How to Get Cat Pee Out of the Mattress

Cat pee has a distinct pungent smell that gets unbearable as time passes. Cat urine smell has been associated with respiratory problems and usually encourages the cat to continue peeing on the same spot.

How to Get Cat Pee Out of the Mattress

It is thus very important to clean off the smell from the bedding as soon as possible.

The task of cleaning the mattress is however easier said than done as it can only be achieved using specific cleaners and following several steps.

Step 1: Absorbing the urine

When you discover fresh urine marking on the mattress, the first step is usually to absorb the fresh urine. This can be achieved through the use of towels or paper towels. The idea is to press the towels onto the mattress and ensure that the urine is absorbed. The towels should be replaced as need be until as much urine as possible is absorbed. When using towels, it is advisable to ensure they are soaked and washed immediately after use to prevent the cat from marking again.

Step 2: Soak Mattress

The next step is to soak the marked area of the mattress. Measure about a bucket of water and using a jug proceed to pour the water on the mattress concentrating on the stain as much as possible. The idea here is to dilute the urine and reduce its smell. It is important to protect parts of the bed that might be susceptible to water damage, this can be achieved by either taking mattress outside or covering these parts with polythene paper.

Step 3: Absorbing excess water

After soaking the affected area with water, the next step involves taking fresh towels or paper towels and pressing them on the mattress to absorb the excess water. The wet towels should be replaced with dry ones when they get soaked and the process is repeated until the affected area is relatively dry. The towels used for this process should be soaked and washed and the paper towels discarded.

Step 4: Selecting cleaning products

It is usually advisable to use enzyme cleaners when removing cat urine from mattresses. The amount of cleaner used varies from half a cup to a full cup depending on the size of the stain. Cheaper alternatives to enzyme cleaners exist. This includes hydrogen peroxide where it is recommended to use a quarter to half a cup mixed with an equal amount of water, one can also use vinegar where similar measurements of the cleaner are applicable.

Step 5: Pouring the cleaner on the stain

It is advisable to pour cleaner on the affected area ensuring that the entire stain is covered. When using a cleaner within a spray nozzle it is advisable to remove the sprain nozzle as spraying is not effective since it doesn’t penetrate the stain deeply and doesn’t remove all of the urine.

Step 6: Soak with cleaner for 15 minutes

Soak the cleaner on the mattress for 15 minutes to allow the cleaner to effectively penetrate the stain and break down the urine. 

Step 7: Absorbing the excess cleaner

After 15 minutes take clean towels or paper towels and lay them over the stain, press them over the stain to absorb the excess cleaner and stains. Replace the wet towels with dry ones and repeat the process until as much moisture is absorbed. Clean towels and discard paper towels.

Step 8: Apply baking soda on the mattress

Sprinkle half a cup of baking soda on the wet area to dry the area and absorb the urine and cleaner smell from the mattress.

Step 9: Dry mattress

The next step involves drying the mattress, this ensures any cleaner still left on the mattress breaks down any residual urine. For this step the mattress can be cleaned using a fan or the mattress can be taken outside but place it on a covered area to ensure that it is not rained on.

Step 10: Remove baking soda

The last step is usually brushing and sweeping the baking soda off the mattress. Vacuuming is not advised as the baking soda can clog the vacuum motor.


It is usually advisable to find out why the cat is peeing on the mattress and not using its box. This can be behavioral or due to medical problems. Medical problems can be diagnosed and treated by a vet.

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Behavioral issues that can cause cats to pee outside their boxes could include territorial disputes with other cats, dietary problems, and anxiety. It is best to identify the root cause of the behavior so as to best mitigate it.

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