Cat Odors in Attic and Sheetrock?

I am building a new house in the country with several stray cats on the premises. There is one particular tom cat that is DETERMINED to live in my house!


He has snuck in on 3 or 4 occasions and 'hid' out in the AC ducts, attic etc. Once for almost a week before he was found. Now I am told my new house reeks of cat. ~sigh~

The reason I have to be told this is that I have genetic anosmia (no sense of smell) which is OK for me, but I want to have company visit and even stay! And I don't want to be known as the crazy relative with the stinky house! I am already catching heck from a relative for my stinky house.

I am in near tears about this. I do know where a few 'spray' marks are, but my biggest concern is about areas like the insulation etc that may be marked. Any ideas or advice?

Or do I just burn my house down and start over?


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February 7, 20050 found this helpful

Try using a rag soaked in ammonia and water, cats hate it AND it will remove any pet oders too. Two parts water to one part ammonia. Good luck!!

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February 8, 20050 found this helpful


That's terrible about your new house. I have a couple of things to recommend. I am an Independent Watkins Associate, and we carry a product called Permanent Odor Eliminator for Pet Problems. This is a product which has a bacterial digestant to naturally and permanently eliminate odors caused by organic waste. This is a non-acidic, non-caustic, non-toxic product which will not stain carpets, fabrics, or furniture. It can be applied with a cloth or by use of a trigger sprayer. The other product is called Odor Zap.


This item does not mask odors but destroys the source of the odor through oxidation. It is safe and powerful, biodegradable, non-toxic, non-allergenic, and safe for septic tanks. It can be used in any area where odors occur (i.e. carpets, upholstery, mopping and wiping solutions, humidifiers and vaporizers, even in laundry. If you would like me to send you a catalog so you could check out these products to see if you think they might work for you, just e-mail me and I'll get one sent to you.


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By CHML (Guest Post)
February 8, 20050 found this helpful

Check about getting a black light. I don't know much about them but when used it shows blood spots and cat pee. I have no idea of the price and never used one, but you can research about it at a search engine.


Good Luck,

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February 9, 20050 found this helpful

Thank you guys SO much for the feedback. I just looked at black lights and they are only 14 bucks, so I am going to order one now. And I am emailing you for the catalogue Trudy.

I have ammonia, so I am going to use it this weekend on the porch and areas where I can see they sprayed.

This has been a BIG help!

Thanks again,

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By Cathleen (Guest Post)
February 9, 20050 found this helpful

try No More Stinky Feet Shoe spray to treat the urine soaked area. It's not just for shoes. Available on line


There is also a product called Nature's Miracle that may help.

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By Bernie (Guest Post)
June 22, 20050 found this helpful

I have a similar problem....our cat isn't wild, but invited to stay in our garage to keep the mice out and to stay warm in our North Dakota Winters. Unfortunately, she had access to a portion of our attic above the kitchen and used the loose insulation as a giant litter box. We didn't realize this until the first warm day this spring. I have removed all insulation and vacumed up as much "stuff" as I can. I also found many years of mouse poop in the insulation. I have sprayed the entire area with a product called Natures Miracle which is mentioned in a prior post. This works well for a while, but when our weathter is hot (in the 90's today) the odor comes back. I have not re-insulated yet, so maybe the heat is forcing the smell into the house. If you find anything that you know works, please let me know too. Thanks and good luck with your problem.

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