Spraying—also known as marking—is a common occurrence in cats. When a cat sprays, he is leaving a mark—or type of message—for other cats with his urine. During the spraying process, the cat will back up towards the object, hold his tail up in the air and spray the item with several short bursts of urine. It is more common for an unneutered male feline to spray. Tom cats are not the only culprits of this behavior; neutered males and female cats can spray as well. Tom cats are typically unneutered outdoor male cats that may or may not have a home. Tom cat spray is a pungent odor that can drift into your home.
How to Get Rid of the Smell of Tom Cat Spray
Removing Cat Urine Odor from Under a House
Create a solution of 4 cups of hydrogen peroxide, 4 tsp. of baking soda and 4 drops of a mild dish-washing liquid. Use a hydrogen peroxide with a grade of 20% or 35% instead of the 3 percent grade that is normally found in department stores.
Pour the solution into a clean spray bottle.
Gain access to the area underneath your home.
Spray the solution liberally onto the dirt under your home. As the solution dries, it will neutralize the odor.
Removing Cat Urine Odor from Carpets and Upholstery
Blot the fresh cat urine with paper towels. Continue blotting until you can no longer soak up any urine. Discard the paper towels.
Create a solution of 3 parts cool water to 1 part distilled white vinegar. Pour the solution into a clean spray bottle.
Spray the area liberally with the solution. For carpets, use a scrub brush to scrub the solution into the carpet. Allow the area to air dry.
Sprinkle baking soda directly onto the area. Leave the baking soda for at least a few hours but preferably overnight.
Remove the baking soda with a vacuum. For upholstery, use your vacuum's attachments to suck up the baking soda.
Removing Cat Urine Odor from Clothing
Set your washing machine to the coolest setting and allow the washer to begin filling with water.
Pour the laundry detergent into the washing machine.
Add ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar to the water.
Place the clothing into the washing machine. Allow the washer to run through a complete cycle.
Repeat the process is odor remains.