How do I remove the smell of cat urine from my couch? 

Cat pee on couch

Having a cat in your home is, of course, super fun, but there are also challenges that you as the owner must overcome. Sometimes your pet may urinate in places outside the litter box, such as on the couch. Even if your cat is well-trained, it may happen that your cat will drain its urine in other places. But not to worry, because we are going to show you how to remove the smell of cat urine from your couch. So, if you’ve ever had problems with the smell of pee on your couch, read this article and find out how to fix it! 


Not only bad for your couch, but also for your health 

Cats are great to play and cuddle with, but sometimes they can be a little tricky. One of the biggest problems is when they leave their litter box and pee in places they shouldn’t, such as on the couch. This can cause a big mess and leave a foul odor in the house. This is because cat urine has a very strong odor that is difficult to remove. Older cats also often have problems with their kidneys, which makes their pee smell even dirtier. 

Cat urine can cause persistent odors and even mold over time if it has seeped into the upholstery. This is not only bad for your sofa, but also for your health. There is likely an underlying reason why a cat pees on the couch, such as stress or health problems. That’s why it’s important to contact a cat behaviorist or veterinarian if the problem persists. 

If you have to clean up cat urine, it is important to clean it up as soon as possible because cats often return to a place where they peed if they can still smell it. This helps prevent them from doing it again. Remember that cats occasionally make mistakes, but with the right help, you can solve this problem and make sure your home smells fresh again. 


Ways to get cat urine off the couch: all the tips! 

Fortunately, there are many ways to get the smell of cat urine off your couch. Below we give 10 tips you can try. Try the easiest ways first, especially if your couch hasn’t been soiled in a long time. 


Dab, don’t scrub 

The first thing we’re going to talk about is how to get the urine off the couch sans your focus on getting rid of the smell. You need to find the stain as soon as possible. Use a clean cloth made of absorbent material to soak up as much of the urine as possible. If you have trouble finding the stains or pee, an ultraviolet light, also known as a black light, can help illuminate the stains. In the dark, urine stains have a yellow-green color. Rubbing or washing a cat pee stain not only causes it to spread, but also drives the stain molecules deeper into the affected part of the sofa. Even worse, doing so can spread the odor, making it difficult to get rid of.  

Cat on couch

Use an enzymatic cleaner  

Despite your best efforts, the obvious evidence may still be present even after you have removed the cat urine stain itself. If the odor still lingers, you will need to take further measures to get rid of the cat urine permanently. An enzyme cleaner is the best option if you are trying to remove a strong cat urine odor from the sofa.  

An enzyme cleaner is a type of stain and cat odor remover that removes the cause of the smell. It removes odors and stains by using active enzymes to break down the most stubborn stains. It is easy to make an enzyme cleaner from natural ingredients. Just combine three parts white vinegar with one part water and put it in a spray bottle.

Even though enzyme cleaners come in a spray bottle, a light coating won’t do much to remove the stain, so don’t be too economical! Fill the spray bottle and spray the area generously. Dab up as much of the detergent as possible with a clean cloth after letting it soak in for 10 to 15 minutes. While cleaning the couch, follow the directions on the detergent package and the instructions of your couch manufacturer. 


Stay away from ammonia-based cleaners  

Because urine naturally contains ammonia and its smell can cause cats to pee repeatedly in the same spot, you should never clean cat pee on your sofa with an ammonia-based cleaner. 


Use a vacuum cleaner  

A vacuum cleaner uses hot air to remove urine from your couch. This deep cleaning method sucks up the urine and removes the odor from your couch. You can buy or rent these from a rental company of hydrogen vacuum cleaners and other devices. On the other hand, you should stay away from steam cleaners. These can actually push the particles further into the fiber, making it harder to eventually get them out and get rid of the stain and odor. 


Baking soda  

This handy ingredient is a real hero when it comes to removing stains and odors. It works just as well against cat pee as it does against odors coming from your refrigerator. There are many ways to use baking soda to get rid of cat urine odor because it is so versatile. Imagine your cat has peed on the couch. Coat the entire area with baking soda and leave it for 15 minutes or overnight to absorb the odor.

Then remove the baking soda with a vacuum cleaner and that urine smell will be gone like snow in the sun! If that’s still not powerful enough, combine the baking soda with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Make a paste of the combination and let it sit until it dries. The urine smell should then disappear after soaking up the remaining baking soda. So, don’t give that cat urine another chance and get out that baking soda! 



The smell of urine can be neutralized naturally with vinegar. One of the mildest cat odor removers is white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Try it out. For leather sofas, which are prone to damage from harsh detergents and other agents, this remedy is definitely a good option. White vinegar and water should be applied to the stained area in a ratio of about 50/50, depending on the type of stain.

After letting the mixture sit for 10 minutes, lightly dab the affected area or pick it up with a paper towel to remove extra moisture. After that, sprinkle baking soda generously over it. The baking soda should rest on the mixture of water and white vinegar for three to five hours. This should give the stain enough time to fade and be removed. If not, you may need to try a second treatment or another remedy.  


Hydrogen peroxide 

Hydrogen is another miracle cure for stains. Simply pour it over the pee stain to make it disappear. This will also make any associated odors disappear. You can combine some dish soap with hydrogen peroxide if the discoloration is very difficult to remove. Scrub the solution into the fabric of the sofa with a brush. After letting it sit for a while, rinse everything with cooling water and wipe dry. 

Cat sleeping

Using activated charcoal 

Activated charcoal is a fairly effective odor absorber. Place a few bags of charcoal near the sofa; if possible, you can even tuck them in. 


Vacuum regularly 

Before the smell gets worse, regular vacuuming can get rid of the odor. To remove all pet hair, dust or dirt, use an upholstery brush head on the vacuum cleaner and thoroughly vacuum the cushions on one side. While doing so, also open the windows to let fresh air in. This increases the chances that your sofa will naturally freshen up and the cat odor will disappear.  

Finally, a clean couch: here’s how to avoid a second time! 

Our cats are true professionals when it comes to using their litter box, and therefore they won’t often pee anywhere they’re not supposed to. But let’s face it, the smell of cat urine is not always pleasant. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to deal with that smell, from supermarket sanitizing salts to powerful extraction systems.

But how do you prevent your cat from urinating on the couch again? It is often a sign that something is wrong if your cat accidentally pees on the couch, unless it is a young kitten that is still getting used to its new environment. Cats are smart animals, so if your cat starts peeing in crazy places, it is important to investigate why your cat is doing this. Make sure that the spot where your cat has urinated is well cleaned with one of the top steps. By doing so, you will ensure that the spot is no longer attractive to urinate on again. 

 It is also important to check that there are enough litter boxes available and that they are all clean. Your cat may have a litter box that he is not so happy with, so make sure your litter box is clean and large enough for your cat. A dirty litter box can drive cats crazy and force them to pee somewhere else. If your cat keeps peeing on the couch, consult with your veterinarian. This will prevent your cat from having accidents in the house and you won’t have to worry about that unpleasant smell. Do you have any tips and tricks that everyone should know? If so, be sure to leave them in the comments. 

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