Reduce or Eliminate Litter Box Odor
Prevention of litter box odor is possible. What can be done to reduce or eliminate ammonia and other odors from urine? Dehydration will cause a cat’s urine to become c oncentrated which results in the formation of ammonia. Solving the dehydration reduces or eliminates the formation of ammonia and allows the normal elimination of metabolic waste as urea rather than ammonia.
The terrible smell from defecation is increased when the transit time within the body’s elimination system is reduced. When fecal matter sits inside the body rather than moving out of the body quickly, the warmth and bacteria increase the intensity of the smell. Constipation in humans as well as cats often results from dehydration and correcting the dehydration often corrects how fast the bowels are emptied.
It has been said that a cat can last for years without love and can last months without food but can become dehydrated in days, resulting in a smelly litter box as well as a list of other metabolic disorders such as diabetes or kidney disease.
Why do cats get dehydrated so often? Cats do not have a well developed sense of thirst because over the last 10,000 years, cats were hydrated primarily from the moisture contained in the tissues of their prey and not from drinking water.
So how does a cat parent who provides their cat a dry food diet “trick” their cat into drinking more water? It has been shown that cats will consume physiologically correct amounts of water if:
- the water is moving (and interesting)
- the water is clean (especially nothing floating),
- the water basin is always at the top edge (so the cats peripheral vision is not blocked), and
- especially if the water is cool (actually the most important issue).
Only Glacier Point fountains can provide all of the important elements that a cat needs to stimulate him or her to drink enough water to prevent dehydration-associated disorders.