How to Clean Cat Pee
Cleaning up after your cat has an accident isn’t as easy as wipe-n-go. Small amounts of cat urine can be hard to locate. And to make sure your cat doesn’t return to the same spot, the odor has to be completely removed.
Overwhelmed by this stinky scavenger hunt? Tidy takes it one step at a time:
Step 1. Locate the mess. If you aren’t sure exactly where it is, try using a black light—this will make the affected areas glow.
Step 2. Soak up any mess that may be there with a paper towel.
Step 3. Choose a cleaning product with odor-dissolving enzymes to neutralize the smell and prevent your cat from using this spot again. Plain vinegar works, too.
After the spot has been cleaned, make sure kitty can’t return to the scene of the crime for a repeat offense. Here’s some tips you can try:
- Block the area off.
- Place the cat’s food and water near the spot.
- Cover the area in a texture your cat finds unappealing, such as foil.
- Place a citrus-scented deodorizer in the area.
Lastly, reconsider the placement and conditions of your litter box to see what else could be troubling your cat. If her bad litter box behavior still has you puzzled, get in touch with the veterinarian, who can recommend a behaviorist to help you out.