When trying to find what removes cat urine, it really helps to find the cause first.
You can clean up the mess and the smell, but what good is it if you don’t prevent future occurrences of the problem? This article aims to show you the possible causes of cat urination problems, and also tell you how to clean cat urine.
First of all, there’s always a reason why a cat urinates in a place other than their litter box. If they’re urinating on the floor or on the carpet, then they could have issues with their litterbox or they may be suffering from a medical condition such as a bladder or urinary tract infection.
Possible problems with their litterbox could be:
- It’s not cleaned often enough, and they don’t want to walk into a dirty litterbox. Clean it more often and/or provide them with a second litterbox.
- It’s located in a high traffic area. Most cats prefer an undisturbed location, with some privacy.
- You’ve changed to a type of litter that they don’t like. Keep trying different brands and types till you find a variety that they can live with.
A cat suffering from a urinary or bladder infection finds it painful to urinate and they can also lose proper control. You may also notice that they strain while urinating or see the presence of blood in their urine. If you suspect a medical problem, take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
If your cat is spraying objects such as walls and furniture, then they’re marking their territory out of instinct. Cats that are spayed or neutered before sexual maturity often exhibit little or no spraying behavior, but not always. And yes, females do sometimes spray.
Cats spray to mark their territory and to feel more secure. It lets other cats know that this is their territory. It’s more common in a multi-cat household – especially if they’re kept indoors at all times. You may want to keep the spraying cat separated from the other cats, let him go outdoors occasionally, or in extreme cases – find another home for him.
Another possible cause for his/her spraying behavior is what’s going on outside. If there are other cats roaming outside the window, then your cat may be responding to a perceived threat. An indoor cat not only sees the other cat outside, but can many times smell them too. So you might have to keep your windows closed or put some cat deterrent in front of your windows to keep the neighborhood cats away.
Cleaning The Cat Urine Stain
Cat urine stains are usually easy to smell, but sometimes not so easy to see. For this reason, you’ll need to invest in a Black Light which will shed a light on any stains that are present. When you locate a stain, use water and a cloth to blot (not rub) up as much of the urine as possible. Then use one of the enzymatic cat urine removers to finish the job. There are many good cat urine cleaning products on the market today. After cleaning, spray a product called Feliway on the stain to help prevent your cat from revisiting the spot in the future.
Once you figure out why your cat is having problems, then you’ll know exactly how to proceed. And hopefully you’ll eliminate the cat urine smell and gradually prevent any future cat urine problems.