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Using Cat Urine Cleaners in Your Home

Litter training your cat does not mean you’re done dealing with occasional accidents. While it can be upsetting, it’s important to understand why your feline is urinating outside their litter box. The cause could be an illness, difficulty getting in and out of the box, or a behavioral issue. Whatever the reason may be, it’s time to grab a cat urine cleaner and get to work.

What to look for in a cat urine cleaner

Cleaning your pet’s accident as soon as it happens is crucial. If you wait, you run the risk of strong odors developing when the urine decomposes. The first stage of decomposition emits an ammonia-like smell followed by compounds that give skunk spray its unique stench.

Before you reach for your everyday household cleaner, know you might not get desired results. They may even help stains set depending on the ingredients. Bacteria-based formulas, on the other hand, produce enzymes that break down chemical bonds found in urine, feces, vomit or other bio-based messes. This ensures components are completely eliminated so no lingering odors or stains remain.

Where can I use cat urine removers?

Petco carries a variety of Cleaning Products that are safe for pets and your home. Because many are composed of eco-friendly enzyme formulas, they’re tough on urine but gentle enough for upholstery, furniture, carpet, hard floors, and clothing. If you have concerns, be sure to read product labels to verify ingredients won’t damage certain fabrics or surfaces.

How to clean cat urine and eliminate smells

Unlike other cleaning supplies, it’s best to use cat urine cleaners at full strength instead of diluting them. Your plan of attack will vary slightly based on whether you’re getting rid of a stain or foul smell.

Removing cat urine stains:

  • 1. Scrub out as much of the spot as possible
  • 2. Apply an enzymatic cleaner for cat urine and let soak for 10-15 minutes
  • 3. With a clean cloth, blot the stain and allow to dry for 24 hours
  • 4. For more severe stains, repeat steps one and two with a soft bristle brush, then allow to dry

Getting a cat urine smell out of carpet and other fabrics:

  • 1. Wipe out as much of the odor as possible
  • 2. Pour a generous amount of the cleaning solution on the affected area to penetrate the source of the smell
  • 3. Leave the treated area and allow to air dry. As the solution dries, the odor will disappear
  • 4. For stubborn odors, drench a towel with water and place over the affected area for one to two hours

Ready to fight tough stains and odors? Petco has you covered! Shop cat urine cleaners today to stay on top of unexpected pet messes. Don’t forget, when you sign up for Repeat Delivery you can schedule how often your supplies come and get free shipping!