By now, we’re all familiar with the offensive smell of cat pee. It usually reeks, and is absolutely atrocious. But why does cat urine smell so bad — and what can you do about it?
The answer lies in the evolution of the cat. The cats of today descended from desert dwellers whose bodies needed to be extremely efficient in absorbing water. This is an efficiency modern cats still possess.
In order to maintain their hydration, cats are able to absorb a large amount of water from their own urine. This is the main reason as to why cats don’t usually drink a lot of water, and why the urine ends up smelling so atrociously bad — because it’s concentrated and thus smelly.
Another thing to keep in mind is that: the older the cat, the smellier the urine.
If your cat has started to age, and has a somewhat diminished kidney function — the cat urine smell will most likely be a lot worse than if the cat was young and healthy. Urine from male cats also tends to smell worse than female urine, due to the presence of steroids such as testosterone.
Now that you know why cat urine smells so bad — let’s get into what you can actually do to banish the smell of cat pee once and for all.
How to Get Rid of the Awful Cat Pee Smell (My 3 Best Tips)
Address the Litter Box Situation
Like I’ve written in so many different places of this blog — always make sure you address the litter box situation as the very first thing you do. This probably goes without saying, but make sure you scoop the litter box at least once every day for the best possible results.
A recent study, which only demonstrates something that is possibly obvious for humans and cats alike, show that cats prefer to use a litter box without clumps of dry pee and poo in it.
How Many Litter Boxes Are Needed?
Secondly, make sure you have enough litter boxes to go around in your home. The general rule, if you ask me, is to have at least 1 litter box per cat plus another one for good measure.
So if you have 2 cats — that means 3 litter boxes in total.
Third, choose an odor-attacking litter that your cat likes. There’s so many to choose from in 2020.
4 Best Cat Litters for Odor Control
Snappy Paws: There’s lightweight and bio-degradable litter from Snappy Paws. It’s a new type of cat litter that’s plant-based and odor-controlling. It not only clumps but promotes the convenience of easily flushing those clumps down the toilet, for the ultimate in odor control.
Boxiecat’s litter utilizes probiotics to naturally and safely eliminate 100 percent of bacteria in the litter box. This keeps your home cleaner and makes it impossible for your cat to bring bacteria with it outside the box and into other parts of your home.
Litter Genie is an absolutely awesome litter disposal system that locks germs and odors away. Since the standard size Litter Genie can hold up to two weeks of disposed litter for one cat — this means no more daily trips to your trashcan.
Next Gen Pet’s all-natural Timber Fresh litter is a product made out of Cypress Wood, a Japanese wood that’s renewable and highly resistant to bacterial growth and thereby great at controlling odors.
Is There Hidden Cat Pee Somewhere in Your House?
If your cat sprays somewhere in your home and it doesn’t get noticed — it starts smelling extremely bad really, really quickly. That’s what mainly gives it its bad reputation.
My proposed solution, which I’ve also written about extensively in the blog before, is to make use of a black light to detect where the cat has left its urine markings. Instead of having to use your nose to look for cat urine stains — you can simply use a black light which makes the stains glow so you can easily make use of an enzymatic cleaner to get rid of the smell permanently.
Purify the Air, People!
Humans have 56 million smell receptors, cats have over 200 million.
This means that fragrances and strong scents in general can be extremely overwhelming and strong for them. The single healthiest option for anyone, in my opinion, is to try to filter the air.
Purrified Air makes an ingenious odor filter that is designed to sit on top of both covered and open litter boxes, banishing odors at the source.
Now that you know why cat urine smells so bad — and I’ve given you some solutions on what you can do, please make sure you read the rest of this blog for some invaluable tips on what to do to finally get rid of it permanently — once and for all.
How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell Behavior Permanently
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to get your cat to stop marking your home with the most awful of smells — which I recommend most of my blog readers to do — give Cat Spray Stop a try. Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 30 days using a unique method called the TTS method.
I have tried it with great results, and have also published a review of Cat Spray Stop over here. Good luck!
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