How to Clean Up Cat Urine from Various Surfaces - I Share my Experience and Go-To Methods
Hey, let's talk about cat urine. Why not? This article gets a TEN out of TEN for glamour. This is the May 19th installment of the Highlights of my Day project that I used to kick off this blog. I jotted down a few notes for this day. Admittedly, none of them were particularly interesting, but if you have cats one is probably particularly useful (at times - hopefully not too often!)
My husband and I have (or more accurately reside with) cats. As a young couple years ago we never planned on having cats but after a family member's cat wasn't getting along with her other cat.. the best cat ever came to stay with us 'for a visit.' That visit would last 'forever.:)' That was Sampson. He was our first cat who came with us to stay.
Now of course we didn't want Sam to be lonely and had to get him a friend. While finding him that friend we met a rescue group. Through the rescue group we not only found Sam a friend but also picked up a cage cleaning volunteering and fostering gig. It's a familiar story to many. This is the part where we wound up with way more cats than we ever planned on having (not a bad thing.)
We were the typical young couple who loved animals. Naturally we ended up with what they call a few 'foster failures.' Failure is not used in the negative sense here. This just means that you fall so in love with your foster cats that they end up staying with you. This is common especially if a cat has special needs or behavioral challenges meaning a rescue group might have trouble finding a good home after fostering. Making a long story short our experience with this sort of thing meant more friends for (a very patient) Sam. We loved volunteering as cleaners but took a break from that and fostering / taking in new 'friends for Sam' for several years. Our space had become maxed out.
As I write this many years later now with a bit more space, I can report we recently adopted two orange boys. These boys were living on a local compost pile and under an abandoned porch in our neighborhood. We knew that integrating two little 'wild boys' into our home smoothly with our senior cats was likely going to be interesting and potentially involve territory marking - cat pee. We were right. Did I mention we love all our cats SO very much?
This event inspired my topic here today - how to clean up cat pee. When you live with and work to acclimate many cats, chances are you will deal with cat urine now and then. It is not the forever norm as most cats become 'potty trained' quickly but during their time getting used to or adjusting to a new space or 'friend' it can happen.
After 15 years of living with our beloved cats, here are a few things I've learned about cats and cat bathroom accidents:
Here are my current go-to's for cleaning cat urine. People say my house never smells like cats. I live with six cats in a 1,500 square foot house.. so take that for what it's worth.
Lorna Doone Blackmore