How a Cat Urine Light Simplifies Odor and Stain Removal
Using a cat urine light to track down every last trace of dried pee helps one to eliminate nagging odors and stains that would otherwise go unfound. An ultraviolet light makes most cat urine glow, especially after it has dried and its odor less stringent. Consequently, cleaning up after your naughty pet becomes more of a science than guesswork, bringing greater peace of mind.
The cat urine light is thus an indispensable tool in correcting a pet’s wayward behavior. Once Kitty goes somewhere she shouldn’t, if you don’t eliminate the evidence completely, any lingering smell tends to reinforce the behavior and turn it into a habit. And a cat’s sense of smell is much, much keener than a human’s.
In other words, if your cat is urinating on your clothes, on the drapes, on your bed, or on the carpet, you need to take remedial action. You want not only to correct the immediate stain and odor problem, but also to prevent recurrences. And an LED ultraviolet flashlight helps you perfect the process.
When you have to face this process, you should think in terms of three levels of priority. Let’s address these in turn.
Your first priority is to clean up the mess as best you can while it is still in liquid form and as soon as possible after the cat wets. Clothes, linens, and drapes should go right into the wash; letting the stains age allows the odors to stick stubbornly to the fabric. Blot up carpet and furniture with absorbent paper towels. If you catch it quickly enough, you may not have to deep clean.
To further break down the stain and smell, use an enzymatic cleanser. Such a product releases cultures that consume the urine. If you don’t have an enzymatic cleanser in the house and don’t want to take the time to go out and purchase one, substitute a mixture of 3 parts vinegar to 1 part water.
Your second priority kicks in when the staining has dried, whether or not you had a chance to clean it while a liquid. Your goal now is to identify and tag every urine stain in the house. This is where your pet urine light comes in handy.
You need darkness or near darkness for maximum effectiveness. Whether the flashlight has a large single light emitting diode (LED) or an array of smaller LEDs, the monochromatic light emitted causes amino acids present in urine to fluoresce with an amber glow. Ordinary white light totally masks this fluorescence and thus must be absent.
You might be amazed to discover dried pee in areas you thought you had thoroughly cleaned. You might also be amazed to discover other places the cat has marked of which you had no knowledge or of which you cannot conceive how it even got there!
Now your third priority is to get rid of all remnant urine stains and odors systematically. This lays the groundwork for retraining your pet in a new and healthy direction where the old nasty habit has been broken. Refer to our blog post for more details on the simple steps to follow for ridding your house of cat urine stains.
With old odors and spots eliminated, Kitty is less tempted. However, the old anxiety or instinct still needs to be addressed. Moving the litter box or putting additional ones in strategic locations might be a good first approach. If all else fails, spaying or neutering might do the trick.