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Pet Safe Cleaning Products: Why Does Cat Urine Smell So Bad?

Posted by Absolutely Clean® on

Many people feel that their homes are not complete without at least one pet. Four-legged furry companions add so much happiness to so many homes, but our beloved pets can create unwanted messes. Unfortunately, dogs and cats are prone to having accidents from time to time creating urine, feces, vomit, grass and blood stains. As a result of the horrid smells and stains from such accidents, many people reach to the harshest chemical cleaners to eliminate the stains and odors. However, Absolutely Clean® offers effective pet stain and odor removers that use pet-friendly enzymes to safely clean your home. We love animals as much as you do, so we wanted to make sure to create an effective stain and odor remover that is both environmentally friendly and safe for your pets. Today, we cover the one of the most difficult odors that pet owners deal with: cat urine

Why Does Cat Urine Smell So Horrendous?

Let’s face it: all types of urine smell bad, but cat urine is by far the worst urine smell of all. Why does cat urine smell so powerfully disgusting? Cat urine itself is a combination of uric acid, urea, salt, electrolytes,and detoxified substances. By nature, cat bodies are designed to effectively use water, which is why they do not drink as much water as other animals. This is also why cat urine is so concentrated, both in smell and color. Cat urine also contains Felinine, a protein that gets stronger over time. Felinine is a part of the pheromones that cats release when they pee in order to attract mates and mark their territories.

The Longer Cat Urine Sits, The Worse The Smell

As mentioned above, the odor of Felinine gets stronger the longer it remains. When cat urine sits on a surface, bacteria begins to break down the urea in the urine. This reaction causes ammonia to be released in the urine, which makes urine smell so strong. The presence of ammonia is also why cat urine glows under a blacklight. In fact, if you leave cat odor untreated for a long enough time, the bacteria in urine will release mercaptans. Mercaptans are also responsible for the horrid smell of skunk sprays, which smell even worse than cat pee.

How Can I Treat Cat Urine?

First of all, you want to soak up the excess urine with an old towel. The next step is to grab your Absolutely Clean® Pet Stain & Odor Remover Enzyme Cleaner and pour 2 oz into 1 cup of hot water. Saturate the urine stain with the solution and cover with a wet towel overnight for the enzymes to digest the odor. Remove the towel and allow the stain to air dry. If the area still smells, repeat the process. This effective method will effectively remove the harsh odors of cat urine.

Not only are chemical cleaners harsh, but they rarely treat cat urine odors effectively. Use Absolutely Clean for the toughest cat urine removal jobs, and you will not be disappointed.