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post #1 of 35
Thread Starter 

Hello!  I am still having some urine problems with our 3 cats.  I'm not sure if the nice weather and the windows being open have stirred up the smells or if they are going more, but it needs to go away!

 

Can anyone suggest the best way to get rid of the smell?  I have used Natures Mircale Urine Destroyer and ran out, and then bought Natures Miracle No More Spraying.  I think the Destroyer worked best but I was wondering if there was anything better out there.

 

We are at the point that we can't take it and the cats might end up outside if we can't get this under control.

post #2 of 35

You need an "enzymatic" cleaner.  There are a number of them around, and if you do a search here, you'll find several mentioned.  I use "Nature's Miracle," available at pet stores.

post #3 of 35

If you use biological washing powder or liquid, a dilute solution with warm water does the trick beautifully and it's far cheaper than buying a special product.  A microfibre cloth helps as well.

post #4 of 35
Thread Starter 

I have used Natures Miracle but I was wondering if there was anything better out there or if anyone has any luck with anything else. 

 

I think we may just be paranoid about it too, but I want to make sure our house doesn't smell anymore. 

post #5 of 35

I like Urine Off. Also heard good things about Anti-Icky Poo.

post #6 of 35
A lot of people here have sworn by Nok Out. It has to be purchased on line. You have to really soak the areas being treated with the enzyme cleaner. So buy a gallon. Then let the spots air dry over several days. Covering area with aluminum foil will slow down the drying, but probably keep the cats off, if you can't remove them from the area during the process.

Your cats have been tested to rule out UTI's, haven't they?

Robin
post #7 of 35
Nature's Miracle has never worked for me. I'm a big fan of Nok Out. You get on their e-mail newsletters when you buy it and they give you all sorts of useful advice on other things you can use it for. I pour it on straight for urine issues, and dilute it with water to use it like people use Febreeze. It's a safer product that Febreeze.
post #8 of 35

Until lately - adding the 9th cat (Callee) - feral born - to our home - cat urine and odors haven't been a problem.

 

I thought I had Callee litter-box trained - NOT!  Because she was peeing in unauthorized places, the other cats began doing what cats do - and peeing on the pee.  (Yes, we'll probably be pitching out our FR sofa.)

 

I have NOT had this problem before now, so I can only attribute it to my being just plain naive about the problems I might have adding our 9th inside cat (feral-born kitten). ugh!  Shoot, I probably could even label myself "careless" - simply because the other cats have been "easy" to bring inside (?) and, that's where being naive has its downside. smile.gif

 

So, now for the next chapter of  Life with Cats  - Learning how to Manage Urine Odors. sigh!

 

 

I've been using rubbing alcohol on the fur-ball upchucking - along with white vinegar -  soooo, am also trying the alcohol on the urine.  

 

I did a little surfing research and found this website

 

http://cat-chitchat.pictures-of-cats.org/2008/07/eliminate-cat-urine-odor.html -

 

 

I hope I'm able to get through the Book of Cat Care real soon, 'cause I'm about exhausted in all the experiences of  the   Hard-Knock Learning   that I've been going through.

 

This is an excerpt from the page I referenced earlier:

Isopropyl alcohol, another active ingredient is a widely used solvent (it dissolves things as does water only more effectively) and a cleaning fluid. This fluid assists in washing away the broken down substance that used to smell to one that doesn't. In other words the uric acid and pheromones that are broken down at high speed by the enzymes are then dissolved in the alcohol and water and then blotted up by us, thereby being removed.

 

I guess I have more research to do - and need to find other ingredients to add to the alcohol, meanwhile will be checking out the author's suggested product ... 
I hope this article is somewhat helpful. 

post #9 of 35

Here's another website with info:

 

http://www.cat-world.com.au/how-to-clean-cat-urine-odour

post #10 of 35

WELL now, I just came across a forum that says most of the urine cleaners are basically alcohol - with lemon fragrance.  If your interested in checking out this info - and, maybe, don't want to spend lots of $$ on an enzyme cleaner - and just use good ole' alcohol - here's the info:

http://www.dogforums.com/first-time-dog-owner/71596-enzymatic-cleaner-question.html

 

Here's just one of the posts:

 

Quote:

 

 

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Re: Enzymatic cleaner question

Contents:

(Verbatim from the bottle)
Water
Nature's Enzymes
Isopropyl Alcohol
Natural Citrus Scent


The alcohol's watered down. Keeps it from damaging floors.

