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How do I get cat pee out of carpet?

Asked by kyraugh (201points) March 4th, 2011

My poor sick cat has pee’d on my wall-to-wall carpet. I didn’t notice the smell as it’s in a room I don’t frequent. However, my neighbor has complained he can smell it (through the wall!). I put my nose down to the offending area, and lo and behold, it smells like pee.
I don’t know how long she’s been peeing there, so it may be a few months old (gross, I know).
Anyway, I tried a product called Knoc-out and it didn’t get rid of the scent completely. I’m now trying Simple Solution Extreme. Has anyone had any luck with this or anything else? I need to get rid of the scent completely so she doesn’t go there again.
Has anyone heard of heating up vinegar and leaving it in a bowl in the room to help eat up the odor?
Any tips to get rid of cat pee smell is appreciated!

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iamthemob's avatar

Cover it with dog pee. ;-)

My family always went with the “Resolve” for the dog pee.

buster's avatar

Rent a carpet shampooer and use it and mix some baking soda in it. Since you don’t frequent the room keep the door shut. I hate carpet anyways. It drinks pee and beer and molds. And it harbors dust mites. Rip that shit out and get tile or hardwood. Linoleum looks cheap and I wouldn’t have it

MissAnthrope's avatar

I used to work for Stanley Steemer, many moons ago. They have a product called Odor-Out, which I highly recommend for cat pee (provided they haven’t changed the formula much over the years).

True story: We got a kitten during my SS days. This kitten was a total shit and we came home to find he’d peed on our bed, like.. directly on the mattress. I was about ready to strangle him. I tried the Odor-Out on the spot, not expecting much because I’d never had luck with getting cat pee smell out before. Well, not only did the Odor-Out take care of it, with my nose pressed against the mattress, breathing in deeply, there wasn’t a single whiff of cat pee. I couldn’t believe it.

Meredith's avatar

If you can find an inexpensive carpet cleaner to come and do the job for you, you’ll get the best results. Just make sure to ask if they ‘specialize’ in pet odor/urine removal. Most do these days. If you can find the exact spot, straight vinegar breaks down the proteins in the urine that cause the smell and the smell goes away. Usually that’s the best trick. If it’s fresh pee, pouring salt over the spot and waiting until it’s all soaked up (the salt will soak up the liquid) and then spraying vinegar on the spot and allowing it to dry works, too.

blueiiznh's avatar

Who are you trying to remove it for? Your scent or the animals?
It is an animals instinct to smell it and cover it. You can’t remove instinct either.
You won’t get it all out no matter how hard you try.
Humans have about 20 million scent receptors in our nose, cats have about 200 million.

sarahjane90's avatar

You can’t. If you want to get rid of it, the entire carpet will need replaced.

crisw's avatar

In order to have a chance of getting it out, you have to pull up the carpet and treat the pad. And, if the urine soaked through into the wood subfloor, you have to treat that too. You can use an ultraviolet light at night to find the pee.

I had great luck with products from Planet Urine.

theninth's avatar

@sarahjane90 is right. Especially if the cat’s been peeing there for a while, there’s really not much you can do but replace the carpet. You’ll probably also need to sand the floor under the carpet and the wall (if it can be sanded) and repaint/refinish. If you’ve got drywall, replace it.

crisw's avatar


What you can also do (it was recommended by Planet Urine) is to seal the subfloor (after it has been treated and has dried) with a primer that “locks in” any remaining odor. Sanding enough to remove the urine-soaked wood could leave a pretty big divot in the floor!

We had a dog who peed in our upstairs hallway- a lot. We pulled up the carpet and took it outside to wash it, replaced the pad, and sealed the subfloor. It worked. We then put up gates to keep the area from getting resoiled..

marinelife's avatar

@crisw is right about the carpet pad and the flooring under it needing to be treated as well.

sarahjane90's avatar

I once knew someone who had two cats which peed on everything. Including this guy’s shoes. He came into class one day and sat next to me, I felt nauseous from the smell. It is the worst thing I’ve ever smelled!

I gently pointed this smell out to him, he got supremely offended, and even continued wearing the shoes! I guess this isn’t really relevant, but judging from the potency of that smell… I can definitely understand how it could be smelled through the walls!

crisw's avatar


I think some people are more sensitive to it, as well. I normally have a very good nose, but my husband is far more sensitive to the cat pee smell than I am.

Supacase's avatar

I have had the best results with used Nature’s Miracle. You really have to saturate the area. There may just be a small spot on the carpet, but it spreads out more when it soaks into the pad, so you need to make sure you use enough to get all of that, too.

Another thing I think may work is a product called Scent Out. I haven’t tried it on carpet, but our cat has a habit of peeing on bath mats. I have washed them, along with stinky towels we have used to clean up cat pee, and they came out completely odorless. It is stuff my husband uses on his hunting clothes.

I tried vinegar and I’m not sure what I did wrong since so many people swear by it, but it just ended up smelling like cat pee and vinegar. That was unpleasant.

blueiiznh's avatar

i do agree with @Supacase that Natures Miracle is an amazing product. I am housetraining a puppy and it has been a godsend to breaking it down.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Like @Supacase mentioned, you need Nature’s Miracle or another enzyme thingy to really get rid of the scent. I actually use Complete, which I can only find in Target, because it’s soooooo much cheaper than Nature’s Miracle at about $8. Ceva is what my vet sells, and it makes the place smell amazing – it’s like they added Mrs. Meyer lavender cleaner to that shit.

gondwanalon's avatar

First find out why your cat is peeing on the carpet and try to stop him from doing it again. Second get a professional carpet expert to clean your carpet. Then I would pull the carpet up just enough to scrub the floor under the carpet with a 50% bleach solution. Let the bleach soak into the floor and dry then spread out a box of baking soda under the carpet. Put the carpet back down and hit it with lysol. Good luck!

vannie's avatar

We ended up replacing the carpet. Although I’ve heard of a lot of success with Nature’s Miracle it didn’t work for us. Like you, it was in a room we didn’t frequent and it had been there for some time before we found it. Sorry.

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