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Why does my one-year-old kitten's urine smell so bad?

Asked by lizzie_k (5points) May 30th, 2008 from iPhone

it reeks of ammonia. I’ve taken him to the vet and they were clueless. I’ve cleaned the box and scrubbed it down. What can I do?

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wizard's avatar

It could be your cats diet. Try this site.

lefteh's avatar

Well, ammonia is a natural component of urine, so it’s going to smell a little like it regardless. But if it seems unnaturally strong, my best guess would be a urinary tract infection.
Though, I’d assume your vet would have tested for that. Maybe explicitly ask your vet to test for UTI?

seVen's avatar

maybe it ate something rotten like a dead squirrel.

marinelife's avatar

Has your kitten been fixed, i.e., neutered if male and spayed if female? If not, have it done. That will take care of the problem.

xyzzy's avatar

Could the cat be dehydrated? This would make the urine more concentrated, and thus smell worse.

Adina1968's avatar

@ Marina – I agree that sounds like the most likely cause. Has she had a cat before?

playthebanjo's avatar

maybe the cat got into the asparagus drawer?

lizzie_k's avatar

Thanks everyone! We scrubbed the litter box earlier today and added new litter and so far so good. Thanks for your advice!

scamp's avatar

Make sure your cat has a fresh supply of water at all times. As xyzzy says, the urine will smell worse if it is not diluted. Plus, it’s just healthier for her to have plenty of water to drink,

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