Ask Scout (my cat) a question about removing cat urine smell from your home. You can use the comment form below or use the contact form to ask your own question.
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Scout will answer your question seriously and truthfully, then I’ll publish it all here! Take advantage of kitty wisdom on the Internet about removing cat urine odor!
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The questions and answers posed here will show you the time and money-saving solutions that work together to eliminate the cat urine smell for good.
Scout is an expert on creating cat urine odor, just like your kitty. She knew the best places to deposit cat urine that used to keep me guessing for days! (Once I discovered how to use the UV detector blacklight in removing cat urine smell, she knew she was foiled!)
However, I’ve gotten to the bottom of Scout’s problem, and if you’ve been reading through the Cat Urine Odor Advisor website, then you know that I discovered she was suffering from a feline Urinary Tract Infection, bullying by another cat that scared her into spraying, and her general nervous condition caused her to urinate outside the box.
I successfully addressed each of these problems, and our house no longer smells like cat urine.
But if I haven’t answered your question in the other pages, submit it here, and we’ll give it air time, along with the right answer. Once you know the answers, you’ll save money and time by eliminating vet visits and the cat urine smell to find out what’s wrong with kitty.
Your family will be much happier and calmer, since they won’t have to deal with cleaning cat urine odor all over the house.
Not only will you know the answer, but so will hundreds of other frustrated cat owners who visit the Cat Urine Odor Advisor website every day to find the solutions to removing cat urine smell from their homes.
Scout here again. Hello everybody who loves us – The Cat. Barb has sent me another email. I like getting email from humans. They want to know what I think about removing cat urine smell from their lives. Since I am the expert at putting it there, I am also very wise about getting rid of cat urine odor.
Anyways, back to Barb. Here’s her update, and more questions for me. If you have questions about removing cat urine smell and are reading this, send me email!
“Hi Scout: I’m writing as a follow-up to my sweet cat Clancy – the one peeing outside his litterbox. Thank you for the additional advise and other things-to-consider. Here are some answers to your questions and another question I have myself. Clancy and his brother have a good relationship,they play and clean each other, I’ve never seen an angry fight. Usually they don’t use the litter boxes at the same time. I have seen Clancy pee on the floor, and shrieked at first, but remembered that scaring them does no good. Clancy walked away as if it was ok to pee there and I cleaned it up. I did change their dry food just prior to this happening. I switched to Nutro Natural Choice for indoor cats to help reduce the hairballs. The hairballs are almost non-existent, but Nutro has a higher level of magnesium and phosphorous (couldn’t tell the level of Carbs). So last night I switched back to Science Diet Nature’s Best – this was their original food. I’ll feed them wet hairball food to help control the hairballs. I will also purchase the Urine PH Strips so I can test myself – he leaves a puddle on the floor and I know the approx time he pees – I’ll just go on pee-watch for a night. Here are my new questions: if this is an UTI problem caused by the food, will it just go away with the change in diet? Will Clancy just naturally begin using the litter box again? Scout – you are a very wise cat. Thanks for helping me out with Clancy – he’s such a sweet pet and would give you a high-five paw if he could!”
Thank you Barb, for those very true and kind words. I give Clancy a high-five paw in return. Now, to answer your concerns:
You are right that shrieking at Clancy will not do any good. It will only frighten him more.
I agree with you to feed Clancy and his brother wet cat food. Also to reduce hairballs, do you brush Clancy and his brother? I LOVE getting brushed. Nancy is very good about brushing me twice a day. We have a good time together.
I am glad you switched back to the Science Diet. I am concerned about the higher magnesium, since many vets feel a high magnesium value in cat food contributes to feline UTI. And they hurt!
By all means, get the urine pH strips to test Clancy’s cat urine. Test his brother too!
Feline UTI may have been caused by the original cat food. The only way to be sure to take Clancy (if you know for sure it’s him, and not his brother) to the vet to be checked for a feline UTI. The vet can very quickly tell you if this is the case.
If poor Clancy has a feline UTI, then he will take to take bad-tasting prescription medicine for a few weeks to get rid of the cat urinary tract infection. Then, you will probably want to change Clancy’s diet again with your vet’s help to a food that promotes good urinary tract health. And, you can consult with me on that as well. I haven’t had a feline UTI in a year now. I feel very happy now that I can pee without pain. Nancy is happy because I use the cat litter box. What does she know about pain?
