16 Feb Cat Urine Carpet Cleanup
Keep the Cat, Ditch the Odor
Pets bring enormous joy to our lives. For most of us, they truly are members of our family. Unfortunately, just like family, they sometimes do things that make them less than loveable.
If you have cats, you’ve probably experienced them urinating outside the litter box. The mess is bad enough, but when it comes to cats, the smell is the worst part. And getting it out seems impossible, especially if it has sunken into the carpet.
What Causes Litter Box Lapses?
Illness. Your cat might be suffering from an illness or an injury that makes it hard for them to reach the litter box. Urinating outside the box could also be a symptom of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), a serious and painful condition that can be fatal if left untreated. It’s wise to make an urgent veterinary appointment to rule out medical causes.
Dirty box. Cats famously enjoy keeping themselves and their surroundings sparkling clean. Their fussbudget ways mean that they’ll turn up their noses at a litter box that isn’t cleaned properly.
Solution: Scrub the box with warm water and a mild detergent, then fill with fresh litter. After that, daily cleanings will keep the box clean and your cat happy. Try an automated litter box that does the work for you. You can even buy a flush version that hooks up to your own bathroom plumbing system.
Scented litter. Those perfumed additives might smell good to you but they smell awful to your cat. Breathing in chemicals can also irritate her tender respiratory system. As a result, your cat might decide not to use that box.
Solution: Use natural litters that rely on organic materials to destroy odor. You can buy litter made from recycled pine chips, recycled paper, and other nontoxic odor-controlling ingredients.
Fear and anxiety. Have you moved, changed the furniture, brought in a new houseguest or made other major changes to your household routine? Cats are creatures of habit who find any change in their routine disorienting. A frightened, nervous cat will urinate in an inappropriate spot.
Solution: Give kitty extra attention and try not to disrupt his or her routine as far as feeding, litter and sleeping spots. You can also try herbal supplements designed to help cats feel calmer. They’re available at most pet supply stores. Used short-term, they can be helpful to a stressed-out cat.
Get the Smell Out
The smell of cat urine is one of the most difficult odors to remove from carpets and upholstery. That’s because cat urine has a high level of a protein called felinine, which cats use as a territorial marker.
Cat urine also contains fatty acids, which allow it to remain pungent when exposed to outdoor elements. The ingredients that make it stick to grass and trees outdoors are the same ingredients that make it stick like glue to your carpets.
Solutions for Cat Urine
You may have seen natural formulations in pet stores that use a combination of enzymes to “miraculously” destroy pet urine odors. These work by dissolving the fatty acids and lifting the felinine. They are especially good on hard surfaces.
But even these enzymatic cleaners won’t dig deep enough into carpet fibers to permanently remove the odors.
Carpet Keepers Solution
Fortunately, professional carpet cleaning by a company that specializes in hard-to-remove odors will give you a permanent solution.
Carpet Keepers uses a non-toxic, patented PureScience method to lift felinine out of your carpet and upholstery fibers, dissolve it and wash it away. Our specialized pet-urine treatments target stains and odors at the source, lifting them from the fibers and ensuring they don’t return.
Safe and Healthy
If you have a pet you love and smells you don’t love, call Carpet Keepers today. We’ll help you get rid of the odor and create a clean, healthy home that your whole family will enjoy.