How To Prevent Cat Urine Odor Damage in Rental Property
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Feline owners who are renters can face challenges every time they move from one rental to another. Their cat may have the best cat litter box habits in the world, but if the new apartment has cat urine damage from the previous tenant, the cycle could be repeated. If your kitty smells the cat urine from the previous pet, she may take this as permission to use that spot for her cat litter box needs.
There are things that you, the feline owner and renter can do to prevent this. Not only do you help keep your cat
honest in her litter box habits, but this also saves the rental residence from further damage.
When applying for the new rental property, ask the property manager or landlord about previous tenants' pets. If she indicates the apartment has sheltered cats, ask if the departing resident properly cleaned the place to
eliminate any cat urine odors. If the landlord says no, or isn't certain, ask if you can go into the apartment for a
If you gain access, use the best piece of equipment you have: your nose. Stand still inside the door, and sniff
carefully. If it smells cat urine-free, move through the rest of the apartment and repeat at intervals. If you smell
anything remotely like cat urine odor, look around to see if you can find the source. If you can, great - let the
landlord know. If you can't see it, but you do smell it, tell the property manager it needs further investigating
before you move in.
Explain to the rental manager what problems could be set in motion if the cat urine odor is not completely removed. She needs to understand that this could be a perpetual cycle, but if she gets the cat urine odor out now, it prevents damage to the apartment and saves the property management company money.
If the landlord doesn't offer to do cleaning, see if you can negotiate a reduction in the rent deposit by offering to do the proper cleaning job yourself prior to moving in. This is a win-win situation, and many landlords may take you up on this. This way, you're ensured of having a clean residence that is cat urine odor-free. And, your kitty will continue her good cat litter box habits!
If you can't gain access to the apartment before moving in to do the cleaning, it's not too late to clean once your possessions are in. If you have an understanding friend or family members, ask them if they would board your kitty for a day or two until you can eradicate the cat urine odor yourself. If necessary, board your kitty at your local vet's office.
Then, grab your enzyme cleaner, a blacklight (to locate the cat urine spots), rags, and towels, and get to work.
Find all the spots and clean them thoroughly with your favorite enzyme cleaner. Repeat as necessary.
Welcome your kitty to her new home by setting up her food, water, clean cat litter box, and toys in a room of her
own. Let her get accustomed to being in the new place by transitioning her from one residence to the next.
Supervise her movements throughout the new apartment, and make sure she knows exactly where her cat litter box is located.
By accomplishing this, you are breaking a destructive cycle of pet soiling in rental property. Your cat continues to
use her cat litter box because she doesn't detect another cat's urine, and the property manager has just been
handed a gift from you that will save her money from cat urine damage.
About the Author
The Cat Urine Odor Advisor helps you save money and stop the damage in your household by offering solutions that work together to eliminate cat urine odor from your home.
Nancy E. Wigal