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Skye in Carlsbad, CA
Dec. 5, 2018

my room was a complete mess with clothing all over the floor and too my cat I guess that looked like a new toilet so basically everything got pissed on.. that's not the problem though. its easy to get the smell out by just throwing it into the washer with a tide pod a few times and the carpet is clean because we got a carpet cleaner to come in and clean the whole house. I can still smell it though! not in the carpet I went on all four and sniffed around and the carpet smells nice. I don't understand where it could be coming from because where it smells strongest is my bedroom entrance but its like a floating cloud of stink! the walls and everything else smells just fine who where is the smell coming from? she isn't one to just pee on the carpet or anything its only when there's a bunch of clothing on the floor. do I just wait it out for the smell to go away?

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it is in the wood under the carpets.....you need to take up the carpet and replace the wood underneath...it is the only way to get rid of the smell completely.

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sometimes when they are inside to longer

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Viniger. Fabulous, and dawn dish soap with a teaspoon of baking soda

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Try using baking soda, it might not go away, you might need to replace the floor.

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User in Waialua, HI
Feb. 6, 2019

The smell will not go away. Use some type of cat urine removal spray (I have used natural miracles, available at Petsmart) if this is not enough, then use white vinegar followed by baking soda. Let it dry for a few hours and then vacuum up. Works really well but may need to be done again every few months.

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Zoe in Lubbock, TX
Feb. 5, 2019

If you want a fix from your pantry, both vinegar and baking soda can help clean up the mess and will remove the odor. You do need to be aware that the longer the pee sits, the stronger the odor will get. You want to clean it up right away and as quickly as possible. There are also many products you can buy at most general stores that will also clean and remove odor.

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Angela in Apopka, FL
Feb. 4, 2019

The cat urine enzymes have gotten down into the padding and possibly into the floorboard. Once its there, it will still smell through the carpet (top layer). The only way to remove it at that point is to replace the padding and carpet. I have had to go as far as putting a sealer over the concrete floorboard to keep it from penetrating into the concrete. If you have wood or plywood floorboard, then it will need to be replaced as well. Hope this helps!

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i used pet cleaner

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Ainslee in Fresno, CA
Jan. 31, 2019

id say leave the windows open a bit and use air fresheners and candles.

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Baking soda usually does the trick. My grandmother has a couple of cats and when the smell becomes a bit overwhelming she take a box of baking soda and sprinkles it or sometimes mixed it with hydrogen peroxide and sprays it on the carpet and then vacuums it up the next day. Good Luck!

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The carpet and mattress should be cleaned! Cat pee is very hard to get rid of! I would rent a cleaner from Lowes and shampooed as much as you can.

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Chase in Forest, VA
Jan. 30, 2019

You could try getting older away that should help!

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Fran in Haverhill, MA
Jan. 30, 2019

It's probably a good idea to look and smell the edges where the carpet meets the wall. It's very difficult to get cat pee out of just about anything. Male or female BTW?? Franny

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I would go to Petco or Petsmart and ask what they have. Sometimes Baking Soda will he;p.

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I would deep clean everything, especially the carpets. If you leave the smell, it will stay. I would get everything washed as well.

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The cat cannot find the place where it usually pee because everything was cleaned so it could probably went into your bedroom and found a new place to pee on.

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Krystal in Athens, AL
Jan. 29, 2019

Is there a floor vent? It may have urinated in the vent then when the air/heat comes on it stirs the smell up again.

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Nikki in Oxford, FL
Jan. 26, 2019

Air Freshener, Patience, and wash everything. Cats have a tendency to find little nooks if they are stressed by mess. Also try some of the urine off products. The smell is probably still in the carpet mat steam can aggravate cat urine trust me this will be an uphill battle lest you get the smell gone because where they smell urine they will go again.

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Annie in Anderson, IN
Jan. 24, 2019

Check the walls, the baseboards and under the bed.

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User in Colonia, NJ
Jan. 23, 2019

Get rid of the small w/ a nutralizer..Crates come in handy, since you need to remove the scent of where they went.. & Until it's under control .. When you're not home, Crate time is Handy !

