Being fastidious creatures, cats often have litter box issues that many pet owners find a challenge to deal with. Some cats stop using their litter box when it’s smelly and dirty. They also tend to shy away from using the litter box because of its location, size, style, and even the litter that is being used.
A litter box should be placed in an area that is far from household traffic. Your cat wants to do his thing in peace, without any distractions caused by anyone in the household, including other pets.
If your cat has been peeing outside of his litter box, you will surely be suffering from the distinct smell of urine that seems to permeate the whole house. You may have cleaned up the ones you manage to find, but cats are able to get in the most peculiar places to attend to do their business.
Even if you have already addressed your kitty’s litter box concerns, the smell of urine may still be present in the air. Going down on all fours and looking for urine spots and stains may be your most obvious solution to totally eliminate urine odor. However, this method won’t be of much help. Cats can get inside every nook and cranny of your house and there is a big possibility that they are using these as potty areas.
Many pet owners have been using a flashlight that uses UV light or black light to help them locate stains. It’s as simple as “pointing and looking”. Since specific components in cat’s urine will glow under UV light, it is best to do your search in the evening or when blinds are closed and lights are out.
If your cat has access to all the rooms of the house, you will need to go through the process of searching for urine stains systematically. Go through each room and shine the black light on various surfaces including your bed, dressers, clothes, furniture, bathtubs, walls, baseboards, etc. You may also need to shine the black light on corners, doorways, and passageways.
Once you find any spot, be sure to mark the location because you won’t be able to see it when you turn off the black light. You may remember a few locations, but if you are dealing with a kitty having litter box issues as well as one that’s engaged in spray marking, you need to apply tape to each of the location so you will be able to find them later when it’s time to clean and disinfect each of the spot.
When cleaning a specific spot, make it a point to include cleaning the area surrounding the stain to make sure all the stains and scents are removed. Cat urine also tends to soak into surfaces and you need to determine the extent of the stain to be able to address the problem successfully.