Owning a cat can bring lots of joy into our lives and there may be times they do things that we just don’t understand. It can be extremely upsetting when you discover that your cat has been ignoring their litter box and urinating on your carpet. Cat urine gets into the carpet padding and fibers, that can cause lingering odors after it has dried. This can be a source of embarrassment because the smell is offensive and can spread throughout the house.
Whole House Smells Like Cat Urine?
By nature, cats don’t drink a lot of water which causes their urine to be more concentrated. Feline protein metabolism with a combination of uric acid, phosphates, calcium oxalates and aerates is the reason that cat urine is so pungent and when this urine dries it forms crystals that create hard-to-remove stains. Cats are very clean animals and they want their litter box to be clean too. Can you blame a cat for not wanting to use a dirty litter box? We wouldn’t want to use a dirty toilet. Litter boxes should be cleaned daily and fresh litter needs to be added to keep it clean. The rule of thumb with litter boxes is that you’ll need one for each cat plus an extra one. Your cat might be suffering from a urinary tract infection that can cause painful urination. If they associate the litter box with pain then they might stop using it. They also might need to urinate more often and find it easier to go wherever than trying to get to the litter box. Other medical issues can cause kitty to drink more water and therefore need to go more often and urgently. Household changes can also affect your cat and their litter box use. Moving, the addition of another pet or a new baby, or a family member moving out can have an impact on your cat. Changing litter can throw kitty off too and they might stop using it. There are different types of litter boxes that your cat may or may not like. You also need to remember that moving the litter box around can stress your cat out too.
How to Clean Cat Urine from Carpet or Couch
Because cat urine is ammonia-based it’s very important not to use household cleaners as many of them contain ammonia and will not remove the stain or the odor. The only thing this will do is encourage your cat to continue urinating in the same spot. The smell of ammonia is the same as the smell of their urine! It needs to be cleaned with the right products to break down the crystals and remove the smell and the stains. This will ensure that kitty won’t keep returning to that spot. Enzymatic cleaners are the best way to go when it comes to cat urine. They work to neutralize odors without producing a strong smell like vinegar and you may need multiple treatments for it to be effective.
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Many times, the urine has had a chance to dry before you discover it making this a hard problem to tackle and it may take more than one attempt or method to get rid of the smell completely. Professional carpet cleaning makes it possible to get rid of the smell. Contact Carpet Care 2000 to get your home smelling fresh an clean again!