Still works for proteins, just not enough of it to damage the cellulose in wood or the vinyll in carpet.
Cellulose and plastics are much more stable than proteins. 
Watered down, it's too weak harm something so relatively stable.



But, you're exactly right. It's a solvent: breaks down biological components like gasoline breaks down styrofoam. 
Water itself is a biological solvent, in fact.
Ask a wood floor owner. 
Or, keep a piece of rawhide in a glass for a while. 
Same process. Rawhide's also a protein, just like those "enzymes". 
How long have these bottles been in storage/transit? 


This stuff is junk in my opinion. And, I'm gonna prove it, just as soon as I get access to the NMR scanner.
A few cap-fulls of rubbing alcohol in some water with a few drops of lemon juice in a spray bottle...
I can make that in my kitchen.

 

post #11 of 35

Well, I tried to edit - or - add a comment to my last post, but the link wouldn't let me, it didn't open the post for me to edit.

 

The forum that I referenced previously seemed to have some posting comments of disagreement with the one I quoted - just sayin' - if you're not in to chemistry - then ...laughing02.gif.

 

I do use alcohol - ran out of the NATURES MIRACLE - but, I did use it on my ceramic tile floor so no damage from the pure alcohol (no added water or lemon juice) - and it worked - so, go figure.smile.gif

 

I may be posting with myself here, but I hate to spend $12 on a bottle of stuff when all I need is alcohol, so thought I'd try to share with others here.

post #12 of 35
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Originally Posted by OrientalSlave View Post

If you use biological washing powder or liquid, a dilute solution with warm water does the trick beautifully and it's far cheaper than buying a special product.  A microfibre cloth helps as well.
I think biological washing powder isn't available in the U.S., or else it's called something else, because I don't know what it is anon.gif.

I'm using Spalding Bye Bye Odor right now. Seems to work very well, I like the scent, and it's inexpensive enough (if you buy the concentrate) that I can use enough of it to make a difference. When something costs $40 a gallon I tend to skimp laughing02.gif. http://www.spalding-labs.com/byebyeodor/Default.aspx
post #13 of 35
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I think biological washing powder isn't available in the U.S., or else it's called something else, because I don't know what it is anon.gif.
I'm using Spalding Bye Bye Odor right now. Seems to work very well, I like the scent, and it's inexpensive enough (if you buy the concentrate) that I can use enough of it to make a difference. When something costs $40 a gallon I tend to skimp laughing02.gif. http://www.spalding-labs.com/byebyeodor/Default.aspx

laughing02.gif  Hey, when there's mouths to feed - skimping on cleaners is a good thing!  laughing02.gif  Never heard of the powder, either - but sounds interesting.

post #14 of 35

If I need a urine cleaner I use a solution of the biological washing powder I use for my laundry.  It's very cheap and very effective. 

post #15 of 35
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If I need a urine cleaner I use a solution of the biological washing powder I use for my laundry.  It's very cheap and very effective. 
Like I said above, I don't know if we have biological washing powder. If we do I don't know what it's called here. But you put it in the laundry? Like Borax or maybe a laundry detergent with enzymes? Does it suds up in the carpet?
post #16 of 35
A biological washing powder has the word 'emzyme' or 'bio' on its package. All major manufacturers have bio versions of their products. Or ask in your supermarket.
post #17 of 35
All major manufacturers sell a "bio" version in Europe, maybe tongue.gif. I've never seen a laundry detergent marked "bio" or "biological". But there are some with enzymes. Maybe I'll try one. Do they make the treated area soapy?
post #18 of 35
Gloria, you may want to read my article on cleaning urine. I did a lot of research on the subject. laughing02.gif http://www.thecatsite.com/a/how-to-remove-cat-urine

The bottom line is that the real problem is the uric acid. The only thing that will break down the uric acid is ENZYMES. ....OR carbon dioxide. And there is a carbon-dioxide based cleaner not mentioned in my article: FiZZion. It's cheap, and people that have used it say it's effective. Urine Off is an enzyme cleaner that people seem to love. I've always used Nok Out.

http://www.amazon.com/Fizzion-Remover-Refill-Tablets-2-Pack/dp/B0035MTMMM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1337626724&sr=8-3

Just add the tablets to an empty spray container filled with water of the right size (I think I linked to the 32 oz tablets).
post #19 of 35
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Like I said above, I don't know if we have biological washing powder. If we do I don't know what it's called here. But you put it in the laundry? Like Borax or maybe a laundry detergent with enzymes? Does it suds up in the carpet?

