Cleaning Cat Markings

The strong smell of cat pee is awful for us (but actually awesome for cats). Here's how to battle the scent.

How do you get rid of the odor from cat markings? Virginia Mendez

Cat pee is a powerful scent. Clean it up and it still might smell. It’s bad enough for you, but it’s worse (or better) for your cat and his more sensitive nose. If he’s peed on a particular thing once and knows it’s “his” because his scent is still on it, he might just decide to do it again. So what can you do?
•    Spay or neuter your cat if it hasn’t been done already.
•    Keep his litterbox clean and remember the rule that says your number of litter boxes should exceed your number of cats by one.  

And what do you do about the thing he’s sprayed?

If he’s peed on something you don’t care that much about, like a pair of socks or an ex-boyfriend’s favorite T-shirt, wash it a few times with a box of baking soda tossed in with the detergent, then throw it away if it still smells funky. If he’s peed on something you do care about or if it’s hard to replace, we suggest the following strategies.
•    Soak up as much urine as possible, using old towels and lots of pressure, if the target is a soft surface. Rinse the area thoroughly with water, then soak that up, too, using a wet vac (NOT a steam cleaner) if possible. Wipe down hard surfaces with soap and water.
•    Shop at your local pet supply retailer for an enzymatic cleaner formulated to neutralize odors and pheromones. You also might need a separate stain-removing spray.

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