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Smell of Cat Urine
But what should you do if your cat smells like urine?
There is a big difference between indoor and outdoor cats. If you have a cat and if that cat is always inside your home but smells of urine there are a couple of things that might cause it.
Since indoor cats don’t get as much exercise as their outdoor friends, they also tend to eat a lot more. If you overfeed your cat, there is a great chance that you will end up with a fat kitty. If your cat packs on some extra weight, he will have a hard time reaching his behind to clean it.
If you notice that your cat has a hard time licking his belly and hind legs, he probably can’t reach his behind. You should control your cat’s diet and make sure that he gets enough exercise every day. Playing with your cat every day for an hour usually does the trick.
In addition to being overweight and too hairy, cats can emit the smell of urine because of the urinary tract infection. Urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria that usually makes the cat urine smell foul. Also, if you notice that your cat pees more frequently, it is a good sign that infection might be causing all of the problems.
Outdoor cats are a completely different story. Especially if they are not spayed or neutered. Cats are territorial animals, and they love to have something they can consider their own. Especially territory and mating partners. If some other cat wanders into a territory of your cat, chances are they will engage in a fight.
When cats fight for territory or mating rights, the winner usually sprays the loser with urine. We are talking about male cats, of course. If your cat returns home and smells like urine, he probably lost a fight for territory or a female friend.
You can easily avoid that problem by spaying or neutering your cat. Spaying and neutering eliminate the urge for mating which eliminates the need of territory, and that means your cat won’t engage in fights anymore.
Serious medical problems
Also, we need to talk about some more serious medical problems that might cause your cat to smell of urine. One of those conditions is arthritis. Arthritis is not that uncommon to appear once the cat becomes older. Arthritis can limit your cat’s movement, and it can make peeing more difficult.
What should you do?
The first thing you could do is to check your cat’s behind and see if there’s some tangled hair that needs trimming. If your cat likes to sneak outside at night to mark his territory then spaying or neutering might be another option.
The best thing you can do though is to take him to the vet and have him checked out. I hope this has helped you on your quest to find out the reason why your cat doesn’t smell the best.