For those of us who own cats, it is common to have cat urine odors in the litter box area. Despite scooping the litter on a regular basis, there is still this one accident that happens somewhere other than inside the litter box. Then your cat looks at you innocently saying “I am not sure what happened, mom?”
We also sometimes have the odor in other places such as on the carpet or on the couch. If after investigating, you realize it is actually not just an odor but your cat has peed on the carpet or on the couch, you have to clean it as soon as possible.
Use a towel to absorb as much urine as possible. If the urine is on a surface that can be washed such as your clothes or bedding, do wash them quickly. Make sure to add some baking soda and vinegar to your wash. It will help remove the urine smell.
The best way to tackle cat urine though is using Enzyme-based detergents. These detergents release bacteria that consume the urine, leaving the area clean after drying. Remember a domestic cat’s sense of smell is about 14 times as strong as humans. Also, cats have twice as many receptors in the olfactory epithelium (i.e. smell-sensitive cells in their noses) as people do. So if the urine odor is not removed completely and properly, the cat will smell it and will be peeing in the same spot again.
There are many homemade recipes for removing the cat urine odor, here is one example:
1 cup of dried herbs such as rosemary or lavender
1 teaspoon of cloves
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of baking soda
After mixing all the above ingredients spread the mixture over the urine, and after 1/2 hour, rinse the area.
Another recipe: 16 ounces hydrogen peroxide, 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid, 1 tbsp. baking soda