What can I give my cat for very strong urine smell?

What can I give my cat for very strong urine smell?

Our cats urine smell of ammonia. Ammonia in cat urine smells disgusting, unpleasant and lasts for quite some time. As a pet parent of a cat, you probably worry about how strong her urine smell is. Is this normal? Or should you be worried? Let's find out.

"When urea is broken down, it produces amines that will break down further into mercaptans (also found in feces of other animals and skunk spray). Now this is why your cat's urine smells like ammonia."

COMPOSITION OF CAT URINE

Cat urine is made up of different chemicals like uric acid, creatinine, electrolytes and urea. When urea is broken down, it produces amines that will break down further into mercaptans (also found in feces of other animals and skunk spray). Now this is why your cat's urine smells like ammonia.

WHAT COULD CAUSE THIS STRONG URINE SMELL

Aside from ammonia smell in urine, there are a lot of other factors for why your cat's has a foul smelling urine.

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Dehydration. Most cats are not really fond of drinking water and this causes dehydration.

If your cat doesn't drink water that much, her urine gets more concentrated and concentrated urine has a stronger ammonia smell.

Unchanged litter. If you fail to change your cat's litter, ammonia gets concentrated. The litter may look clean but your cat's urine has seeped deep into the litter. This causes strong urine smell of your litter box.

Diet. Your cat's diet can also be the cause of strong ammonia smell in your cat's urine. Most pet parents feed their cats cat foods that have chicken-based proteins. These proteins produce urea (as mentioned above) and causes strong urine smell.

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Make sure she drinks water. Offer your cat fresh and clean water all the time. If she doesn't like to drink water from her water bowl, allow her to drink running water. Your cat loves the feel of running water on her tongue.

Change the litter every week. Since your cat's urine in the litter box will seep deep into the litter, it is suggested that you change your litter every week. Unchanged and dirty litter will become a breeding ground for bacteria and may possibly lead to urinary tract infections.

Note: If your cat has a sweet-smelling urine instead, it can be a sign of diabetes

PROPER MANAGEMENT

Worry not. There are actually a couple of things you can do and give your cat for that strong urine smell.

Make sure she drinks water. Offer your cat fresh and clean water all the time. If she doesn't like to drink water from her water bowl, allow her to drink running water. Your cat loves the feel of running water on her tongue.

Change the litter every week. Since your cat's urine in the litter box will seep deep into the litter, it is suggested that you change your litter every week. Unchanged and dirty litter will become a breeding ground for bacteria and may possibly lead to urinary tract infections.

Check her diet. Your cat's current diet may contain proteins that are chicken-based. Feed your cat foods that are salmon-based sometimes to avoid strong urine smell. A combination of different proteins in her diet will lessen the strong ammonia odor.

Identify stressors. Since stress can also cause strong urine smell, identify the things that stresses out your cat and slowly address them. Is it a change in her daily routine? Loud noises? Your house guests? A new pet at home? That stray cat outside?

Consult your vet. A visit to your veterinarian will properly diagnose and help you rule out the actual cause of why your cat has strong urine smell. Urinary tract problems and infections can be life-threatening if not treated immediately.

Pee pads and cat diapers. Prevention, prevention, prevention. Before your cat goes around leaving strong urine smell in your house, prevent it from happening by letting her wear cat diapers.

Pee pads are also a great help! Pee pads placed under litter boxes are intended to catch any “misses” while it’s odor-eliminating property removes/lightens any unpleasant smell; becoming the ultimate lifesaver!

Make sure you identify what causes your cat's urine to smell strong and address it. Nobody wants unpleasant ammonia smell in the house! Address it and keep your cat and other family members happy and healthy!

"A visit to your veterinarian will properly diagnose and help you rule out the actual cause of why your cat has strong urine smell. Urinary tract problems and infections can be life-threatening if not treated immediately."

The Author:

Micka V.

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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