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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience.
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I have two cats 15 years old, and their urine just recently

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I have two cats 15 years old, and their urine just recently has a strong odor. I think it is the male cat. Should I take him to the vet? He seems not to be eating as much too.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. A particularly pungent odor is often due to a urea splitting bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI). Urea is split into two molecules of ammonia. A simple urinary tract infection isn't expected to cause inappetence, however, and so I'd like his vet to perform a thorough physical exam on him including diagnostics in the form of blood and urine tests. At 15 years of age I'm particularly interested in degenerative disorders such as chronic renal or hepatic insufficiency as well as geriatric neoplasia (cancers). A uremic odor of the urine may be detected by you if renal insufficiency is now present. If your other cat is female, she should be incriminated as harboring the urea splitting bacteria because our aged females are more likely to suffer from UTI than our males.

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