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How to Get Rid of Cat Urine in Your House

Discover how to get rid of cat urine in your home.

Cats have a mind of their own. While sometimes their behavior may be unpredictable, it may be an indication that something more is going on. If you have a new kitten or cat you may notice that your furry friend may be particular about one specific area of the house – the litterbox. It’s no secret that the litter box may be the “stinkiest” part of the house. In addition, no pet owner wants the stress of cleaning up a mess, especially if it’s outside the litter box. We sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Sarah Nold to learn more about how to get rid of cat urine and tips to help keep a tidy and cat-friendly house.

How to get rid of cat urine in your home

Steps to get rid of cat urine

1.Remove the urine as soon as possible.

2.Talk to your veterinarian and get their recommendation on an enzymatic cleaner.

3.An enzymatic cleaner has the ability to help lift the stain and further break down the odor from your cat’s urine.

4.Consider cleaning the litter box and adding some fresh litter to help freshen the space for your best friend.

For an additional resource, on how to get rid of cat pee in upholstery or wood, read this guide from Good Housekeeping.

If you have a cat that may be acting abnormal, it may be beneficial to talk to your veterinarian. They can help determine the reason behind the behavior change.

Why do cats urinate outside of the litter box?

It may be hard to tell if your cat is feeling sick, but one clue may be where they choose to use the bathroom.

Cats may urinate outside of their space for a wide variety of reasons. In fact, just like dogs, their environment may be a factor in their behavior change.

Also, if your cat is not using the litter box there is likely an underlying behavior or health concern that needs to be addressed,” says Nold.

Whether it’s a pet health condition or an environmental stressor, it’s important for your cat to seek medical care.

Consider the following:

For example, with a medical condition like arthritis, they may be in a lot of pain. Further, it may make them feel uncomfortable to get in or out of the litter box. For this reason, consider talking to your veterinarian to help determine the root of the problem.

Tips for a clean litter box and cat-friendly home

A clean and tidy pet space is important for all your furry friends, and even more so when it comes to the litter box. Nold points out some tips to consider for the ultimate cat-friendly living space.

  • One litter box per cat in the house.
  • Place litter boxes in different areas of the house.
  • If you have a multi-level home, you should place one on each level.
  • The litter box should be cleaned daily, and potentially more often considering how many furry family members you have.
  • Be mindful of the type of litter your cat likes and try to stick to the same brand.
  • If you have a new cat, consider offering different litters until you learn their preference.
  • Covered litter boxes are great to keep odor and litter inside, but not all cats may like them.
  • Change your plastic litter box, so it can help absorb odors.
Learn some tips to keep your home urine free and clean.

How to get rid of cat urine? it may take time and a lot of housekeeping

Cats are picky. But if you notate their behavior, keep a clean and tidy cat space, and seek the expertise of your veterinarian, your best friend may find happiness with the litter box in no time at all.

What tips help keep your cat-friendly home clean?

For more on cat behavior, read Why Do Kittens Bite? Kitten Owner Questions Answered

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