Cats make adorable companions. But who would have thought that the urine of such a cute and majestic animal could smell so bad, and for so long?! In addition to difficulties getting rid of the odour, our efforts are often in vain, thanks to repeat offenders, who simply pee in the same area again just afterwards. No matter what the cause is (often cats are marking their territory, or are sexually aroused, although sterilisation can sort this out), with these tips, you’ll have no further pee problems!
1) What NOT to do
Using bleach or products containing ammonia will not solve the problem because this doesn’t stop the cat from doing his business in the same place again, and it is not effective at removing the smell. In fact, it could entice the cat to do it again.
On the other hand, adding a few little drops of bleach to the kitty litter will entice your cat to do his business here instead. You could also try moving the position of the litter tray to see if that solves the problem. Remember above all to keep it far from the kitchen and from the cat’s feeding bowl, and to clean the litter box regularly (effectively using bleach and ammonia in this case).
2) Good cleaning habits
You can use sparkling mineral water to clean stains. A rinse with sparkling water will in effect lift the urine and you only have to wipe it up with kitchen paper or a sponge.
By mixing 30 mls of bicarbonate of soda + 30 mls of hydrogen peroxide + 30 mls of washing up liquid + 300 mls of lukewarm water, you can also make an excellent cleaning spray for the relevant areas. You should leave it to work for 10 minutes, rinse and repeat if necessary.
Finally, you can also clean the area with washing up liquid or your usual floor cleaner.
3) Fighting odours
After having cleaned the area well, you can now attend to getting rid of odours. For doing this you can use any of the following options:
- Lavender essential oil
- Methylated spirits
- 1/3 lemon juice, 1/3 vinegar or alcohol and 1/3 water, with 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda.
- 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda in 1 glass of white vinegar
4) Preventative and repellent measures:
— Tin foil or newspaper: In certain areas, place some tin foil or newspaper, to create an unpleasant sensation for the cat, so that he doesn’t want to come back to the area.
— Sprinkling some black pepper in certain areas will be sure to keep the cat away.
— Fear: Surprise the cat while he is urinating in a forbidden area by throwing your keys or a little water in his direction. He will associate this area with fear and he won’t repeat the same mistake.