If Clancy has a feline UTI, and once it’s cleared up, he should start using the cat litter box again. If he doesn’t, you can retrain him with confinement for a few days. You may also want to consider buying Cat Attract cat litter. But we might be getting ahead of ourselves here.
So, take Clancy to the vet. I don’t like the vet place, because he sticks things in me that don’t belong in those places! But the vet will make Clancy better. Find out if Clancy has a feline UTI. Then, write back to me, because I do like to get email from humans, and I also would like to continue helping Clancy. Once we know what is wrong with Clancy, we can figure him out from there.
In the meantime, be sure to use a good enzyme cleaner like Dumb Cat or Simple Solution removing cat urine odor. If I could scratch and bite the owner of Dumb Cat for that name, I probably would. We are not dumb; we are very, very smart. We communicate very well with you humans; you just don’t understand us.
So Barb, do keep Scout posted. She can have more answers about removing cat urine smell once Clancy is diagnosed.
And for all you cat staffers out there reading this…drop Scout a line even if you don’t have questions! She’d love to hear about your success stories, or just know about your kitty!
Greetings to all cat lovers in the world – Scout here with another question about removing the cat urine smell from your home. Things must be slow because it’s summertime here in America and it’s too hot to do anything.
Whatever. A very nice lady, Barb, has recognized that my superior feline wisdom is needed for her problem. Here it is:
“My cat Clancy started peeing outside his litter box a few months ago. He started peeing this way just once in awhile, but it has since become more frequent. Now he seemed to do it more frequently once I began playing with him less. I’ve been paying much more attention to him, but he still continues to pee here and there. It’s always in the basement near and around the litter boxes. He’s pooping in the boxes as he should, the pee is the problem. I took him to a doctor and he said it probably wasn’t an UTI. He’s just under 3 years. I rescued him and his brother (who pees in the box). I’ve read your information and will try a few of your ideas. Do you think he could move his peeing habit upstairs? I’m going to try to stop it before it becomes costly and destructive, but wonder what makes them choose the site they pee at. You have a great site by the way – very very helpful! Barb”
Barb, thank you for the compliment about the Cat Urine Odor Advisor. I’ll just keep that compliment for me. Nancy doesn’t need any. Now, let’s tackle your problem about removing the cat urine smell from your home.
Poor Clancy. He sounds like a very nice kitty. I believe he might have the same problem I had with a feline UTI. I would take Clancy to another vet, or ask your vet to test Clancy one more time. If Clancy definitely does not have a feline UTI, then we need to consider these things: Have any major changes happened in your household that coincide with Clancy’s not using the cat litter box? Have you changed cat litter brands on Clancy and his brother? Is it possible Clancy needs a bigger cat litter box, or a different kind of cat litter box? Have you caught him urinating outside the box?
Also like me, Clancy might have anxiety issues. Does his brother bully him? Does his brother let him use the cat litter box in peace? If not, this could be scaring Clancy off. You’ll need to observe the behavior and see if this is the case. I used to get bullied by Angel, and I was too scared to use the cat litter box. Removing cat urine smell from our home was hard back then. Angel’s gone and I don’t know why he didn’t come back, but I use the cat litter box now. You can try using Rescue Remedy, Calm, or Homeopathic Anxiety to calm him down.
So, get Clancy tested again, and think about some of the stress factors that might be affecting him. If his brother is bullying him when he’s using the cat litter box, you will need to think about separating them.
Clancy could possbily start using the rest of your house for a cat litter box. It’s important that you find out why he’s not urinating in the cat litter box. Use a good enzyme cleaner like Dumb Cat or Simple Solution to clean up the urine spots around the litter box. And write back to me – Scout, and let me know how Clancy is doing.
Barb, do let us know how Clancy is, so we can go from there!
Greetings to all cats who have staffers who are concerned about removing the cat urine smell from their homes. Scout here…I feel lonely because NOBODY’s written to me, to ask about removing cat urine smell.
Well, I finally got a question from Dan. I am glad Dan is paying attention to his cat, Chipper. Here is Dan’s question about removing cat urine smell.
