Cats that urinate outside their litter box are not happy cats. Although cats will sometimes urinate to mark territory, the leading cause of "missing the litter box" is stress. A stressed cat will urinate any time the mood strikes her.
If your cat has gone where she shouldn't, cat urine removal should be your number one priority. Cat urine that is allowed to dry will stain and create a source of odor that will linger long after the accident. Cats are also drawn to spots where they've urinated before. Leaving a stain is an open invitation for more of the same.
Check Your Cat FirstIf urinating outside the box is out of character for your cat, consider taking her to see a veterinarian. Urinating outside the box might be a sign of illness or a bladder infection, and treating any illness will stop the problem at its source.
Sudden urine pattern changes may also be a sign of stress. Stress can be caused by a number of factors, including:
- Changes to her environment, like the addition of new furniture or other items.
- The arrival of new pets, either in your home or nearby.
- Long-term guests or new roommates.
- A dirty litter box-cats are neat freaks and will seek alternatives to using an overly soiled litter box.
Finding The StainIf you weren't home to see your cat's accident or you were in another room and didn't notice, it might be hard to locate the stained area. A black light, which can be purchased at most pet centers, will cause urine stains to glow in the dark. The black light will help you locate the stain and help you live out those CSI fantasies at the same time.
Cat Urine Removal Made SimpleAs cat urine has a high concentration of ammonia, avoid cleaners that contain ammonia. These cleaners can actually make matters worse by intensifying the cat urine odor.
A simple recipe for cat urine removal is:
- Blot (don't rub!) as much of the satin up as possible with paper towel. If the stain is dry, dampen it with warm water, and then blot with paper towel until dry.
- Make a 1 to 1 solution of white vinegar and water. Apply this solution to the stained area, being careful not to saturate the carpet. With paper towel, blot the area to remove as much moisture as possible.
- Sprinkle the area liberally with baking soda.
- Make a solution of ½ cup hydrogen peroxide (3% solution) and 1 teaspoon of dishwashing detergent.
- Apply this solution over the baking soda without saturating the carpet. Blot the area with paper towel to remove as much moisture as possible.
- After the carpet has fully dried, vacuum the area well.
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