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Getting Rid of Cat Urine Smell on Furniture

My friend has a cat and has said he has tried everything to get rid of cat urine smell on his couch. I have never had a cat and have no clue what to tell him to use. Everyone was so great with my question about puppy urine that I thought I would throw this one out there...anyone have anything they have tried that worked?

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I tried EVERYTHING under the sun...and I mean everything! I probably spent $200 trying to get the smell out and realized that a new couch was the solution!

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Dear P.:

Unfortunately, I've had to get rid of lots of cat urine with three cats with various health issues over the years. The best stuff I've found is called "Nature's Miracle" and is sold at Petsmart. It's formulated just for cats because their urine is far more pungent than dogs. The best version is "orange-0xy." The bad part of it is while it is taking the stain out things smell WORSE. That's why I'd recommend the orange version. It helps with the smell while it's working, plus the cats hate the orange scent and will stay away from the stain for a while.

Good luck.

L. F., Mom of a 12-year-old girl and two cats

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PetsMart carries a product called Natures Miracle, and it is. I use it to clean up all bodily stuff, for pets and kids. It is in a white container with red lettering, I always have it on hand.

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for cat or puppy urine (and/or throw up, poop) i use "nature's miracle." it can be found at most pet supply stores and feed stores. it is awesome. it actually works on just about any stain and/or smell. they have one for cats, dogs, and even skunk smell. i highly recommend it.

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I tried EVERYTHING under the sun...and I mean everything! I probably spent $200 trying to get the smell out and realized that a new couch was the solution!

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Your friend can try everything under the sun, and I hate to sound like a downer, but it is virtually impossible to get the smell of cat urine out of furniture. Things that work for dog urine will not work for cat urine. Good luck to your friend, but he/she may want to start pricing couches instead!

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Cat urine is very difficult to remove. Cats tend to go in the same place over and over so you have to change the cats habit also. It is more difficult to get cat urine out of upholstery than it is in carpet because it is more porous. We would be happy to come clean the sofa for your friend. Just have him give us a call at Cornerstone Chem-Dry ###-###-####. We can clean and treat it at the same time. If he tries home remedies tell him to be very careful so that the couch does not get discolored by the things he is putting on it. Try them on a very small area on the couch (preferably the back of a skirt or pillow near the zipper where it won't be seen if damaged.

We'd love to help! Cornerstone Chem-Dry ###-###-#### ____@____.com www.co2cleaners.com


We used a product called OutRight and got it at Westlake Hardware on Park Row and Fielder in Arl. Since the cat is gone now, we have treated the concrete, have new pad and carpet and drapes and sofa and no more pets, no more smell.
Usually if a cat goes somewhere other than their box or outside, it can be because of a urinary tract infection, another pet, or a new baby introduced into the family. Good Luck!
V. B.

The enzymatic cleaners that people told you about for the puppy urine work on cat urine or human urine too.

Try Nature's Miracle from Petland or other pet stores.

Also, could it be the cat spray for marking spots and not the urine? If it is, and the cat isn't fixed, he might think of getting it fixed.

And cats don't usually just pee on things for no reason, like dogs that are cute, but not as smart (I love my dogs, but my cats have the intelligence). So I wonder if it is cat pee, if the cat is trying to tell him it has a urinary tract infection that is VERY common among felines.

Another trick is to leave bars of soap where they peed... they don't like the smell.

Tell your friend to get a spray bottle and fill up mostly with vinegar and add hot water. Shake well and use genreously in the affected areas. Now, cat urine is Very hard to get rid of out of the furniture but he can at least try this. The odor from the vinegar is strong but kills the fumes of the cat urine and cats in general absolutly Hate the smell of it and will stay away from that area that is treated with the vinegar. Being furniture though this may not be as affective as I said before so he may end of throwing the furniture out and buying new. Also, if they are not already (his cats) fixed he might want to think about having them fixed so they will be quit doing this.