“Scout I have a question for you. Tell me how I can get a cat urine sample from Chipper to check his urine pH. I’ve tried using the non-absorbent litter crystals, but Chipper won’t use his cat litter box. He goes on the floor next to the box. What can I do? I don’t want Chipper to get a feline UTI again, but I’m not happy with cleaning cat urine off the floor!!”
Dan, there are alternatives. Chipper is very smart, telling you he feels like me. I don’t like the non-absorbent litter either, and Nancy had to clean cat urine when I let her know she’s stupid for trying to make me use them. I fixed her…but she discovered a couple other ways to get cat urine from me. Here’s what you do:
Follow Chipper to the cat litter box. You should have a very small amount of his favorite cat litter in his box. Wait until Chipper gets in the box, then you either carefully place a very small container into his urine stream, or you pull out a long enough piece of the urine pH test tape and hold it in the stream. Only get as much you need, then carefully get away from Chipper, so he can continue to urinate in peace. It’s his right!
If you have Chipper’s cat urine in a small container, dip the urine pH test strip into the urine. Read it like you normally would. If the urine pH test tape has urine on it, compare it to the color code chart, and read the value.
There you go…two other clever methods to get a cat urine sample. Happy testing!
Hello to all of you who love us, the Cat. I have a question from Rhonda, that I am answering immediately, because she really needs answers about removing the cat urine smell from her home.
“Hi Scout – My precious boy Jackson has been diagnosed with Diabetes within the past year. I cannot keep up with his urine output! I have tried mechanical cat boxes and a special one with pellets made for kitties with diabetes. The problem is that Jaki has decided to use the ENTIRE basement floor as a litter box. I have consistently cleaned with Nature’s Miracle, bleach and Simple Green and as soon as I am done breaking my back with the clean-up, Jaki goes right back to using the floor. I love him so much, but my house smells so terrible most of the time that I can’t even stand to be in it. I have been frustrated to tears on a continual basis. Is there any hope/help?”
I think I have an answer for you, Rhonda. I used to drive Nancy to tears as well. I do not know what she wanted to do with me – I don’t even want to think about it. I couldn’t help it she was so slow to figure out I had a feline UTI. Back to you Rhonda –
“You are doing the right thing by removing the cat urine smell Jackson leaves behind with the enzyme cleaners. Here is what I suggest trying:With your vet’s concurrence, try the Cat Attract brand cat litter. I really like using it. Dr. Elsey was very wise to come up with it. Will your vet let you try it? I’m sorry Jackson has to go the vet. It’s so scary. I bet Jackson would like Cat Attract litter.Have you tried different cat litter boxes? Could it be that Jackson will use an enclosed cat litter box, or a homemade one with high sides? Would Jackson like an enclosed cat litter box? I have my favorite cat litter box types, and Nancy knows better than to bring me something else.Does Jackson use the basement floor next to the cat litter box? If he does, one other solution is buy puppy piddle pads (I don’t understand WHY puppies can’t use a litter box!) and place them around the cat litter box to help you in removing the cat urine smell from your basement.
Give these a try, and write back to us. Tell Jackson I said he needs to let you know what he likes best, so you can quit removing the cat urine smell from your basement.”
Scout here, with yet another question about removing cat urine smell from someone’s home.
Denise writes to me:
“I have a problem a feral cat was up in the crawl space of our home. It sprayed up there. We caught the cat and had the hole where it entered sealed. It smells when we run our air conditioner. It is coming out of the vents. Since we cant get up there….. and do not know exactly where the smell is coming from…… we can’t treat the exact spot. Do you have any suggestions or products that can be used to clear the air from these vents???? Please help.”
This was a very tough question for me, because it brought back a lot of memories about removing my cat urine smell from our ductwork. Nancy was very angry about that.
“Denise, I am sorry about the feral cat. Here are some suggestions. First, do you smell cat urine from all of your air conditioning vents, or only from a couple? If you only smell it coming from a couple vents, you will need to trace all that ductwork back to where the feral cat sprayed.
It sounds like you will have to be like the feral cat, and go into the crawl space where he sprayed. That is most likely where the spray still is, and it is in your air conditioning vent there. Take a good enzyme cleaner with you, like Simple Solution, Nature’s Miracle, or Cat Odor Off. The feral cat’s spray has gotten inside ductwork, just like mine did. These enzyme cleaners will work the best at removing cat urine.
