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Q: Why would my cat's urine have a strong smell?

January 31, 2009 | By Smarymorgan | 6 answers | Expired: 1994 days ago

Smarymorgan

I have a foster cat who has been neutered for 2years, but his urine smells very strong--just like a male who has never been fixed. He does not urinate frequently; nor does he seem to strain. I asked my vet if it could be a urinary infection and he said smell alone would not indicate infection. Has anyone else experience this problem?

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Kavykeeper
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Jan 31, 2009

It could be a urinary tract infection, but it also could be from the food you are feeding him. First thing I'd do is have your vet check him. If it's not a UTI, You can try switching foods to see if that helps. Most cat food is chicken based. You can try a salmon based one to see if that makes a difference. Urine contains urea which is an ammonia compound which gives it the bad smell.

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Erica S.
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Jan 31, 2009

If you use bleach to clean out your litterbox the bleach could be reacting to the ammonia in the urine and also create a very strong smell. If you do you need to let the bleach sit for ten minutes and then rinse the litterbox off with regular water to get rid of any bleach residue and that will make a big difference.

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Kathy R.
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Jan 31, 2009

Is he drinking enough water? If he is not than his urine could become too concentrated and have a stronger smell to it.

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