this is the spot to go!

      And Jenn, if you refuse to neuter your cat, you deserve what you get.

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      Ann 13 months ago

      Worked like a charm, thank you!

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      Ashley 12 months ago

      I am concerned about damaging the clothes and discoloration. The baking soda and vinegar will not discolor, correct? It's a black shirt... Thanks!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 12 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Awesome, Ann, I'm so glad to hear that!!

      Ashley, it won't ruin your clothes- has never ruined mine! They're pretty gentle cleansers. Once you've efficiently removed the ammonia from them (with the vinegar and baking soda) you might even try an extra wash using OxyClean. I love that stuff and it's never failed to remove nasty odors. I just don't know that I would mix it with straight cat urine, so that's why I suggest using it after thoroughly rinsing the items first.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 12 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Jenn, absolutely spay and neuter your cats.

      SERIOUSLY PEOPLE SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS.

      Not only will doing so help prevent yucky behaviors (like urinating and marking in places that they shouldn't) but it's just the responsible thing to do, come on.

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      Mon4e 12 months ago

      Hi I have a russian blue and I breed her, she has been good not excellent but manageable. Now that the kittens are bigger something came over her and she started urinating the couch (the kittens to)... Uuuf I took the cushion out and I washed it with vinegar and detergent that didn't do it so I soakted it again in woter with white vinegar ... One more after that ... I don't know how to get the smell out. Now don't say neuter I have my breeding permit and all pedigree papers and I go to shows... So no offending OK. Thanks upfront for help. :D

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      Hi 12 months ago

      Thanks for the tip because my cat just pee'd on my body pillow and my blanket and the worst part is that the pillow and blanket were my favourite pillow and blanket so now I'm very sad and I wish there is also another pillow the same and also the blanket as well and this did help me a lot but the worst fact is that we don't have white vinegar or baking soda at our place. So I might be out of luck right now but maybe we will go out and maybe buy the ingredients and maybe that will help me but at the moment I really dislike my cat we are not letting him back in the house because we don't trust him peeing on anything else in our house and thanks again for making this website so I will know what to do if he does it again and I will know exactly which website to go on and of course I couldn't thank you enough so bye bye and maybe you'll see me put another message on this app again I don't know what will happen but I just wanted to tell you I could not have thanked you enough whoever made this website thanks and I hope you will live the best life ever you probably will since your already making everybody's else's lives better so bye bye now!!!! Your the best

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      Amanda Hugginkiss 11 months ago

      I read through all the comments and was definitely enlightened. Thanks for all the information. Although if Jenn refuses to snip snip...then that's her choice, why do we become so angry when someone has an opposing opinion of our own?

      Keep up the good work!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 11 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Mon4e - Since you breed cats I would definitely invest in an upholstery cleaner. I really love Bissell's Little Green Machine (the heated one) and the pet stain formula for that particular machine. I'd check out Amazon for the best price/suggestions. Also, it wouldn't hurt to get some OxiClean spray too to use as a pre-treat. I have two super messy tots and OxiClean has yet to fail me.

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      Debbie Champagne 11 months ago

      I have the problem with my bed blanket and I tried everything and it is only a few of my cats that do it. I have a lot of cats/kittens at the moment. I washed in vinegar, laundry soap and pet urine spray. I can't get it out at all. They even pee on it when i am sleeping with it. I just dont know what to do. They are spayed and neutered.

      Any suggestions

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      Toni 10 months ago

      I hope this vinegar method will work on days old cat urine on carpet. I couldn't figure out exactly where the smell was coming from at first and finally discovered a couple spots in the closet! I don't even know which cat's been doing this, or why, after all these years.

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      Adam Beckford 10 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      When we moved to our new home, everything looked ok. After a time s nasty smell started coming from the carpet. Then I remembered that the previous owners had cats at home and because we liked the carpet we didn't throw it. At the end i tried whatever came to my mind to get rid if the smell, but it didn't help. At the end I called carpet cleaning guys (http://www.mariettacleaning.com ) who helped me out. So these tips above work great if the stain is fresh, but not when it's penetrated deep in the carpet's fibers.

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      Diana 10 months ago

      Shoes? I received a large shoe donation from a house that has cats that spray from the strong scent on the clothes & shoes. Any suggestions?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 10 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Debbie, oh that is awful! I had a cat who would VOMIT on me while I was sleeping, so I can kind of feel your pain. First off, the blanket - you may want to trash it if you can't get the smell out. They'll keep peeing on it if they smell the pee. I'm not a vet, so of course I'm obliged to tell you that you should talk to your vet, but in my experience cats will urinate in the places they've gone before because they associate that as a peeing-spot.

