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How Do You Get Cat Pee Out Of a TV Screen?

If you have discovered cat pee in your TV screen, you are naturally angry, and likely to be looking for reasons why, and solutions…

How do you get a cat pee out of a TV screen?

It will take a few cleanings, but a teaspoon of isopropyl alcohol added to a small bowl of water may be used for cleaning most TV screens (check your make and model to be sure). You will want to make sure that the television is unplugged before cleaning it, as well.

Unfortunately, beyond this, you may need to get the assistance of a professional, unless you have experience with taking apart televisions so that you may clean individual components. The problem is that screens are quite sensitive in regards to which cleaners you may employ with them.

Ideally, it would help if you had an enzymatic cleaner that is safe for the screen, as this will break down the uric acid content of your cat’s urine so that the smell will be well and truly removed.

Why do cats pee on TV screens?

Lit tube TV on a dark room.

Lit tube TV in a dark room.

This can be for several reasons. The most common one is that the TV is new and it doesn’t smell like your cat yet, so for your kitty, this is an uncomfortable scenario and they will mark it to make it smell like the rest of the house – which to your cat means it will smell like them.

Cats will also do this when they have health problems, however, so a visit to your veterinarian to rule out issues such as a urinary tract infection is a good idea. Finally, it can be territorial behavior, if a new animal or person has recently started living in your shared home.

Should I punish my cat for peeing on my TV screen?

You should not punish your cat for spraying the television. While it is certainly inconvenient and you’re bound to be upset, by the time you punish your cat they will have no idea why you are upset. To them, marking their area is completely natural, so punishing them is just going to damage the trust that you’ve built.

Clean the area as thoroughly as you can, avoiding ammonia-based cleaners, as these will lead to your cat spraying the area again. You can also try spraying citrus oil in the area, as this smells foul to your kitty and they tend to stay away from it.

What can happen to a TV screen with cat pee on it?

Open monitor with electronic parts on display.

Open monitor with electronic parts on display.

When your cat sprays an area, the uric acid content of their urine is going to be part of the spray, and this is what gives it that bad smell. With repeated sprayings, it can layer on the area, becoming even harder to effectively clean.

As long as the urine isn’t getting into the insides, where it could become an electrocution danger for your cat or a fire hazard, then you are just dealing with cleaning the surface area, and this will require a screen-safe enzymatic cleaner.

Detergents and mild soaps, unfortunately, will not help – they only cover the smell and liquefy the uric acid content, which will dry and recrystallize very quickly and the smell will return.

How can I prevent my cat from peeing on my TV screen?

If your cat has sprayed the TV screen or you are worried that they might, then now is a good time to adopt one or more preventative strategies to keep this from happening. It’s safer for your kitty and will save you lots of frustration, so let’s look at the most effective ways to do this.

Lock the room door

if you can, simply get into a habit of locking the door to the room where your TV is housed. This can work, but you’ll always have to keep an eye out for your kitty – cats seem to know when they aren’t allowed somewhere and this almost always tempts them into becoming sneaky about it to go there anyway.

Mount the TV high up on the wall

Mounting your TV gives you a better view and unless your kitty can fly, they won’t be able to get at the television at all. Provided that the wall will support it, mounting kits are quite inexpensive and you can pay an installer or get a friend to put it in if you are not comfortable with the process.

Place the TV in a unit with closable doors

Entertainment centers that incorporate a single glass door or a set of double doors are another effective options that can be quite handy.

They elevate the television, placing it behind doors when it’s not in use, and they come with additional shelving so that other electronics such as stereo and gaming systems may also be housed there safely.

What can I clean an LED TV with?

Add 1 teaspoon of Isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a small spray bottle of distilled water and you can use this to lightly spray the screen and to clean it with a microfiber, non-abrasive cloth. Be sure to clean it gently and keep in mind that it may take many cleanings to remove the cat urine – it’s stubborn stuff, unfortunately.

Howcat pee smelle smell of cat pee near my TV?

If your cat has sprayed the carpet near your television, cleaning is much easier than it would be with electronics. Get some baking soda and commercial enzymatic cleaner to do this and start with the enzymatic cleaner.

Follow the instructions with the enzymatic carpet cleaner which you have chosen and once it is dry, sprinkle baking soda in the area thoroughly and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before vacuuming it up. Repeat this process as needed until the smell is gone – it will likely take at least 2 – 3 cleanings.

Should I replace my TV screen if my cat peed on it?

That really will depend on you and the cost of the television, of course. Cleaning with a mix of 1 teaspoon of Isopropyl alcohol mixed into a bowl of distilled water will eventually remove the smell, but it will take quite a lot of cleaning. Be sure to unplug the TV first if you will be doing this.

If the television is very old and it won’t hurt your budget for the month, then you might well consider replacing it. If you get a cheap flatscreen, then mounting it to prevent spraying in the future is a breeze, and you might just get an upgrade out of the situation.

Just a little food for thought!

Lindsey Browlingdon