Have you ever wondered if cat urine can get you high? If not, don’t feel bad. You are in the majority of people who have never asked themselves this question.
So as I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed I see this post from a curious pet owner, “Can you get high off of cat urine?” The first thing that popped into my mind is, “Why do I want to be high?” And then I began to think about how much my cats love me and how they’ll do whatever it takes to make me happy.
They even try to run outside on chilly nights just so they can come inside to warm up by me. That’s some unconditional love right there! But the real question is, are they peeing in high hopes of getting their lives back, or do they genuinely feel a high from the act?
When someone mentions getting high, most people think of Marijuana or coke.
Some people simply say that a cat’s urine can get you high, while others say it’s just liquid gold. But what’s the real story?
Did you know that we have a history that goes back to ancient Egypt and ancient China where people have found different ways to get that cat urine buzz? So its history as a drug isn’t as strange as many might think.
So if you are here because you saw “cat urine” and “high” in the same sentence and thought it was a joke, well, shock on you.
I’ll admit that it is a pretty strange topic, but it has some scientific merit to it and can be fun to discuss. So, can cat pee get you high? Let’s find out!
What is cat pee?
Cat urine is the clear, amber, or yellow liquid you find in your kitty’s litterbox about 2-4 times a day. However, scientific research has shown higher levels of uniqueness in cats’ pee.
When they’re healthy and there are no issues with their urinary tract or bladder, they can produce between 50 and 100 ml of urine per day.
Unlike other pets, cat urine has 2% urea and 95% water. The first part of the pee, called the “clearance phase,” is water.
The second part contains waste products in a dissolved form.
This is why urine is yellow or amber-colored.
Urea in a cat’s urine is a waste product of protein synthesis.
Kitty pee has a unique smell. In their nature, cats excrete a lot of proteins through the urinary tract.
What is cat urine made of?
Urine is a concentrate of metabolic waste and is comprised of urea, creatine, uric acid, various detoxified substances, sodium chloride, and other electrolytes.
It owes its characteristic yellow color to urobilinogen.
Cat’s pee contains felinine amino acids that are unique to felids.
A mature male cat’s urine contains about three times more felinine than its female and neutered male counterparts which serve as a territory marker.
Can the smell of cat pee hurt you?
Breathing cat urine can harm you. Kitty’s urine isn’t just disgusting; it could be hazardous to your health.
Cat urine is composed of different substances. However, urea makes up the largest portion of cat urine’s composition which produces irritating smells.
The breath of cat urine could be particularly harmful if you already have a respiratory condition like asthma.
Breathing a kitty’s urine could worsen the condition.
The enormous concentrations of ammonia in cat urine could act as essential triggers to the underlying respiratory issues. It is even worse if you are suffering from asthma and/or bronchitis.
The smell of cat urine could trigger allergic reactions.
Smelling a cat’s urine may present you with reactions that are similar to cat dander allergies like watery eyes, sinus challenges, rashes, coughing, and wheezing.
Can humans get sick from cat urine?
Yes. Humans can get sick from cat urine.
Cat urine contains unhealthy amounts of ammonia. Even though ammonia is widely used in cleaning products and industrial ingredients, the levels are highly regulated.
Leaving a litterbox containing cat urine unattended for several days could create mild health issues.
Cat urine can make you sick, that is why I highly discourage you from placing the litter box in your bedroom and inhaling that air mixed with ammonia throughout the night.
What are the side effects of breathing cat urine ammonia?
Over-exposure to huge amounts of concentrated cat urine could trigger:
- Eye inflammation
- Skin inflammation
- Respiratory ailments
What happens if you breathe in cat urine?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), several elements in cat urine can be harmful if inhaled.
Studies found that breathing in kitty pee can trigger asthma attacks. So if you suffer from asthma, it’s important to take precautions.
Ammonia is toxic to humans at high concentrations, and even at low concentrations can irritate eyes and skin.
Is it bad to inhale cat urine?
Yes, it is bad to inhale cat urine. Inhaling kitty pee can cause you to experience the following symptoms.
Typical symptoms include:
- Sore or itchy nose
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Skin irritation
- Eye irritation
Can you get high from cat pee?
It is possible to get high from cat urine, as it contains certain psychoactive compounds. These compounds can lead to changes in perception, mood, and cognition, and can also produce feelings of euphoria and relaxation.
In some cases, people may deliberately consume cat urine in order to experience these effects. However, doing so can be dangerous, as it can lead to dehydration, nausea, and vomiting.
It is also important to note that cat urine may contain harmful bacteria that can cause infections.
Can cat pee really get you high?
Yes, cat pee can really get you high. You may be surprised to learn that cat urine has a psychoactive ingredient in it that can get you high.
Although there is no hard scientific evidence, one professional suggests that it could be possible to get high off cat urine because some of the by-products are similar to THC.
It all depends on how much you have.
But the fact is kitty pee can get you high and it has been used in ancient times for healing purposes.
The first time I heard the idea, I thought it was dubious.
A friend told me that some people believe that if you smoke cat urine, you can get high. The idea seemed implausible and ridiculous to me; I could not fathom how this could be true.
Some people swear that a whiff of kitty pee can get you high and relieve stress while others think this notion is equal to insanity, or so they’d like you to think.