      Your only option that I can see is to fill you washing machine up with hot water and a cup of OxiClean Versatile and soak that bad boy overnight. Run it through, then rewash on hot then dry fully. If that doesn't work, I'd get a new blanket.

      On a side note, I keep bringing up OxiClean because it's a product that WORKS, I don't gain anything from suggesting it.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 10 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Toni, depending on the size of the stain this may work or you may want to try a method that would penetrate into the rug pad. I use the BISSELL Little Green ProHeat. https://www.amazon.com/BISSELL-ProHeat-Compact-Mul...

      ^^ (not an affiliate link, just a really great machine to have if you have pets, small children or clumsy dinner guests).

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 10 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Adam, I agree. If you have really old pet stains and you're not positive of their location it's a good idea to have a deep cleaning done on carpet. And especially if it wasn't your cat, yuck.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 10 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Diana, that's a really good question. What is the material? For canvas tennis shoes I'd try soaking them in hot water and a cup of OxiClean Versatile, then running them through once more on a hot setting and letting them air dry, preferably in the sun. For something like suede or leather, I would wipe down the surface of the shoes with a clean cloth and a mixture of white vinegar and water. I would clean the inner sole with an upholstery machine like the BISSELL Little Green ProHeat.

      Good luck, and report back and let us know what worked and what didn't!

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      Susan 10 months ago

      my 6 month old kitten has started to pee in his various bed...his beds!

      Also in some of the cardboard boxes he & his brother like to play in. Marco doesn't pee outside litter but Izzy(the demon brother),seems to take pleasure in it. I am in the process of washing beds with your formula. Any thoughts why he pees in his own bed?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 10 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Hi Susan! First off, are they fixed? If not, that would be the best first step :) My neutered cat pees in cardboard boxes too though so I feel you. You may have to just pitch the boxes, unfortunately. I'm not a vet so I can't say for sure why he pees in his own bed, but in my own experience with cats, he is probably doing it because he or his brother did it there once and now he's continually going back to it to urinate for reasons that I don't fully understand. My cat has also done this and I ended up just having to forego all plush cat beds for him. I hope you can get it cleaned up. Come back and update if his behavior stops, I'd love to know if cleaning his bed helped :)

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      Maggie 10 months ago

      I have good cats but I rescued one who proceeded to mark a room where the previous owners cat smell was. I tried all I could to re-train her, get rid of the smell but it just got worse & worse. She's been re-homed.

      I deep cleaned the carpets with pet solution then went over the area with the machine with a water/vinegar solution... 1 cup/4ltr, in the bad areas I doubled the vinegar.

      Unfortunately this alone did not do it so I was very glad to find a site that said to sprinkle plain baking soda, a lot, then spray it with a solution of 1/4cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide & 1 tsp Dawn dish soap (multiply it larger areas), use a soft bristle brush to rub it it then leave it to dry well (a few hours). When it is completely dry vacuum it up. Depending how bad the stain/smell, you may need to do this a couple time... but it has worked!!!

      BTW...another page warned to never used a steam machine for carpets when you are dealing with a cat stain/smell as the hot steam will set it into the carpet... I am wondering if this will be the same for the laundry...???

      The page I got the info off of also suggested using products with OXY in it as it most likely contains hydrogen peroxide.

      *****One warning about the hydrogen/baking soda solution... it MAY stain your carpet.

      It didn't stain mine and I left it on over night but always test a small area first and don't be shocked if you see the baking soda start to bubble, it is supposed to do that... be sure to add enough solution.

      Now I get to go tackle the laundry that hasn't been willing to release the pee smell :'(

      By the way... I have a cat who pees on laundry if it is left on the floor... the littler box can be completely clean & she is in perfect health she is just a dominant cat and this is her way of saying that something is out of place and needs to be corrected (yes, I still consider her a good cat, she has a valid reason for what she did, lol!).

      Cats don't do things just to be jerks, there are always reasons behind things, take the time to find out.

