Cat Pee??? HELP!

Updated on October 14, 2011
J.K. asks from The Colony, TX
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I made the mistake of closing the closet where the litter box is located just for a few minutes while I cleaned the kitchen floor. I guess the cats needed to go and unfortunately found a place in the corner of my bedroom. I cleaned it up immediately, but, I think now the cat is starting to go there more often. It's not too bad, but, there is an odor. I have cleaned it w/vinegar/water, febreeze, and today, I steam cleaned the carpet in that area three times. All this started Monday, so I'm hoping to catch it early.

Is there anything else I can do or is my bedroom destined to be the new "litter box"??? I HAVE GOT to take care of this quick...I am an extremely clean person and I will just go crazy if my bedroom (of all rooms) is dirty.

Please Help!

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D.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try putting a covered litter box in that corner for awhile and then slowly start moving it to the closet. So that you're "retraining" back to the box and then moving the cat back to where s/he was originally... Or if nothing else just leave the litter box there so there's less clean up and just "decorate" around the box.

Best of luck

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B.C.

answers from Dallas on

Cats hate the smell of orange. If you have an orange in the house, take a peel and leave it in that spot for a couple of days. They also sell spray that smells like citrus that you can spray and it does the same thing.

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C.B.

answers from Dallas on

Go to the pet store and get an enzymatic cleaner. Spray this on the top of the carpet. Pull back the carpet and spray it on the back. The enzymes eat the pea bacteria and then just dries up. Replace the carpet pad and wood tack strips. Put the carpet back in place.

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M.L.

answers from Colorado Springs on

Nature's Miracle! Yes! It has saved more carpets and furniture in our house than I care to remember. It's worth every penny. Be sure to put enough on the place; it needs to soak through the carpet AND the pad, and you need to hit every speck of you-know-what.

Professional carpet cleaners - at least the ones I use - have some special stuff they can put on "catted" places; however, try the NM first.

And get your litter box(es) all clean and fresh so your kitties will say, "Ahhh!"

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M.P.

answers from Portland on

Try using an enzyme cleaner. Nature's Miracle is one brand. You might also put a piece of furniture or some other object over the spot. It has to be heavy enough that the odor can not be smelled by the cat. I don't know if that's possible.

We had a dog that peed in one corner of the living room. I had it professionally cleaned. They pulled up the carpet and the pad and steam cleaned it with an enzyme cleaner 3 times. I couldn't smell the pee. We gave the dog to my mother where, incidentally she didn't pee indoors, and so I thought the problem was fixed.

Fast forward 15 years and our new dog went right to that spot and peed even tho she had always peed outside before we moved back into my house.

Not what you want to hear, I know. I hope you find a way to eliminate the trouble. I'll be watching for new ideas.

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J.P.

answers from Chicago on

Soak the entire area with Nature's Miracle, then cover it with plastic (bags work fine) to keep the area wet so the cleaner can work its magic. Leave the bags there for about 24 hours, then take them off and let the area dry. Cats don't like citrus smells or the feel of tin foil, so cover the area with tin foil and place cotton balls soaked in lemon juice on top. They should avoid that area. Make sure they know the litter pan is better than finding another area- we used a product called Cat Attract (might have a silly spelling) in the litter for awhile. It seemed to work. Good luck- cat pee is the worst smell!!

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P.M.

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Can you keep your bedroom door closed to keep the cat out? If so, try placing a clean litter box outside the door, and if the cat uses it, gradually move it, a few feet at a time, to the closet you prefer. Or perhaps there's another location between those two that would actually work better?

Nature's Miracle, a cleaner/deodorizer available at pet stores, is reported to work wonders on animal smells. Good luck!

ADDED: another answer reminded me of a cure a friend used for discouraging a cat from crossing a no-no boundary. She laid down packaging tape, sticky side up (tape the ends down to keep it in place). Cats detest the feel of that. You could also apply the tape to a large piece of cardboard to lay over the spot. I'd make it as big as possible, or several smaller pieces, so the cat won't just go right next to it.

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R.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Second time today I will recommend Nature's Miracle. It works when wet, so you want to soak the area thoroughly, leave it, and reapply maybe a couple of times.

I can't promise that the cat won't return there, but the odor will be gone to the human nose.

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A.S.

answers from Detroit on

BORAX!!! Make a paste of it with water first and scrub it in deep and let it sit for several hours. THEN once dry, vacuum up. For awhile you may want to use Borax when vacuuming... But just sprinkle on the spot first while you vacuum the other parts of the house and leave that spot for last to vacuum.

I used Borax on a spot on our mattress [when the kitties were adjusting to a new home] and it not only took away the scent, but it helped keep it from leaving a permanent stain.

A single box of Borax [goes a long way] is only $4-ish.

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C.M.

answers from Chicago on

I've found a product called Odo Ban as being a cost-effective way of cleaning up cat pee. You can get it at Wal Mart or Sam's Club. Very inexpensive and it works!

Once you clean it, cover the spot with aluminum foil. Cats don't like the feel of that. Hopefully that will discourage them from going there and they will start using the litter box again. Good luck!

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L.F.

answers from Denver on

One thing that got my daughters cat to stop going where I didn't want her to was peppermint oil... I cleaned the area the best I could and then put pure peppermint oil over the area (diluted a little with water in a spray bottle) and she has left it alone!!

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C.B.

