OK, I probably should have covered this first. If you haven’t read the earlier posts, then make sure you do. They are important! Everything I’ve covered so far is correct, but your first step should be to clean up the mess! And, it needs to be done correctly! Here’s why: Cats have an incredible sense of smell. They recognize the smell of urine. They also recognize the smell of their own urine. You probably came to this site because you looked into “cat peeing on bed”. After all, that is the name of the blog. So, first things first. Clean it up! But, there are some things you need to know…
Since cats recognize the smell of their own urine, you need to clean up the mess correctly, or there’s a danger of your cat thinking of your bed, or clothes or carpet or couch or plants, or wherever they are peeing, as a LITTER BOX!! You need to stop them from thinking it’s OK to pee in their new-found location. So, here’s what you do to clean it up:
You need to remove the most amount of cat urine as possible. First, you need to dab the area using paper towels until the they no longer show ANY trace of dampness. Use firm pressure, and keep using new paper towels until the paper towel comes up completely dry. What you do next depends on how the urine-stained item can be cleaned. If it is clothes, blankets, sheets, or a small rug, etc., then it can probably be laundered. Throw it in the washer, and give it a thorough laundering. If it can’t be put in a washer, but CAN be cleaned thoroughly, then hose it down, and scrub it with soap VERY thoroughly, and rinse it out good. Then repeat!
If the object with urine on it is something like your couch, a chair, or your bed, then it obviously can’t be thrown in the washer! So, the first step is the same as above. Follow the paper towel and dabbing procedure already outlined. But BE THOROUGH! Make sure you get as much urine out of it as possible! Then, carefully vacuum the area with your vacuum cleaner to try to get as much out as your can. Then, and ONLY then, can you move on to the next step.
Spray the area thoroughly with an enzymatic cleaner. Spray it until it is wet. Then, let it sit for 15-20 minutes to let the enzymes react fully. Then, dab it all up with paper towels, vacuum, then repeat. Finally, let it dry. This is about as good as you can do for items like couches, beds, etc. to clean them.
What is an enzymatic cleaner? It is a special class of cleaner that use enzymes to change the molecular make-up of the urine itself. It doesn’t just cover up the smell, it actually changes the molecular make-up of the urine so that your cat no longer recognizes it as urine. Not even its own urine! So do yourself a favor. USE IT!! I don’t care where you get it, just get it!! It really works.
Two of the brands that I know first hand that work well are Zero Odor, and also Nature’s Miracle. They work. Just be aware that they also have types of products, so make sure you get the right ones. You can see them here:
That’s it! I know it’s a pain in the butt, but do it! And, make sure you continue to do it until you “solve the problem” that your particular cat is having. If you don’t, you risk your entire home turning into a giant litter box!