How do I get rid of the smell of cat urine on carpets, upholstery, fabrics?

Now that you know about why your cat is not using the litter box, here’s how to remove the offending smell:

Use an enzymatic stain remover especially formulated for cat urine

The deep-penetrating, oxygen-infused, bio-enzymatic ingredients remove all traces of urine, including sticky surface residue. These formulas contain a dual-action odor remover which actively works to break down urea — the main source of tough cat urine odors. The bio-enzymatic formula actually surrounds urine-based stain and odor matter to effectively break down and remove them from the affected surface.

In order for this process to work to its highest potential, it is best to allow these products to dry naturally (sometimes taking up to two weeks) and that it be allowed to reach all of the stain and odor-causing material.

  1. Blot. If it’s still wet, use paper towel, cloth towel or rags and try to blot up as much of the urine as possible (step on the stain with shoes on to really get down into it. Don’t rub the stain.
  2. Spray or soak with enzymatic product. We recommend either Canadian-made Odor Out Premium for Cats or Nature’s Miracle Odor Eliminator for Cats.

odor-out-catformulaSoak the area, allowing the product to go into the carpet, underpad, and even the sub-floor. Allow to dry, which can take some time. As the enzymatic product dries, it neutralizes the smell and removes the stain. Cover with an upturned laundry basket or something to prevent your cat from revisiting the area until it dries completely.

  1. You can use these sprays on upholstery, fabrics and in the laundry too. It’s always a good idea to test a less visible spot on the fabric to ensure your fabrics are don’t change colour before applying to a visible area. Directions are on the bottle.
  2. Not sure where the source is located? Purchase a black light and use in dim light. Urine will show up as bright yellow/green.

DO NOT mix with these enzymatic cleaners with vinegar, acidic cleaners, bleach, or fabric / carpet stain resistant chemicals. If you’ve tried something else before these products, you will need to deactivate it first. More detailed instructions can be found on the bottle.  Odor Out includes detailed instructions on its site.