How Do I Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell in my House?

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How Do I Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell in My House?

No matter how cute your cat is, you would not want it to urinate in your home. Whether your cat pees on a carpet, furniture, bed linens, or your clothes, it’s important to neutralize the odor. Both to avoid embarrassment and to prevent your cat from becoming a repeat offender, as they’ll often return to a spot where they have previously urinated if the odor is not eliminated.

Hence, it is important to get rid of the cat urine smell in your house.

Tips to Get Rid of Your Cat Urine Smell:

How Do I Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell in my House?

Find the Source

If there is a urine smell in your house then the first thing you need to do is find out the source. Track down the wet or stained patch or consider using a black light to reveal the area accountable for the urine smell in the house.

Clean the Area

Pop your gloves first. Use a towel to soak up the urine, a plastic bag to collect any faeces and throw it safely in a bin. In case the stain is already dry, pour on a little cold water and then blot the area.

You need equal amounts of white vinegar and water for this solution. Soak the stain thoroughly, and then use a brush to scrub it into the area. Finally, let it air dry. You can also use a non-colored mouthwash with alcohol instead of vinegar.

Disinfect the Area

Domestos Bleach Spray is a good bet here. Most pet shops will stock something appropriate. Read the label carefully before you apply it and test on a small, inconspicuous area first to check that it’s suitable for the surface or not. For soft furnishings with washable covers, you might consider washing them (along with any affected clothes).

For stubborn stains sprinkle baking powder or unused coffee grounds. Leave it for a few hours (ideally overnight) and then hoover it up.

How to Prevent Future Accidents?

The more your cat urinates, the harder it’s going to keep the odor at bay. So the best way to fight this stench is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This may include the following

  1. Retraining your cat to use her litter box.
  2. Laying down disposable, absorbent pads (like puppy training pads) in the area she continues to mark.
  3. Having her spayed (or neutered, if a male cat).
  4. Taking her to the vet for a check-up to see if she has any kidney or bladder problems.
  5. Treating her for anxiety, if that’s determined to be the cause of her urinating outside of her litter box.
  6. Cleaning out her litter box more often.
  7. Adding extra litter boxes if there is more than one cat in your home.

Recommended Read: How Do You Deodorize a House?

Remember that cats will ignore a dirty litter tray. Therefore, make sure they have a clean tray to use or install a cat flap to minimize the effort at your end. 


Companionship with cats and keeping them at home can be rewarding. Don’t let urine odor ruin your experience. If you are continually facing the problem of bad smell, consider opting for odor removal services!

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