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Posted by on Apr. 29, 2012 at 9:54 AM
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 My kids sneakers (and even mine after a really long day) will smell almost like cat pee. Now I do have a cat, but after 5 yrs he has no history of peeing on anything unless he's locked in my bedroom and then my dirty laundry pile or bath rug become fair game.

I have even noticed in bath towels hanging to dry (makes me wonder how some Moms can post that they only wash towels once a week).

I told John that I am thinking teh kids excrete extra amonia in their sweat, and a quick search I am RIGHT!

 

Here is a bit of an explanation, as opposed to a solution.....it's ammonia....The chemical make-up of ammonia is NH3. This means that there is one Nitrogen atom bound to three Hydrogen atoms. Ammonia can be a weak acid or a weak base, depending on what type of chemical it is suspended in. Ammonia has a strong, pungent odor that is easily recognizable in cleaning products, cat urine, and, for some people, sweat!

The key to ammonia in urine and sweat is the nitrogen. The only macronutrient in your body that contains nitrogen is amino acids, the building blocks of protein. In fact, many bodybuilders are always seeking a "positive nitrogen balance" meaning that less nitrogen leaves their body than enters their body. Since nitrogen is in every amino acid, and amino acids are the building blocks of muscle, someone in positive nitrogen balance is more than likely gaining muscle mass.

Your body uses amino acids for energy every day. There is no way to avoid this. Your body constantly goes into catabolic (tissue breakdown) and anabolic (tissue building) phases. When you accumulate mass (lean or fat), your anabolic phases exceed your catabolic phases, but you still experience both phases. When your body uses an amino acid for energy, it must convert the amino acid to a useable form of energy.

It does this by stripping the nitrogen atom off of the molecule. The skeleton molecule that is left behind is then further converted into glucose and used as fuel. In order to get rid of the excess nitrogen, your body typically processes the nitrogen in your kidneys and forms urea, CO(NH2)2 - basically, a carbon dioxide molecule bound to nitrogen and hydrogen. Urea is then excreted in the urine. If your kidneys cannot handle the load of nitrogen, then the nitrogen will be excreted as ammonia in your sweat.

One other factor to consider is water intake. The methods used for getting rid of excess ammonia, such as urine and sweat, all require water as a transport mechanism. If you are not getting adequate fluid, then the solution (ammonia + water) will not be diluted. Therefore, water plays a definite role. If you are not drinking enough fluids to have at least one or two clear urinations every day, you should drink more.

Based on this explanation, it is clear that your sweat will smell like ammonia only if an excessive amount of amino acids are being used for energy, or you are not receiving adequate water. This helps us find a solution to the problem.


Read more: http://www.letsrun.com/forum/flat_read.php?thread=1043933#ixzz1tRAjviSv 

 

Stephannie, wife to John, Mom to John, Garrett, CJ and Alex
full-time Auntie to Carly-Ann

 
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lady-J-Rock
by Niki on Apr. 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Interesting thanks for sharing

SamMom912
by Platinum Member on Apr. 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Wow! That is so interesting... Now i know why theguy next to me in spin class sometimes smells so funky!
elwalters77
by Erica on Apr. 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Interesting. TFS
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Cecelia712
by Gold Member on Apr. 29, 2012 at 5:08 PM
I never noticed a cat pee smell. Now I will have to pay attention to this tonight and see! And btw, ewwwww who bgoes a week before washing a bathtowel? I know you're drying a clean body but still!
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Walker101
by on Apr. 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

wow interesting


robsgurl_23
by on Apr. 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

that could be whymy youngest her neakers smell like cat pee..what do you do to get rid of the smell? I have thrown I have used kids and pets spray and that didnt work, I am thinking of throwing them in the washer.

Wyldbutterfly
by Snow Bunny on Apr. 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

That's so interesting. I never would have thought!

Emschick38
by Ali on Apr. 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM


Quoting Cecelia712:

I never noticed a cat pee smell. Now I will have to pay attention to this tonight and see! And btw, ewwwww who bgoes a week before washing a bathtowel? I know you're drying a clean body but still!

I only wash towels once a week. BUT the 3 DDs only take a bath/shower every other day. And DH and I go through 2-3 towels per week. I just do one load of towels, because I dont use fabric softener on them but on other stuff I do so I have to have them seperate.

Cecelia712
by Gold Member on Apr. 29, 2012 at 9:39 PM
Ok I said that wrong. I didn't mean how long it takes you to wash them but id never use the same towel for a week. On the other hand we all shower everyday and I take at least 2 showers a day. I change my towel every day because I can not use a wet or even damp towel.


Quoting Emschick38:


Quoting Cecelia712:

I never noticed a cat pee smell. Now I will have to pay attention to this tonight and see! And btw, ewwwww who bgoes a week before washing a bathtowel? I know you're drying a clean body but still!

I only wash towels once a week. BUT the 3 DDs only take a bath/shower every other day. And DH and I go through 2-3 towels per week. I just do one load of towels, because I dont use fabric softener on them but on other stuff I do so I have to have them seperate.


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Jillysmom
by Adele on Apr. 29, 2012 at 9:51 PM

very interesting

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