The cat peed on the couch? Here’s how to clean it

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Cat pee can quickly turn a beloved sofa that’s a hub for the whole family into a smelly place that should be avoided. Not only can cat pee make the whole room smell terrible, but it can be difficult to remove from fabric. Fortunately, there are solutions to save your favorite piece of furniture.

Before you get mad at your feline companion for this pesky problem, keep in mind that it’s probably not his fault. If a cat is peeing on your couch, there’s likely an underlying cause for the behavior, and you should see your vet if it’s a persistent problem, according to the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

In the meantime, it’s important to get your cat’s urine stains off your sofa as soon as possible. Here are some quick and easy tips for removing cat urine and odor from your sofa. (We also have tips for how to remove pet stains from carpets, how to remove makeup stains from your beddingand how to clean your mattress.)

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Easy Steps to Clean Cat Urine

Strip your sofa covers and remove the pillows

Time is running out when it comes to cleaning cat urine from fabric. Start by removing all blankets, couch covers, and pillows from your couch. Immediately throw them in the washing machine. For the couch itself, urine stains will set in quickly, so it’s important to be proactive about cleaning it quickly.

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Removing cat pee stains and odors from your couch is important.

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Use a black light to identify any stains

Sometimes cats urinate just a little on different parts of the sofa, so you need to be sure to find all the areas where your cat has relieved itself. Otherwise, inadvertently leaving pee stains encourages them to pee there again.

According to SPCA, using a black light will help you identify any spots that have urine stains on your couch. Urine stains will appear a yellow-green color in the dark.

Use an enzymatic cleaner instead of an ammonia-based cleaner

When it comes to cleaning cat urine from your couch, always use an enzymatic cleaner. According to ASPCA, you should never clean cat urine from your sofa with an ammonia-based cleaner, as urine naturally contains ammonia and its smell can cause a cat to urinate again in the same place at home. coming. Follow the instructions on the enzymatic cleaner package and your sofa manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning your upholstery.

Black and brown cat lying on a bed

Cats are sweet and affectionate – until they pee on your favorite furniture.

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Spot clean with a DIY solution

If you want to try cleaning your cat’s urine off your couch with a solution you make yourself, it’s doable and effective. Debra Johnson, cleaning expert for happy maidsTold Today as for fresh urine stains, you can use a mixture of dish detergent, vinegar and water. Simply mix one tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of cold water in a small bowl. Then add a tablespoon of vinegar to the solution and gently stir everything.

Begin by gently dabbing the cat urine stain with a microfiber cloth. Do this several times to eliminate excess urine that is still on your couch. The key here is to gently blot the stain so you don’t accidentally enlarge it.

Next, take a new microfiber cloth and soak it in your solution. Start gently cleaning the stain, working from the outside in. Repeat as necessary until you are sure the stain has been removed. Then get a damp cloth to help rinse off any residue from the cleaning solution. Finally, get a fresh microfiber cloth to dry the area.


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Prevent your cat from peeing on the sofa again

Unless your cat is a new kitten still adjusting to its new home, it’s unlikely that your feline companion has peed on your couch for no reason. Cats are intelligent creatures and it can be a sign that something is wrong. If you have multiple cats, check that you have enough litter boxes so they don’t feel cluttered when they leave (and be sure to keep them clean by picking up feces daily). The more cats you have, the more litter boxes you should have for them.

If your cat keeps peeing on the couch, he may think he needs to mark his territory. If you haven’t spayed or neutered your cat yet, do so as soon as possible. Not only does this help control the pet population, but it can also eliminate your cat’s need to mark their territory.

If the problem persists, discuss it with your veterinarian. According to ASPCAit’s possible your cat is doing this because he’s suffering from anxiety, and medication could help fix the problem (and help your beloved pet feel better).

If you’re interested in more cleaning solutions, read our guide to how to clean your toilet without piston and How to Clean Your Keurig Coffee Machine. Also see our pet safety guide.

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