Home Remedies to Get Rid of Cat Urine

Cat urine must be completely removed to avoid stains and bad odor.
Cat urine must be completely removed to avoid stains and bad odor. (Image: cat image by nutech21 from Fotolia.com)

There are few things more distasteful than the stench of cat urine. Cat urine seeps through mattresses, upholstery, carpets, padding and the floor beneath, leaving permanent stains and giving a home an unpleasant smell. According to the book “Planet Cat: A CAT-alog,” cat diets are typically richer in protein than dog diets, which causes cat urine to be more pungent and stain-causing than dog urine. Pet owners must remove all traces of feline urine as soon as possible, for if even a hint of odor remains, the cat will most likely soil the exact same spot again.

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Baking Soda

Baking soda effectively removes surface odors. Carefully blot all traces of fresh urine with an absorbent paper towel or white cloth. Sprinkle baking soda over the area and rub it thoroughly and let it dry for a few minutes. Use a vacuum cleaner or brush to remove all trace of the powder. This method is an effective way to remove odors of fresh cat urine.

White Vinegar

A solution of white vinegar and water makes an effective cat odor remover. Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 1 quart of warm water and dribble some over the affected area. Place an absorbent paper towel or white cloth under a heavy book (or something equally heavy) and place it over the vinegar solution for a few hours. This will increase the pressure on the affected area. Remove the paper towels after the solution accomplishes its purpose and brush the area thoroughly.


According to “Planet Cat: A CAT-alog,” a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide makes an effective cleaning agent. Prepare a solution by mixing 1 3/4 cups of water with 3/4 cup peroxide. Add a few drops of mouthwash and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to further improve its odor-removing effectiveness. Dribble the solution over the affected area and let it stay for approximately five minutes. Use a white cloth or absorbent paper towels to blot up as much of the area as possible. Prepare another solution of 1 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Thoroughly rinse the area with this solution and let it dry. This remedy is effective in removing even the harshest of cat urine stains. Use peroxide cautiously on carpets and upholstery since it known to bleach certain fabrics.


  • “Planet Cat: A CAT-alog”; Sandra Choron, Harry Choron and Arden Moore; 2007
  • "The Everything Cat Book"; Karen Leigh Davis; 2006
  • "Outwitting Cats"; Wendy Christensen; 2004
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