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How can we remove cat urine smell from football boots?

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Evenstar Sun 21-Oct-12 00:18:30

This is not a question I ever thought I would need to ask, but after leaving a pair of muddy football boots overnight on the decking by the back door it became apparent that a tom cat had decided to mark its territory by spraying them liberally. They have been washed twice and after letting them partly dry out tonight it seems the smell is as bad as ever. Any suggestions? They are almost new and will have to be thrown away if we cannot stop them stinking the house out sad

LadyMaryCreepyCrawley Sun 21-Oct-12 00:19:37

Have you tried sprinkling bicarbonate of soda inside?

Pancakeflipper Sun 21-Oct-12 00:22:45

Wash in biological washing powder/liquid. Spray with a mix of water and surgical spirit. Then wash the next day.

ravenAK Sun 21-Oct-12 00:23:49

Or bio washing powder liberally shaken inside, & spray outside with something like febreeze?

Alternatively you can drown out most horrible smells with a good sprinkle of olbas oil (worked on our old cat's favourite bit of carpet for discreet tiddling...). You could try wiping the outsides with something like that, dissolved in water, & sprinkle it inside them.

Evenstar Sun 21-Oct-12 00:33:54

I had thought of bicarb, so might give that a try, we did soak them in a solution of bio powder, but might also give the water and surgical spirit a go. Thanks for all the suggestions, I have had cats myself for over 30 years and never had anything like this to deal with before!

PigletJohn Sun 21-Oct-12 09:12:24

the person who wears football boots is responsible for cleaning them. It is not a mum's or a wife's job.

They can be thrown in a bucket of water if muddy. If you have a very old washing machine that you don't care about, I am told they can be put through a wash and slow-spin, like trainers, though I have never done it myself. They must be washed and scrubbed free of any mud first, though.

adamtheimp Sun 26-Oct-14 18:42:58

Nike football boots are prone to this, you don't need a cat even tho it smells like a cats tiddled in them. Nike dont admit it but when boots get wet they give off bad smell like cat wee. don't know of any cure apart from buy Umbro next time! not as stylish or hip but wear really well and protect feet well. I have been coaching football to boys and girls 4 - 11 years for over 14 years.

wowfudge Mon 27-Oct-14 15:43:37

Try an enzyme pet odour removing product like Mr Muscle or Simple Solution from Pets at Home. Clean the mud off and spray them liberally with the enzyme solution. Let them dry and the whiff should be gone. I prefer the Mr Muscle as it has a nice 'clean' scent.

ChaosK Mon 27-Oct-14 16:26:46

Agree completely with Adamtheimp. We vowed never to buy Nile again due to cat smell - DH forgot. Catpiss smelled returned at exactly the same time as new Nike boots!!!

574ejones Mon 27-Oct-14 16:29:49

Yes, my kids have had Nike boots that have done this. We took them back and got a refund even though they had been worn.

ClaimedByMe Mon 27-Oct-14 16:30:37

Agree with the others about Nike boots and the cat pee smell, nike trainers too, there is no way to get rid of the smell!

ilovechristmas1 Mon 27-Oct-14 21:25:57

Sun 26-Oct-14 18:42:58
Nike football boots are prone to this, you don't need a cat even tho it smells like a cats tiddled in them. Nike dont admit it but when boots get wet they give off bad smell like cat wee. don't know of any cure apart from buy Umbro next time! not as stylish or hip but wear really well and protect feet well. I have been coaching football to boys and girls 4 - 11 years for over 14 years.

was going to say exactly that,one of mine were's Nikes and they all have that smell,i bung them in the machine

ThreeQuartersEmpty Mon 27-Oct-14 21:33:59

Well, I have a DS who makes every single make of trainer / football boot / rugby boot smell like cats pee.
It's awful. Only ones that don't smell are his leather school shoes.
hes had smelly feet from he was no age.

I bung them in the machine and dry them under the radiator. They don't last long.

Now that he's 13, he's wearing the breatheable KSwiss, and they are miles better, but not perfect, still occasional Eau De Cat in the garage combined with Eau De Mud.

Larrytheleprechaun Tue 28-Oct-14 11:40:01

I also have a DD whos boots smell like cats pee. Am going to check if they are Nike. I was blaming our cat. i tried the bicarb of soda, aired them on the clothes line etc but the smell returned. So must not be the cats fault.

franceshopkins Mon 30-Jan-17 19:35:02

I thought it was just Nike boots, but we brought my son quite an expensive pair of Adidas boots for Christmas and they stink of cat wee again!! I've tried everything to get rid of the smell

HollyJollyDillydolly Mon 30-Jan-17 19:39:01

Yes. We had the same problem with ds Nike footy boots. Definitely nowhere near a cat and reek of cat wee.

Iamdobby63 Tue 31-Jan-17 12:01:36

Use the washing suggestions above but add white vinegar. I have found this fantastic for getting rid of cat urine smell. I also add zoflora... but that's another thread. Lol

PotatoMcKale Tue 31-Jan-17 12:07:23

Simple solution is brilliant for getting rid of cat urine odours, you can get it from Amazon or pet shops. Use it liberally. Zoflora in the wash is great for getting rid of smell from sweat etc as it kills the bacteria that cause the bad smell.

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