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How to Clean Up Cat Urine – A Vet’s Advice

By: Dr. Debra Primovic

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How to Clean Up Cat Urine – A Vet's Advice

How do you deal with cats that urinate on the floor? When cats "pee" outside the litter box it creates a lot of problems. It's gross, it stinks, it stains, and worse yet – cats will often return to the same area to urinate.

What is the best way to clean up cat urine? Take a vet's advice.

Cats will urinate wherever they smell urine so it is critical to clean all soiled areas. To do this right, there are two very important things to remember.

1.        Find where the cat soiled--*everywhere.* You need to find ALL the areas where the cat urinated. You can do this by smelling the carpet (often difficult and tedious but really critical to finding the urine spots) or by getting a urine locator black light. These come in a variety of sizes and styles; I recommend larger models that look like a small flashlight. They work on carpet, flooring, concrete, walls, furniture, mattresses and more. Urine glows green or yellow in UV light and these are great for finding those hidden spots that are invisible to the naked eye.

2.        Clean up the entire carpet. If the area is wet, start by soaking up as much of the liquid as possible with plain paper towels. Once it is as dry as it can get, use a product that enzymatically breaks down or neutralizes urine odor molecules. Use a good quality product and DON'T SKIMP. Use as directed. The products often recommend saturating the area in a way that may seem "extreme" but it really is for the best. Cat urine will often go down to the pad or baseboard in carpets and you need to treat the *entire* area for the cleaning to be effective. Some of my favorite products include Zero Odor, Urine-off, and Nature's Miracle. Other choices include Anti Icky Poo (AIP), eSeaYu Petrotech Odor Eliminator, Odorban, Odornil, and Nilodor.

To prevent more inappropriate urination, it is critical to follow these steps. Find all areas where your cat urinated outside of the litter box and treat them totally with a high-quality product that does more than just cover up the smell.

I hope this information helps you clean up cat urine in carpet.

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