You can take apart your ductwork in the crawl space, because it’s only held together with silver metal tape. Nancy says be careful, wear gloves, and don’t cut your hands on the silver tape. Take the duct apart there at that joint where the feral cat sprayed, and thoroughly clean the ductwork with the enzyme cleaner.
Nancy also told me to tell you that if the spray has rusted the ductwork, you will need to replace that section. This is why Nancy was so mad, because she had to replace several pieces of ductwork that had my cat urine in it. I couldn’t help it, I was so scared because Angel was so mean to me. I urinated in the ductwork to feel better.
Nancy says buy a roll of that silver tape, because once you remove it, you can’t use the same piece of tape to secure the duct joint back up again. I do not know what any of this means. Nancy and I hope this helps you in removing cat urine from your home and ductwork. Nancy says she knows exactly what you are going through. She never said that about me when I was so scared and urinated on the floor registers. I had to do it, it made me feel better.”
Hello to everyone who is owned by one or more cats. I was very lonely last week. Nancy went off on a vacation to Florida. She left me behind. The pet sitter was nice, but I was very scared of her.
Anyways, Nancy is back and I have another question about removing cat urine smells from a home. This is from Anne who writes to me:
“We have 2 cats, one is 5 and the other is 14. We adopted a dog who is 2. At first the older cat used the litter box. Now a few weeks later she stopped using the box and is using the carpet in our bedroom…sigh. The bedroom is her “haven”. The dog has a separate bedroom and is in it when we let the cats roam the house. When the dog is out of her room, we close off the rooms designed for the cats. It is noteworthy that the older cat has always been anxious. Can I give the older cat the Nerve Ease directly without putting it in their food?”
I ate some food, scratched my ears, and felt great sympathy for the kitty. Here’s what I suggest –
“Anne, I am glad you keep the kitties and the dog away from each other. I have never met a dog, but I feel frightened already. I am one with your anxious cat, because I am an anxious cat. I was born in a prison, but that’s another story.
First off, you can administer the Nerve Ease directly for your cat by opening her mouth and putting in a few drops. You can try that, if she will let you, and not make her any more anxious than what she already is.
Bach’s Rescue Remedy is designed for rubbing onto cat’s ears. I do not let Nancy do that, because I get very scared! She has to put either Nerve Ease or Bach’s directly into my canned cat food. I don’t ever taste it – only my delicious wet food.
I would also like to suggest that you try the Feliway Plug in units. Nancy uses them for me and JJ, and I feel good. Unlike the Nerve Ease and Bach’s, you only have to plug in the Feliway unit and it works right away, all the time.
As far as removing the cat urine smell from your carpet, clean it very good with a enzyme cleaner. You can also try putting down absorbent puppy pads around the cat litter box to catch the cat urine. I don’t understand why puppies just don’t use a litter box.
Also, try some of Dr. Elsey’s Cat Attract brand cat litter. I really like it a lot. I don’t why I like to use it, but I do. Maybe your cat will like the litter box again if you use this cat litter.
You are doing the right thing by keeping the cats and dog away from each other. Maybe someday they will like one another. Please tell your anxious kitty I know how she feels, and I hope she will feel better very soon, and start using her cat litter box again.”
Happy day to everyone. Answering questions about removing cat urine smell is hard work, but I am the Cat Who Has the Answers.
Today’s question about removing cat urine smell comes from Jim. He wants to know –
“Scout, if use the Feliway plug in units, Cat Attract litter, sprinkle Wysong Biotic pH- powder, and put Bach’s Rescue Remedy drops in my Bobo’s food, how long do I have to keep this up? Forever?”
Well, I had to sleep on this one, chew on some kitty grass, eat some Wysong Uretic and Dr. Foster & Smith delicious cat food. Plus, I used the cat litter box two times, but I won’t tell you what for. After all this, I had the answer for Jim. He is obviously serious about removing the cat urine smell from his home.
“Jim, I feel sorry for Bobo. This is a terrible name for a cat. You have caused your cat (I can’t even use THAT name) infinite shame and terrible self-esteem. Bobo, (ugh!) if you have any pride left, make Jim pay for that label.
Nancy says answer the question. I will, only because I feel like it. Start your kitty out on as many of these measures as you deem necessary to help your cat through the litter box pain time. Soon you will stop removing cat urine smell from everywhere in your home.
