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My cats urine is not clumping in the litter, which it

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My cat's urine is not clumping in the litter, which it normally does. It just seems to dissolve in the litter and it also has a strong ammonia smell.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Lori replied 10 years ago.

My guess is probably that there is absolutely nothing wrong with your cat (which is good news).....more than likely, you've gotten a bad batch of clumping litter. This happens more than you'd think. I would simply start out by purchasing another box of litter and see what happens. I would even consider a different brand just to make certain that it's not the cat.

Please let me know if I can help further!

Customer: replied 10 years ago.
I would have thought that but it has been clumping from this same batch of litter until recently and if I pour water into the litter, it does clump. Do you still think its the litter and not the cat? Is a strong ammonia smell ok?
Expert:  Lori replied 10 years ago.
Is your cat male or female? Is it spayed or neutered?
Customer: replied 10 years ago.
My cat is male and neutered and is 11 years old.
Expert:  Lori replied 10 years ago.

You might have him check to see if there is an infection going on. The strong ammonia smell indicates a strong concentration of urine - or high acidity which is what you want with cats. Males tend to have stronger urine than females (especially unneutered males), but if this is a recent development, it definitely should be checked. If he is not drinking a lot, you might try to entice him to drink more - sometimes cat fountains help or putting icecubes in his water bowl. Given his age, I think it would be a good idea for your vet to do a urinalysis and maybe a geriatic blood panel just to see if everything is normal.

Please let me know what they find.

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