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      Depnomore 10 months ago

      Another thing to try is ACTIVATED CHARCOAL

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      Georgia Cowboy(GaCwby) 9 months ago

      I used this method on a bed set my brother was going to throw away ... it is an expensive set ... with the vinegar and baking soda I added liguid dish detergent ... The cat pee stain and odor was removed and now I have a Queen size bed ... it works great ... Thanks for sharing your knowledge

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      Detta 8 months ago

      I have 13 rescued and adopted cats. I have a large sun room with cat trees plus a cat yard that is protected. There are 4 cats that stay inside our home and the rest get to come in a few at a time. One of the cats who is the bully has been spraying all over in house and in sunroom. All of my cats are neutered or spayed. My vet put my cat on Prozac and has been on for three days now. He has stopped attacking the other cats but it takes about a week for them to stop spraying. They go off of this med very slowly to where they are only getting two a week. Well he sprayed into two brand new wicker baskets that I just purchased. How can I get the smell out?

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      Alisha 8 months ago

      I need help... it's just not a spot it's like the whole carpet any ideas what I can do like in four rooms and no I'm. It replacing the carpet I can't see it I can just smell it this would take 6 months to do this recipe on it all what do you recommend??

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      Susan 8 months ago

      What do you do if the clothing is a dry clean only winter coat? My sons friends cat sprayed all over him. I won't allow the clothing in my house until I know how to get rid of the urine. I have a cat and do not want him to start spraying my house.

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      Skye 6 months ago

      Would this work for small pillows? One of our cats decided to pee on a hand-made pillow and we don't know what to do. Thanks in advance.

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      Susie Love 5 months ago

      Have a steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment. When my cat peed on my bed I added oxygen to the cleaning solution (after making sure it wouldn't cause a reaction I wasn't looking for) and steam cleaned the mattress. It worked.

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      daweeka 4 months ago

      also be absolutely certain to avoid foods with HIGH magnesium and ash content, I've had numerous cats over the years, two at the same time from using no name cat food i'd bought from IGA/superstore/provigo/metro, chains in Canada and all associated. I didn't realize by saving a few bucks it would cost me upwards of five hundred bucks to have the vet use a catheter to open up their urethras. If the concentration of ash and magnesium is too high, then often they wind up getting calcified pieces of chrystals in their urine which for a person, is tantamount to having small shards of glass /a cat will meow, painfully when urinating, sometimes as they are full of pee, they'll go where they are at, check the spot, or leave ateeny amount of litter in their box, to avoid missing the blood. You can see the shiny glittery shards of calcified urine pieces, or if you're not too squeamish(urine is sterile until it exits the body, just wash your hands after using a finger to run through the spot. Don't punish them, this is like punishing a child for puking when they are ill. Take them to a vet, change the food to low ash/magnesium content, and once a week , allow the urine to get really concentrated, by removing their food bowls,not the water, just the food, and the system will purge itself and break up chrystals naturally. Just one day a week, let them go without food until night time, say fourteen hours. I know the crying will get to you but in the end they will be healthier for it people should give a certain quantity of food per day, dense food as well, such as no name iams, sameingredients, immense difference in price mother hubbards is one that sells it around a dollar or dollar and a half . If you switch, some cats develop this naturally, and have to be constantly purged. Anyways I hope this saves on vet bills, if your cat is already bleeding, it's too late to do anything but see a vet, google humane societies for low cost vets, as vets tend to overprice, another thing, all prescriptions can and you should insist on a prescription/they have been known to charge up to 100% more on something you can pick up for your pet at a local pharmacy. I had to get phenobarbitol, which was at the vet, but she was a cat lover/animal lover, she suggested instead to get it at the pharmacy, which I did from then onward, valium is effective on cats or dogs having seizures, fyi, but you must verify weight online, at several different sites, also for agitation while taking roadtrips, vomitting, etc. Its a wonderful thing to have on hand but never give more than.25mgs of it. NOT 25 mgs. Thanks for your answers. I hope I have assisted you bookmark or copy and paste also one last thing, animals in particular, males, tend to get this calcificated urine particles, after they are fixed, or before, you need to clarify that, so if you get them fixed, go online to ensure what their diet should consist of remembering always, they are carnovores, so try to get (the ingredients are listed on the side, the most quantity to the least in that order)foods that contain mostly chicken, rice, etc, it's the crap in the food the fillers that cause these sicknesses. Most vets won't be happy when you tell them you are aware you can get same meds at a pharmacy, unless they are strictly for animals, to avoid the immense markup but they cannot refuse you. Not one time, you can put in a complaint that can cost them their license, they'd prefer to just give you the script.

