Instead, try using a UV light, also known as a black light. If you shine the light in a dark room, cat urine will glow yellow or green, making it easy to see exactly where you need to clean.
Finding a blacklight between 365 and 385 nanometers is recommended for the best success in detecting cat urine.
Old Cat Urine
Use a blacklight to identify exactly where the stains are located. You can try thoroughly soaking the affected area in an enzyme cleaner and extracting it with a shop vac. If this doesn’t work, then it is time to call for professional carpet cleaning.
Overexposure to Ammonia
Breathing in cat urine can actually make you sick. Cat pee is full of ammonia, a toxic gas that can cause headaches, trigger asthma attacks, and even result in serious respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.
Whereas urine that’s sprayed typically shows up on vertical surfaces (e.g., furniture, walls, etc.). If you’re able to catch your cat spraying/marking in real-time, you’ll most likely see them standing with their back to their vertical “target” and holding their tail held straight up.
For a DIY solution: Scrub the area throroughly with club soda, and let dry. Then sprinkle with ARM & HAMMER™ Baking Soda. Let it sit so the baking soda can soak up any lingering odors, and then vacuum.
Cat spray looks and smells like urine, to a point. A well-hydrated kitty produces light yellow urine with its typical acidic odor. But because of pheromones in cat spray, it’s often darker yellow and smells particularly more pungent.
Vitamin A and the B vitamins thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin are strongly fluorescent. Try crushing a vitamin B-12 tablet and dissolving it in vinegar. The solution will glow bright yellow under a black light.
Petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, which glows bright blue under a black light. Ripe bananas glow fluorescent blue under a black or ultraviolet lamp.
Your UV light will work best with a solid colored surface. Look for a pale yellow glow. If you are seeing different color glows on your surface, you may be confused as to which is pet urine. Urine fluoresces as a pale yellow color.
It’s actually a good way to look for pet urine or make sure a bathroom or hotel room is really clean. Cat urine, in particular, glows very brightly under ultraviolet light. Urine glows under a black light primarily because it contains the element phosphorus.
To put it simply, black light is a type of ultraviolet light – specifically, ultraviolet A (UVA) light, where it emits ultraviolet radiation in the UVA band. These rays are low-energy and long-wavelength and are the least harmful as far as ultraviolet radiation is concerned.
Some of the spills a person might find with a black light include:- Biological stains: saliva, semen, urine and blood.
Laundry stains: dried liquid detergents.
Club soda and all liquids containing quinine.
Invisible ink made from lemon juice or similar compounds.
Toothpaste with whiteners that fluoresce.
The urine detecting device consisted of two components: A urine sensor and a detector module. The detector module would be linked to the computerised HDB central monitoring system. The sensor would then detect the presence of urine. The urine that comes into contact with the detector trips it, jamming the lift.
Cat urine contains uric acid, which can last in carpets, fabrics and wood for years! Although baking soda, vinegar, soap, and hydrogen peroxide may neutralize the odors temporarily, a humid day can cause the uric acid to recrystallize, and the infamous “cat odor” will return.
As a general rule, cats are sensitive when it comes to smells, but there are a few scents they hate that might just surprise you. They can’t stand citrus and as much as you might love the smell of fresh herbs, cats hate rosemary and thyme. Banana and mustard are a big no-no too, as well as lavender and eucalyptus.
Baking soda has great properties that deodorize the smell of urine. Sodium bicarbonate is the substance baking soda is made of, and it’s amazing at soaking up odors. You can sprinkle it on the carpet or furniture after you’ve cleaned your cat’s urine, make sure the area is dry before doing so.
Exposure to High Concentration Of Ammonia is Harmful
Runny noses, red eyes, itchy skin, rashes, coughing, and so forth are just some of the symptoms and side effects. Thus, cat urine is extremely dangerous to people suffering from bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
One of these is ammonia from cat urine.
Living in an atmosphere filled with these ammonia fumes can cause a great deal of respiratory discomfort and problems. These fumes cause irritation of the bronchial membranes of the lungs, leading to an increased production of phlegm, coughing and difficulty breathing.
Pet urine can be toxic and especially to children that play near the floor! If you think your child is exposed, take action fast! Don’t wait to train your pets properly and clean the carpets and floors promptly!
Cat pee consists of urea, urobilin/urobilinogin, uric acid, sodium, other electrolytes, creatinine, pheromones and bacteria. The first step in the decomposition of the pee, is bacteria breaks down the urea (which is actually odorless) releasing ammonia, hence the strong ammonia scent associated with your litter box.
Both kitty girls and guys have glands in their cheeks, paws and near their bladder that produce a liquid containing pungent chemicals. You may not notice an odor when your kitty rubs her cheek on your hand, but you’ll definitely notice one if she starts spraying. Urine marking has an acrid and offensive smell.
Cats urinate by squatting onto a horizontal surface; spraying occurs standing up. The cat makes a treading motion with her back feet and quivers her tail, leaving her scent mark on a vertical surface. If your cat has begun urinating outside of her litter box, be sure that the box is regularly cleaned.