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#1 Laurie4b

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:14 AM

Yesterday, I smelled what smelled exactly like cat pee in our house. This morning, it is more widespread. We don't have a cat. What could it be? It's awful but I have no idea of where to look for the source because I've only smelled this kind of smell with cats. Usually knowing what could be making x smell helps me locate it. Any ideas?

#2 Apryl H

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:19 AM

Could a cat have sprayed near a door or window? Have any ammonia based products in the house that could be open or accidentally mixed with something else?

Bring any new books in? (I ask because my dh "inherited" a bunch of books from a friend that had way too many cats, and those books STINK even after months of being in a tub with coffee and baking soda and fabric softener! )

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:21 AM

I think wet carpet smells like cat pee.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:22 AM

Various animals that spray can make that kind of musky smell: foxes, all types of cats, skunks, muskrats, perhaps wood rats, ferrets..... Bat droppings in walls might also make such a smell.

Could you possibly have some sort of critter in your attic or the eaves of your house or somewhere like that?

#5 Dee22

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:24 AM

On Monday I discovered a leak in the roof of our storage area because I smelled what I thought was dog pee on my son's carpet....maybe you have some water damage??

#6 Karen in CO

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:43 AM

I'd guess an unseen leak or a dead mouse.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:43 AM

Stinky, damp workout clothes smell like cat pee so if anyone left a gym bag around, that could be the culprit.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:50 AM

Wow. The other replies are interesting.

I find that Junipers often smell like cat pee (yet not all the time:confused:). Do you have any of those near an open window?

I second the cat spray outside your house..... a cat kept spraying our front door and when the wind was blowing, it came in despite closed doors and windows the same way a skunk smell does.

Oh, has your ac/heat been on? Check around your unit outside.... a friend had skunks near hers and their general musky odor was wafting into her house through the ducts.

I hope you find what's causing it..... that is one horrid smell!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:00 AM

I think boxwoods smell like that.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:10 AM

Stinky, damp workout clothes smell like cat pee so if anyone left a gym bag around, that could be the culprit.


:iagree:

Also, soccer cleats that have gotten wet. Even if they're dry now but have been pretty wet in the past, they'll stink.

I've sat down on the garage step to put on my tennis shoes and I'll think some cat must have come in and sprayed. Then I realize I'm sitting right by wet soccer cleats. Pee-uw!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:15 AM

My fleece slippers start to smell of cat pee if I don't wash them often enough. It took me ages to work out what this smell was that I could smell at bedtime, when I put my head on my pillow and thereby brought it closer to my slippers.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:19 AM

Just a thought - there are some bushes outside our dr.'s office that smell exactly like cat pee! Could it be as simple as an open window?? That would be a nice easy fix.:)

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 10:15 AM

Freon - like from a freezer or ac unit? To me, it smells sort of like cat pee.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 10:51 AM

Paperwhites (Narcissus) smell just like that to me. I can't stand to have them in the house.

Sometimes basil will have an off-odor, too, if I have it indoors.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 11:07 AM

Basil, especially if there are flowers dropping their pollen/seeds.

I'd think plants in general. Follow your nose!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 11:09 AM

Does everyone smell the pee or just you?


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Posted 08 October 2010 - 11:24 AM

:iagree:

Also, soccer cleats that have gotten wet. Even if they're dry now but have been pretty wet in the past, they'll stink.



:lol: I was getting ready to post about soccer cleats!!! I was trying to figure out how a cat got into our van one time...then we found DD's cleats :ack2:

Another thing around here that has that kind of smell, are Eucalyptus trees!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 11:36 AM

I think irises smell like cat pee.

I also think some newspapers do. It's only a certain kind of newsprint & ink combo, and the odor comes out if the paper's sat on your porch a couple hours before coming in the house.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 12:20 PM

I was going to say basil as well. My MIL bought us a certain variety of basil plant when she was visiting, and I kept wondering why I smelled cat pee. I finally had to just get it out of the house.

Also, towels that have sat damp for too long (like a pile of wet towels).

#20 Melissa B

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 12:32 PM

I think those really large plastic playsets smell like cat pee - especially when they are kept inside a closed room.

For example, any of these:

http://www.step2.com/

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 12:51 PM

Yes to wet carpet, boxwood, athletic shoes, and plastic playsets!!!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 01:53 PM

I'd guess an unseen leak or a dead mouse.


Or even live mice. Their pee is very strong and if you have mice it is never just one. I used to have just two pet mice and the smell was unbearable.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 01:55 PM

Does everyone smell the pee or just you?


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Yes, important question. If you are the only person that smells it, it is a possible precursor to a migraine or an indication of other medical problem.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 02:05 PM

Wow. The other replies are interesting.

I find that Junipers often smell like cat pee (yet not all the time:confused:). Do you have any of those near an open window?


Thank you for saying this! I often find this too, but the people I'm with don't seem able to smell it. To me, walking past a juniper bush is very unpleasant, and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks it smells like cat pee!

