How to remove cat vomit from carpets

Updated February 21, 2017

Overeating, disease or parasites can all cause vomiting in cats. It is vital that cat vomit be quickly removed and properly cleaned from carpets as soon as possible to avoid stains and nasty odours. The acidity of cat vomit will cause discolouring on carpet flooring. It is inevitable that, as a cat owner, you will have to clean up after your cat, so it is important to know the best method for the job.

Use several folded paper towels and carefully pick up the bulk of vomit, without pressing down on it. Old, dried vomit can simply be scooped up and disposed.

Wet a clean sponge with hot soapy water. Gently begin to scrub the stained area. Once the stain has been thoroughly worked out of the carpet fibres, rinse the sponge with hot water and use it to remove remaining suds.

Soak a clean washcloth in salt water instead of soapy water. Dab and scrub the blot area with soaked washcloth.

Use a spray-on carpet cleaner on tough stains. Look for one with a bristle brush on the top of the cap. Apply it and wash out the stain with the brush. Follow product instructions.

Place a dry towel, napkin or paper towel on the area after it has been washed to dry up any excess moisture.


Hire a professional carpet cleaner to get vomit stains and other pet stains out of speciality, rare or expensive rugs/carpets. Rent a steam cleaner machine from a nearby supermarket to clean your carpet after removing the stain. Don't be angry with your sick cat. Place a sick cat in a safe room; choose a room that has tile or laminate floors for easier clean up. This measure will also help relax the cat and help prevent it from vomiting again.


Test out a small corner of the carpet if you are unsure how the specific carpet will react to cleaning products.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Sponge
  • Washcloth
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Dry towel
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