Why does my dog smell like cat urine?

asked 2017-01-10 19:31:45 -0600

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It could be that they roled or stepped in urine and just need a bath. It may also be that they are wetting themselves. This could be caused by UTI or other health issues. Check their bed for wet spots.

Brianna D.'s profile image Brianna D.  ( 2017-02-23 11:11:28 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2020-08-31 21:43:03 -0600

It has to do with the liver not being able to process all toxins from certain foods and it comes out through skin, ears and tears. There was an article somewhere that I’m trying to find. It explained it. I googled it and found this forum instead. I’ll keep looking. If I find it I’ll post it here. My dog was having the same issue but went away with milk thistle. But I’m changing her diet again and the smell came back. She is an indoor dog. Only stays inside house and yard. I don’t have bushes or any areas that could have any other animal pee (cats, raccoons)

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answered 2017-02-23 12:47:43 -0600

Can you provide more details of the timeline of your concern? Is this a sudden change? One time issue? Ongoing?

And, laughably, I must also ask if you own cats. Haha.

Free-range cats can be quite adept at entering your yard and leaving trails, so that is also a possibility that comes to mind.

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answered 2017-02-23 12:29:05 -0600

Your pup could have run into a stray or neighborhood cat while playing in the backyard and maybe the cat peed on him/her...which I've never personally seen, but definitely possible. Your pup also could have just rolled in fresh cat pee. Regardless of the cause, the answer is a bath!

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answered 2017-02-23 10:55:53 -0600

Your dog might have stepped in urine or just needs a bath :)

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answered 2017-10-10 00:18:49 -0600

It could be your dogs diet. I switched my dogs food the natural balance and noticed that it made her coat smell like cat piss. I thought I was going crazy because I would bath her and just hours later the smell would be back. I did a google search and sure enough others using this dog food brand were having the same issue!

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How long after you stopped feeding the natural balance food did the smell go away?

Kelly L.'s profile image Kelly L.  ( 2018-01-04 02:16:41 -0600 ) edit

same thing with my old girl on Natural Balance Venison. I switched her food on Saturday and by Thursday evening I noticed she didn't smell like cat pee anymore!

Anita G.'s profile image Anita G.  ( 2018-02-16 09:16:39 -0600 ) edit

I've noticed with my mom's dog. She has a big yard and I thought he was munching on areas that cats had voided in. I was worried b/c I smelled it in his urine as well. That is when I looked it up. He too is on Natural Balance food for a skin allergy. I feel better that it is not an underlying i

Claire-Amy R.'s profile image Claire-Amy R.  ( 2018-03-23 11:33:48 -0600 ) edit

It’s definitely the natural balance because I just search the web asking the question and guess what my dog eats natural balance as well I had to put my basset hound on it for skin issues it worked great for his skin issues but he now smells like cat P and I just got a new puppy and he smells too!

Rhonda L.'s profile image Rhonda L.  ( 2018-06-15 19:05:45 -0600 ) edit

My dog is not on natural balance I feed raw so I can’t figure out my dog smells like cat pee.. and she has not been around cats at all

Master S.'s profile image Master S.  ( 2020-01-12 14:39:30 -0600 ) edit

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