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How to get rid of smells ion your cat
Cats are known for their independence, and because they spend so much time grooming themselves, it’s unlikely that you’ll need to interfere with your pet’s cleaning routine often. If you do start to notice any bad smells coming from your cat, you’ll need to identify the cause before you can deal with the problem.
Why might a cat smell?
Your cat might start to smell for several reasons. If your pet is old, perhaps they can’t clean themselves as well as they once could. If this is the case, speak to your vet about how best you can help your furry feline friend.
If the odour remains, even after a good groom, your pet might require some additional help cleaning themselves.
If your cat’s mouth is healthy, it won’t smell too bad. Dental disease is a common cause of cat odour. Whether it’s plaque, gum inflammation, or loose teeth, if your cat’s breath smells bad, something’s wrong.
Bad cat breath can be the result of:
- dental or gum disease
- Loose teeth
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
If your cat has persistent bad breath and you aren’t sure what’s causing it, take them to your vet for a check.
If your cat is smelling bad because of a mouth, skin, or ear condition, you’ll need to speak to your vet about how to deal with the problem itself. However, if you’re taking care of an older or less mobile cat who struggles to clean themselves thoroughly, you might want to give them a hand with a regular grooming routine:
- Regular brushing
- Teeth cleaning
- Occasional baths (for tolerant cats) with cat shampoo and conditioner
- Keep bedding clean
If your cat isn’t suffering from any health conditions but isn’t able to properly groom themselves, keeping up with the above practices will help ensure they’re always looking, feeling, and smelling their best.
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Cat smells in the home
One of the joys of cat ownership is their independence, and that starts with their cleanliness. Cats are exceptionally clean pets, often spending hours a day grooming themselves to perfection, and while your pet might enjoy a little extra brushing from you, they’re usually capable of keeping themselves neat.
Because they’re so conscientious when it comes to cleanliness, problems with cat smell in the home usually only mean one thing – a toilet accident. If your cat has had an accident in your home, cleaning up the mess is straightforward.
Cleaning up Cat Urine
If your cat has made a mess inside the house, whether it’s on a carpet or a hard floor, there are a few easy steps you should take to clean up the mess and remove all traces of odour.
NOTE: don’t punish your cat for an accident in the house, even with a nose pat or raised voice, as this could make your pet afraid of you. Calmly clean up the mess and work on your cat’s toilet training.
- Use an old towel to soak up as much of the urine as possible
- Apply an enzyme cleaner to the area and leave to dry for a few hours – make sure your cat cannot access the area by removing them from the room or covering the stain with a laundry basket
- Open windows to let air flow
Keeping Cat Odour Out of Your Home
If you’re worried about pet odour in your home generally, there are a few small steps you can take to help eliminate the smell.
1. Keep your cat’s litter tray clean
2. Clean up any shed hair
If your cat sheds hair, vacuuming their favourite areas will help minimise the amount of fur that’s floating around your home. If your cat is older or struggling to clean themselves properly, there’s a chance that the fur they shed might smell, so making sure it’s promptly removed is important.
3. Plug in an air freshener
Plug-in air fresheners are a great way to minimise bad odours in your home. These discreet gadgets not only remove bad pet smells but leave behind a fresh scent.
4. Spray your home with deodoriser
Spray your home with a cat odour remover, focusing on any areas they might like to lie on often, like sofas, rugs, and blankets which cannot go in the washing machine.
5. Open windows
Throwing open your windows for as little as ten minutes a day can help to reduce any cat odours from your home and improve the quality of the air that both you and your pet breathe.