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Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
I am in desperate need of help. My cat won't stop peeing outside the box.

We have 3 cats. Two are 15, one is 12. They've all been together for 10yrs.

My 15yr old calico will not stop peeing on everything. We had to replace the carpet (with pergo) bc of her. (Though we were going to anyhow.). Now she pees on the rug at the bottom of the stairs, or upstairs on the carpet about 3 feet from her box.

We have 4 boxes and we scoop them nightly.

I have tried putting a plastic drop cloth down over the entire area she likes to go in, and she will just pee next to it.

She's been to the vet. She had a bladder infection, and they have her antibiotics. It cleared up fine but the peeing (on the carpets) is still non-stop.

The vet wants to run all these expensive tests before trying anything behavioral. (And I'm fairly sure this is behavioral.)

I'm so irritated. I've read they need outside time, so we thought about an outdoor enclosure - the vet said it wouldn't help, and we'd have to get all 3 of our cats fully "outdoor cat" vaccinated.

The vet said to NOT change the litter - we had thought about that Cat Attract litter, bc a friend recommended it and I'd read a lot about it. She said that would be a huge mistake.

So I'm at a loss. I love my cats, and I don't really believe in getting rid of a pet. But I have two young kids at home, and I don't want them covered in cat pee, I don't have time to constantly be cleaning up after this cat, and I don't want all our stuff ruined. Plus come July it's our busy season and we won't be home as much to find the problem in time to clean it up.

HELP!!!!
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clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    I really don't know what to recommend, because it sounds like you have already done the majority of what I would suggest.

    Do you have the litter boxes spread as far apart as possible? I heard spreading them out is most beneficial.

    I would think that this is anxiety. That is typically the number 1 cause of cats urinating outside of the litter box. *Especially in multi cat house holds*
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  • YoshimiYoshimi Posts: 237Registered Users
    We had a cat who did this and it was a psychological issue, it stemmed from nervousness, I think we started giving her more attention and not letting the other cat dominate her as much, the problem then resolved itself.

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  • HootenannyHootenanny Posts: 300Registered Users
    Cats tend to do this if they are ill. I see that your kitty had a bladder infection and was put on antibiotics. I'm assuming the cat was re-tested for the infection after the antibiotics finished? (If not, you should have her checked again since sometimes antibiotics are not successful the first time around.) Also, cats her age frequently begin to have kidney problems, so it might be good to get her checked for this. You should also have her tested for diabetes, especially if your cats eat dry food only. Is she drinking more water than usual?

    Assuming your kitty doesn't still have any traces of infection, and that her kidneys are okay, the problem for her is that she now associates the litter box with pain (the burning feeling she had when she had the infection). What you need to do is re-train her to associate the box with pleasure. So, if you see her going toward a spot outside the box and looking like she is going to pee, quickly scoop her up and put her in the box (this is what the mother cat did to train her as a baby!). Then, if she goes in the box, give her a treat. Do that as often as you can, and hopefully she will start using it again on her own.

    As your vet said, do not change the litter. Doing that often makes these problems worse. Also, make sure you not cleaning up the places she is peeing with ammonia. Ammonia smells like another cat's pee to her, and she will then re-pee on the spot to cover up that smell. What you should buy to clean the pee up is called "Urine Off" (comes in a large grey bottle with a pic of cat on it). This stuff will get all traces of the pee smell out, AND replace the smell with an (undetectable to humans) scent that the cat doesn't like, thus discouraging her from peeing there again.

    Hopefully things start going better for your kitty! :)
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  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Only have a second to reply, so that's the reason for my shortness! :)

    Kitty was retested - no infection. No bacteria present at all.

    Vet never mentioned kidneys even once, which I found really odd.

    She has a list of tests you have to do in order. First is the urine culture. I would think next would be a blood panel, but no. She wants to do feline leukemia before anything else, followed by numerous other (expensive) tests before doing anything behavioral. And none of those tests had to do with her kidneys.

    She is a very skinny cat - always has been. The vet wanted to check her thyroid because of that, which I was ok with, but she won't do that until she runs through the things on the list before that.

    She said to never put the cat in the box. :/

    I'm at a loss. I had read so many suggestions online (in articles written by vets) and a lot of her information seems to not match up with that.
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • HootenannyHootenanny Posts: 300Registered Users
    Hmmm, I agree with you Jas that some of what your vet is saying is quite different than what many other vets/books would say. I'm certainly not a vet, but I'm definitely a crazy cat mom and as soon as I got my cats four years ago, I bought every book out there on cat health and read them cover-to-cover! So I promise you I'm not just making up my advice! :)

    I just don't see a reason why the kitty couldn't be tested for urinary-related issues (kidneys, etc), and for diabetes (this can cause excessive thirst and urination), which are relatively cheap tests, but as I said, I'm not a vet!

    In terms of picking your kitty up and putting her in the box, I had to train one of my cats to use the box when she was young, and this is exactly what I did. She'd still be pooping on the floor today if I hadn't have done this! :shock: Is your kitty pooping in the box? Or not using it at all?

    Maybe you could try getting a second opinion online? There are quite a few sites where you can ask a vet questions for free or for a small ($10-ish) fee. Explain everything that has happened just as you did here, and explain that you would like to try behavior modifications first. Don't mention what your vet said (cuz that might sway their response), and see what they have to say?

