If your kitty has been having potty accidents around your home, chances are you've been left with the awful odors and stains from his urine. To stop your cat from repeating his mistakes, use nontoxic cleaners to completely remove the urine from the stinky scene of the crime.
One of the best ways to completely remove the urine from carpets and fabrics is to use a spray pet stain cleaner that contains natural bacteria and enzymes. These components help break down and remove the uric acid crystals contained in the urine stains, removing the odors they cause. Enzymatic cleansers are nontoxic to your kitties. You must saturate the cat urine stains with these types of cleaners so that they have the chance to break down the urine and the stains. Once they dry, the stains and the odors should be gone. No rinsing is necessary with enzymatic cleaners, making them an ideal choice for carpets and upholstery.
Oxygen Bleach Cleaners
Oxygen bleach cleaning sprays can also be used to remove stubborn urine stains and odors. These cleaners contain hydrogen peroxide, a chemical that releases oxygen when it comes in contact with stains and odors. The oxygen it releases kills odor-causing bacteria in the urine and cleans away stains from fabrics, without affecting the color. These cleaners work best on solid surfaces, carpets, upholstery and other fabrics. They can also be sprayed directly on your laundry items to pretreat urine stains on washable fabrics. Oxygen bleach cleaners, unlike chlorine-based ones, are nontoxic for your kitties. And as with enzyme cleaners, you don't have to rinse them away; they leave behind only water and oxygen.
Odor-eliminating sprays contain chemicals that bind with the odor-causing molecules in urine to eliminate odors. Some of these sprays contain cleaning agents, while others don't. Many odor-eliminating sprays contain plant-based ingredients, including essential oils, which rid fabrics and surfaces of odors. Citrus-scented odor eliminators work well because kitties don't like these scents and they'll discourage your furry companion from returning to the spot again. These sprays work best when you have tried other cleaners on the areas and odors remain. Any lingering odor will attract your cat back to the same spot to urinate again, so these types of sprays help deter repeat performances.
Synthetic pheromone sprays mimic your kitty's natural face pheromones, chemicals that make your furry buddy feel calm and safe. These chemicals also deter your kitty from urine-marking the areas you spray with them. Pheromone sprays aren't cleaners and won't eliminate urine stains. You can, however, use them after you have cleaned away any urine stains with a nontoxic cleaner. Refresh the spray once or twice a day to keep the odor potent for your cat. Pheromone sprays are odorless to humans and won't make your fabrics or home smell unpleasant.
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