WIBU to tell friend her house smells of cat pee?

(45 Posts)
SodaStreamy Thu 09-May-13 19:32:25

This has been playing on my mind. She's lovely, a friend but not a close friend iywim, our kids get together, we spend time having coffee and stuff at each others houses

There is a distinct 'cat pee' smell in her house, do I say anything?

I don't want to make things awkward or embaress her but it's there

Would you tell her if you were me?

rainbowslollipops Thu 09-May-13 19:35:03

I dont know. I have 2 cats and notice the smell very quickly and do try and keep on top of the cat smell. It's difficult without coming across like you're saying she's got a dirty house when she hasn't. hmmm....tough one.

thepurplepenguin Thu 09-May-13 19:35:26

Er no, if she has cats she probably knows about it.

That's pretty much the last thing you should do.

hazeyjane Thu 09-May-13 19:37:34

No, I expect she knows and has tried everything in her power to get the cat pee smell left by her incontinent old cat, out of carpet.

<not that I have an incontinent old cat - honest>

hazeyjane Thu 09-May-13 19:38:24

BTW, can you just check my profile, just in case it is me you are talking aboutblush

SodaStreamy Thu 09-May-13 19:38:26

I have a cat too rainbows It's not a litter tray smell (well it might be?) more a cat's peed on the carpet smell

EauRouge Thu 09-May-13 19:38:27

Does she use ammonia to do her cleaning or is it definitely cat pee?

Pascha Thu 09-May-13 19:40:20

I would appreciate it. I can't smell my own sons pooey nappies so catpee wouldn't stand a chance.

harrietlichman Thu 09-May-13 19:41:44

I would want you to tell me, personally. I am a cat lover, (my old cat died recently, and I do miss him) but I know that cats can smell a bit. It's a tricky one, but I know I would prefer to know.

SodaStreamy Thu 09-May-13 19:46:32

I'm sure it's not you hazyjane however are you saying that if I can mell the cat pee she must too and probably doesn't want it mentioned?

Like I said I don't want to cause embaressment .....so you think she will be able to smell it and be aware that others can smell it too?

MeDented Thu 09-May-13 19:46:44

Do you have a solution you can tell her at the same time? Might not sound as bad if you can give an idea of how to fix it?

pooka Thu 09-May-13 19:54:16

Are you my friend?

My house (to me, though not dh, but I have v sensitive sense of smell) smells of cats.

I've sprayed, cleaned carpets. Hands and knees sniffing. But can't find evidence in house (though we do have cats). And then last month I noticed next door's Tom spraying on our front garden gravel. Andthen again, and again. The smell is wafting Through our windows and possibly the air vents in bay window. I've catapulted garden, used other stuff from garden centres. No difference. Bastard cat. angry

pooka Thu 09-May-13 19:55:34

What does get rid of the smell of cat pee?

sukysue Thu 09-May-13 19:57:04

She probably knows already ! Bloody cats lol!

Its not my house is it? Sorry if it is, I can't smell cat pee so I'm alright about people telling me if they can smell it.

You can buy Simple Solution for cat pee. I use the dog one and its really good.

EasyToEatTiger Thu 09-May-13 20:01:42

We have dogs and frankly our new house smells of dog. We've just moved house and that house smells of dog. We use a steam cleaner and it does help. On the other hand, animals smell. We are animals and we smell too.

LouiseSmith Thu 09-May-13 20:02:49

Its a difficult one, maybe try dropping that really good air freshener, or that you recently discovered 1001 and its amazing!!! I suspect she knows, I know from experience Cat pee is the hardest smell to get rid off.

hazeyjane Thu 09-May-13 20:03:10

If anyone knows of a way of getting rid of cat pee, please I will pay you, probably in magic beans, because I am bankrupted after having tried every single product and 'alternative' solution under the sun.

Maybe I should just hand guests a pomander or a scented hankie to hold under their noses.

jellybelly18 Thu 09-May-13 20:09:46

Hazey have you tried scrubbing biological washing powder?

Charlesroi Thu 09-May-13 20:18:51

Hazey have you tried scrubbing biological washing powder?

Yep, that works. Or if you catch the sods in the act, mop up and spray the area with a vinegar solution.

hazeyjane Thu 09-May-13 20:25:38

Yes to bio powder - house smelt of washing with a hint of cat wee,

Yes to vinegar - house smelt of vinegar and cat wee (this is really bad)

hazeyjane Thu 09-May-13 20:27:03

I think i should have namechanged for these posts. It's like being at a '*** anonymous' meeting

'My name is Hazeyjane, and my house smells of cat pee.....'

Hazey have you tried Simple Solutions stain and odour remover, they are animal specific so make sure you get the cat one, there is also Simple Solutions carpet shampoo.

SodaStreamy Thu 09-May-13 20:31:48

hazy have you tried bicarb of soda, take a smal bit and add a bit of water to make it paste and rub it in the area.

Remove with a wet cloth the next day then sprinkle the are with dry bicarb of soda every day then vaccum. It does remove some of the smell

Samu2 Thu 09-May-13 21:00:00

Mine must smell of pee sometimes I am sure.

When they have pooed in the litter tray the disgusting smell lingers and even with cleaning the solid pee out every time they go I often get a whiff of pee.

