Cat urine odor removal can be one of the trickiest odors to remove from carpet, sub floors or even walls. Male cats are very territorial and will mark with spray or urine along the perimeter or boundary of their territory. If you have more than one cat or animal living in the home, this will increase a male cat’s desire to mark their territory which can make the situation even worse. Eliminating cat urine odor is not a simple task.
Urine leaves the body (in mammals) as an uric acid and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria to flourish. Uric acid begins to break down into ammonia and carbon dioxide. Alkaline salt crystals begin to form and draw moisture from the air which produces an ammonia odor. Without proper cleaning the ammonia odor will not go away.
In recent years we have worked with many cat hoarders or simply people who love cats but for many reasons can’t keep up with the daily chores of cleaning up after their cats. Cat urine clean up is a very specialized method that requires the knowledge of a professional as cat urine is harder to remove than dog urine. Cat’s normally drink less water than dogs so their urine is more concentrated. Cat’s normally use a litter box but many times especially in the situation of a cat hoarder, there are too many cat’s living in the home and the homeowner can’t keep up with the proper care of changing litter boxes. Pet urine will soak into the subfloor beneath carpet or wood floors and eventually an ammonia odor will be present. Once urine has penetrated the sub floor, it needs to be properly cleaned and then encapsulated. Male cats also can spray on the walls and other materials. It’s important that once a home as been inhabited by cats or dogs and has waste throughout the home that the home is properly cleaned and deodorized because after pet urine hits the surface of any contents in your home, bacteria begins growing. If you or someone you know needs an estimate to clean up a cat hoarding situation give us a call as we can help.
When dealing with cat urine or other pet odors it's important to consult with a professional such as Sage Restoration.