The good news is that most cat caretakers won’t need to worry about this. A corner of the living room carpet that smells faintly of kitty piddle isn’t going to harm healthy lungs. Lungs that are already compromised, such as in someone with asthma, may be irritated by even a mild odor of cat urine, especially if they’re frequently exposed to the odor. Scent has a very powerful effect on our mood and behavior. Clinical research has shown that the scent of lavender can reduce agitated and aggressive behavior in those with mental health issues, such as dementia. Why am I telling you this? Because the dangers of cat urine smell don’t stop with your lungs.
Even when you’re used to it, cat urine odor definitely qualifies as a bad smell. So if you find yourself, your partner or your kids to be irritable and just plain ill-tempered in a room with lingering cat urine odor, it may be the nasty smell that’s ruining the mood. There is one small exception here, though. Your cat’s litter box should always have a faint smell of urine. All it takes to ensure this is not cleaning the litter box with bleach, Pinesol or any other strong chemical that will strip out any odor. Traces of urine odor can cause your cat to come back to the soiled area and strike again. For a detailed guide to the causes of inappropriate urination and effective methods for eliminating that nasty cat pee odor, check out Cat Urine Problems Eliminated.
Thank you for the great info. 15 cats, and extreme ddamage. The owner had workers replace the carpets and repaint all of the walls. The city, Medford Oregon, is extremely impacted in terms of the rental market, so quickly finding another place. Do you have any suggestions for us, ando know. I can imagine 15 cats could do a lot of damage.
When a cat pees near a wall, the wall can soak up the urine like a candle wick. Most likely the owner simply wasn’t aware that could happen. Since that’s probably not an option for you, you might ask if the owner if they wouldn’t be against repainting the walls in the worst smelling room first with an odor-barrier primer, such as KILZ MAX, then with a high quality paint that should further seal in the odor. In the meantime, do what you can to improve the ventilation or use a portable air cleaner. Omg I’m in Medford too. The apartment we just moved into is disgusting. I hope it’s not the same one.
I think most people are not fully aware of the health consequences of lingering cat urine odor. We run an odor removal company, Smell Fresh Arizona, in Phoenix, AZ, and run into cat pee problems all the time. Lots of people live with it as a minor nuisance, but your article really sheds light on things. I have a friend who’s home reeks of cat urine. When he is riding in a car with me ,he reeks of same odor. What is the proper way to tell him about the situation without offending him?
If he’s a close friend, then probably gently mentioning that his clothing seem to have picked up a little odor from the cats would be the polite thing to do. Better to hear it from a friend first so he can do something about it before his co-workers start complaining. I haven’t heard that particular symptom, but if the odor is causing you breathing problems, that could sap your energy and leave you feeling tired. I have a 75 year old neighbor who is mentally challenged. She is at a 4th grade level. Her case worker has said she is capable of taking care of herself, I beg to differ. She has always had a dog now cats.
She lets her animals pee and poop on her floor and carpets. Her house smells terrible of urine. The other day when I went to her door the smell of urine was so great I couldn’t breath. It was like someone dumped a pail of ammonia at me. I can’t get any help to help her. I just heard about the health risk. That’s a tough one if her case worker won’t do anything. If you don’t think you’ll get anywhere by pressing the issue with the case worker, could you maybe call a different government agency to send someone to check up on her? Or see if there’s any local volunteer group that helps the elderly with chores that might be able to help her clean up and maintain her home better? That ultimately might lead to removing the pets, but that might be necessary if both her and the animals’ health is at stake. Our neighbor has adopted many cats. They hang out all around the house and under the house. When it rains which is all the time the smell of cat urine is horrible. So we pretty much sleep inhaling the smell.