Cat owners almost inevitably at some point need to deal with a cat that has urinated somewhere inappropriate in the home. But with a multitude of new odor and stain removing products on the market, feline elimination problems are becoming easier to clean up.
Why Cat Urine Smell is Hard to Remove
When it comes to cat urine, carpet takes much of the impact, but furniture or walls can also be a target of kitty’s inappropriate spraying. Often, the strong chemicals present in feline urine work their way deep into the fibers of carpet or soak into layers of furniture, where they release odor for weeks or even months afterward. Even when the owner can no longer smell the site of kitty’s accident, a cat’s sensitive nose can sense it. The smell of old urine will encourage a cat to eliminate in the same spot, reinforcing the scent and the stain.
Cat Urine Odor Removers Based on Chemicals
Chemical based products break down the molecules that cause pet urine odor. They are often used in conjunction with steam cleaning, such as Bissell Pet Odor & Stain Remover Formula. Others are sold intended for use as spot cleaners. Some chemical odor removers may discolor carpets or furniture, so spot testing is recommended before use.
Enzyme Based Methods of Removing Cat Urine Smell
Enzyme-based methods actually digest the proteins that cause odor instead of just washing the affected area. These are a more natural option than chemical odor removers. Nature’s Miracle, Capture Pet Stain and Odor Neutralizer and Wowgreen Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner are examples of enzymatic cleaners. Some of these pet odor removal products use a single enzyme that breaks down the urine, while others up the ante by combining multiple enzymes. Products with enzymes work best if they are the first type of stain remover tried in that particular spot, since chemical odor removers can lock in any urine they fail to remove completely.
Other Natural Cat Urine Smell and Stain Removal Products
In the search for new methods of pet odor and stain removal, a few manufacturers have developed products based on using natural ingredients or microorganisms to pull up or break down those stinky stains. Get Serious! Pet Stain, Odor and Pheromone Extractor breaks down the pheremones in addition to the urine itself. Anti-Icky-Poo is a bacteria-based cleanser, using microorganisms to attack the cat urine residue and literally eat away the stain.
No matter what type of product is used, it is essential to treat the whole area and remove all traces of feline urine smell. Failure to thoroughly clean the area will only result in kitty returning to mark the territory once again.