Stop each thing, one at a time. Wait awhile between removing each step. I do not ever recommend changing the cat litter. The powder blows, as far as I’m concerned. If I ever taste the powder, I spit the food out immediately.
You can experiment with the Feliway and Bach’s. The Feliway plug in units make me feel good and safe. I do not ever taste the Bach’s, but I think it works well for me. You’ll have to consult with Bobo. Frankly, with a name like that, I would leave cat urine everywhere until I got a better name. But that’s just me. Nancy is quite lucky that I like my name.
If (eewww) Bobo does not use the cat litter box when you stop something, go back to it. He will be right, because like me, he is the Cat. You are merely the staff.“
So, to recap…remove the preventative measures one at a time, and wait awhile between each step to see how your cat reacts. What Scout forgot to mention is to continue testing your cat’s urine with the urine pH test strips to make sure the urine pH balance stays around 6.6.
Hello all cat staffers, and the cats who own you. I recieved a nice letter from Sarah asking questions about removing the cat urine smell from her home. I just woke up from my nap, checked out my house, used the cat litter box, and got Sarah’s questions. I really want to eat cat food, but I will answer Sarah’s question first.
Removing cat urine smell can be challenging. Sarah’s questions made me think. Since I had to think about removing the cat urine smell, Nancy WILL feed me after this. I’ll make her.
“Well scout I have 2 cats,and previously had a dog. The dog peed on the bed then the cat started peeing on the bed so finally I decided just shut the door to the bedroom and then the cat seemed fine for a while then he peed on the chair in the living room. Then a few months later he peed on the couch. Most of the time he uses the litter box? I cannot figure out why he is doing this – I have not change food or litter. Help also how to get rid of smell on furniture?” – Sarah
“Sarah, you ask me good questions about removing cat urine smell. Here are some things you need to try:Take your cat to the vet, and get his cat urine tested for crystals. He might be sick, just like I used to be. I don’t like the vet, because he sticks things in my places, but I did feel better after Nancy dragged me in.Make certain you scoop out the litter box every time my fellow cats make a deposit. We like to be the only cat depositing our output in the cat litter box.Be sure you have enough cat litter boxes around the house for the two cats. With two cats in the house, you should have at least three cat litter boxes for them to use.Nature’s Miracle and Simple Solution are very good enzyme cleaners for removing cat urine smell from any thing. You might need to clean the area more than once to get rid of the cat urine odor.Maybe one cat is bullying the other cat, which is why he won’t use his cat litter box. It used to happen to me. Angel was a very mean kitty to me, and I was too scared to use the litter box. Make sure one kitty is not being mean to the other kitty.I like the Feliway Plug-in modules that have cat pheromones. They comfort me, and I always use my litter box. Try one of those.
Sarah, I am a smart kitty, and these things work very well for me. I have Nancy trained to always take care of me first. Good luck with this, and write back to me.”
This is Scout, who tells Nancy what goes on this web site. I have decided to answer another question about removing cat urine smell only because I am in a good mood today. Otherwise, I wouldn’t.
D.L. wants to know –
“Scout, my cat Rafael is very strange. He won’t use his favorite litter box anymore. I don’t understand, he’s been using it for 4 years now! What gives?!”
Scout says –
“Rafael is NOT strange. You are strange, because you are the human, who defies cat logic. Rafael is a very smart kitty, and he has told you clearly what the problem is, but because you are a feeble human, you don’t understand Rafael.
He is telling you there’s too much cat urine odor in the scratches on the inside of the cat litter box. It smells very bad to him. You should buy Rafael a new cat litter box right now. As a matter of fact, you should buy him TWO new cat litter boxes to help in removing the cat urine smell from your home.
The cat litter box has been used too many times, and you cannot clean out all the cat urine odor. The only solution is buy Rafael new cat litter boxes of his choosing. Rafael will tell if he likes the new boxes you purchase for him.”
It’s true, D.L. After about a year or so, the cat urine smell gets deeply imbedded into the scratches on the inside of the cat litter box. Treat Rafael to a new cat litter box or two! He’ll go back to using his box in no time, and you won’t have anymore problems in removing cat urine smell from your home.
Scout will answer a question from Anna, who wants to know,
“How do I know which cat food will keep Carl from getting crystals in his urine?”
