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

January 31, 2009 | By Smarymorgan | 6 answers | Expired: 2077 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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Diane
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Jan 31, 2009

I would have the vet do a culture on the urine to make sure it isn't a urinary tract infection.
Water, water, water make sure he is getting plenty of it.
Next, a change in his diet may be needed ,too. Try adding more protein.

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jerrie  y.
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Jan 31, 2009

I understand that adding a quarter teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the food helps. I have just started to use the cider vinegar myself for indigestion and i can say it works well for that-so it couldn`t hurt-but it is hard for cats to accept it. perhaps mixing the dose in the bacon-flavored cheese spread that omes in a jar will work-it is a godsend for getting meds into an animal. Also, I feed part homemade food-in a "soup" with warm water, and this encourages my cat to drink more water. It would work as well with canned food. At any rate, it can`t hurt for him to drink as much as possible. If you suspect a urinary infection, dosing him with a cranberry extract pill helps a lot-again, does not seem to harm.

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Tammy M.
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Jan 31, 2009

I'm so glad you asked this question, I have the same problem. I have one male cat who has been neutered, but he still pees in certain places and it is STRONG!

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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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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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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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