Cat pee anywhere in the house outside of the litter box will leave a pungent ammonia-like smell – particularly if it is not cleaned-up immediately. The bacterium in the urine starts to decompose the longer the urine is left to dry – whether it be on a wooden floor, walls, carpet, upholstery or soft furnishings. Older cats have the worst smelling urine due to their kidneys beginning to lose effective functioning. It is important to clean-up cat pee as soon as possible and spray the area with a cat urine neutralizer to stop your cat repeatedly urinating in the same spot.
Cats use their urine to mark their territory so the smell needs to be strong and concentrated to ‘stick’ around for longer. A Tom Cat, as many of us will be able to testify has the most stinkiest pee of all!
Why does cat urine smell so pungent?
Cat urine is more concentrated than that of dog or other domestic animal and so has a stronger more pungent smell. The other reason it smells so bad is that it often goes undetected. Due to the size of cats, it is easy for them to sneak behind furniture or in corner and urinate so it is often only when dry that the smell alerts us to the incident.
Cat urine is a concentrate of metabolic waste comprised of urea, creatine, uric acid, various detoxified substances, sodium chloride and other electrolytes. Your cat metabolism breaks down the protein in their food to produce the by-products known as urea, which is then excreted by the kidneys into urine. Urea converts into ammonia – giving off that recognisable pungent aroma! So to permanently remove the smell the area affected must be sprayed with a product which will break-down the protein. Many cat owners try home-made remedies for cat urine neutralizers. While a combination of vinegar and baking soda is likely to remove stains from furniture, walls and floors it will only temporarily mask the smell.
A cat urine neutralizer product makes use of a specific enzymatic reaction resulting in the hydrolysis of urea. Enzymes are proteins that speed up chemical reactions. The enzymes break up the urea into carbon dioxide and ammonia, which are gases that evaporate quickly.
If your cat isn’t using the litter box, it may be that your cat is telling you something. The advise is that if your cat becomes a more regular offender, that you visit the vet for a check-up to rule out any medical problem and for advice on how to get your cat to use his or her litter box – there is only so many times you can spray cat urine neutralizer before you start getting very stressed cleaning up after them.
Reasons for a cat urinating outside of their litter box could be anyone of these reasons:
- litter tray has been used too many times without being cleaned out and now your cat is protesting!
- your cat isn’t feeling well
- stress or anxiety – which could be caused by situations such as young children tormenting your cat, neighbours dog being a bully, surrounded by too many other pets or unpleasant surroundings.
- behavioural issues
- new home – this could bring on anxiety or cats have a propensity to mark their territory outside the litter box.
Try not to create anxiety by punishing your cat for urinating in the house rather than in their litter tray . Unlike dogs they won’t understand the punishment and you could make the issue worse.
Your home need not have to smell like it belongs to cats, instead invest in a cat urine neutraliser that will break down the proteins in urine, eliminate odours and leave a citrus aroma, which can deter cats from using the same area – try Mrs Gleam’s Pet Urine Neutralizer