If you’re a cat owner, chances are you’ll be familiar with the strong scent of cat urine in the house. You try and spray the house with air freshener, light scented candles before guests come, but nothing you do can get rid of that strong scent of cat urine.
Why does cat urine smell so bad?
You can thank a little chemical called ammonia for your cat’s strong, foul-smelling urine. Cats originate from the desert and have evolved to hold a large amount of water which means their urine is quite concentrated.
So, whether you have a cat that always misses the litter box, nervously sprays or just has a strong scent, here are our top 5 hacks for removing the cat urine smell from your home.
- Choose your litter box carefully
- Use an absorbent cat litter
- Change cat litter regularly
- Add baking soda to the litter box
- Use a non-toxic, natural cleaner for pet accidents
Hack #1 – Choose your litter box carefully
You wouldn’t want to use a toilet that was too small, so why would your cat want to as well. If your cat likes the litter box you provide, they are more likely to use it properly.
The most common reasons cats don’t like using the litter box provided is that it’s too small or too enclosed. Cats like to move around when searching for the perfect spot to urinate and they LOVE to dig. Make sure your litter box has enough room for them to dig after they do their business.
While you may think that a hooded litter is perfect for reducing cat urine smells, it can actually work against you. Hooded litters can sometimes trap urine smells which will deter your cat from using it (just like you wouldn’t want to use a smelly toilet). If you are set on a hooded litter tray, make sure it is large and has ventilation.
Hack #2 – Use an absorbent cat litter
Not all cat litters are created equal! There are some cat litters that provide more absorbency and are deodorising.
Clumping litters are great for absorbing urine and faeces and have good odour control, but some cats are not a fan so you might need to trial it out before you make the switch.
Non-clumping litters like crystals or recycled paper do capture odours and absorb urine, but not faeces, so you’ll need to make sure these are being removed daily.
Hack #3 – Change cat litter regularly
It’s not the most enjoyable job, but someone has to do it – especially if you want your house to smell better!
The general rule is 1 cat litter box per cat, but the more the better. You won’t have to change them as regularly and the smell build up won’t happen so quickly.
You should scoop away waste daily but change the cat litter completely once a week. Wipe the tray down with soap and water before refilling. Not changing cat litter enough is another reason why cats urinate outside the litter tray.
Hack #4 – Add baking soda to the litter box
While it’s tempting to use a litter box deoderiser you can purchase from a pet shop, sometimes these artificial smells can repel your cat from using the litter box.
A natural, non-toxic alternative is baking soda. Just mix a little of it with the litter and it can help absorb the smells. You’ll still need to change it just as regularly though.
Hack #5 – Use a non-toxic, natural cleaner for accidents
You might want to reach for the bleach if your cat urinates outside the litter box. But stop! Bleach can not only damage your flooring or carpet, but more importantly, bleach and ammonia together can create very dangerous fumes.
Common household items such as vinegar, peroxide, dish detergent, or baking soda all kind of work, but they never really get rid of that persistent, strong urine odour. You need to do more.
The best way to remove cat urine and completely eliminate odour at the source is using Good Scruff’s plant-powered and non-toxic cleaning formula. For accidents on carpets we recommend our Stain & Odour Remover and for hard floor surfaces your best choice is our Urine & Odour Destroyer. This goes a long way when trying to prevent your cat from urinating in the same place.
Remember, if your cat is having urination issues, it might be a sign that something is wrong. Stress or an underlying medical issue can be the reason why your cat is urinating outside the litter box or urinating more frequently. So, when thinking about how to remove that nasty cat urine smell from your home, a trip to the vets might be a good place to start.