How to Clean Cat Pee Out of the Carpet

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Cat urine smells stronger than dog urine due to felines' protein-packed diets.
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If your cat just urinated on your carpet, act quickly and blot the pee up using paper towels, unwanted clothing or cloth towels. A fast response can help stop the urine from going deep down into the padding of your carpet. It's important to swiftly eliminate any hints of urine odor to prevent your pet from eliminating in the same spots again.

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Paper Towels, Cloth Towels and Other Materials

If your cat's mess is fresh, blot all of the urine up meticulously. If you use paper towels, cloth towels or clothing to blot, conceal the material with newspaper. Then stand on the newspaper and move your weight around. This will aid the material in soaking up the urine. If the material you used to blot the urine up becomes drenched, replace it without delay.

Wait until the spot is merely a tad moist. Then rinse it off with cool water. Soak up the remaining H20. Then throw away all of the material in a place your cat can't reach. A garbage bin located outside is ideal.


Enzymatic Cleaners

Diligently cleanse the spot using an enzymatic cleaning product you purchased at a pet supplies store. Enzymatic cleaning products are non-toxic and consist of enzymes that merge with cat urine and transform pee molecules into odor-free matter. Standard carpet cleaning formulas simply aren't potent enough to fight the smells of pet urine proteins. If you don't have an enzymatic cleaner available, any neutralizing formula that's exclusively made to remove the persistent smells of cat pee can work.

Wet Vac Machines

If the cat urine has been there for some time, use a wet vac machine to eliminate all remnants that are lurking in the carpet. Wet vac machines can be useful for pushing unclean water out of the carpet while simultaneously pushing clean water back in. Then cleanse the spot using a neutralizing product that's made to combat pet smells. When you clean pet stains, always carefully abide by the instructions printed on the packaging.


White Vinegar

People sometimes rely on homemade cleaners like white vinegar to do away with cat urine in carpet. They blend cool water and white vinegar in equal parts and place the mixture over the problematic spots. They then blot, flush and allow the spots to air dry. Vinegar isn't able to completely remove urine smells, however, and could potentially inspire your pet to repeat her mistake in the same exact location. Vinegar covers up cat urine smells for short periods of time and doesn't make a successful long-term management option.

Baking Soda

Baking soda can be effective for getting rid of pee smells located on the surfaces of carpeting. It isn't, however, useful for getting rid of smells that have traveled far down.


Moisten the problematic spot using fresh water. Coat it with a trickle of baking soda. Then massage the baking soda into it. Allow it some time to dry. Finally, vacuum the spot to get rid of any remaining dry powder.

Professional Assistance

Cleaning cat urine from synthetic carpet is often a realistic and manageable job. If your cat urinated on a delicate area or throw rug made out of wool, however, the cleaning task could be significantly harder. If this is the case, seek professional assistance from a carpeting cleaning business that has a strong background in dealing with cat urine odors.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.