How to Get Rid of Cat Pee Smell
I'm a cat owner. Always have been. And thankfully my kitties were good about using the litterbox or taking their business outside. EXCEPT for that Summer I fostered a stray cat and her large litter of kittens my children found outside. A couple of kittens decided the living room carpet in the far corner behind the furniture was their bathroom. No matter what I used – powders, sprays, vinegar, odor neutralizers – that unmistakable cat pee odor kept coming back, just like trick candles on a birthday cake. My house was starting to smell like a litter box.
That’s because when cat urine sits, the bacterium in it will decompose and give off an ammonia-like smell. (There is a second stage of the decomposition process which emits mercaptans, which are compounds that give skunks their strong characteristic odor). The uric acid in cat urine can last in carpets, fabrics, and wood for years! Although various products may neutralize the odors temporarily, a humid day can cause the uric acid to recrystallize, and that nasty "cat odor" will return.
So what are you supposed to do if you’re unsuccessfully battling that stink? It might be time to contact a professional odor remediation company. Bio-One is an odor removal specialist. We will need to identify the source of the smell in order to permanently eliminate it. That could mean removing carpet and flooring. Then the powerful, eco-friendly products and special equipment we use will eradicate the unpleasant odor once and for all. Give us a call – it will cost you nothing for us to come take a look!
By the way, future potty problems might be prevented by keeping kitty’s litter box very clean (they are called finicky for a reason!), and to make sure your feline has no underlying health issues.