4 Tips How to Find Cat Pee

You go on a business trip for a week. You trust your beloved cat to your son, who begrudgingly agreed to feed the feline while you're gone. You come home and the stink of cat pee is EVERYWHERE. That's when you realized the fatal mistake: you forgot to ask your son to clean the litter box every day.

As a result, your cat took to peeing everywhere else except the now-disgusting litter. (Cat behavioralist Pam Johnson-Bennett explains why your cat would rather pee on the carpet than in a dirty litter box.) So you want to clean the cat pee ASAP, but you are not entirely sure where these are. Here are some tips on how to find cat pee.

Guide to Finding Cat Urine

Luckily, cat pee contains good amounts of high-energy phosphor, which lights up under black/ fluorescent UV lights. If you have one of those UV flashlights, just shine them all over the house and look for green/yellow markings – this is the cat pee. Pretty cool, right?

Not only will you be able to secure all pee spots, you can even feel like a cool detective while doing it. You just have to find a way to make every room pitch dark while you run your UV light to every surface otherwise the markings of the cat pee will not glow. It also may be wise to invest in non tracking cat litter.

4 Tips How to Clean Cat Urine

Litter boxes have been invented for a reason – it’s very difficult to clean pee and cat waste without the magic of clumping sand. However, there are a few handy tricks you can keep in mind to make the job easier:

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1. Wear a Mask

As mentioned, cat pee can have a very pungent smell. So you better come prepared, lest you want to add your own vomit to the things you have to clean up.

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2. Do Not Use Emmonia

It may seem logical to use ammonia to neutralize the smell of cat pee, but you have to realize that cat pee and ammonia actually smell very much alike. Hence, using it will not neutralize the smell of urine – it might even worsen the smell of the whole house!

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3. Use Enzymatic Cleaners

It may seem logical to use ammonia to neutralize the smell of cat pee, but you have to realize that cat pee and ammonia actually smell very much alike. Hence, using it will not neutralize the smell of urine – it might even worsen the smell of the whole house!

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4. DO NOT RUB

I repeat, DO NOT RUB cat pee when cleaning as you are only making it soak deeper (especially in carpets). What you can do is blot, or wet vac it.

How to Potty Train Cats

If your young kitten is having a hard time peeing in the litter box, you would have to step in and help. One thing you could do is to carry the kitten and leave it inside the litter box for a few minutes after every time it has eaten. It will then understand that it is the place to relive itself.

Also, make sure that the litter box is somewhere accessible to the cat 24/7. (Also read How to raise cats)

Changing Litter Boxes

Changing litter boxes might undo all the potty-training you have done so far, so do it only of you absolutely must. The Humane Society of the United States lists changing litter boxes as one of the top reasons for litter problems.

If you absolutely must change the litter box (your cat has grown too big for the old one), assist your cat into adapting to the new litter box by placing both the old and new litter boxes alongside each other, so your cat will fall under the impression that there is no difference between the two.

Why Did My Cat Stop Using the Litter Box?

Harvard-educated cat expert Mieshelle Nagelschneider explains that there are a couple of reasons why your cat might be opting not to use the litter box for a little while. Here are some top reasons:

  • Your cat finds the old litter box too small. If you are looking for best flushable cat litter, we have the perfect guide for you.
  • Your cat is suffering from an illness like UTI, which may cause your cat to feel stressed about the litter box for a while. Also read: How to tell if your cat is in pain.
  • The litter sand has become too dirty for your cat. Even if you have cleaned out the sand that has clumped, it doesn't mean that the rest of the sand in the box is clean. Your cat may already smell something foul in the sand, which means you would have to throw out the whole sand pack and replace with a new one.
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