Oh, this is too easy…removing cat urine smell from your home should be this hard! Scout didn’t have to think too long on this –
“Yes Anna, I am the right expert to give you quality advice about cat food. I live for delicious cat food.
My staff (geez, she’s in a MOOD today! – Nancy) feeds me canned cat food from Wellness and Dr. Foster & Smith every day, without fail. Carl will like these brands.
I also recommend Carl should have a choice of the different tasty flavors from Merrick’s. Carl is the boss, Anna, and if I knew how to do email, whatever that is, I would tell Carl to make sure you get him exactly what he wants.
When we eat tasty cat food like this, we do not hurt when we urinate. Since we don’t hurt, we use our cat litter boxes, and Nancy doesn’t have to worry about removing cat urine smell from our home.
If Carl is hungry between canned food servings, you should put down the Wysong Uretic dry cat food for him to nibble on. I don’t get as much as I like, but when Nancy puts it out for me, I eat it quickly, before she changes her nasty human mind. Never forget Carl – we rule.”
Hello humans. This is Scout. Somebody else has recognized my deep committment to help in removing the cat urine smell from your home by asking me a good question. Ken, here is your answer:
“Do you know if Anti Icky Poo is available in Canada? Ken.”
Scout had to get on the phone and do some research on this one.
“Ken, Nancy tells me Canada is very far away, and everybody is very nice to kitties. Will you take JJ? Do you have good tasting cat food in the Canada place?
The very nice lady at Anti Icky Poo really wanted to help you get rid of the cat urine smell. The lady said Anti Icky Poo is not for sale in Canada because the shipping charges are too expensive. She said Anti Icky Poo had trouble getting through Customs. Will JJ go through Customs?
The lady told me to tell you they are not giving up on getting Anti Icky Poo to Canada. They are still looking for ways to make it easier and cheaper. The nice lady said lots of Canadians want Anti Icky Poo for help in removing cat urine smells in their homes. She says if you know a store in Canada that can buy Anti Icky Poo in lots of quantities, that she wants to talk to them.
I’m very sorry you can’t get Anti Icky Poo in Canada right now. But will you take JJ instead?”
Ken, Anti Icky Poo also has the same problems in getting their product to Alaska and Hawaii. However, they are continuing to explore available options.
This is Scout, the cat who runs the household. I have received another question from a person who is owned by 4 cats, and has a problem removing cat urine smell. I am extremely upset with Nancy, because she is putting medicine in my ears, but I will answer this question because I am planning a particularly nasty payback for her.
Dawn writes in:
“I have 4 cats. One of them will urinate all over my bathmat! How can I make him stop, and get my bathmat clean?”
“I like to lie on the bathmat when it’s dry. I don’t like the loud water sound from the big tub. Your kitty is very smart. He is telling you he has a problem with something in your house, and you need to listen to him. You must check with him to see if he doesn’t like the litter box, the litter box location, or the cat litter itself.
You also must ask him if he is sick, like I was. You’ll have to take him to the nasty man who sticks things in you that hurt.
If the other cats are mean to him, you have to ask that also. This could be the problem. I had this problem with Angel. He’s gone now, and I don’t see him anymore. Removing cat urine smell from your bathmat is not really hard. Wash it in Simple Solution. Nancy has done this.
Read the other pages here on the Cat Urine Odor Advisor for all the details. I can’t be bothered with explaining. I have to figure out how to tip over the garbage in the kitchen.”
Dawn, Scout has given you some basic pointers to go on. Read through the suggestions here about different cat litter boxes, litter box locations, and the type of cat litter to use.
When it comes to removing cat urine smell, there could be more than one solution. In fact, it usually is a combination of several things. Good luck!
Another question about removing cat urine odor has come in for Scout. This is from Melissa, and it’s a tough one. Here’s Melissa’s question, and our answer.
“I have a very large, male cat. Recently he was put on antibiotics for what we thought was a UTI. He was going in and out of the litter box, crying, and then peeing on the floor behind the tv. After the antibiotic finished he stopped and was using the litter box. Now, several weeks later, he is back to peeing behind the tv. I also noticed today him going in and out of the litter box. What is causing this? Right before the UTI, his vet put him on Hill’s Prescription Reduced Diet Food. Could this food change be a cause? Please help. I can’t take the pee! I love my cat. Melissa”
OK Scout, let’s help Melissa with some solutions.