 

Yes, I buy it to use in the washing machine.  It's a laundry detergent with enzymes.  If will make suds in the carpet if you use a strong solution.  It helps to have a wet & dry vacumn that you use to suck the solution out of the carpet after treatment, otherwise you need to soak up as much as you can with towels.  I can't imagine the US doesn't have similar products to the UK.

post #20 of 35
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Gloria, you may want to read my article on cleaning urine. I did a lot of research on the subject. laughing02.gif http://www.thecatsite.com/a/how-to-remove-cat-urine
The bottom line is that the real problem is the uric acid. The only thing that will break down the uric acid is ENZYMES. ....OR carbon dioxide. And there is a carbon-dioxide based cleaner not mentioned in my article: FiZZion. It's cheap, and people that have used it say it's effective. Urine Off is an enzyme cleaner that people seem to love. I've always used Nok Out.
http://www.amazon.com/Fizzion-Remover-Refill-Tablets-2-Pack/dp/B0035MTMMM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1337626724&sr=8-3
Just add the tablets to an empty spray container filled with water of the right size (I think I linked to the 32 oz tablets).

Will check out and love the idea about adding the tablets to my empty bottle of Nature's Miracle.  I recycle almost everything.   laughing02.gif

Isn't Alcohol an enzyme that will -- never mind will read your article.  laughing02.gif

 

Thanks, Laurie!  

post #21 of 35
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Yes, I buy it to use in the washing machine.  It's a laundry detergent with enzymes.  If will make suds in the carpet if you use a strong solution.  It helps to have a wet & dry vacumn that you use to suck the solution out of the carpet after treatment, otherwise you need to soak up as much as you can with towels.  I can't imagine the US doesn't have similar products to the UK.

I can't imagine going through all that effort every time you find some urine.  laughing02.gif

 

I have a hard time getting my bed made in the morning before I begin my cat chores - and, they last all day! - so having to follow those directions just makes me tired thinking of it. However, thanks for the info - you never know when it might come in handy - btw - here in the USA, I think Borax might fit the description???

post #22 of 35
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Originally Posted by OrientalSlave View Post

If you use biological washing powder or liquid, a dilute solution with warm water does the trick beautifully and it's far cheaper than buying a special product.  A microfibre cloth helps as well.

 

Agree, very effective and cheap. Many washing powders here have enzymes too. Perhaps the US is behind other countries

post #23 of 35
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Agree, very effective and cheap. Many washing powders here have enzymes too. Perhaps the US is behind other countries

or ... maybe they've been regulated out for who-knows-why laughing02.gif   

 

but, still - having to get out my shop vac - for each clean-up - in order to rinse out the soap doesn't seem like a very easy way to clean up something that may happen often (?).  dontknow.gif

 

Efficient is also a very important word in my household, so I think I'd pass on this form of enzyme.  laughing02.gif

post #24 of 35

Natures miracle has both laundry products and ones for carpet shampooers. I've used both and they worked. 

post #25 of 35
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but, still - having to get out my shop vac - for each clean-up - in order to rinse out the soap doesn't seem like a very easy way to clean up something that may happen often (?).  dontknow.gif

 

Efficient is also a very important word in my household, so I think I'd pass on this form of enzyme.  laughing02.gif

 

I don't own a shop vac, and never had any issues. Even the ready made spray on's would require some blotting, just the same as washing powder mix.
If you need to do more than blot you're using far too much.

I make it up in 5 seconds, so not much time taken from my day.  Either way I'd rather spend 5 seconds on something I know will work, and that saves me money.

post #26 of 35

I love Nature's Miracle, it absolutely works on smells to the human nose.  What I have found helps stop repeat spraying is:

 

1. Move the cat food, or at least daily treats, to the offended place.  Cats won't pee where they eat.

2. Plug in a feliway diffuser.  

3. That special cat litter--I forgot the name, Cat Attract, that's it!

 

Our cat had a bladder problem and all three have worked for me. We also have neighbors with dogs that freak out the cat when they get in occasionally whence he pees in a corner of my closet.  The treats really help. Good luck!

post #27 of 35

BTW I tried anti-icky poo and HATED it.  