A. C

You might try this: mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and water, and squirt in a couple good squirts of Dawn liquid detergent. My one year old had a "diaper malfunction" while playing in her room and unfortnately, pooped her pants and my carpets were HEAVILY soiled. I tried everything, resolve, carpet cleaner... nothing worked. My sister told me of this formula and after one good scrubbing, it was clean as a whistle! NO smell, no stain. Now its the cleanest spot in the room!
Good luck!

I'm going to have to agree with everyone else who says that what works for puppy/dog urine DOES NOT work for cat urine. Our cat got mad at my husband and me after my husband went out of town and I slept on his side of the bed-which the cat usually slept on. He marked the territory by peeing on it-he can't spray, as he's been fixed since an early age. The smell was so bad that we had to throw out our king-sized bed and replace it.

On another note, we had some neighbors who kept A LOT of cats-I'm talking around 80-we didn't know because they kept to themselves. When they both passed away and new owners purchased the house, they were having such a difficult time getting the urine smell out of the concrete in the garage. We recommended and let them borrow an ozone machine. They turned it on over the weekend-while they were gone-and when they came back, the odor was gone. So your friend could google "ozone machines" and see what comes up.

Best of luck,

Pet Smart has solutions for that. Our puppy soiled tons of my carpets and it is a silver gray. You can see every place she went and it takes it out without taking out any die. No smell and they will go back to the same place if it is not removed. It breaks up the enzines and you can not smell it or see it again. G. W

Good Golly! I need the answer to this one too!

I've tried-baking soda/water paste smeared on thickly-allowed to air dry and then vacuumed off-spray lysol, febreeze, and various other sorts of gentle cleansers. I did the vinager and vinager water solution first and that FLAT OUT WAS NOT ANYWHERE NEAR GOOD ENOUGH!!! I have also tried various pet odor cleansers that have enzymic action from Petsmart and Petco. One cat had UTI and the other was simply pissed off at us for leaving her indoors while we went away a few days at a time. The solution was to treat first kittie's UTI. Second kitty solution was to toss kitty outdoors and let her come and go as pleased and NEVER ever piss her off again.

We have leather furniture with cloth undersides and it WAS brand new when the issues first ocurred...

Kittens just did this again (Hubby remains cat person but I have chosen dogs as my fav. 'cause they don't mark the furniture!) THIS time I knew it would take FOREVER for the smell to go away and I didn't want to deal with all the tries of before-so we took a chance and took the zippered covers off the cushions (although they're not meant to be taken off) and I put them in super hot washing machine water with TIDE and ran them on gentle cycle-they were zipped up for the wash. Then we unzipped them and hung them over dinning chairs over linoleum to air dry. It worked great and the leather DIDN'T shrink which is what we were afraid of. Couch smells just fine and the cushions lost a few other marks from markers that I couldn't scrub out.

However, something better might be out there...

Cat urine is the hardest smell to get rid of. I've always had cats and have been very fortunate that they've all used the litterbox and the outside cats always went outside. I did move into a house where the previous tenants weren't so picky about where their cats went and ended up ripping out the carpet and using bleach first, then amonia to get the smell out of the floors. Unfortunately, he may have to get new furniture. I don't mean to be a gloomy guss, but I don't know of anything that will permanently rid furniture of cat urine smell.

Go to an Oreck store and get their pet odor/stain remover. It is the ONLY thing that I have found that really works on pet odors/stains and I have tried everything on the market, no kidding. I have dogs but it should work on cat smells. If you have questions call an Oreck store first and ask but I promise you this is the best thing on the market. Oreck should do commercials about it. BTW, their glass cleaner is the best as well.

One of the spray fabric brands like resolve has one for pet odors. You have to use it a couple of times to get it out, but it worked on our spare bed.

I read somewhere if you soaked an the area with 50water/50 vinegar. Then put baking soda on top it would get the smell out... I dont know if thats 100% or not but i cant hurt anything.

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