My Cat Is On In-Heat – How Do I Clean Urine and Spray From My Carpet?
Oh dear, it’s that time of year again! You drift off to sleep only to be woken by Felix singing at the top of his lungs outside your window that he’s looking for a lady. And when he doesn’t find her, he comes home through the cat door and promptly expresses his displeasure with the situation by spraying urine on the side of the couch. So what can you do to rescue your poor beleaguered couch and carpets from feline anointing?
If you’ve been out for a few hours, chances are that your kitty’s urine stain may have been sitting for a while. As soon as you discover it, it’s important to clean it right away. If you wait too long, on top of being straightforward nasty-looking, bacteria can start to grow in the affected area, which leads to nasty stinks.
Here’s one way to remove cat urine from carpet:
•Soak up the urine stain using paper towels or a cotton cloth. Press firmly into the stain using an old shoe or something disposable. This will help absorb as much urine as possible from the carpet.
•Using white vinegar and water, mix a solution in a bowl (50% vinegar, 50% water). You’ll want to mix enough of the solution so that it can reach deep down into the carpet’s fibers.
•Pour the solution onto the urine stain. Using a scrubbing brush, work all of it deeply into the carpet, scrubbing vigorously. The vinegar should help to neutralize the ammonia in the urine.
•Blot the urine stain using a paper towel, pressing firmly into it.
•When that section of the carpet is dry, take one to two handfuls of baking soda (depending on the size of the urine stain) and sprinkle it onto the stain.
•Mix one-half cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide with a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent and apply to the stain. You can use the scrubbing brush again to thoroughly clean the carpet.
•Once dry, vacuum the area.
One big thing to be aware of is that bleach or bleach-containing products can actually have the opposite effect on un-neutered cats, since the ammonia they contain smells eerily like cat pee to a cat, which can just set them off again. So make sure to use a non-bleach cleaning product when you’re trying to remove the urine.
If you’ve done your level best and the stain or stink is still noticeable, or the cat just keeps spraying in the same areas, give BCS a call at 801 561 1730. Our carpet professionals know how to completely remove smells so cats won’t home in on the same areas over and over again.
Other than that, maybe consider finding your kitty a lady friend? Just a thought….
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