Home Remedy For Removing Cat Urine Odor - Vet’s Advice


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Do you have a home remedy for removing cat urine odor?

Someone sent me and email today asking for a home remedy for removing cat urine and I thought I'd share what I know and recommend to my clients. When removing cat urine odor, the first thing to do is to remove as much as the wet urine as possible. Use dry paper towels to soak up the urine. You can try some home remedies for removing the cat urine odor but many are not as effective as commercial products and are usually temporary. Be careful with ammonia products, since the scent of the ammonia may encourage to cat to urinate in that area again.

The most common home remedy for removing cat urine odor is to wash the area with carbonated soda water or with soapy water and rinse well. As a deterrent, you can mist the area with vinegar, perfumed soap, mouthwash or moth repellant spray. If you must use ammonia, follow it with vinegar to neutralize the ammonia scent. Another home remedy for removing cat urine odor is baking soda. However baking soda is a powder and is not able to get down deep in the carpet or the pad.

To be honest, in my experience, there is no home remedy for removing cat urine odor that works. The best way to eliminate cat urine odor is to use commercial products such as Zero Odor, Nature's Recipe or Urine Off.

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Debra A. Primovic, BSN, DVM, Editor-in-Chief, is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Nursing and the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following her veterinary medical training, Dr. Primovic practiced in general small animal practices as well as veterinary emergency practices. She was staff veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Clinic of St. Louis, Missouri, one of the busiest emergency/critical care practices in the United States as well as MedVet Columbus, winner of the AAHA Hospital of the year in 2014. She also spends time in general practice at the Granville Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Primovic divides her time among veterinary emergency and general practice, editing, writing, and updating articles for PetPlace.com, and editing and indexing for veterinary publications. She loves both dogs and cats but has had extraordinary cats in her life, all of which have died over the past couple years. Special cats in her life were Kali, Sammy, Pepper and Beanie.