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      Cat urine all over the driver side floor of my pickup 4 months ago

      We live in the foothills (rural) and there are a few feral cats in the area that are fighting for territory. I was very used to seeing spray spots all over my tires. One day I got in my pickup which I don't drive all that often and it wreaked of cat pee. After research I pulled up the drive side mat and the carpet was SOAKED with cat pee. I always keep the windows close and upon further research I determined that it appears the urine is being sprayed from under the bottom door seal? Is this possible? With how much upward force/flow can a Tom spray his urine?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 months ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Dear Cat Urine All Over,

      OMG THAT IS INSANE. But honestly, I totally believe it. I've seen those little buggars pee up a wall, so why not up a car door right on up into the interior. That's terrible, I'm so sorry.

      First, I'd say take it to have the upholstery professionally cleaned, or purchase a heated upholstery machine of your own (like the Little Green Machine I've mentioned before). Once you've gotten as much of that urine up and out and rinsed as possible open up all of the windows and let it dry very well to keep mildew and mold from growing. Open up a couple of boxes of baking soda and set them around the vehicle. I also really like solid air fresheners from brands like Citrus Magic and Odor Genie (both can be found on Amazon) for helping to eliminate pet odors.

      Now, as for keeping the cats away - I'm sure if you had a garage you'd have used it for this vehicle, but if not I would definitely start!

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      kathie 2 months ago

      Thanx, I'm going to try this for my clothes. My bedroom door doesn't have a knob but my cat comes and goes. But a week or so ago I couldn't understand why she kept coming to me very early in bed. I just petted her and said go back to sleep. Here, what was going on, the dog was getting back at her by sleeping up against the door. So, she peed on my clothes that had been on my cedar chest but the dog had knocked off because he liked the cool feeling of the chest. She had been peeing on my hubbys shoes last year because she had a grudge against him lol.

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      George 2 months ago

      Thank you for the tips. Gona try it tomorrow once I get all the ingredients.

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      Jeni377 7 weeks ago

      We just got two kittens about a week and a half ago. They both use the litter box, but I noticed he doesn't cover up. As I was cleaning today I've noticed cat pee and a lot of different places. I caught him tonight peeing on my daughter's bed, a mink blanket I got in Korea. He is only 7 to 9 weeks old and we got him from the animal shelter. Do you think it's because he's still young and having accidents or could there possibly be something else? Everything else about him is great. Oh, we do have 2 dogs but they are separated by a baby gate so they can see each other but not so much interaction just yet.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 7 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Oh no, Jenni! Did it get into her mattress? I would definitely check in with a vet because as far as my experience has been, kittens are pretty intuitive about burying and peeing in a place where they can bury.

      Something to try in the meantime though, would be to close kitten off. When mine was a kitten I litter trained her in the bathroom by keeping her food, water, and a big, clean litter box in the bathroom. Then I would either gate it off or shut the door if she was climbing over the gate. You can spend time in there with her, pop her in her box every hour or so, and just help her get familiarized with the box and litter. Sometimes with kittens you just have to help them define their potty-boundaries.

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      samsilver 6 weeks ago

      I just found this article after a Google search and it sounds very helpful, but I don't know how much this will help me. Will your washing advice work in a front load washer? For instance, when you say add a scoop of OxiClean to your laundry, do I add it where the detergent goes? Or on the clothes themselves before the washer fills up?

      Also, my situation is very dire. Our daughter developed an addiction to heroin and the past couple of years, we have become very neglectful to keeping the house clean. So I'm not dealing with day old odors, but years old. I don't like to admit that because it's a really embarrassing situation. It's impossible to have people over to visit. Thank God for the anonymity of the internet so I can ask for help.

      So while we're trying to get back on track, we have a huge uphill battle to fight. Today at work the guys I'm working with said I smell like cat pee. The clothes I'm wearing came straight out of the laundry. A big problem is I can't smell it anymore. I put the clothes on my nose and I can't smell anything that smells like cat pee. My sister told me the same thing last week so I've been trying to wash my clothes and put them away right away. I feel awful. How am I suppose to fix the problem with odor if I can't smell it to know if it's gone or not? My sister said that Odoban makes a laundry detergent that has enzymes and that I should try that. Odoban Sport or something? She said it's on Amazon. Anyone have experience with that?

      If I did the white vinegar and baking soda with our front loader, do we put those ingredients in the tub, or where the detergent goes?

      We were going to go to Petsmart right now and see if they have any products for the carpets and vinyl flooring. We bought a Bissell Big Green Machine. Anyone use that with Oxiclean? The directions say only use Bissell cleaners, etc, but I don't know if I really have to follow that advice. Although I will if I don't hear otherwise.

