How to Get Rid of Male Cat Spray

Most people who have a spraying male cat are definitely aware of the cat's bad behavior. Why? Male cat spray is a pungent, ammonia-like odor that can perfume an entire house within minutes. Males—mostly un-neutered males—will spray an area with their urine to claim territory. However, if your male is upset, he may also spray. Common household cleaners cannot completely remove the odor, but there are a few at-home remedies and products made specifically for this purpose.

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Say it, don't spray it, Kitty!
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Step 1

Use a combination of white vinegar and baking soda to remove the offensive odor, suggests the website Soak up as much of the urine as possible with a paper or cloth towel, then mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water and a little dish washing soap. Pour the solution on the affected spot and with a clean rag remove any excess liquid until the area is dry. Sprinkle baking soda on the spot, then vacuum the area in 24 hours.

Step 2

Combine one part white vinegar with three parts water and soak the area, after removing as much of the urine as possible. Dry the area with a cloth, then sprinkle on baking soda. Mix together ¾ cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with 1 tsp. of dish detergent and pour the solution over the already-applied baking soda. Use your fingers, a toothbrush or a hairbrush to work the mixture into the area. After the spot is dry, vacuum. If you still detect an odor, repeat the process.

Step 3

Pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the affected area. Peroxide breaks down the components in cat urine that cause staining and odor. Allow the peroxide to dry, then rinse the area with warm water and use a cloth to remove the moisture.

Step 4

Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to your laundry with your regular detergent to remove odors from clothing or other washable items.

Step 5

Use an enzymatic cleaner made specifically for the removal of pet urine. Your pet store will likely have a variety of cleaners available. Special enzymes in the cleaners remove odors that humans cannot smell, yet are still detectable to the cat. If you cat continues to smell where he has already sprayed, he will likely spray the area again. Adhere to the directions that are on the product's bottle for the best results.