Let me be start off by saying that I love cats (well, all animals). And although I love them to death (really!) sometimes I’d like to just lock them up in a room where they’re contained and easily managed! This is especially true when they scratch furniture (sometimes), knock stuff off the table (on purpose), and when they pee where they’re not supposed to.
Although the cat litter is always there where it’s supposed to be and where it always is, maybe sometimes they don’t like the state it’s in (I just cleaned it last night, you slave drivers!) and they show their displeasure by doing it perhaps on the bathroom mat, or a pile of laundry… sigh. And maybe you think all you’d need to do is just put it in the washing machine and that’s it, right? Wrong. Have you ever caught a whiff of cat pee? That stuff has staying power.
The best case scenario is catching them in the act and being able to clean it up immediately.
For carpets and rugs
- Soak up as much of the pee as possible by blotting; do not rub as you’d just be making it worse.
- Spray the area with vinegar, and then blot again. Repeat this step several times if you deem it necessary.
- Sprinkle the affected area with some baking soda and leave until dry.
- Vacuum the area and the smell should be gone! If it’s a small enough carpet or rug, you may put it out in the sun to air out.
If the pee has been there for quite some time though, you may need to repeat this step.
Fresh ‘accidents’ are easier to handle and clean up than those you find much later. For example, when you finally get to the load of laundry that’s been waiting for two days to be folded, only to discover that it’s giving off a very unpleasant odour.
- If it’s a not-so-fresh ‘accident’, take the offensive-smelling article(s) of clothing and put into a bag. Sprinkle with baking soda, seal or tie it up and leave to sit overnight. For fresh ‘accidents’, go straight to Step 2.
- Place in washing machine with your usual detergent, a few cups of vinegar and a scoop of baking soda, and wash as usual. If your washer has a hot setting, this would be preferable (depending on the fabric).
- Once the cycle is complete, put it through a rinse again to remove any residue.
- It would be best to hang your clothes out to dry in the sun and to air, but if not possible, stick them into the dryer as usual (again, this depends on the fabric).
I’ve employed both these methods and they work for me. If however the smell doesn’t seem to be going away, then you may need to seek professional cleaning.
These ‘accidents’ should happen very rarely and usually is the cat’s way of signalling displeasure, but should your cat suddenly be doing this frequently, then there may be something more amiss. Do take your pet to the vet for a thorough check-up just to make sure that he or she is healthy, and then try figure out what the problem might be. Sometimes, it could be because you’ve made some changes around the house (or maybe moved the litterbox), or you’ve recently got another pet, or it could be as simple as the litterbox not being clean enough. On that note, I need to go clean it now… again!