Have cats? Or planning to get one? Then you might want to know that the smell of cat urine is not only powerful but is also long-lasting. Hence, removing it takes a lot of time and effort. Also, inhaling cat urine may lead to several health hazards, especially if they are exposed to highly concentrated urine, or if an exposure happens over an extended period. Here are a few dangerous effects that come with your lovely pet.
- Contains high levels of ammonia
If cat urine is left to sit on a surface for a long period, it could crystallize or form vapors, because cat urine mostly consists of gas. The gas is a colorless compound which is characterized by its pungent smell. Ammonia not only smells bad but it is also unsafe to breathe. When it enters your body through skin contact, air (breathing) or mouth (swallowing), it reacts with water and forms ammonium hydroxide.
Ammonia, when inhaled in high concentrations, can cause an immediate burning of the eyes, nose, and throat as well as the respiratory tract. This is highly risky for people having respiratory problems such as asthma, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Even the ones with a healthy body are at risk of developing respiratory issues. In extreme cases, it can also result in blindness and permanent lung damage. Other symptoms of ammonia exposure include rashes, itchy skin, red eyes, headaches, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, etc.
- Causes various kinds of allergies
Not only does the fur of the cats cause allergy but its urine also does. Cat urine can sometimes trigger allergies worse than fur. Cat urine contains high concentrations of allergens that release many chemicals which can cause allergy symptoms. Mild symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, wheezing, coughing, rashes, hives, itchy skin, and irritated, red eyes. Other symptoms include headaches, sore throats, inflammation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and breathing difficulty. Aside from skin contact, allergens can also make their way through inhalation and ingestion. This means that a robust and excessive cat pee odor can also trigger allergic reactions.
- Odor tempts your cat to re-offend
Cats also use the smell of their urine to mark their own ‘comfort room.’ Felines are endowed with a super-sensitive olfactory function that they can smell even the faintest scent. So also if you don’t detect the odor of their urine at first, they surely can. If they can sniff even the slightest odor of their urine, it’s highly likely that they’ll urinate on that same spot again.
- Cat urine attracts other cats as well
It has been observed that female cats usually spray when they go into heat. They do it not to mark their territory, but to open a means of communication to nearby cats that she needs a mate. With their powerful sense of smell, male cats can detect the urine odor from a female kitty even from afar.
Hence to avoid such situations you must seek a professional. Many cat removal services are available to assist and guide you.