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#1 Cat Urine and Carpet – a Bad Combination

We often joke about how much we love our customer’s pets because they keep us in business.  It is really not a laughing matter though because our furry little friends can wreck havoc on our expensive carpets, Rug and Carpet Cleaning Help!
As a professional carpet cleaning company in Newport Beach, we often encounter cat urine on carpet that creates horrible smells and stains. The other day I walked into a house, and the stench was debilitating!  After living with a smell for a while you can grow a bit “nose blind” and not notice it but believe me, animal urine has a pungent scent!
When your furry friend is acting up, it’s important to address the problem as quickly as possible.

For “new” accidents (cat urine on carpet that is still wet):

  1. Soak up as much of the cat urine as possible with a combination of newspaper and paper towels. The more fresh urine you can remove before it dries, especially from carpet, the easier it will be to remove the odor. Place a thick layer of paper towels on the wet spot, and cover that with a thick layer of newspaper. If possible, put newspaper under the soiled area as well. Stand on this padding for about a minute. Remove the padding, and repeat the process until the area is barely damp.
  2. If possible, put the fresh, urine-soaked paper towel in the area where it belongs—your cat’s litter box or your dog’s designated outdoor “bathroom area.” This will help remind your pet that eliminating isn’t a “bad” behavior as long as it’s done in the right place.
  3. Rinse the “accident zone” thoroughly with clean, cool water. After rinsing, remove as much of the water as possible by blotting or by using a wet vac.
After these preliminary measures, call a professional carpet cleaning company in Newport Beach that has been well established and has a good reputation.  They will come to your home, identify the problem areas by using a wet-stick, black light and a well trained nose.
Once your carpet is cleaned, make the accident zone unattractive and/or unavailable to your pet and the appropriate “bathroom” area attractive.

20 Ways to Retrain your cat

  1. If your cat isn’t neutered or spayed yet, take care of this as soon as he/she is old enough.
  2. Make sure the litter box is set up in a way that will make your cats most comfortable. Here are some guidelines:
  3. Don’t use litter box liners.
  4. If the box has a cover, take it off.
  5. Provide a box that is at least as long as the cat’s body and wide enough so that he or she can turn around easily.
  6. Check to see if the sides of the box are too high. This is particularly important for kittens and older cats who may have arthritis.
  7. Pour the litter approximately two to three inches deep for adults and one half to one inch deep for kittens. (Cats don’t like litter that’s too deep—a good sign that you’ve got the depth or texture right is if your cat scratches around in the litter.)
  8. Use an unscented, clumping litter that is fine-grained. (Listen for the sound of your cat scratching in the box.)
  9. Find a litter the cat likes, and then don’t switch brands (cats don’t like change).
  10. Scoop the litter twice a day and thoroughly empty and clean the box once every 10 to 14 days, using warm, soapy water.
  11. Set up at least as many litter boxes as you have cats, plus one additional box. Here are some guidelines for where to put a litter box:
  12. Set up at least one litter box on every level of my house.
  13. Put the litter boxes in corners, in low traffic areas of the home that are easy for the cats to get to, far away from food and water bowls, and not near any household appliances (washing machines/dryers) that might scare the cats.
  14. If you have multiple cats, put the litter boxes in locations where a cat can easily escape if he feels the other cat(s) may try to pounce on him while he’s using the litter box. Note: Litter boxes in closets and under the sink are not safe places for cats who are being bullied by other cats.
  15. Temporarily place a litter box where the cat has shown a preference for urinating / defecating. For example, if the cat keeps urinating next to the couch, place a litter box there until the cat is using the litter box again.
  16. Gently deter the cat from going to the bathroom in the undesirable area (don’t express anger).
  17. If you’re protecting the floor or a rug, move furniture to cover it or cover it with double-sided tape or an upside-down carpet runner (/if that doesn’t work, try spraying the tape or runner with a citrus smell.)
  18. If your cat is going on the sofa, temporarily place a plastic shower curtain over the furniture.
  19. If your cat is going on clothes lying around, pick up the clothes.
  20. If your cat goes in the bathtub or the sink, close the drain and fill the tub or sink with one to two inches of water when you’re not using it.
Although Newport beach carpet cleaners really love the business, I hope that helps the next time your little fluff ball decides to be a little testy.Rug and Carpet Cleaning Help

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