How to Get Rid of Cat Odors in the House

Many cat owners experience the same problems with cats' many different odors. Whether it be feces odor, urine odor or cats spraying, these are all odors that can be eliminated without spending money getting your carpets cleaned. When cats urinate in places other than their litter boxes, they are establishing their territory. If male or female cats are living together, they often will spray everywhere to let the other sex know they want to mate.

Urine Odor

Step 01

Blot the affected area with a rag or paper towel until the area is as dry as possible. 

Step 11

Buy an odor neutralizer from a local store in the pet department. 

Step 21

Spray the neutralizer on the affected area and wipe clean with a dry cloth. 

Feces Odor

Step 01

Combine 2 tbsp.  of baking soda with 2 tsp.

of water.  Mix until the combination becomes a thick paste.

If applying to a wall, the paste should be thick enough not to slide off. 

Step 11

Spread the mixture across the affected area or surfaces.  Allow the mixture to dry completely.

Step 21

Brush away the excess baking soda and vacuum the area.  If any odor remains, repeat the steps until the odor is completely removed.

Spray Odor

Step 01

Combine 4 cups of water and a ½ cup of white vinegar into a clean spray bottle. 

Step 11

Spray the mixture on the affected area and allow it to dry. 

Step 21

Mist an odor neutralizer over the area. 

Things You Will Need

  • Rag/paper towel
  • Odor neutralizer
  • Cloth
  • 2 tbsp. baking soda
  • Water
  • Vacuum
  • White vinegar


  • If small children are present in the household, wipe down all of the areas where the neutralizers were used. Use mild soap and water to remove the chemicals off the surfaces. The chemicals can harm small children who like to play on surfaces.

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