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No, the smell won't just go away. You may become "nose blind" to it eventually, though, which isn't preferable. I would get an enzyme product at the pet store. Also, wipe down ALL surfaces that are below 2.5 feet from the floor as cats spray. They dont just potty on the ground. It could also be in your floor boards below your carpet.

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Tasha in Sherman, TX
Jan. 20, 2019

use a baking soda based carpet cleaner when vacuuming

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I would wash the clothes and sheets. Then if it continues to smell I would open the windows so it can air out on its own. Also there is a spray at Walmart that locks the bad odor.

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Google the reason why this is happening. Your cat could be trying to tell you it has a medical problem and is straining to pee or the litter box is too dirty, or not in a good place, or it could have separation anxiety. If you get a hamper, that will solve your problem. Observe your cats behavior of when she does it.

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You can find the area she has urinated by darkening your room and then walk around slowly with a black light shining on the floors, baseboards, and other areas where stains or smells seem to be. Urine will shine a neon green color. Then when you find the offensive areas use and enzyme based cleaner. You may have to treat/clean area multiple times to completely eliminate urine.

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If this happened fairly recently, you may need to give it time to really air out. Maybe invest in some odor remover/air fresheners. My cats stink up their litter box room all the time, so I like to keep glade plug ins in that room to help with the odor. If the smell is worse than normal, I may use an actual odor neutralizer in both the carpet and to spray in the air. If the smell continues to linger, she is either continuing to relieve her bladder around the area, or there may be a spot she peed in that you looked over. Hope this helped!

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I have a cat who is about 9 months old and I had that problem as well! I had clean clothes on my floor and he had peed and pooped all over my clothes, I cleaned and vacuumed, and I still smelt it. I realized that he had peed under my bed. If it is a male cat and he is not fixed they will mark their territory. Often in places you won't find. I realized he had jumped into my shelves in my closest and peed on a few things in there. I had used or and lemon citrus carpet cleaner and sprays. Cats do not like citrus smell so they will avoid peeing. You must redirect them to the liter box and make sure its clean. Cats are often like kids. If they do not like the liter they will not use it.

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Using products like air fresheners and pet made carpet cleaners can help remove unpleasant odors. Cats will mark in the same spots if they smell their own urine, so that may be what's occurring as well! Also hooded letterboxes with filter pads are super helpful with containing the smell.

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It might have sunk into the walls, try giving them a nice wash down or simply just airing out the room with a window.

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Morgan in Wimauma, FL
Jan. 11, 2019

The pee could have seeped down into the carpet and absorbed into the foam lining underneath.Even if you cleaned the carpet, there could still be traces of pee so the smell will still linger.

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Ashley in Oceano, CA
Jan. 11, 2019

It could be possible you just need to open all the windows for a day, but I would check the base boards. The carpet gets cleaned but any furniture or the wall near the incident could need washed.

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The smell has to be coming from somewhere, it's probably ingrained in the floor/ in the area where it smells. I would recommend buying a "urine destroyer" product such as Nature's Miracle and pouring that all over the area, wait 15 minutes, and then wipe it all clean.

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Linda in Omaha, NE
Jan. 5, 2019

Your cat may have been marking her territory around the baseboards or frame of your bedroom door if she is a female cat in heat or a male cat who has been neutered and is having issues with urination following his sterilization surgery. Try to keep all your soiled laundry in a hamper or clothes basket in your closet with the door closed. You can purchase a deodorizer and pet deterrent spray called "Pet Away" and I would test a small area first, and then apply this spray around the door and the baseboards of your bedroom. Some cats require two litter boxes-- one for urination and the other for pooping. Be sure to keep both litter boxes scooped out daily and smelling fresh and clean. Some litter contains charcoal and a safe for cats deodorizer or smell neutralizer such as baking soda. I hope all these suggestions are helpful to you. Linda Logas of Omaha NE

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Cat pee odor can be difficult to entirely remove. There are many products for this express purpose, as well as several at-home measures. I suggest googling it and doing some research on the topic to see what would work best for your type of flooring.

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Susan in Debary, FL
Jan. 4, 2019

When I worked for a vet he told me white vininger & water.