“Hello, Melissa, I am sorry about your cat going behind the TV. I liked that too. Since I am not the kitty who has to endure this, I freely make these suggestions:Take your kitty back to the vet and get a urine sample to see if the UTI has come back again. If it has, your vet should prescribe more antibiotics to make the pain stop, and a new diet. I love my Wysong and Wellness cat food.If your kitty is healthy, and is not hurting, you will need to get an enzyme cleaner for removing the cat urine odor from behind your TV, because it tells your cat it’s OK to urinate back by the TV. When the smell is gone, your cat should use the litter box.You may need to retrain your cat to use his litter box again, just like me. Confine your kitty to a room for awhile, and praise him when he uses his litter box. Giving him treats won’t hurt either.Be sure his litter box is as clean as can be. I love a fresh litter box, right after Nancy has cleaned it. I also like the litter box best when she has just scooped out JJ’s nasty stuff! I don’t like going to the litter box after him. Removing his cat urine odor suits me just fine.Be sure you have a litter box near to him at all times. I spend a lot of time behind the couch, so Nancy has a box in the next room, because she told me she absolutely would NOT have a litter box in the living room. I don’t see what’s wrong with a litter box in the living room myself. Humans can be so strange.”
Melissa, let me recap:Take your kitty back to the vet and make sure a urine sample is checked for feline UTI. If he’s infected again, do the antiobiotics, and change his diet. I have some recommendations here for Wysong, Wellness, Merrick’s, and Drs. Foster & Smith. Also, purchase the Wysong Biotic pH- powder. It’s an amino acid that balances the urine pH to keep crystals from forming. Since I started putting the Wysong Biotic pH- powder in Scout’s canned food eight months ago, she hasn’t had a UTI episode.Removing cat urine odor requires a good enzyme cleaner. Use a blacklight to find all the spots in your home, and clean them well. I have some other cleaning tips on my website that you can read about.Check out my tips on retraining your kitty to use the box, if he’s just persisting in bad habits.Keep the box clean and scooped, and make sure he can get to a cat litter box fairly quickly when he feels the urge to go. You may need more than one box in your house, especially if you have other kitties.
Good luck Melissa, and keep us posted!
Hello, humans. This is Scout, on the internet again. Does it catch things? It doesn’t hurt me, so I don’t care. I don’t know why humans are so crazy about removing cat urine smell. It’s mine, and I like it.
Laura has a question for me. I will deign to answer, so I may go back to my nap. Nancy made me very angry today – she cut my nails!
Nancy says this is a very important question about removing cat urine smell. She gets this question at least twice a month. Whatever.
“Scout, I have three beautiful kitties in my home. James looks just like you! My question is, how can I shoo away the kitties that don’t live with me, but come to visit my home? They are spraying and urinating all over my front door and porch! What kind of products are useful in removing the cat urine smell from my door and walls?”
Well, Scout had to consult with me, hahaha…Just goes to show humans are good for something other than cleaning litter boxes and opening cat food cans!
Here’s Scout’s reply:
“I don’t like strange cats coming to visit me. I get scared. Other cats are mean. When that happens, I want to stop using my litter box. Nancy doesn’t like that at all. There are different products to use. I don’t really know what a product is, but Nancy explained these to me.
You can use Liquid Fence, which sprays right on the spots you don’t want other cats visiting. It will repel those nasty strange cats, and make them go home. Follow the directions on the bottle.
Nancy also says she has heard good things about Cat Stop Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent. It sounds bad, but it isn’t. It is a ultrasonic device that makes a noise cats don’t like. It won’t hurt them at all, but when they hear the noise, they won’t come to your house anymore. They will find another house to visit, where people might like them.”
Laura, try one of these two repellents below. Buy one, and give it a try. I’ve never had this particular problem here at the Scout and JJ home, but it’s fairly common, because folks tend to ask me this question specifically when it comes to removing cat urine smell from around their homes.
Cat Stop Ultrasonic Cat Deterrent:
Another great question related to removing cat urine smell from ones’ home comes from Martin!
“Yes, hi Scout, my cat has this problem. I use your method to test my cat’s urine monthly for the urine pH balance. Well, the problem is, Scottie my cat, doesn’t like the non-absorbent litter, so he won’t use the box, but goes all over the floor! So not only do I have to test his urine, but I STILL have to clean it up! Help – what’s a man to do?”
