If you live with male cats, then you are probably familiar with the odor of male cat urine. Even confined to a litter box, the urine odor can be a problem. However, if the cat urinates or sprays outside of the litter box the urine can seep into whatever surface it touches and leave behind a lingering odor for years. Proper treatment of this cat urine odor is the only way to prevent it from becoming a lasting problem. While there are many products available to eliminate that characteristic odor, you can do the job just as effectively with items you probably already have at home.
Distilled white vinegar is a natural disinfectant. It destroys the bacteria in cat urine that create lingering cat urine odors. Vinegar is safe for use on fabrics and carpets and will not harm most paints or wood finishes. Distilled white vinegar is also effective against both male and female cat urine odors. You can apply viengar directly to stains, create a solution of one part water and one part vinegar or use it in combination with other items listed in this article to eliminate odors. To cleanse the air in a room with male cat urine odor, leave an open cup of vinegar in an inconspicuous place to neutralize any bad smells.
The famous odor-fighter, baking soda is also quite effective against male cat urine odors, as well. Apply baking soda directly to the stain, sprinkle it over your carpet and vacuum it up after 30 minutes, or combine equal parts baking soda and water and apply the paste to cat urine stains. You can also leave a small pile of baking soda in an inconspicuous corner of a room to eliminate male cat urine odors.
Planting certain types of plants in pots and placing them around your home helps eliminate the odor male cat urine leaves behind. Male cat urine contains high concentrations of ammonia, which is partially why it smells so bad. Plants like gerbera daisies and spider plants are particularly effective at filtering ammonia from the air and removing those bad odors from a room. Place the plants in rooms where your cat has sprayed or had accidents, or even place them in the room with the litter box to help keep odors at bay.
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