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The first thing to address, is having your cat checked out by a vet to make sure there is no medical reason for the urinating outside of a litterbox. There could be a few reasons for it: Litterbox anxiety/fear, UTI, feels the litterbox isn't clean enough. It happens, but always good to have your kitty checked out when this continues to happen. The smell, I would assume, soaked down into the carpet under the fibers. It could be under the carpet, but you can soak the pee spots with vinegar, layer down 2-3 towels, and use your feet to stamp up the lingering urine and the vinegar. When the spot is fully dry, sprinkle banking soda over the spots and you can usually use a brush or broom to work the baking soda down into the fibers, let sit 1-2 hours, and then vacuum. That should help alleviate the lingering smell and pull that vinegar scent out, as well. You can also watch your kitty and see if she has found another place to tinkle outside of the litterbox. Cats have a tendency to this for various reasons, as listed above, and they can be sneaky about it. Hope this helps!

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Cat pee is the WORST. Perhaps cleaner did not use proper enzyme based cleaner and/or pee went thru carpet to backing and wasn't properly done. Google info relative to the lovely scented problem..I feel for you, it can be very tough

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Lisa in Dallas, NC
Dec. 28, 2018

Cat urine has a very foul odor. I would be in the floor under the carpet if the urine was there for a good amount of time. Cleaning all clothes and beds thoroughly as well as febreze could help with the smell as well as pet odor sprays and cleaners

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One truth to animals....they wont go potty where they eat. I would suggest you limit your cats access to roam around. And feed her in the same room. If she keeps doing it in her smaller room you need to put her in a "crate" and follow the same proceedure for eating. As for the smell...Paint

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User in Stratford, CT
Dec. 18, 2018

Try to locate where exactly it's coming from- check under the bed, maybe on the floor at the entrance to your room, etc. Then spray that spot with a spray bottle that has 1/2 water 1/2 white vinegar, it'll neutralize the pee smell and the vinegar smell will go away, don't worry.

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WASH THE CLOTHS AND THE AREA, BUY A NO MORE URINE SOLUTION....AND DO NOT LEAVE LAUNDRY ON FLOOR ANY LONGER USE HAMPER....GET THE CALMING PHEROMONES TO PLUG IN WALL....WILL KEEP CAT HAPPY AND WILL BE LESS LIKELY TO URINATE ON PILES OF CLOTHING OR ANYWHERE ELSE.

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In my experience, cat pee is one of the hardest stinks to remove, especially from carpet. I would think, even with the carpets being cleaned, the smell is probably still lingering there.

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she or he used the room for its toilet

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My boys were forever peeing all over the toilet in the bathroom. It seemed like no matter what I used to clean it, I could STILL smell it! Either that or the smell mixed with the cleaner and was even worse! Then I tried "Clorox Urine Remover" and is the ONLY thing that works! I use it in clients houses that have men and they are amazed! I dont know how safe it is for carpets, but they do have one made for pet urine

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The cat may have got pee on the walls try wiping them down, and or any items it peed near.

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i had that happen and it was coming from the cat scratcher by the door. The cat had peed on the carpet part of the scratcher. I threw the thing away.

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My baby brother one time THREW UP all over my dad's car and it was the most awful smell I've ever smelt. So just as an example, my dad sprinkled baking soda all over his car so you could do this for a room and he put a HUGE bowl of vinegar, normal vinegar in a bowl and put it in the middle of the car. After a day the smell was completely gone and he just vacuumed his car. Baking soda and vinegar both help with awful odors.

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i have 3 actions you can take, you can wait a little to see if the smells goes away, if it persist, there are the 2 other choices, you can either check if your clothes did cleaned well, if the floor below the carpet didn't keep the smell, or check if cleaned all of the "gifts" that you cat let around

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I would suggest taking kitty to the vet. Kitty might have a infection going on. It's not a good idea to wait it out.

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The BEST product --- better than Nature's Miracle --- for eliminating cat pee odor is SCOE 10X. That is Super Concentrated Odor Eliminator 10X, which I purchase online. You MUST follow instructions! You mix one part SCOE with 9 or 10 parts tepid water, and it MUST come into contact with the SOURCE of the odor. It really works (on cat pee and other organic odors such as skunk!) and saved the wood floor under my dining room carpet as well as cat beds and articles of clothing that got peed on.