Scout didn’t have to ponder long on this one!
“This is a problem that is very easy to solve. Nancy knows darn good and well that I don’t like those slippery little cat litter pellets to step in. I urinated on the floor next to the box to tell her without any doubt that I, Scout the kitty, do NOT use little plastic pellets. Nancy deserved the cat urine smell on the floor for that dumb stunt. So there! Scottie, you rock on, Master Cat!
Nancy got smart (Nancy – well, THANKS a lot!) and put a very, very small amount of my favorite litter (Cat Attract) in a very clean cat litter box, to make me, the boss of the house, happy. Nancy only puts in about a cup or two of litter. It is acceptable to me, and I humor her by urinating in the cat litter box, so the cat urine smell from me stays in the box. I only do this because I am fine with it. I arrange it so Nancy has some urine to test. I do not understand what a test is, but Nancy feeds me wonderful cat food after this test. She acts very happy with the test. I do not care.”
So there you go, Martin. Just pour in a small amount of cat litter to make Scottie happy. Test and be happy! May you NEVER have the cat urine smell invade your home again!
Until the next question about removing the cat urine smell from your home…cheers!
Gwen writes to Scout today with this compelling question:
“My cat stands inside the open pan litter box, but pees outside it. From what I read, cats don’t like the hooded boxes. Anyway the cat can have her open pan box & pee in it, too?? Thanks…Gwen?”
What do you say, Scout?
“I agree with your cat – I don’t like hooded cat litter boxes. I’m a big girl kitty, and I need room to move around.
If your cat is like me, she likes large cat litter boxes, and she likes the free, open air, not a dark cave. Caves are good to hide in to get away from mean cats who know they can pick on you.
Your kitty would like an open cat litter box that is large. If hers is not large, get a bigger one. The cat litter box should be about as long as her, unless she is named Maine Coon. Nancy says Maine Coon is a really, really, big cat. Then you will have to find a really big box, and I don’t know how big is big enough for a cat named Maine Coon.
You can also get absorbent pads that are for training something called “puppies.” I do not know what these are, but they cannot use a litter box. Puppy pads will absorb cat urine puddles and odor.You can put the pads around the outside of the cat litter box, and underneath.
Tell your cat I say hello, and to use her litter box all the time. Nancy is so happy that I use mine. I don’t get it.”
Gwen, this should help you in removing the cat urine odor in the vicinity of your cat litter box.
Greetings, cat staff – this is Scout. I have received another question about removing cat urine smell that I deem worthy of answering for you.
“Scout, my adorable little Pumpkin used the rug to do her business. I found out she had a feline UTI, and she’s so much better, but how can I clean the cat urine smell from my rug?”
“Pumpkin? That’s a cat name? She should rebel! Tell Pumpkin we need to talk – immediately.
If you want to remove the cat urine smell from your rug completely, choose a good enzyme cleaner such as:Anti Icky PooSimple SolutionSoak the rug at the cat urine stain thoroughly with one of these. Once it dries, you can use the monster machine that should be banished (Nancy here: she’s talking about your vacuum cleaner!) and move it back and forth where the cat urine odor lives.You may have to repeat this process more than once. I hope not, because my ears cannot take the noise of the monster machine. Nancy says Cat Odor Off works really well on removing cat urine smells and stains that are not fresh.
Anti Icky Poo has an injector kit you can use. I don’t know what an injector kit is, but Nancy tells me it’s a lot like the pain I feel when she drags me to that awful place where a nasty man sticks things in my place I will not mention.”
Good luck with eliminating the cat urine odor, Terry!
Here’s the first question to Scout about removing cat urine odor. It comes from G.J., who writes:
“tell me how I can figure out which cat litter box my cat likes the best!”
“It’s very simple. Buy a couple different type of cat litter boxes, or maybe three. Set them up with your cat’s favorite litter. If you don’t know what that is, maybe you better start there.
When your cat starts towards the boxes, observe her. Don’t make a big deal out of it; we don’t enjoy a litter box spectacle!
Whichever box your cat chooses is the one you should always use. Always. If you don’t, she will surely use her favorite corner or clothes closet. I know I would. Nancy hated removing cat urine odor from the clothes closet.”
Thanks, G.J. Hope this helps you in removing cat urine odor from your home!
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