As a homeowner with carpet, having a cat that has an accident on it can be frustrating and lead to lasting damage, but only if it's not treated properly. To take action and ensure that your carpet doesn't suffer permanent damage, here are four steps to take:
- The Blemish Technique: Assuming you catch your cat in the act, you are going to want to use the blemish technique right away. To do this, you will need paper towels, which you will blot, not rub onto the spot in order to remove as much of the urine as possible. To be more effective, you might want to wear gloves during this process, as well. Don't use any cleaners at this point since you just want to take out the urine from setting into the carpet at this point.
- The Odor Elimination: Once the urine has been soaked up as much as possible, there's still going to be an odor since there is still going to be some urine that has seeped through to the underlining of the carpet. At this point, you might be thinking you can try some DIY odor eliminators, such as vinegar and baking soda. However, these are only temporary solutions. Instead, it's much better to hire professional carpet cleaners. They can spot treat this area alone or clean the entire area of the carpeting for good measure, which is helpful if you haven't had your carpets cleaned in a while.
- The Prevention: Once you've cleaned everything, you don't want to worry that the same thing is going to happen soon after. For this reason, you want to take preventative measures. This includes ensuring that your cat has easy access to their litter and that the litter is cleaned regularly. Cats don't like to use their litter if it's dirty. You also want to consider whether or not they are marking their territory since cats are very territorial. Keeping your cat indoors can help them feel more secure. It's also helpful to not have two males cats in the same household.
- The Vet Appointment: If your cat does continue with the behavior, it could be that they have an underlying illness or even anxiety that needs to be treated with medication. Taking your cat to the vet can address these possible issues and not only help with keeping your carpets clean, but also ensure that your cat stays healthy and happy.
When you follow these four steps, you can be sure that your cat and carpet don't clash, but instead work cohesively together.