1. It stunk.  It has an extremely strong perfumey (gaggy) odor.

2. It did NOT remove the cat urine odor, like Nature's Miracle Urine Destroyer did.

3. The cat peed over it again!

 

It was the opposite of everything they told me...fortunately they were good for the guarantee and gave me my money back when I returned it.

post #28 of 35

I found on the Fizzion website that in Indiana they sell it at Kroger grocery stores.  I have tried the Natures Miracle Just for Cats Urine Destroyer and the Pet Block and these dont work for my cats.  I cleaned my kitchen counter where one seems to spray on sprayed it down good with Pet Block and then added a pee pad soaked in the Pet Block.  I left for 5 hours and came home and there was pee on the pad.  I have sprayed the Pet Block on my table by the front door and down the wall because that is one spot that gets hit and it was not 5 mins later my male cat jumped up there and layed down frusty.gifIs there anything else that will block a cat from getting on things?? 

post #29 of 35

I don't believe theres anything that will completly get rid of cat urine smell, all U can do is try 2 stop them from going in the same place in your house.  Try spraying Apple Cider Vinegar on it.   It worked 4 me.  It helps ease the smell. 

post #30 of 35

Preface:  This is the third time I’m writing this (having technical problems using the site).

 

Well, we are doing just about as bad with 8-cats here.  We have had a single a house cat, but ended up adding approx. five-five month old kittens and their mother.  We decided to call the mother Mona for all her moaning we had to listen to.  The house cat we had seemed to adapt to the kittens pretty well.  Potty problems started with the mother peeing on our bed.  This happened 3-times and even occurred with us sleeping in the bed.  This problem has temporarily been avoided by keeping the bedroom door closed all day & night.  We have a very large litter box that I have to do multi-cleaning on throughout the day.  There may be some mistakes outside the box, but I don’t see them.

 

About a week ago, the kitten’s father showed up outside (a frequent visitor seeking food) with a severe abbess on his left cheek below his eye.  Although there was no visible evidence of him being in a fight, this might have been caused by a single swipe scratch from another cat.  Anyway, his condition prompted me to take him to the Vet for treatment.

The Vet lanced “Buddys” abbess, neutered him, gave him the full round of shots and prescribed antibiotics that I have to administer for a week.  The Vet recommended that I initially keep Buddy confined.  I decided to bring him inside the house with the other cats.  For a feral cat, Buddy seemed very unusually friendly.  He always allowed me to pick him up, something the mother will not allow even after keeping her inside for 6-weeks now.

 

Buddy quickly became a real buddy who loved to sit and lay next to me.  I decided to bring him into the bedroom at night with the door closed to keep him separated from the unsprayed female for a few days even though he was neutered (Vets advice).  We kept a separate litter box in the bedroom.  It’s hard to emphasize how loving this cat was.

 

The problem began this morning when I fed ALL the cats.  After Buddy went #2 in the litter box, which was cleaned out quickly, he started peeing outside the litter box.  This happened 3-times within a short period of time.  Catching Buddy in the act the second time and scolding him, etc. didn’t prevent the third time.  One of the kittens may have peed outside the bedroom door where the 2nd litter box was located before it was brought into the bedroom for the night.  In reading your blog, this might have been the cause of the chain reaction in Buddy’s behavior.  Nevertheless,  I remember what the Vet said about one of her cats:  “My (her) cat started this bad habit, and outside it went!”  So, unfortunately, I put Buddy outside.

 

I wish there was a way to break Buddy of this problem.  Maybe Buddy needs to be an inside/outside cat.  My friend’s daughter has a single male cat that does his duty outside with no litter box inside.  I think moving the litter box might have been a bad move on my part.  If the kittens don’t see it in its usual spot, they may pee there anyway instead of seeking the other litter box.  Anyway, the spots were cleaned up which may reset the living conditions here.

Since Mona was just spayed this last weekend, we may test her soon to see it she is cured of her desire of peeing on the bed.  By the way, Buddy’s face is doing much better nowsilver.gif

 

Comment & suggestions from anyone are welcome.sunk.gif

 


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