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How to Get Cat Pee Out of Carpet (In 5 Easy Steps)

Most of us have an undying love for our feline companion. But every now and then, some incidents make you want to rip your head off. After all, the cat lady’s life definitely comes with cat pee.

If you’re in such a predicament, you may wonder how to get cat pee out of carpet. Fret not, we have all the answers.

First blot the area to absorb excess fluid. Next use an enzymatic cleaner which will break down the smell. To double cleanse, go over with a vinegar solution and finish with some neutralizing baking soda. Finally you can clean the area and dry it.

How was that for starters? If you’re hungry for more, let’s get into the details.

Why do cats pee on the carpet?

Now before we dive headfirst into the solution, it’s important for you to find out why your cat pee on the carpet in the first place. 

Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons so that you can nip the bud at the root.

#Dirty litter box

You see, much like your aunt who lives abroad, cats are pretty high maintenance. One of their requirements is a clean litter box.

If you have been putting off cleaning it for a while, this may be the reason your cat is reluctant to use it. A cat has a much stronger sense of smell than humans.

What you may think as a slight smell, is equal to a horrid stench for your cat. Although it’s a good practice to scoop out your cat’s litter every day, it’s an absolute must to clean it at least every other day. 

Empty the box every once a week. This way, your home will smell fresh and you can prevent any unwanted odors.

#Medical issues

Another reason that your cat may be peeing outside the litter box could be underlying medical problems. 

If your cat has urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney stones, or diabetes, this could be the culprit behind a sudden change in bathroom habits. Stress could be another reason your cat is soiling the carpet.

Also if your cat faces any kind of discomfort while peeing, they associate it with the litter box. In your cat’s brain, the litter box equals pain. So they’ll avoid it.

We suggest you take a trip to the vet if this is a recurring problem. 

#Behavioral Issues

If the vet’s report comes out all clear and you’re religiously cleaning the litter box too, then bad news. Your cat is just being a jerk. 

Just like pets may be the culprit behind your carpet fraying at the edges, they also make it stink of pee. 

This could happen for multiple reasons. 

Firstly, one litter box for more than one cat is a big no. Cats don’t like sharing their personal space. So this might cause the second cat to choose your carpet as their bathroom. 

Moreover, if your cat isn’t properly potty trained, they’ll pee where they feel like it. Plus, if they pee on your carpet once and you don’t reprimand them, they’ll take it as a ticket to do it again.

How to get cat pee out of carpet?

Now that we’ve taken a look at all possible reasons your cat might be misbehaving, let’s come to the real deal. 

Whether it be cat, dog or rabbit pee on the carpet, the worst part about it is the horrid and pungent smell. If you want to remove the smell altogether, the steps are simple. 

Just keep in mind that it’ll take time, a bit of patience, and the following items.

Step 0: What you’ll need to get started

It’s best you take a look at the required items so that you can head out and buy them before we start. 

  • Rags/Paper towel
  • Enzymatic cleaner
  • Vinegar 
  • Sponge
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil (optional)
  • Vacuum cleaner

Step 1: Remove the excess fluid

First and foremost, you need to soak up the excess liquid so that there’s no risk of water damage.

Here’s the thing. When you let water seep into the carpet fibers, you have a slimmer chance of making it as good as new. 

Whether it comes to removing soy sauce from carpet or cat pee, this process remains constant. So pick up an old t-shirt you’re not gonna wear again and blot out the urine.

Repeat this until no more liquid comes off, and then immediately dispose of the rags in an airtight plastic bag. This will prevent the pee smell from spreading. 

Step 2: Use an enzymatic cleaner

Cat pee is extremely pungent. So even if you take things in your hand, borrow some professional help. 

Enzymatic cleaners are awesome when it comes to taking pet urine smells. This is because the enzymes break down the urine bacteria and particles. These cleaners can be easily bought in any pet store or superstore.

Just look for something that’s marked as green, since they’re the safest option to use for your pets. 

The best part is these cleaners require no cleanup. Just pour some on the pee stain and let the magic happen. Although to be on the safe side, we suggest you do a patch test first.

Step 3: Apply vinegar to further remove the smell

After you’ve used an enzymatic cleaner, the smell must be reduced by half. Yet if the stain is large, there will be some lingering stench.

To do a double cleanse, we recommend some good old vinegar. Not only is it a great stain remover, but you’ll be amazed at the uses of white vinegar around the house.

So mix one cup of white vinegar to one cup of water, and mix it well. Next, put it in a spray bottle and spray liberally on the stain. 

Wait for 15 minutes and scrub the stain with a sponge. Then blot away the excess and let the area dry.

Step 4: Touch up with baking soda

If you still want to add a finishing touch, then we suggest you use some baking soda to soak up the smell. 

Not only is baking soda an important step in cleaning antifreeze from carpet, but it also works great for pet urine too. 

You can also spice things up by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil to perfume the room. Some great choices would be lavender or citrus fruits like tangerine, lemon, or oranges.

Just mix it with baking soda and sprinkle it on the stain. Leave it on for half an hour and then vacuum it away to banish the dirty smell forever.

Step 5: Wash and dry the area

If you’ve followed all the steps until now properly, the smell must have disappeared. 

But if you still don’t feel satisfied when you walk over that spot, then maybe you’re missing one last step.

Even when it comes to getting rid of marshmallow from carpet, cleaning the area with some water and detergent will make your carpet squeaky clean and also give you immense satisfaction. However, it’s not mandatory.

You see, baking soda and vinegar are all cleaning agents. So if you’re worried about lingering germs, that’s already taken care of. You may opt to clean it with some detergent and water so that your carpet looks fresh and new.

Just take a sponge and scrub the area well with soapy water. Then, clean the area with a damp towel. Finally, let the area dry by turning on a fan and opening your windows. 


Question: How do you get dried cat urine out of carpet?
Answer: If the stain has dried up, it’s going to be harder to remove. Mix vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray this concoction on the stain and wait for half an hour for the stain to lift. Wash it with some detergent and water and let it dry. 

Question: How do I keep the litter box from smelling in my house?
Answer: Try scooping your litter box every day to remove any bad smell. Keep the box in a well-ventilated area and empty the box every once a week. Moreover, try using clumping litter.  Also, make sure to wash the litter box with soap and water every month.

Bottom line

And that is a wrap. It might be pretty daunting when it comes to cleaning cat pee. So start first by diagnosing the problem and then follow these simple 5 steps to banish the dirty smell.

We hope this guide blew away all your fears on how to get cat pee out of carpet

If we missed anything or you have any lingering doubts, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear your feedback.

Until then, stay happy and healthy!