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Unfortunately, once the pee has soaked into the carpet pad, you're pretty much toast. All the steam cleaning will do is pull more of the pee to the surface of the carpet, but if they've gone there numerous times, you probably won't get it all out without ruining your carpet. Depending on how many times they've gone there and how bad it is, you might want to pull the carpet back in that corner, cut out and change the padding in that corner and have the carpter restretched.

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J.V.

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I found an article on the web because we have FOUR cats. My husband was getting ready to shoot them all! Go to this web site http://www.remove-cat-urine.com this recipe works great!! I have done carpets, upholstered chairs and all the in between s. It removes all odors!! Good luck!

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S.K.

answers from Dallas on

I will also recommend Nature's Miracle. As others have said, you have to really SOAK the area. Pour that sucker and keep on pouring. You need to completely soak not only the carpet but the pad underneath to have any hope. One other thing you can do is if its in a corner and small area that doesn't get a lot of traffic, you can lift up the carpet and pad and cut the tack strip out. Its made of wood and will absorb the cat pee and be part of the problem. Good luck! Cat pee is the worst!!!

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L.F.

answers from Dallas on

I used a bottle of Urine Gone when my cat decided to use my carpet instead of the litter box. It took several applications but you can't smell it now. You can get it at Walgreens.

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D.B.

answers from Dallas on

What Julia P said. I also recommend keeping your bedroom door closed until you're positive the cats are strictly litter box trained again.

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N.H.

answers from Austin on

Spot Shot works great, just be sure to read the instructions first. If you see your cats look like they're gonna 'go' anywhere other than litter box, say "NO!" firmly & put them in the box. I like to put my hand on their back just firm enough to keep them from jumping out when they 'go'. You may hafta do that a couple times before they get bk into the normal routine. Also, next time, you may want to just avoid cleaning the box area til last, let the floor dry if mopping, then spot clean the litter box area last. Hope this helps, good luck!!

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T.T.

answers from Dallas on

My cat did the same thing. Started with pee and then poop. Tried everything and then went to the vet. I hope you can remedy this on your own b/c we ended up having to put her down (not that you will have this!) The vet said they do that when something is wrong (assuming you haven't moved, had a major change in your house, changed liters or moved its box).

Nothing got rid of the odor. So once we put her down (she was 14) I replaced the carpet and pad. Smell gone.

Good luck and I hope this is something you can remedy :-)

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G.T.

answers from Redding on

WEll, it probably got down into the pad.
If your carpet can take it without becomimg discolored, try pouring some straight white vinegar on the carpet so it can go into the pad below, it will really help eliminate it.
I put my cat's litterbox in the cabinet under the bathroom sink and took the door off of the cabinet, it works pretty well there, and is easy to scoop into the bathroom trash when the time comes. We don't ever shut our bathroom door so I suppose that trick wouldnt work for everyone.

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M.Q.

answers from Dallas on

Talking from experience, that cat smell will never come out! Our cat marked in the bedroom in my home and we have tried all products and carpet cleaning and on a good humid day, the smell comes out into the air. Good luck!

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C.A.

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Buy a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and pour on it. That will get the smell up.

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T.S.

answers from Washington DC on

Go to the pet store and buy a product specifically for removing cat urine. Even if YOU can't smell it anymore, they might be drawn to it. I wish I knew the name of the product I used, but it was awesome... no repeat offenses.

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B.G.

answers from New York on

Cats you've got to love 'em... Nature's Miracle stain & odor remover liquid, worked for me!!! Saturate the area an let it sit for a while then blot up with towel and wash the towel with some NM in the wash as well.

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T.R.

answers from Dallas on

My cat did the same thing right before we needed to sell our house. Nothing worked for us.. We had to rip the carpet up and even seal the concrete with Kiltz and I still smelled it! It smell somehow seeped into our baseboards so we had to replace them too!! Such a pain! Hopefully you can find a quick solution that works on here. Good
Luck!

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E.H.

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Chem-Dry has an amazing product called PURT (Pet Urine Removal Treatment). Here is a link to it on our website : http://www.co2cleaners.com/pet-urine-cleaning.htm I PROMISE you it is the best product out there. Trust me we have seen them all. Years ago Chem-Dry had another pet urine product and it just did not work well so we quit using it. We were tentative to try another one but it is fabulous and our customers love it! It actually breaks down the urine crystals so they go away in 2-3 days instead of the 5-7 years it takes for them to naturally break down on their own! Now the 48-72 hours after we apply it, it will smell worse! That means it is working!

Sometimes the problem has gotten so out of control that it does take pad removal and replacement and sealing the sub floor. If it is that bad, sometimes the carpet can be saved and sometimes we can do a patch to that area. So there are options!!

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J.P.

answers from Phoenix on

Unfortunately we had the same issue. You really need to pull back the carpet just a little and spray bleach on the concrete below. If it's in the pad it wont come out and steam cleaning makes it worse. You can also cut out that corner of the pad and replace it. It's a nightmare, the smell never seems to go away.

J.L.

answers from Lexington on

I hate to break it to you, but your carpet is dunzo. I made the mistake of not putting my cat in a pet taxi the last time we moved and she ended up peeing in the passenger seat of my car. I spent over $300 on professional carpet cleaners, Febreze, and tried every cleaner you could think of....I eventually had to replace the seat. Not sure what is in that stuff, but it doesn't go away!!! Maybe you can just have that portion of the carpet cut out and replaced for a small expense, intead of having to replace the entire room. Sorry =o ( I know how frustrating it is, trust me!!!

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