#25 Laurie4b

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 02:54 PM

Yes, important question. If you are the only person that smells it, it is a possible precursor to a migraine or an indication of other medical problem.


Two of my sons can smell a "bad smell"; the other can't. So I guess I'm safe!

#26 Laurie4b

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 02:56 PM

Whoa! Who knew so many things smell like cat pee! Thanks for all the things to investigate. My guess, based on the possibilities offered, is that with 4 boys, someone left something wet hiding somewhere...

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 04:42 PM

Two of my sons can smell a "bad smell"; the other can't. So I guess I'm safe!


Then the other one is lucky!

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#28 Julie in CA

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:30 PM

Could you possibly have some sort of critter in your attic or the eaves of your house or somewhere like that?

Or in a crawlspace under your house?

#29 Laurie4b

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:40 PM

That's a thought....not a pleasant one....

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:41 PM

:lol:

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 08:48 AM

Thank you for saying this! I often find this too, but the people I'm with don't seem able to smell it. To me, walking past a juniper bush is very unpleasant, and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks it smells like cat pee!


Sometimes I don't notice it, but most of the time I do. The city (state?) has TONS of junipers as landscaping along the off ramps of the interstate that runs through town and every time I drive by I gag. :ack2:

Whoa! Who knew so many things smell like cat pee! Thanks for all the things to investigate. My guess, based on the possibilities offered, is that with 4 boys, someone left something wet hiding somewhere...


I hope you find the source. I never knew so many things smelled like cat pee. I had forgotten about the soccer shoes.... definitely check for those!!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

A friend of mine bought a house, and she realized later that there was a stubborn cat urine odor in many rooms. She cleaned everything and tore out the carpets but it was still there. She ended up trying a CritterZone air purifier and that took care of it.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:34 PM

This is a riot. I have to know the source of the mystery smell.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:38 PM

Crystal meth...I heard that on tv. Do you have neighbors that could have a "lab?"

Crystal Meth smell is caused by the many toxic chemicals used to create this drug. The production of Crystal Meth usually can result in strong odors. These odors can smell similar to cat urine.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 04:42 PM

A neighborhood cat sprayed one of my crawlspace vents and it made my laundry room smell like cat pee. Spraying the spot with vinegar solved the problem.

Also, certain types of lavender smell like cat pee to me.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:08 PM

Could it be a child? Wasn't someone's kid here peeing in the heating vents at one time?

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:17 PM

Fresh basil. I swear it smells like cat pee. Yuck.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:20 PM

dead mice!! probably in your wall. Sorry, I didn't read the other posts first. That's just the first thing I thought of. Rancid!! But it'll go away in a few days.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

This is a riot. I have to know the source of the mystery smell.


:iagree: :lol:

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:21 PM

The original post is from 2010. I think she's probably either found the source or moved by now! :D

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:27 PM

I have to add my 2 cents :D

My dd had some kind of peach body spray that smelled so much like cat pee that when she sprayed it I spent 30 minutes sniffing carpeting. Needless to say I made her throw it out!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:30 PM

The original post is from 2010. I think she's probably either found the source or moved by now! :D

I didn't notice as I was reading. What an odd thread to get bumped.:tongue_smilie:

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:30 PM

The original post is from 2010. I think she's probably either found the source or moved by now! :D


Yep!

This revival thread is quite funny, actually. I don't even remember if we ever located the source of the smell or if it just went away. Apparently one cannot edit a post a year old, or I would just do so.

No crystal meth labs. I live in a rural neighborhood (wooded, lots of space between houses) and it's kind of funny thinking of my next door neighbor who's been my friend since we were roomies in college (we're in our 50s now), over there cookin' somethin' up. On the other side, is a sweet couple in their 80s. Nah, don't think so. No one else around!

As I said a year ago, though, who knew there were so many things that smelled like cat pee!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:41 PM

Well, has the house been yours for a long time? Cat pee can be "reignited" when you get moisture... from even the subfloor :(

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:15 PM

Our junipers drive me crazy. We have several in our backyard, and some days I just can't stand to have the windows open.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:19 PM

Stinky, damp workout clothes smell like cat pee so if anyone left a gym bag around, that could be the culprit.

:iagree: That's definitely the culprit in our house!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:36 PM

Whoa! Who knew so many things smell like cat pee! Thanks for all the things to investigate. My guess, based on the possibilities offered, is that with 4 boys, someone left something wet hiding somewhere...


I think you have your answer. I could NOT find the source of an odor once, the ENTIRE house smelled (all open concept) and I could not locate the source for days. Then I walked past ds20's room. :svengo: smelled like a dead body! (nothat I've ever smelled one!). It was his slippers!

Then another time my car smelled so bad I was CERTAIN something was spoiling inside it. It was ds20's shoes. They went right into a dumpster.

Ds20 is a wonderful person, and a very clean person. But did his feet STINK!

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:47 PM

I didn't notice as I was reading. What an odd thread to get bumped.:tongue_smilie:


Oops :blushing:


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