OH NO YOU Don’ts
You’ve probably noticed that ammonia
and urine smell alike. This is because
urine actually contains ammonia. If you
use ammonia to clean urine, you could
actually be telling your cat that another
cat has peed in that spot, leading him
to urine-mark the spot again.
DON’T RELY ON REGULAR
Mix ½ cup of white (not wine
or cider) vinegar with 1½ cups
of warm water. Pour this mixture over the stain, and let it
soak for three to five minutes
before blotting it up. Test this
on a small, less visible area to
determine whether it will discolor your carpet or furniture.
I learned about carbon dioxide-based urine cleaners from
Jackson Galaxy, who promotes
them for good reason: They
work, and they’re easy to use.
Once you’ve found the urine
spots, simply mix the pellet
with warm water according
to the package directions, and
spray it on the stain. Blot after
about 15 minutes, and let the
stain dry naturally.
Standard carpet cleaners (not made
especially for pet urine) don’t work
against the odor-causing proteins in
cat urine. Steam cleaning can actually
cause the stain and odor to spread
and set into the carpet if you don’t
use an appropriate stain and odor
After the stain is dry, sprinkle a
good amount of baking soda
over the area to remove the last
of the odor, and vacuum it up
after 24 hours.
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JaneA Kelley is the author of the award-winning cat advice blog Paws and
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