Cat Urine Removal & Neutralizers

cat urine removal, cat urine neutralizers, and tiips to get rid of cat smell

Cat urine removal and how to get rid of cat smells are big challenges faced by some cat owners.

You might have read my series on cat urinating problems but today I wanted to talk about some of my favorite cat urine neutralizers.

The old school thought was that vinegar and water was a good aid but today those in the know are savvy about how is important to make sure you get all the odor and pheromones removed to prevent future soiling.

You see, animals will go back to those places that have been saturated in urine over and over again unless you take steps to clean it up correctly.

I recently was present for the entire removal of the carpeting from a home where tenants failed to address pet accidents and who did not clean up the carpeting or flooring.

The pet urine had not only saturated the carpet and carpet padding, it had also soaked down into the baseboards–leaving crystallized evidence and a stench that was amazingly hard to clean up.

Surface cleaning is not usually good enough and I cannot stress enough how important it is to use aids to help locate any accident areas, treat those areas, and totally remove the urine or fecal matter as quickly as possible.

Prevention is key but when you have a problem–address it quickly and clean it up immediately.

Over the years I have found favorite pet urine clean up aids and here are a few that I think are indispensable.

cat urine stink finderUsing a cat urine black light to help highlight and find any cat urine deposits helps you to target all the spots you might not have known about.

Now there are many different options available today and you can buy a cat urine black light or a complete kit that includes the black light and a cat urine neutralizer.

It is convenient if you want to get a kit but I have my favorite products that work to neutralize cat urine.

Many years ago, I gave a testimonial for a product nobody had heard of, today you can find it in the bigger chain stores or at the savvy independent pet business–luckily you can also purchase it online!

So just what is that favorite product for cat odor removal and for getting cat urine out of carpet? Get Serious cat urine neutralizer.

Now, there are a variety of other cat urine neutralizers such as Nature’s Miracle Advanced or Nature’s Miracle Urine Destroyer that also work well.

Finally, make sure you have a good carpet cleaning tool such as the Bissell Little Green Pet Machine. Use it in conjunction with the odor eliminator of your choice and be sure to dry the area completely. (A hair dryer or fan can help.)

Be sure to also check with your veterinary medical professional to rule out any veterinary medical issues that might be underlying any cat urinating problems.

In addition, a consultation with a good animal behaviorist can help you to eradicate the issue or identify the cause if it is not related to a medical condition.

You can find links to those types of referrals on the resources page (see the navigation bar).

Finally, if you have faced and addressed cat urinating problems or been successful in getting cat urine out of the carpet or have tips to share about how to get rid of cat smell in the house–leave your comment below.

Mr B’s Cat Training & Consistency

Above: Mr B relaxes after a training session.

So, Mr B’s cat training has been completely passed to the pet owner.

That in itself could be an entire series–but I wanted to talk about a few thoughts that have come up around his training process.

Consistent rules and behavior from the pet owner are part of compliance process but many people think that they can make exceptions to the rules.

I have one thing to say on this, “Don’t do it!”

Making exceptions to the rules established in an animal training program is a no-no.


  • Because inconsistency in training can lead to frustration which can lead to aggression.
  • An owner may end up reprimanding or applying positive punishment when it is human that makes the mistake–not the animal.
  • Training rules are set to avoid and eliminate issues.
  • Variable reinforcement schedules tend to be stronger in anchoring behavior. Therefore, an exception can be a big flaw and cause what is reinforced to escalate.

For brevity I am not going to get into all of these points but just illustrate how a pet owner can confuse an animal.

In Mr B’s situation, he was biting and using his paws to claw in a variety of settings.

His owner has scabs on her legs from this behavior which is, for the most part, extinguished.

To get control of the issue we had to redirect Mr B into more appropriate patterns of behavior.

He now knows that if he desires food, the proper response is to go sit and wait at an appropriate location away from the food and outside of the kitchen where he is fed.

Mr B is no longer allowed:

  • to leg rub within half an hour of feeding time,
  • to move quickly with humans toward and while in the kitchen,
  • to linger in close proximity to the feeding area or food can,
  • to breach the stationing distance to move toward the feeding area until he gets a release word and is called.

Since he is also in a weight reduction program, he is moving over to sit at his stationing area frequently.

He is communicating that he wants food but using the redirected behavior to get that point across–which is what the goal was.

He does get reinforced with the clicker and a tidbit of food periodically to reinforce that choice–but also to teach the owner to recognize that signal.

Most pet owners only notice pet behavior when it is something undesirable.

He does still rush the pet owner because the habituated pattern in both the owner and animal has not been completely extinguished and so, as he tests the parameters with her, he sometimes gets reinforced for moving toward the food bowl or not going to his “station.”

This is not the only inconsistency happening. However, is a normal part of the learning curve of the owner who is attempting to change the dynamics and long-standing patterns of behavior.

Animals tend to adapt and change quicker than their owners.

People tend to hang on to patterns for 30-60 days.

It takes about 30 days to learn a new behavior and unlearning patterns sometimes takes a while as well.

The other inconsistency is the one related to biting and scratching.

Instead of redirecting the animal to play bite and scratch and appropriate object, the owner has used her hand.

So, who is at fault if the animal bites and scratches when that is an exception to the new training rules related to biting and scratching?

The owner, that’s who.

Also, the human’s play behavior involves the extension of her index finger–the same type of point she uses to threaten the cat when he bats or bites outside of play.

Yikes! Does that make any sense to you?

Think about it from the cat’s perspective. He IS allowed (and encouraged) to bite and scratch when he sees that index finger AND he is reprimanded for the same behaviors when he sees that index finger.

Basically, she is encouraging and reinforcing bad behavior and then does not get the connection that her behavior is the very reason the animal sometimes bites and scratches her.

The only saving grace is that the interaction occurs mainly in the cat tree and perhaps the SD for play behavior is the location.

Perhaps the cat will learn that biting and scratching can occur in that location (which becomes the SD) and not in others–but it probably is asking too much.

This type of conflicting communication and behavior occurs in lots of pet households that I visit.

When the rules are outlined, they need to be clear to everyone and there needs to be no exceptions to those rules.

When a dog is given a shoe or a sock to chew on, is it his or her fault when a generalization occurs and he or she chews on other shoes or socks?

You get the picture.

Reward the behavior you want and cease to encourage and don’t reward the behavior you don’t want.

If you get after your pet for misbehavior that is your fault and you are my student–you will be probably shot with a stream of water.