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How to Get Rid of Cat Urine in Your House

By: Kelli Rascoe

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. Also, 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.

Steps to get rid of cat urine in your home

  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 can 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.

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

For an additional tip on how to clean up your space, click here.

A Siamese cat smelling above his litter box

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. Naturally, 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, your cat may need 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.

A multi-colored cat standing in front of her litter box

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 some cats may avoid them.
  • Change your plastic litter box, so it can absorb odors.

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 over time.

For more on cat behavior, read When Do Kittens Calm Down?

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