Updated: 3rd April 2019
Cats generally love to roam about and are so well known for their independent and ‘too cool’ attitudes. We tend to appreciate and enjoy it during the times they actually crave affection from us and want to hang around indoors together.
But one thing that isn’t so cool for indoors is their urine. In this article, you’ll learn about the why cat urine is dangerous. This article will also help answer your questions if you wonder:
- Is cat urine toxic?
- Is the smell of cat pee harmful?
- What are the health risks and effects of breathing cat urine?
- Is my cat’s urine harmful to babies?
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Cat Urine Infections To Be Cautious Of:
Even without massive research, we know instinctively that cat urine is dangerous and harmful to us humans. If you allow your cat’s urine to stay on a surface for many hours, it can crystalize and emit ammonia. This ammonia can then cause severe allergic reactions to us humans.
Some Hidden Dangers Of Prolonged Exposure To Cat Urine:
Here is why you have to pay attention to strong cat urine odors:
1. High levels of Ammonia
People who are allergic to cats often think that cat fur is the culprit. They usually don’t realize that cat urine can be a potential offender as well.
3. Tempting Your Cat To Re-Offend
If you leave your cat’s urine odor to linger, you may be tempting your cat to come back and soil the area again. Neutralizing cat pee odors in your home is essential if you want to stop your cat from peeing outside of the litter box.
This will reduce your time spent cleaning up, and keep your home fresh, clean and healthy for everyone.
Cat Urine Allergy Symptoms
Cat urine does bring about health risks and effects on humans and some people might suffer from allergy symptoms. These symptoms can mostly resemble fur allergy.
These can manifest in the form of headaches, wheezing, coughing, breaking out in hives or rashes, irritated teary eyes, sneezing from an itchy, runny nose, feeling a burning sensation in the nose.
Strong and excessive cat pee odors can also induce other effects along the lines of dizziness, sore throats, headaches and nausea.
Neutralizing The Ammonia Smell From Cat Pee
Luckily, common household items can often do the trick!
- Vinegar: Use pure, undiluted vinegar. Spray on the surface and let it dry. Reapply and repeat the process until the odor is gone.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda works by absorbing the smell and works best on carpets. Use a scrub brush to brush the baking soda into your carpet fibers, then leave it for 24 hours. Vacuum the baking soda. Repeat the process as needed.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: Commonly stored in medical kits as a disinfectant for scrapes and cuts, Hydrogen Peroxide is great for neutralizing the Ammonia odor. Prepare a mixture of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and mix with water (70% water with 30% of Hydrogen Peroxide). Dip a cloth in the mixture and blot the surface. When the odor is gone, use cool water to rinse the mixture off.
Tips On Avoiding Ammonia Exposure In Cat Pee
- Keep your cat’s litter box clean and fresh. Change the litter frequently.
- Remove clumping litter daily and replace with fresh ones
- You may want to use gloves and masks for protection when cleaning out the litter box
The short answer to whether cat urine odor is harmful is yes, if it is extremely strong. The aim of this article is not to create paranoid cat owners who worry about the occasional whiff of cat urine.
However, it’s important to have a good understanding of the dangers of your cat’s urine. Especially if you have family members who have respiratory problems or even allergies that they might mistake as a fur allergy.
Also, take care if you have elderly people or children in the home as they are more prone to illness due to a weaker immune system. If you want to learn more about cats and litter box, take a look at some of the frequently asked questions we answered on our review page of the best litter boxes for cats.