Taking care of a pet can be really hard at times. Having a pet means feeding it, petting it, walking it, keeping it company, cleaning after it and cleaning the animal itself. When you add all of that up to the really busy work schedule that is where the problems start – there is just not enough time for daily cleaning. Well, actually exclude the cat owners because cats are independent animals that clean themselves; that sometimes like to cuddle and most times they are simply a-maz-ing! Jokes aside, if you have a cat that has its own issues with the litter box, here are some tips on how to get rid of the bad smell and “potty-train” your cat.
Understand the reason so you can find the solution
There are many reasons why the cat will bypass the litter box and urinate somewhere in the house. Let’s face it; cats can be really stubborn sometimes. As the owner of two, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the cat psychology until I’ve finally realized (after many vet visits of course) that one of my lovely fur balls urinates on the carpet every time she want’s to get even with me – it is a perfect revenge for her (when she gets mad at me because I had to cut her food portions due to health reasons) and a huge problem for me.
Stress and Anxiety- If you have recently moved, your cat might feel insecure because of the change of surroundings (adopting a new pet can be a source of stress for your cat as well). Insecurity is a stressor and a reason why it will choose to urinate on the floor instead of the litter box. When cats are under stress they tend to show it, and you can easily spot the change in their behaviour such as licking their fur too often or as it was written before, urinating around the house to catch your attention.
Medical Issues- If your cat has stress urinary issues it is important to take it to the vet as soon as possible and find the source of stress (or spend more time with your pet). It can also indicate a medical situation as a result of urinary tract infection, kidney diseases or eve diabetes.
The Type of Litter– Also, one of the most common reason is the type of cat litter. Some cat detest the scented ones such as lavender aroma litter because it simply bothers them. Declawed cats also prefer softer types since their claws are short and paws very sensitive. Try out several different types to find one that suit your cat the most. That way you can make sure that the little guy is using the toilet properly and finally get rid of the cat urine smell in your house. Here are some tips that can help you get rid of that awful, musky, acrid smell, keep your home fresh and your cat dissatisfied.
Never rub, just blot
First things first, if you come across the fresh crime scene, use paper towels to absorb as much urine as it is possible. Don’t rub it – simply try to blot up as much as you can. If the stain is dry, pour cold water over it and repeat the process with paper towels and blot.
Avoid cleaning the spot with a detergent that contains ammonia in it since it can happen that your cat will recognize the smell as the marked spot and continue to urinate in the same place. Either use commercial products that you can find at your local pet store or make your own cleaning detergent from the ingredients found in your home.
Baking soda rocks
There is a great recipe to make a homemade solution; all you have to do is mix vinegar that is great for killing bacteria with water. This mixture is great for old, dry stains as well as the new ones to spray over after you’ve finished blotting them with paper towels. Simply mix 1 1/2 cups of warm water and a 1/2 cup of vinegar, spray it over the stain, leave it for 3 to 5 minutes to soak and you will see it does wonder! After the solution dries, you can sprinkle the area (the stain and around it) with all-purpose baking soda to make sure that you thoroughly cleaned the spot and got rid of the smell. Baking soda is always a good option for any homemade cleaning products.
If you can’t beat your cat, get rid of the carpets
If you are a perfectionist (when it comes to cleaning, who isn’t?!) or you can still smell the cat urine odor in your home, a good option is to replace the carpeting or simply get rid of it. The guys that provide services for rubbish removal quote that the best way to get rid of the urine is to throw away your carpeting and replace it with natural flooring. Not only that it is easier to clean wooden floors, laminate flooring, tiles or marble floors but you can be sure that your house is really clean and you will get rid of the smell that is stuck deep in the fibers of your carpets. Just because you don’t see the stain, it doesn’t mean that you can’t smell it.
Mark Your Territory
Finally, there are some hacks that can help you teach your cat not to urinate on the floors. The one that I’ve tried and I believe it’s the best is – sprinkling eco friendly cat repellent over the potential spots. Cats usually smell the area before they decide to urinate so this way the smell will detest them since they don’t appreciate spicy scents. Just make sure not to put too much pepper because it’s simply not healthy for the cat. Also, citrus scent (from lemons and oranges) – that rich zesty smell makes them back away so you can make your own citrus solution and spray the problematic areas to stop your cat using the house floors as a bathroom.
These are simple tips that can help you with getting rid of the cat urine odor from your home, just keep in mind that you should take your beloved cat to the vet first because the problem might be more complicated than a simple cat revenge. Get rid of the carpeting and try moving the litter box to the spots where the cat urinates to teach the cat to use the “cat bathroom”. Avoid yelling at your pet because it won’t do any good, you will just stress it out.