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Sonja in Neptune, NJ
Dec. 9, 2018

Hi. I've gone through this with 1 of my male cats, more times than I'd like to admit. What I've learned is that if the urine isn't actually dissolved with a product that is specifically designed to do so you are still going to smell the urine. I don't have carpet and padding anywhere in my house, everything is bare floors so it's much easier to see and clean when it's happened, but I imagine that unless the carpet cleaner used actually dissolved the urine you will still smell it. The brand Nature's Miracle makes a product that's designed for dissolving cat urine and has ingredients that deter the cat from repeating in the same spot. Good luck!

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Sue in Seattle, WA
Dec. 8, 2018

The floor below the carpet is most likely wood and the culprit soaking it in vinegar is the only thing I have found to work, along with some pet enzyme cleaner.

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Have you checked the walls or corners? Cats can potty just about anywhere. If they are doing it too often it might be because of anxiety or health problems

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Terri in Holland, MI
Dec. 8, 2018

I totally am on your side; cat urine smells like no other smell in the world! This smell permeates through carpeting directly to the flooring beneath the carpeting, especially with nothing between the carpeting and original flooring. I would suggest finding the exact spot and removing a small amount of carpet, where the smell of urine is strongest. I have experience as a carpet cleaner and I believe the smell and the urine sank through; it also will spread further because I guarantee your cat has urinated more than once in that spot! Just before my cat Kimba passed away last September, he could not control his urges during his last days with us and the spot did go through the carpeting to the floor! Please be ready to rip up more carpet if this is the case and good luck with those cats that need to be trained in litterbox etiquette soon!

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User in Denton, TX
Dec. 8, 2018

There is likely still pee somewhere that you can't find. Try using a black light to find it. Pee will glow under a black light. Turn off all the other lights and shine the black light and look for the glow. If the carpet and walls are clean, she could have peed on the side of furniture. Good luck!

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Judy in Delphi, IN
Dec. 7, 2018

I would suggest cleaning your baseboards and walls. It's possible that the urine got on more than the clothes and floor. I may been on furniture as well.

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Try a mixture of vinegar and water half and half in spray bottle. Try a mixture of lemon water half and half in a squirt bottle.

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Usually it's a males spray whose odor lasts forever. I'd be sure to have a hamper so it doesn't happen again. Try using a citrus candle and let it burn in the room a few hours. This might help eliminate the odor ? I'm very sensitive to odor myself. Had the cleaning not taken place I would have recommended cleaning with vinegar or ammonia. Ammonia helps remove the scent of urine. Good luck !

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Try putting maybe half a teaspoon of baking soda in the washing machine along with that Tide pod. I'm just guessing on the amount so adjust it according to your best judgment, but baking soda is one of the best ways to remove pee smells.

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No, you do not just wait for it to go away. Clean your room to see where the smell. Then when you find clean up. Use some bleach or some pine to take the smell away

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As a vet tech, my first suggestion is to make sure there is nothing medically wrong by making an appt with a vet. Sometimes inappropriate urinating can be a sign of underlying health issues. If she is still urinating outside the box, I would probably suggest keeping her in one area with her litter box, food, and water; like a bathroom or laundry room. This will teach her to use her litter box again instead of using the clothes. I would also try a pheromone plug in or spray in the area that she is urinating. Many times urinating can be a territorial thing, although seen more with male cats. The spray will let her know that this area is okay, and does not need her scent. You can also try a citrus spray to keep her away from the areas that you do not want her to urinate. Can you be sure that is the only place she urinated in the room? Is it possible she could have peed right by the doorway as well? Nature's Miracle has always helped me in this situation. Unfortunately, cat urine smell can be very difficult to get out and sometimes requires removal of the carpet :-/ I hope this helps and good luck!

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Pat in Shakopee, MN
Dec. 5, 2018

Have you been around your friends that have animals? Maybe that is your problem, so therefore your cat is spraying the bedroom as it's territory. Could try putting baking soda on floor where it smells. Just sprinkle some and leave it for 1/2 hour then vacuum. Try soaking your clothes in baking soda in sink for awhile (hour), then wash.

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