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How to Remove Cat Urine from Carpet

April 13, 2012

The pan is in the background behind Ellie, on the left.

Last year, I was in need of some help. CG had used Ellie’s low-sided pan, and he, let’s say, overshot his mark.

It wouldn’t have been an issue, except it soaked into the carpet and under a dresser. I was nervous that if we didn’t clean it up and remove the smell, the cats would think the carpet, not the pan, was the more interesting place to pee. Plus, as we’re renting this apartment, I didn’t want there to be any lasting damage.

The odds are, we may all experience this at one time or another with our special cats. Accidents happen, so it’s good to be prepared for them.

This version is just for cats, but the company makes other pet-specific products, too.

After consulting with the CH Kitty Club, I purchased Nature’s Miracle. It can be ordered online or purchased at many pet stores.

There are a few things you need to know about Nature’s Miracle to make sure it works. First, you can’t use any product on the area before you use Nature’s Miracle, as the other product may set the stain. Also, you have to wait until the area’s completely dry before you should expect the smell to be gone.

Using Nature’s Miracle was rather easy — all you have to do is douse the area. I had to do it twice, but it did help.

If a stain remains after you use the product, or if you have stains from other CH cat-related incidents, try this home remedy. (Note: I haven’t tried it yet.)

In a spray bottle combine one part ammonia with one part *hot* water. Spray it liberally on the stain, lay a clean, white towel on top and begin to iron over the stain. I’ve heard it helps with Kool-Aid stains and the like, but I’d be curious to see what else it could handle.

I also wanted to post the other cleaning products/suggestions everyone offered, just in case you can’t find or order Nature’s Miracle.

  • Woolite Pet Stain Remover (you can find it at the supermarket) – Catherine
  • Oxy Clean (suggested by a vet) – Maddy
  • Simple Solution (contains bacteria that should eliminate urine smells) – Karen

Have you had a similar problem with your pets? How have you dealt with the issue?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2012 7:18 am

    Nature’s Miracle can be hard to come by in the UK, Urine-off appears the most widely available product. I’ve read good things about it too but have yet to try it. A stop gap measure is cider vinegar which counteracts the odour and cleans up most of it but may not be man enough to persuade kitties that this is not the right place to go without other help. I’m surprised you suggest ammonia as that’s what’s in stale urine and wouldn’t be a deterrent I wouldn’t have thought if kitty gets the idea that a particular carpet is the new piddleplace. I’ve used washing soda in boiling water to clean – fairly caustic you need gloves – and vinegar as the deterrent. I had a kitty with a brain tumour who had a few odd ideas as well as some accidents.

  2. Darlene permalink
    April 16, 2012 9:39 am

    Hi! I just found your blog a week ago. I wanted to second your recommendation for Nature’s Miracle. A year ago, my non-CH cat emptied an over-full bladder onto our memory foam bed (it was our fault, not his; we should have moved his litter box to a more secluded place during the party we were hosting). We wound up dumping at least a gallon of the stuff (in a couple of batches) on the bed to get it to soak into the foam deep enough, but once it dried and aired out, the smell was completely gone!

  3. JacquieB permalink
    April 17, 2012 1:27 am

    Thank you for this. My little guy tries his best but his aim is sometimes waaay off and phewwie, his little boy pee stinks! So far the Woolite product works pretty well but I’m gonna try Nature’s miracle now.

  4. Stefani permalink
    July 23, 2012 12:53 am

    I bought “Spot Shot” at WalMart of all places and it seems to work to get the stain out. I use a scrubby head mop and brush on the area and it seems to work fairly well.

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