I hate it as I love my cats but also love a clean smelling house. I just open my windows often and keep the litter tray as spotless as I can.

soverylucky Thu 09-May-13 21:13:27

I reckon mine smells. Our cat is such a pain in the neck - peeing where he shouldn't. I clean it up, I scrub it with the pet spray stuff and I rug doctor and I scrub with bicard and I scrub with bio washing powder. I have even pulled the carpet up and cut out the underlay underneath and scrubbed the floor underneath and I am sure I can still smell it a bit.
If you have cats too I would say " I am having real trouble with my cat making a smell - have you tried any products" and then hopefully some sort of cat piss conversation will follow.

shebangsthedrum Thu 09-May-13 21:13:34

oh god next doors tom used to come through our cat flap and piss on our shoes sometimes i could have bloody shot it it was all over my kids trainers.

shebangsthedrum Thu 09-May-13 21:14:33

btw i do not shoot cats i have a lovely one myself.

HerrenaHarridan Thu 09-May-13 21:26:51

My name is Herrena and my house smells of dog!

I would tell friend in an "oh I've only just noticed, I think your cat might have pissed" not in a "do you know your house always smells of piss" iyswim

Ime the only way to get rid of smell of cat pee is to
a) get rid of cat AND
b) get rid of carpets (soft furnishings, woodwork etc)

Hope that helps smile

MummytoMog Thu 09-May-13 21:49:38

The only thing I found that worked was this


Do not bother with the red spray bottles you can buy in shops, it has to be the blue bottles, and this stuff unbefuckinglievable. I buy it in bulk to make it worth the postage, but it really really really works. Even on cat diarrhoea. I tried everything until I found it, my house reeked of cat pee and poo (incontinent rescue mog) and I had lost the ability to smell it properly. This did the trick.

MummytoMog Thu 09-May-13 21:50:52

Oh, and if you have underlay, sadly you will have to cut it out. Just retains the stench and can't really be cleaned sad

Cosmosim Thu 09-May-13 21:52:59

If it's coming from the litter tray, suggest Worlds best cat litter extra strength. We always have to check it because we never smell any wee from it.

"100% natural, clumping cat litter, made from whole kernel corn, bio-degradable and flushable."

DrCoconut Thu 09-May-13 21:54:19

You are my friend aren't you?

hazeyjane Thu 09-May-13 22:00:05

I have tried most solutions, but will check out the links here.

Sadly our poor old puss is really ill, and I don't think has much time left, so I guess that will be that.

Our house isn't ours, and we were gutted when they wanted to lay carpets over the lovely floorboards.

I remember reading about iodine salt, you had to pour it on the stain, in a pile, let it absorb the pee, and dry then Hoover it up. Not only did we seem to constantly have mini salt mountains around the house, but we destroyed our Hoover, because we could never get rid of the smell of cat pee every time we hoovered afterwards.

PoppyWearer Thu 09-May-13 22:01:41

Are you my friend?

Occasionally I get a whiff of it in our house, in spite of my old-girl cat not being allowed outside of the kitchen these days (where she has a very lovely bed and snug).

It's not coming from the cat litter. I've tried using one of those UV light things and can't find any pee anywhere.

My house also often smells of shit, because 20mo DC2 has a knack for doing huge smelly nappies where the smell lingers, even though the offending nappy has long-since been deposited in the outside bin.

I do use air fresheners/neutralisers.

Maybe the smell of pee is coming from the DCs

Don't tell her. She probably knows.

LiveItUp Thu 09-May-13 22:11:36

My DS was asking again today about us getting a cat. This thread has put me right off.

rainbowslollipops Fri 10-May-13 07:41:32

I only have carpet upstairs but my male.cat still seems to.find places to pre despite having his own litter tray!

Thingymajigs Fri 10-May-13 07:53:43

My brother walked into my house once and told me it smelt "catty". There was a bit of shouting from me and he stormed out before walking straight back in again (it was raining) but we are now on speaking terms.
Basically, I would avoid it unless she isn't cleaning up after the cats and seems oblivious. She probably knows and is trying to minimise the smell. There is very little that can be done about animal smells.

Are you my friend? I can smell it too, but clean the litter tray constantly. Open windows and fabreeze before guests arrive. blush blush

Fecklessdizzy Fri 10-May-13 08:55:43

Oh God, do I know you, OP? ( Wanders off sniffing in a paranoid fashion ... )

msrisotto Fri 10-May-13 08:59:41

She'll know! My poor sister's house smelled of cat wee but she had tried EVERYTHING to try and stop the cats peeing where they shouldn't. So, don't tell her, she'll know already.

Illustrationaddict Fri 10-May-13 09:01:57

Could you gift her some pot purée which just happens to match the room you usually sit in for coffee?!

Oh God it's me isn't it?

<<frantically checks OP's profile>>

MaryPoppinsBag Fri 10-May-13 09:13:47

I know mine does as the cats go through phases of peeing somewhere. Months without it and then they do it again.

We were seriously considering Lino in the hallway. But now we are moving and leaving the stinky carpet behind grin

Our utility room/ store room is jouned to the conservatory and smells all catty and they spray in there to and it wafts through. I use Neutradol airfreshener spray a block and it smells nicer.

One of the little buggers has pissed on my Lloyd Loom ottoman that stands in my hallway. Grrrrr!

If she's anything like me she will already know!

Not sure how you tackle it.

footphobic Fri 10-May-13 09:39:42

We had a problem with our lovely old cat when she was very old.

Surgical spirit! Advice I found at the time was; wash area with 10% warm solution of bio washing powder/liquid. leave to dry. Then apply surgical spirit, put it in a spray bottle if easier, might be more effective. Test inconspicuous area first to check it won't cause damage.

For carpeted areas, you may need to cut out underlay and treat surface underneath. We had no carpeting, and had floorboards; you still get the smell so you also have to spray it down the cracks between.

Also generally wiped around with surgical spirit and it seemed to work. HTH

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