We all love our furry friends, but what do you do when your cat has an accident in your carpets? No one loves that! Luckily, it’s not too hard to clean pet urine out of your carpets if you act quickly and follow these steps.
Treat The Stain
The first thing to do is treat the stain that the pet urine has left behind. After all, cat accidents can leave unsightly patches in your carpets. If you don’t take care of this, you can have permanent stains in your carpets, so be sure to handle it quickly. Don’t tell yourself you’ll clean it later, take care of the stain as soon as it happens or when you discover it.
The first thing to do is to remove as much urine as possible by blotting at the spot with a white paper towel. Stay away from paper towels with patterns, as the dye can actually transfer to your wet carpets. Also be sure not to rub the spot, as rubbing can actually push the stain deeper into your carpets instead of removing it. Gently press the paper towel into the stain and replace the paper towel as soon as it’s soaked through. You will probably go through a lot of paper towels, but it’s a small price to pay to remove the stain.
If you happen upon the cat urine spot once it’s already dry, you can gently wet the spot with cold water and then blot.
Do not use a hair dryer to dry the stain. Heat will actually set the stain and make it even harder to remove. Also, stay away from ammonia-based cleaners. Cat urine actually contains ammonia, and the similar smell can cause more problems.
Take Care of The Odor
Once you have cleaned the visual stain, the odor might linger. The longer it sits, the worse the odor becomes. Be sure to clean it as soon as possible.
There are store-bought urine removers that you can try. Be sure to test a small area of your carpet first to make sure it doesn’t damage or discolor your carpet.
The best way to completely pet urine odors is to have a professional pet urine cleaner tackle the spot for you. Be sure to avoid steam cleaners, as the hot steam can actually set the stain instead of removing it. A cleaner like Chem-Dry Windy City that is trained in pet urine removal is your best bet for getting the odor gone for good.
Prevent it from Happening Again
Once you have taken care of the stain and odor, you are going to want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
There are a few reasons why your cat might have “gone” outside of the litter box. One common reason is simply that the litter box was dirty. Cats can be picky and refuse to go in a dirty litter box Be sure to clean the litter box every day so your cat feels comfortable using it.
Also make sure that your cat has easy access to the litter box. The cat should never be shut off from the litter box. Provide a clear and easy path for the cat to get to the litter box, and refrain from moving the box often. If your cat is getting older, you will want to make sure that the walls are low enough your cat can easily climb in.
Diagnose Repeat Behavior
If your cat does continue to go outside of the litter box, you may want to see a vet. Frequent “accidents’ can mean bladder issues or other health problems in your cat. A vet can help you diagnose any health issues, as well as give you suggestions to help your cat use their litter box.