      Like I said I'm very embarrassed about our situation and I want to get out of this hole we're in. Moving somewhere for a fresh start is out. I'm hoping we can do this.

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 6 weeks ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      SamSilver,

      I am SO sorry about your daughter. That's such a big thing to be dealing with and I can totally understand why everything else would get pushed to the bottom of the priority list while you're trying to handle this. First off, I want to share Parents of Addicted Loved Ones with you. I can't include a link, unfortunately, because Dengarden hides comments with links in them, but just Google it.

      To answer your questions - yes, I have a front loader and I use OxiClean by just throwing it on top of the laundry. As far as the OdoBan, I just looked it up and YES I would pick up a couple of jugs. What I'm seeing from the reviews is that it's very strong smelling so definitely open up your house top to bottom and if you have any fans get those going too because you're not going to want to breathe that stuff in in concentrated amounts. It looks like this is good for more than just clothes. Following the directions for mixing the OdoBan with water, I would wipe down your walls and any hard floors you have then I would put it in your Little Green (I can't get through the week without mine, good buy!) up to the solution line, add water, and use it on your upholstery and carpet. Just skip the OxiClean for the carpet as it sounds like the OdoBan may be a better bet for the concentrations of urine you're dealing with.

      Another option here is to rip your carpet out, paint the floor board with Killz (I did this in a bedroom that had been saturated by cat urine and it worked perfectly) and then lay down a new pad and carpet. The thing is, I know that's a costlier option, but, if you can afford it, may be cheaper and easier in the long run because cats tend to pee in the same places over and over again if there is any residual smell. Maybe see how the OdoBan works first if you're hesitant. You could also paint the walls and ceilings with Killz and then paint over with regular paint.

      Another idea is to clean out your home heating ducts. This is a place where gunk and cat fur can get trapped and so can the smells. You can hire someone to do this or checkout YouTube videos on how to do it yourself. Soaking the grates themselves also couldn't hurt anything, especially if it's possible that the cats have peed on these as well. (Of course, make sure that if you take the vent covers off, the cats are contained and won't crawl in).

      Lastly, replace the things you can that may have been urinated on or soaked in the odors like fabric hampers and make sure to wash all other fabrics like sheets, blankets, and even pillows themselves (don't use bleach because bleach and ammonia in urine don't mix safely).

      Good luck, I know this is going to be a huge project for you but you will feel so much better when your environment is clean and fresh. Don't be consumed by embarrassment. None of us has our shit completely together. You're not alone in that.

      Let me know what you tried and how it worked.

      P.S. If you can, replace the litter boxes too and in the future use litter liners or just big, cheap trash bags to line the boxes so that the ammonia doesn't soak into the plastic. I've found this helpful to control odors in my own home.

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      samsilver 5 weeks ago

      Kierstin, thanks for your response. And the mention of our daughter. She's clean right now and we're hoping it sticks this time, as difficult a thing as that is. She's in her early 20's and I'd really hate to see her life go to waste to a horrible drug.

      I'm going to order some Odoban this week. And I already have some Oxiclean on hand so I can try using that in the meantime.

      I'll post updates as we go. Thank you so much for your advice.

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      kat 9 days ago

      Any tips for getting the smell out of a piece of furniture, like a couch?

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 9 days ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Kat, I've had luck with the Bissell Little Green ProHeat I mention in this article. In fact, I just used it yesterday to get cat puke out of the runner in my foyer. Ugh. You definitely need to use a solution with it but Bissell carries a line (you can find it on Amazon at Target, etc.) and there are formulas specifically for pet odor. If it's a super saturated or old stain you may need to go over it a few times but the ProHeat sucks all of the stain up so you're not just masking the odor, you're removing the source.

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      Depnomore 8 days ago

      Hey y'all!

      If you have problems with any smells on an object that's not to be washed, try activated charcoal.

      Put the object in plastic. I use clear dollar store packing tape and large black lawn bags. Inside, place the activated charcoal (chunky) in something that's going to let it be breathable....a fine netting (what we use to wrap birdseed in for weddings). Spread the charcoal out flat inside its netting on a paper plate, a piece of plastic, whatever is appropriate. Use as much as you want, place the charcoal inside the netting in various places, with the object, all sealed in the bag. Let it sit, without opening for an amount of time that you decide, depending on how large or dense the item is.

      Activated charcoal also comes in a powder form. I don't recommend that type because it's very easy to spill and then you have another mess to clean up!

      This may be able to remove or lessen the cleaning solution smell, if you don't like it.

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