Long before I was a homeowner, I had several years of experience working at a pet store where sometimes close to a dozen cats could be found wandering the aisles. There I had learned a few tricks and so was able to remedy the situation. Nowadays, armed not only with pet store experience, but also with the enlightenment that comes from owning and cleaning up after two cats of my own, I feel it’s my duty to pass on my knowledge so that all might learn the art of a pee free existence…or at least pee-free outside of the litter box.
Best Ways to Avoid the Cat Urine Smell
Keep the kitty litter box clean!
If your cat’s litter box is placed in the garage or shed, that is where you need to start. Cats can be picky creatures. If their regular relief hole isn’t as sparkling as they would like it to be, they will find somewhere else to go. Remember, nothing says “Go pee on that nice new carpet.” like a dirty stinky poo box.
It isn’t a bad idea to put a rubber mat underneath the litter box, just to keep the concrete underneath pristine.
Clean old cat urine messes thoroughly.
Cats are creatures of habit. No matter how many times you say “No! That’s a bad kitty!” your odorous little friend will continue to think it’s ok to utilize the new pee pad until they can no longer smell their own vile urine on that spot.
Every cat – or dog for that matter – will keep peeing in a spot if they can tell that they have gone there before. If there is a pee stain, consider bleaching it to really remove the odor.
Keep unwanted cats out of your shed.
Perhaps the problem is from unwanted cats entering your shed. Maybe your cat is well-trained, but the neighbor cats – not so much.
The only way you can keep those cats from getting inside your shed is to be sure everything seals up well – doors, windows, etc. – and that you keep the door closed as a general rule. Consider the type of shed door you use — some naturally seal better than others. A cat only needs a couple-inch opening to be able to squeeze through!
DIY Remedy for cat urine smell.
Yes, this involves our secret weapon — baking soda!
This is a great recipe for removing cat urine odor from carpet. Start by blotting up as much of the urine as possible with old rags or paper towels. Next mix 3 parts water with one part vinegar and saturate the spot. Dry thoroughly using the same method mentioned above. Once dry, sprinkle the area with baking soda. Next mix ¾ cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution with one tsp. dish detergent and sprinkle over the Baking Soda. Try this first on a small inconspicuous area of the floor to make sure the hydrogen peroxide won’t discolor your floor. Next, use your fingers or an old brush to work the Baking Soda in. I’ve used an old hairbrush with little bits of plastic over the tips with good results. Allow this to dry and vacuum it up. If there’s still a slight odor when done, lather, rinse and repeat.
Remove cat urine odor from shop towels, rugs, mats.
Use this method on your clothing, bedding, rugs or anything you think you can stuff in the washer (not including your cat). Simply add ¼ cup apple cider vinegar (which you can get at Amazon) along with your normal laundry detergent, start the washer and VOILA!
Vinegar also does wonders on weeds and getting rid of dandelions. Truly a great, all-purpose thing to have on hand, anyway.
Bleach your cement floors and bare walls.
Although this method is widely disputed because of the deadly reaction bleach has with ammonia (which is found in cat urine), if you go about it carefully, it can be an effective way to kick the urine smell out of your life for good. First, wash the soiled area with any appropriate cleaner you have that DOES NOT contain ammonia. Once clean, wipe the area down with fresh water to remove any residue left behind by the cleaner. Next, do it again. I know it sounds laborious, but trust me, this works. After your second washing and wiping, employ your bleach. In a clean spray bottle you can pick up from the beauty section of any Target store, mix a 10:1 water to bleach solution. Make sure the area you are cleaning in is well ventilated, put on some rubber gloves and get to work. Spray on lightly, let sit for about 30 seconds, and wipe off with a clean damp rag.
Consider Sealing or Painting Your Garage Floor
If your shed or garage has a concrete or wood floor, you may need to seal it or paint it. While it is generally a good idea to seal or paint (seal a concrete floor, paint or seal a wooden floor), if you have a bad urine odor in yours — perhaps you bought the house and inherited a garage that for some reason was the previous cat’s urination station — this might be a perfect situation that sealant is called for.
We suggest using a concrete floor sealer for concrete, and for wood consider a dead flat sealer. You may need multiple coats, but mainly go by the instructions on the product’s container.
Cat Urine Cleaning Products
Cat pee, or cat urine, if you will, may be the most formidable smell known to mankind. While the home remedies are effective in removing cat urine odor, some people (myself included) simply don’t have the time or the patience for serious cat urine scrubbing. If this is the case for you as well, let me recommend some products I’ve found that work great for cat urine removal. These, unlike the sprays that will do nothing for you but mask the odor for a few days, have enzymes in solution that will actually break down stains and odor causing molecules all while making your life much easier. A good cat urine cleaner will also have bacteria producing agents that will work continually until the stain and cat urine smell are gone completely. Simple Solution, Nature’s Miracle, Complete Pet Stain and Odor Remover by 8in1, and Capture Pet Stain and Odor Neutralizer are by far the most effective products I’ve found for cleaning cat urine. Best of all, a super cat urine remover is very easy to find. Many pet stores and online stores will carry one or all of these. Now that you know how to clean cat urine, get to work, that pee ain’t gonna clean itself. Oh, and wash your hands before you eat. That’s disgusting.
Lastly, if the cat continues indiscriminately peeing all over your stuff, be sure to have it checked out at the vet. There could be some health reasons for it, and getting those solved will help make sure there aren’t more messes.