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Dr. Rosie DVM

How to Clean Up Cat Urine:

  • Use an enzymatic cleaner specifically designed for pet urine to effectively remove odor and stains.
  • Avoid using ammonia-based cleaners, as they can actually attract cats to urinate in the same spot again.

Cleaning up after a cat's accident is crucial to prevent future incidents in the same area. Here are some detailed steps for cleaning various surfaces:


  1. Use paper towels to blot up as much urine as possible.
  2. Cover the area with a towel or pile of paper towels and stand on them to absorb more liquid.
  3. Saturate the area with a mixture of dish detergent and water, letting it sit for an hour or two.
  4. Gently blot the area to rinse with clean water.
  5. Soak the area with club soda for ten minutes, then blot it up.
  6. Place fresh paper towels or a towel over the area and weigh it down with something heavy overnight.
  7. In the morning, spray the area with an enzymatic cleaner and follow the directions on the cleaner.


  1. Wipe up the urine with paper towels or a mop soaked in soapy water.
  2. Rinse the area thoroughly with warm water.
  3. Wipe the area with a sponge dampened with white vinegar.
  4. Let the area air-dry.

Hardwood and Cement:

  1. Blot up as much liquid as possible, then use an enzymatic cleaner.
  2. For strong smells or concrete, sand down, bleach, and refinish hardwood floors if needed.


  1. Machine-wash your laundry using a cup of white vinegar and no detergent.
  2. After the cycle finishes, add detergent and wash regularly.

Remember to avoid using ammonia or ammonia-based products, as they can attract cats back to the area. Keeping the cat away from the cleaned area can also help prevent re-marking. If the smell persists or the cat continues to use the area, consider replacing the padding under the carpet or seeking professional cleaning services.

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