It was the hardest thing I was faced with as a cat owner.
The biggest challenges I had when adopting my second cat Abigail were the territorial aggressions my first male cat Madison began to display. Although the two were the fastest of companions, Madison was sure to let me and Abigail know, his intention was to be king of the castle and stay there. And so it began. My male tuxedo began acting out with the three most common territory acts that are 1) patrolling 2) head and chin rolling 3) urine spraying. Urine spraying was the top offender and the hardest to deal with so I would like to share with you the solutions that worked best for me and how they helped perfectly.
My first kitty Madison was a tuxedo male cat. Not only was he super charismatic, he came into my life at an important time. I was trying to quit smoking cigarettes, with no luck so far. When I adopted Madison, he would cover his little face with his paws every time I lit a smoke as if to say “stop doing that to yourself and to me”. I am so happy to say that for 14 years I have been cigarette free! I owe that little feline a ton of gratitude. Adopting a cat was the healthiest thing I could have done to combat cigarettes! He was a fun loving affectionate kitty and there was no way I was giving him up no matter what the challenge.
Maybe…… just maybe someday I will blog about some of the other ways adopting a cat really inspired me. What do you think?
Okay, so to finish up the story, I had adopted Madison who was already an adult cat. Six months later I adopted Abigail who was a female tabby. The two had a typical sibling rivalry but like I said, Madison needed to be top cat and we were his loyal servants.
And so it went, my urine spraying challenges began.
Like most cat owners faced with this challenge, I went on line and googled for every solution I could find. I believe I tried them ALL. My floors were hardwood (and still are) so I was mostly just interested in the things that would work on wood and hard surfaces. Here is what worked for me to remove cat urine from hardwood floors.
Nature’s Miracle is by far one of the leading brands I found that really worked to break down the enzymes. Nature’s Miracle uses molecules combined with isopropyl alcohol and citrus scents to remove stains and odors. Although Nature’s Miracle is not my top pick anymore (keep reading) I do keep a jug on hand at all times for emergencies. This product works to remove stains and smells of human urine, vomit and pet urine. It is good to keep some handy and if you have dogs and cats that travel in your car with you, putting a jug in your trunk can be a real lifesaver for long trips.
This is one of those DIY step-by-step solutions but what I love about it is that it really does work on removing stains. I also like it because if you are caught off guard and don’t have any cleansers I mention in this article, you might have saran wrap and hydrogen peroxide. Here’s what you do:
- Clean up urine with towels or paper towels. Get the surface puddles dry.
- Pour a generous amount of hydrogen peroxide on your hardwood stained floor.
- Cover the new puddle with an old t-shirt or towel.
- Pour more hydrogen peroxide on the fabric so it is soaked.
- Cover the wet fabric with saran wrap.
- Stand on your head, clap three times and say removing now (Just kidding)
The saran wrap is needed so that your towel stays wet for a long period of time. I would start the process before bed and then ‘rinse and repeat’ the next day, although you do not have to actually rinse. For tough to remove stains, the process needs to be repeated several times. Hang in there, it does work and best of all the smell goes away too!
Rocco and Roxie Cat and Dog Urine Solution
I saved the best for last! My absolute favorite for removing cat urine, dog urine, vomit and anything else associated with pets that I don’t want lingering in my home is hands down, Rocco and Roxie.
This stuff not only works to remove the smell and stain left by your adorable feline, it replaces the odor with a lovely scent. This is one of the reasons I like Rocco and Roxie more than Nature’s Choice, the fresh smell. And this fragrance is not just covering up the urine nastiness. The stink of urine is gone long after the fresh scent wears off. I highly recommend giving Rocco and Roxie a try.
So that’s my experience with cat urine solutions that work. I purposely did not include all the other ones I have tried that did not provide results because I figure you might be like I was, frantically googling for your ideal solutions to help you out now. Why spend time on what doesn’t work?
To sum up, I also want to add that both Madison and Abigail have crossed over the rainbow bridge. I am blessed to have a seven year old male tuxedo (do you see a pattern here) that keeps me hopping! His name is Finnegan and you can follow his shenanigans on his very own cat Facebook page. I am so very fortunate that he does not spray or urinate outside his litterbox, but I still keep both solutions on hand above. Cats can be easily stressed out, so just in case, I like to have everything accessible in the pantry.
I miss Madison and Abigail, they were so instrumental in motivating and inspiring me throughout our time together. I am committing to writing more about them, if you’d like?
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Lisa Illman is the inventor of an outdoor cat enclosure and founder here at Kritter Kommunity. Lisa and her product the Kritter Kondo have been featured in Cat Fancy, the Chicago Tribune, Chestnut Hill West, Good Morning America and most recently Steve Harvey’s Funderdome. You can follow Kritter Kommunity on Facebook and Twitter @KritterKondo.