How to Get Cat Pee Smell Out of Carpet? (Quick & Efficient)

Written by

Amy Sawy

Veterinarian. DVM


Joseph M. Plummer

Veterinarian, DVM, MVZ

how to get cat pee smell out of carpet

Training a cat to urinate inside its litter box can be a challenging task for many pet owners. From my own experience, I assure you that cleaning cat pee is the worst chore I have ever done, especially in carpet areas.

It is even more frustrating when the smell is so unbearable but you just can’t get the smell of cat pee out of carpet no matter how hard you try. As a person who has been in that situation, I also used various methods to remove cat urine odor from carpet.

Fortunately, after numerous failed attempts, I’ve figured out the most ultimate method on how to remove cat urine smell from carpets. In this article, I’ll show a step-by-step introduction to get cat urine smell out of carpet.

I know that you are really interested in learning how to get cat pee smell out of carpet. However, let’s gather all the necessary materials you will need to effectively get rid of cat urine smell in carpet.

What You Need To Prepare


First of all, prepare a good amount of dry napkins or some clean cloth. Moreover, you will need some clean water to nicely rinse the carpet as well as a vacuum cleaner. Make sure that you are using cold water for this cleaning process.

If not, there is a possibility that the pee stain will spread to the surrounding area, making it more challenging to clean up as well as its smell will be even stronger. Hence, remember to check the water’s temperature before you start.

If cold water is not available, use warm water and let it cool down for a couple of minutes before you begin any cleaning steps.

Some Cleaning Products You Can Try

Cleaning stubborn stains, especially those on carpets, is not easy at all without the assistance of some powerful cleaning products. Therefore, I will suggest some cleaning chemicals you can try in this tutorial:

  • Baking Soda and Distilled Vinegar: If you need to remove the cat pee instantly but there are no cleaning products readily available, why don’t you make it yourself? Since vinegar is a strong acid, it will react with the alkaline salts in cat urine and remove the odor almost immediately.
  • Those That Are Enzyme-based: Thanks to the enzyme included in these cleaning products, it will help eliminate the bad smell of your cat pee in a short period of time.
  • Do NOT Use Ammonia: You may not know that ammonia is the main component of cat urine. Therefore, if you add more ammoniac products to the stain, it will only worsen the situation. Furthermore, check this list of smells that will deter cats from peeing where they shouldn’t.

Tutorial on Getting Rid of Your Feline Pee Smell from Carpets

Follow the steps above in order to get rid of your cat pee smell from the carpet most effectively:

Step 1: Identify The Spot

It is vital that you manage to detect the area where your cat just peed as soon as possible since the stain and smell will be much easier to remove.

Step 2: Blot The Area

Use a piece of dry towels or rag to blot the urine that is still wet on your carpet. Do NOT make any attempt to rub the urine away as it will only cause the pee to be more resilient. Use some cold water to blot and rinse the place to get rid of the urine as much as possible.

Step 3: Soak the Spot In A Cleaning Product

Pour your cleaning product on the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes. If possible, pour the cleaning product into a bowl and soak the whole area into that bowl. Ideally, wait for 10 to 15 minutes before you proceed to any following steps.

Step 4: Blot The Excess Products Out of Your Carpet

Once again, clean up any wet products on the carpet after 15 minutes and thoroughly rinse the area with clean water.

Repeat the steps until you feel like the urine has completely been removed and its smell is eliminated.

Why Doesn’t Your Cat Pee Inside Its Litter Box


Now that you have everything done, let’s explore why your cat doesn’t pee in its litter box.

People may regard the fact that their cats don’t urinate inside the litter box as completely normal and there is nothing to be alarming about it. However, if your cats do this on a daily basis, it is worth spending some time checking on your feline friend.

Here are three possible reasons to account for why some cats prefer peeing outside the litter box:

They Are Having Some Health Problems:

The first cause you should immediately think of is something wrong with your cat’s well-being. It is probable that your cat is suffering from some kind of illness that prevents him/her from urinating at the appropriate places.

Some diseases that negatively affect your cat’s health are diabetes, feline lower urinary tract disease, infection of their urinary tract, etc. These can be the main causes that make your cat feel uncomfortable being in the litter box. In this situation, consulting your veterinarian is the best solution to tackle this problem.

Your Cat Might Have Arthritis:

Arthritis is the primary cause of pain in elderly cats that slightly deteriorates your cat’s joints and results in extreme difficulties in moving around. Therefore, your cat can find the side of the litter box too high to jump in, or the position of the box is not convenient for them.

There Are Some Issues with Their Behaviors:

This habit of your cat may simply be a consequence of their behavioral issue. My advice, in this case, is to ask for guidance from the vets so they can give you detailed instruction on training your cats. The sooner you intervene, the better your cat will become.


I hope that this article gives you full instruction on how to get cat pee smell out of carpet. Knowing this tip will be extremely beneficial in dealing with cat pee as well as other animals’.

Let me know in the comment section if the trick in this article works for you. If you find this article helpful, share it with your family as well.

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