Removing Cat Urine from Car Seat

Updated on April 03, 2010
J.E. asks from Northbridge, MA
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The cat peed in the baby's car seat and it got on the straps. I dont think I can remove them completely in order to wash them in the washing machine..does anyone have any tips on how to get the smell out of the car seat and make it clean? Also any ideas on how to get the cat to not pee in places he shouldn't..Im thinking of giving him away if it doesnt stop but he's not fixed yet so I wanted to see if that makes a difference plus my 5 year old loves him...As always thanks for the help!!

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Thank you everyone for your helpful suggestions! I made an appt. today to have the cat go for his shots so I can have him nuetered asap..he is 7 months old and have not gotten around do doing it yet! Hopefully this will help the peeing situation!!

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answers from Chicago on

Depending on how old the cat is, getting him fixed may work. If he is pretty young, I think it is 5 or younger, he will stop spraying things and should make it easier to get him to stop peeing on the wrong stuff. If this is an infant carseat, you may be able to remove the straps. I was always able to with Graco's seats but I know some are not easy. Use a mesh bag on delicate cycle so the metal pieces do not tangle with anything else. Also, put some vinegar in the water and maybe allow to soak a while. To get the full smell out, you may need to wash a few times.

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answers from State College on

Nature miracle works great on cat pee. Getting him neutered will help a lot with inappropriate urination. If he has not had his vaccines updated that should be done too, especially if he goes outdoors. He should also be tested for Feline leukemia and FIV if he has not been. If you haven't done it yet because you are worried about cost, there are usually several low cost options if you look into in your area. Also try two litterboxes if different areas of the house and you can try a different type of litter, some cats prefer one type of litter. The areas where he has peed need to be cleaned really well so that there is no odor for the cat in those areas. You can use a black light to see if there are any stains. Nature's miracle works great on carpet, tile, etc too. One of our cats used a downstairs room a couple of times after we had a pipe burst in the winter. We added nature's miracle to the carpet cleaner to make sure we got everything out and she has not gone down there again.

So long story short 1. get him neutered and up to date on vaccines, tested for feline leukemia and FIV if needed. Also make sure there is no medical reason he is urinating in the house. 2. Add a second litterbox in another area of the house if possible. 3. Try a different type of litter maybe. 4. Make sure to clean all the areas he has gone really well with an enzyme cleaner (nature's miracle or something similar)

Good luck to you and hope you can keep him!

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answers from Boston on

If you do find a way to remove the straps, do NOT wash them in the washer! Straps from car seats should NEVER be washed in the washing machine. This weakens them and they are no longer certified safe for use. If you cannot get the smell out by a thorough hand washing (I would check with manufacturer to see what kind of cleaning agents are safe to use), order new straps from the company -- they are usually inexpensive. Of course, that won't help if you can't remove them. But the manufacturer may still be able to help -- I would contact them.

Also, getting your cat fixed should solve the problem as long as there is not another underlying health reason. It worked for us on our spraying kitty, and he was older than yours (found as an adult stray). At least in our case, FLV (he was positive) had nothing to do with it.


answers from Minneapolis on

You are right, you cannot machine wash or submerge car seat harnesses in the washing machine! It breaks down the fibers and makes them weak, susceptible to breaking in a crash. I you call the car seat manufacturer, they will have new harness straps you can order, and they usually aren't over $15. Worth it to know they are new, not damaged, adn dont' smell like cat pee!



answers from Boston on

Hello, We had the same experiece when we brought our daughter home from the hospital. We took the car seat apart and washed the cover with vinegar and water and let it dry in the sun. Next we took one part distilled white vinegar to two parts warm water then we washed the straps that we were not able to remove. We dried them with paper towels and let it dry. Unfortuantely, we had to do this twice to really get rid of the cat smell. After we hand washed the straps again in clothes detergent to get rid of the vinegar smell.

Another online home remedy that I found online was from the following link -
•Another simple to make spray uses 15 ounces of hydrogen peroxide, two tablespoons of baking soda, and two squirts of liquid hand soap. Mix in a plastic container with a plastic spoon. Discard after use. Apply this solution to cat urine stains or odour areas, and then rinse away with warm water.

Good luck! And, we ended up keeping our cat but he was already fixed and we didn't have any more problems. We did make sure he couldn't get into the car seat anymore.



answers from Seattle on

I learned about natures miracle natural enzyme cleaner from this web site.. love it cleaned my car seat like a charm when my child peeded in it and threw up in it.. Sold at places like pet smart :) it really gets rid of the smell..



answers from Boston on

Our cat urinated on every single cushion of our couch! We tried using the commercial products but without much success."Stink Free" works very well. It removes the urine odor, however, it leaves a scent which is okay if you like that scent. I did not. What works the very best is hydrogen peroxide and water. Try it on an inconspicuous spot for color fading. Apply the mixture liberally (1part hydrogen peroxide to 2 or 3 parts water) with a sponge to the seat and straps. Then let it dry, it will take awhile. Our sofa cushions smell so clean and no trace of cat urine. Next thing you must do is have your cat neutered. Your vet should give your cat a thorough examination for some underlying physical proplems. He also might have some answers to train your cat or go online and Google "how to train your cat not to pee where he shouldn't". Loads of help there. Good luck!



answers from Boston on

If you haven't gotten the smell out yet (you have tons of great methods here) I'll recommend one more method. Much less "green", but Bissell makes a dual canister cleaner. The one you want is pink, and it's Bissell Oxy Pro Pet (or Pet Pro?). You can find it next to the vacuums (rather than with other cleaners).

I had a male cat who nailed a hiking backpack and I couldn't get that apart enough to wash it, so I just doused it in the Bissell Oxy and let it sit. I repeated three or four times, but that smell has NEVER come back, and that backpack sat in our trailer ALL summer last year.

Good luck!



answers from Austin on

micro ban will remove cat urine, mold ,lice and bunch of other things.Its great Its what they use in schools i hope this helps you


answers from Barnstable on

Borox or Rockin Green - both work great on cloth diapers and I have used both very successfully on dog pee!!



answers from Boston on

One thing I just learned about is Comfort Zone spray with Feliway. It says it ends urine markings and stress in cats. I got it at Petsmart. It's not cheap but it was on sale yesterday when I picked some up, but still not cheap. Worth a try though.
As for cleaning the car seat. Look at the installation instructions it may show you the way to detact everything. Our infant car seat as well as the convertor car seat all come apart totally.

Good luck,
L. M


answers from Boca Raton on

Boy do I understand this situation... Little different though. My cat peed in the backseat of my husbands car on his floor... We tried EVERYTHING to get that smell out (cat pee is SO potent)... Finally we hand scrubbed it with laundry detergent over and over and over again.... It finally came out.
DEFIANTLY get the cat fixed. That could easily fix your situation. In my cats situation he was getting UTI's and they found out that he had an inflamed urinary tract (wet food is better for a cat because they need more water in there diet)..