Cats' Urine

Cats' Urine


A cat's urine glows under a blacklight.


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You can use a black light to detect body fluids. It is a good way to look for pet urine or make sure a bathroom or hotel room is really clean. Cat urine, in particular, glows very brightly under ultraviolet light.

Urine glows under a black light primarily because it contains the element phosphorus. Phosphorus glows yellowish-green in the presence of oxygen, with or without blacklight, but the light imparts additional energy that makes the chemiluminescence easier to see. Urine also contains broken down blood proteins that glow under a black light.


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