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Five Tips for Cleaning up Smelly Stains

No matter how awesome your kitten is, it's inevitable that at some point in his life you're going to have to clean up some inappropriately-placed messes. The tips below will help you do the job effectively and make your home a better place for both you and your kitten:

  1. Clean the mess up as soon as possible. Vomit and feces can stain carpets and other surfaces very quickly. Start by scooping up anything you can easily remove, then blot with a paper towel or cloth. Follow that with enzymatic cleaner.

  2. Do not use bleach. Bleach can actually make urine and spray stains even stronger to your kitten's sensitive nose.

  3. You really do need to use enzymatic cleaner to totally get rid of the odor and the stain. Standard bathroom cleaners or carpet cleaning products won't work. The most highly recommended of these products is called Anti Icky-Poo – yes, the name is silly, but the stuff really works! Enzymatic cleaners can be used safely on just about all surfaces. (As of Feb. 28, 2010, the product was not available at the Anti Icky-Poo site, but you can buy it through CatFaeries.

  4. For cleaning up urine stains, a simple recipe made from white vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and water can do the job quickly and inexpensively. Find the recipe and instructions here

  5. If you can smell that a cat has made a mess somewhere but you can't see it, get a hand-held black light (usually available at pet stores) and shine it around in a darkened room. The stain will glow under black light.

Advice from Other Cat Owners 

Add Listerine! It Works!

The recipe given above with vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide totally works. For laundry (my cat likes to pee in the laundry basket), add a little bit of Listerine and it will totally take out the cat pee smell. Like magic!

~Wanda, owner of one cat

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