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How to get cat pee smell out of a mattress?

post #1 of 11
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Couldn't figure out which forum to put this in- if a mod sees it and knows where to put it, please move it! smile.gif

So... this morning I was deep in sleep and forgot to let Wessie out of the bedroom at his usual time. When I awoke I realized my hand was sitting on neat little wet pile of sheets, which upon further investigation smelled like pee. I let him out and he went straight to the bathroom and urinated. He's been acting totally fine so I'm positive it had nothing to do with health issues, especially since I let him out at least an hour late. frown.gif I feel so bad!

Anyway, back to my question. I've already tried alcohol. Right now I put baking soda on the area, hoping it will lessen the odor. I'm just afraid he's going to recognize the scent and go potty there again. :/ I'm sure at least some of you have some tried and true tricks! smile.gif
post #2 of 11
What you need is a good enzyme cleaner. Have you seen these articles?

How To Remove Cat Urine
Combat Cat Urine
post #3 of 11
Get a LOT of paper towels (or a towel, or some cloth) and remove as much of the urine as possible.... really squeeze that mattress.
Go to the store and get a good Enzyme cleaner - Really, REALLY soak the area - dumping the cleaner in there - get a BIG bottle......... Spraying will not cut it.
Wait about 20 minutes, then remove the excess - again, with a towel, paper towels... Remove as much as you can - give it a good squeeze.....
Let it air dry.
It will take several days for the enzymes to "eat" through the urine, so the best is to leave the kitty away from the are until it is completely dry...... I know it is not going to be fun, but it can really take days..... wavey.gif
post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by Carolina View Post

Get a LOT of paper towels (or a towel, or some cloth) and remove as much of the urine as possible.... really squeeze that mattress.
Go to the store and get a good Enzyme cleaner - Really, REALLY soak the area - dumping the cleaner in there - get a BIG bottle......... Spraying will not cut it.
Wait about 20 minutes, then remove the excess - again, with a towel, paper towels... Remove as much as you can - give it a good squeeze.....
Let it air dry.
It will take several days for the enzymes to "eat" through the urine, so the best is to leave the kitty away from the are until it is completely dry...... I know it is not going to be fun, but it can really take days..... wavey.gif

This is right - thorough soaking, sometimes twice, is the only answer. The cleaner has to almost flow through the fabric and stuffing, taking the smells with it. I have used Simple Solution very effectively on mattresses - but it can takena lot of solution. It is not the right time of year, but drying in sunlight helps too.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Carolina View Post

Get a LOT of paper towels (or a towel, or some cloth) and remove as much of the urine as possible.... really squeeze that mattress.
Go to the store and get a good Enzyme cleaner - Really, REALLY soak the area - dumping the cleaner in there - get a BIG bottle......... Spraying will not cut it.
Wait about 20 minutes, then remove the excess - again, with a towel, paper towels... Remove as much as you can - give it a good squeeze.....
Let it air dry.
It will take several days for the enzymes to "eat" through the urine, so the best is to leave the kitty away from the are until it is completely dry...... I know it is not going to be fun, but it can really take days..... wavey.gif

Yup, another vote for exactly that.  yeah.gif

post #6 of 11
OH dear... frown.gif. Agree with the above and that it will take days to completely dry out. I would soak and blot at least two to three times. What a pain bit it can be removed..... And try to keep Wessie off that mattress during the cleaning process until it is completely dried out.
post #7 of 11

Here are two products that might help you:http://www.simplegreen.com/products_pet_cat.php and http://www.natures-miracle.com/natures-miracle-for-cats/. I have no first hand experience with either product, sorry about that. Okay really, I am not laughing02.gif. Only because, that means the inside/outside cats would not be allowed inside. Or the indoor cats would be put outside. If that was not possible, then the next option is very very confused.gif.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Cat Person View Post

Here are two products that might help you:http://www.simplegreen.com/products_pet_cat.php and http://www.natures-miracle.com/natures-miracle-for-cats/. I have no first hand experience with either product, sorry about that. Okay really, I am not laughing02.gif . Only because, that means the inside/outside cats would not be allowed inside. Or the indoor cats would be put outside. If that was not possible, then the next option is very very confused.gif .

wow.... To the OP, please do not follow this as an advice..... There is obviously a LOT that can be done without these extreme measures..... I had problems in the past and Successfully corrected them, and so have many many of our other members.... without putting out cats out of the house and jeopardizing their safety agree.gif

To the OP: What did you decide to do, and how is it working out?
Edited by Carolina - 1/2/12 at 11:30am
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Carolina View Post

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Originally Posted by Cat Person View Post

Here are two products that might help you:http://www.simplegreen.com/products_pet_cat.php and http://www.natures-miracle.com/natures-miracle-for-cats/. I have no first hand experience with either product, sorry about that. Okay really, I am not laughing02.gif . Only because, that means the inside/outside cats would not be allowed inside. Or the indoor cats would be put outside. If that was not possible, then the next option is very very confused.gif .

wow.... To the OP, please do not follow this as an advice..... There is obviously a LOT that can be done without these extreme measures..... I had problems in the past and Successfully corrected them, and so have many many of our other members.... without putting out cats out of the house and jeopardizing their safety agree.gif

To the OP: What did you decide to do, and how is it working out?

Don't worry, Carolina, I don't plan on throwing Wessie out the door for this. I understand that it was really my fault. smile.gif

Thank you everyone for your replies! Honestly I haven't really done anything... I can't really smell anything anymore, so maybe the baking soda just neutralized the odor? I keep finding out that things that I thought were untouched at first really do have a little pee on them. I think I've got everything cleaned by now. Luckily Wessie hasn't seemed interested in making my bed his litter box, but time will tell!
post #10 of 11
You can use a black light to find all the spots of cat urine. Using an enzyme cleaner is still a good idea even though you can't smell it any more.
Have you considered putting a small litter box in your bedroom? That might take care of the problem if you happen to oversleep again.
post #11 of 11
We use the Bissel Pet Odor Enzyme cleaner. Comes in a spray bottle and it works wonders!!!
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