Having a better understanding of something can help you better deal with it. Understanding what removes cat urine isn’t the most fun of topics, but unfortunately it can be an essential area to understand if you have one or more kitties, especially if you are getting a new kitten or if you have an elder cat.
Cat urine is liquid waste that is generated during the metabolic process and excreted by the kidneys. Cat urine is generally amber in color and as we know has a strong odor and the potential to stain.
Cat urine is protein based and not easy to “wash out” of carpet fibers or upholstery. The most effective way to clean cat urine is by using something that will breakdown and neutralize the odor causing protein. Luckily enzyme cleaners work great as a cat urine remover and they are also easy to find.
Cats tend to have stronger smelling urine than dogs, likely because of their diet. They require a higher amount of protein in their diet for their bodies to function properly.
The color of cat urine and its ability to stain can depend on factors like diet, gender, the age of the cat, the health of the cat and whether or not they are on medication.
In older cats the renal function usually weakens so they typically have stronger smelling urine. I’ve definitely noticed this with my elder cat. I can always tell when she’s been in the litter box.
If the smell is particularly strong you may need to do a second round with an enzyme cleaner or cat urine remover to completely neutralize the odor.