The one thing that may keep many people from owning a cat is the fear of having their homes smelling like cat urine. However, there are simple methods that can keep this from occurring. Of course, the most important thing is that kitty must be littered trained and the litter box must be cleaned properly daily.
Some litter boxes may even need to be cleaned more than once a day, especially if there is more than one kitty in the household. What other steps can keep the home clean smelling and what can be done about the urine smell if it does occur?
First, think twice about getting a litter box that has a cover or applying a cover to the litter box. This can cause the smell to become trapped. This will make it more noticeable to you, to guests and to kitty. Once the smell becomes noticeable to kitty, she may decide to go potty somewhere else.
Stop and think about it. Would you want to go potty somewhere that stinks? This is the number one reason that litter trained cats will have so called accidents away from the litter boxes. Another reason may be that the cat doesn’t believe she is getting enough privacy. Yes, cats like to have their privacy during some parts of their lives, too. Plus, kitty may not like sharing the box with other kitties.
When kitty does go outside her box, there are steps you can take to clean up the mess and avoid the urine smell to stay in your home forever. First, soak up as much as the urine as you can with paper towels or a rag. If you have a carpet steamer on hand, especially a hand one, you may wish to use this to soak up the urine.
Next, consider the cleaner you want to use. You can use a commercial product or a homemade one. If you choose the home remedy route, you might want to try a mixture of 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 of water and a little bit of baking soda. Apply the mixture to the area. Allow it to set for twenty-four hours and then soak up as much as the mixture as you can. Another home remedy that you may want to try is applying a small amount of peroxide on the area. Allow the peroxide to dry and then blot the area. However, be warned that the peroxide could cause some things to lose their color, including some carpets.