Oops! Your cat peed on your bed, sofa, or carpet? Yes, it happens. Even a small amount of cat urine can be quite overwhelming.
Your cat might still be in the process of potty training. Or, your cat has been a very good tabby that still has the occasional accident.
Why Does Your Cat Pee Outside the Litter Box?
Before tackling this smelly dilemma, you need to understand why your cat is peeing away from the litter box. Without knowing the reason, you and your feline will get caught up in a stressful cycle.
Here are two of the most plausible reasons why your cat has this behavior:
They want you to know that something is changing
This might be an ongoing health condition that they are experiencing. Or most likely, your cat may be expressing displeasure with the changes in the household dynamics such as moving to a new home or welcoming a new family member (humans or pets).
Additionally, unneutered male cats will spray urine as a way of marking their territory. Unsprayed females will do the same to let male tabbies know that they are on heat.
They are not happy with their litter box or litter
We know you adore your cat and would like to spoil it with a fancy litter box; from a futuristic litter robot to hidden furniture litter box - you name it. But did you know that cats prefer an open box to do their business? To reduce accidents outside the litter box, keep things as simple as possible for a start by using a simple open box.
If you change your cat's litter or if he or she is a first-time user of a new litter, he or she may be unfamiliar with the texture, which can lead to pee accidents. As a result, we developed PottyAid training cat litter to assist your cat in switching better and more easily. Remember, you're doing a fantastic job by taking the first step!
How to Effectively Get Rid of Cat Pee Odor
From Your Furniture
Cleaning up your cat's urine should be done as soon as possible if pee accidents happen on your furniture. This will prevent your cat from peeing in that exact location again. You must 100% neutralize the odor and not just disguise it with fragrances or perfumes.
Use Commercial Products: There are plenty of ready-to-spray pet odor eliminators that you can purchase from pet shops and local grocery stores. Choose an enzyme cleaner for cat urine that is cat-friendly and highly effective.
Consider DIY Solutions: Your pantry is a haven for ingredients that can effectively remove the stain and cat urine odor. This DIY recipe is one of our favorite - Raid your kitchen cupboards for white vinegar, laundry detergent, lemon juice, baking soda and some water.
How To Recipe:
First, you need to get as much pee out from your fabricated furniture. Gently blot with kitchen towels or an old bath towel. You must not push or rub the surface. Otherwise, you'll have urine seeping in through and it's going to be impossible to remove it.
Mix all the ingredients up in a spray bottle in 1 part each. Spray and let the surface get soaked with this solution for 15 minutes. After that, blot all the excess liquid until the surface is dry. Then, cover the area liberally with baking soda. After a few minutes, vacuum the dry baking soda, voila! Repeat if necessary.
From Your Litter Box
Using the right cat litter is important, but it is not enough to keep odor at bay. Bacteria in your litter box will emit odor, especially if you use a plastic litter box that is prone to scratches from your cat while digging during potty business.
To combat this, simply wash your litter box with soap and water once a month. Setting this as your monthly cleaning routine will undoubtedly help with the odor.
Also, consider replacing your litter box when it becomes worn or switching to a more durable litter box, such as our stainless steel PottyBox.
🔑Fighting cat pee odor is something that all cat parents will have to deal with at some point in their lives. The key is to ensure that your cats are properly potty trained and that you are using effective products. It's a good thing you came across us to assist you along the way!