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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 best cat litter box habits in world, but if new apartment has cat urine damage from previous tenant, cycle could be repeated. If your kitty smells cat urine from previous pet, she may take this as permission to use that spot for her cat litter box needs.
There are things that you, 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 rental residence from further damage.
When applying for new rental property, ask property manager or landlord about previous tenants' pets. If she indicates apartment has sheltered cats, ask if departing resident properly cleaned place to eliminate any cat urine odors. If landlord says no, or isn't certain, ask if you can go into apartment for a quick look.
If you gain access, use best piece of equipment you have: your nose. Stand still inside door, and sniff carefully. If it smells cat urine-free, move through rest of apartment and repeat at intervals. If you smell anything remotely like cat urine odor, look around to see if you can find source. If you can, great - let landlord know. If you can't see it, but you do smell it, tell property manager it needs further investigating before you move in.
Explain to rental manager what problems could be set in motion if cat urine odor is not completely removed. She needs to understand that this could be a perpetual cycle, but if she gets cat urine odor out now, it prevents damage to apartment and saves property management company money.