by Hailey Hudson
It’s okay to admit it: No matter how much you love your cat, the smell of cat urine is the worst. Even worse, cat urine has the potential to do permanent damage to your carpet if you don’t clean it correctly. Here’s how to remove cat urine stains (whether they’re fresh or dried) and get that pungent smell out of your carpet.
Find a Good Cat Urine Remover
The first step to getting cat urine out of your carpet is to find a product that’s specifically made to battle cat urine stains and odor — such as Skout’s Honor Cat Urine & Odor Destroyer. It works on carpet, rugs, tile, laminate, upholstery, bedding and clothing and can eliminate even the worst cat stains and odors. It works on cat urine stains, feces, odor, spray stains, vomit and hairballs.
How To Use Cat Urine Remover
This eco-friendly product is quick and simple to use. First, saturate the soiled area of the carpet (including an inch or two around it). Then wait five minutes. Remove any extra moisture using a colorfast cloth or paper towels, and the process is complete. For especially stubborn stains or if you’re trying to clean dried cat urine from the carpet, you can repeat the process. Or take it a step further and saturate the area with cleaner and water, and then vacuum over the top.
But why choose Skout’s Honor cat urine remover? It’s effective because of its unique mix of ingredients. A plant-based surfactant and mineral-based deodorizer work together to get rid of even the worst stains and odors. While other stain removal methods might partially remove a stain, Skout’s Honor completely eliminates both the stain and the odor. And it won’t damage or discolor your carpet. There’s no need to sacrifice your floor to get rid of cat urine smell.
*A tip: If you are planning on using the product on a natural or non water-safe surface, always test a small, inconspicuous area first for colorfastness.
Now, About How to Prevent Your Cat From Peeing on the Carpet
With the right cat urine remover, cleaning your carpet isn’t that hard. But you can also take preventative steps so your cat doesn’t pee on the carpet in the first place.
There are a few different reasons your cat might be peeing in the house. He or she could feel stressed or upset due to a change in your normal routine (such as moving). Peeing on the carpet may also be your cat’s way of telling you that he or she doesn’t like the new brand of cat litter you bought or the fact that you moved the litter box. In that case, you can experiment with the placement and materials of the litter box to see what your cat prefers.
Sometimes, cats peeing in the house have a medical cause and not a behavioral one. Anything from bladder stones to kidney disease to diabetes might affect your cat’s urinary habits. If your cat has been peeing on the carpet more than usual, make an appointment with your vet to discuss your cat’s physical health. By addressing this issue at the root, you can keep both your cat and your carpet healthy and clean.
Hailey Hudson is a full-time freelance writer and content marketer based out of Atlanta, Georgia, where her cat acts as her co-worker and supervisor. She writes about pet-based topics for clients such as PetFirst Pet Insurance, Just Labs Magazine and Pet Product News.
The Carpet and Rug Institute: Pet Urine and Carpet Technical BulletinRSPCA: Why Is My Cat Urinating Inappropriately?Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: Feline Diabetes