    Finally, if you think she is stressing out about something, you could try getting a Feliway diffuser: FELIWAY - Official Site They are also available on Amazon and probably in some pet shops. Many people swear by these for reducing stress levels in cats.

    I really hope things work out! :)
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  • PerriPPerriP Posts: 6,613Registered Users
    I don't have cats but once lived with a very neurotic little cat, the feliway diffuser mentioned above made a huge difference for her.

    I'd also suggest a second opinion, I have a dog and I know they're different but excessive urination tells me kidneys, bladder infection, or diabetes. A complete blood panel would point the vet in the right direction

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  • juanabjuanab Posts: 4,037Registered Users
    Hootenanny, would you mind listing the books that you purchased?

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  • divegirldivegirl Posts: 1,286Registered Users
    Oh I feel your pain. I have one cat who has been peeing outside the box for 18 months now. She was put on Prozac and amitriptyline pretty quickly which helped for a while but then it started again. She was eventually diagnosed with struvite crystals in her urine, as well as some kind of bladder infection. So she is now on special food to dissolve the crystals, and I just finished a series of antibiotic injections.

    So in the absence of medical reasons, your cat is now probably in the habit of peeing outside the box so that's the behavior you need to change. Anti anxiety medications may help. You may also need to remove her access to those areas. I have Curie (my cat) confined to my screened porch during the day and anytime I cannot supervise her so she doesn't have access to the spots where she was peeing. I also bought one of these [URL]Midwest Homes for Pets 36 inches long by 23.5 inches wide by 50.5 inches high Cat Playpen http://amzn.com/B000I1M76Q[/URL] which is another option for confining cats. The crate is big enough for food, water, and litterbox. Of course, my cat escaped from this crate but you might have better luck!
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    We used feliway a few years back when we "blended our cat family". My two moved in with his. We were only in that apartment for a couple of months before moving again. They all got along GREAT until we moved to the new place. Then things got hairy. We moved again and things were better, but still not great. That's when we tried the feliway. His cat is crazy. She's kind of mean and will tear her hair out when she gets nervous.

    My cat never did this until we moved into our new house. We thought perhaps it was because the previous owners had dogs and a cat?

    Idk. I have thought about a 2nd opinion. I, too, have read several books and articles, etc, and I've had cats all my life, so I totally agree that the info isn't quite adding up.

    And I'm really not comfortable with "you have to do all these tests in order before we'll try anything behavioral" thing. I really feel like that's manipulative.

    Don't get me wrong - I'm totally willing to run tests on her! I just don't agree with the methodology here.
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    My vet said if I let the cat out in any capacity, even confined, we'll have to get her and all our cats fully vaccinated. Apparently their are air born viruses that she could get and contaminate the other cats with? Which makes me confused - are we not able to open the windows ever then? Or open a door to go in and out of the house? And should we pay thousands of dollars to have our house made air tight? Come on.

    Idk. My husband really liked her and said she was really nice, etc. But I just question some of what she's saying, and don't really like the way she's going about everything.


    And I'm also wondering if I still have my feliway diffusers somewhere!!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • juanabjuanab Posts: 4,037Registered Users
    Jas, this just screams second opinion to me. I wouldn't be comfortable with a vet insisting upon a strict regimen of expensive tests especially when it contradicts other things I have read. She doesn't seem to have given a good reason not administer the other tests you mentioned.

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    Gel - SM souffle (winter), KCCC (summer) or CR Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel (year round)
    Sealers - Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado butter, Aloe butter
    Ayurvedic treatments - Jamila Henna, Sukesh, Aloe Vera Powder, Hibiscus Powder
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    I had an elderly cat who had similar peeing problems. We tried everything we could...confining, behavior mod...which didn't work. And we did medical testing...but at some point it just became too expensive to invest in extreme medical care for an old cat. In the end, we put her down. The vet really thought she was at the end of her life and probably couldn't be cured, so we felt good about the decision. Other vets might not be so honest and will take your money as long as you are willing to spend it.

    My current cat is "only" 10, and when we got a new puppy last fall, she suddenly started peeing on the floor by the front door. I managed to solve the problem by moving her litter box to that spot. Now, she reliably pees in the box...but I have the unfortunate situation of having a litter box right inside the formal entrance of my house! Every time I try to move the box, she regresses to peeing on the floor again.

    Cat pee is horrible stuff, and I don't think an incurable peeing problem is something many people would put up with. So, you're going to need to do what is best for your family.
  • HootenannyHootenanny Posts: 300Registered Users
    juanab wrote: »
    Hootenanny, would you mind listing the books that you purchased?

    Sure, I'd be happy to! Better yet, I'll post some links to them. My favorites for medical advice/keeping up with my vet are:

    Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated: Debra M. Eldredge DVM: 9780470095300: Amazon.com: Books

    And:

    The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms: Michael S. Garvey D.V.M., Anne E. Hohenhaus D.V.M., John E. Pinckney D.V.M., Katherine A. Houpt D.V.M., Melissa S. Wallace D.V.M., Elizabeth Randolph: 9780375752278: Amazon.com: Books

    And for general veterinary info (not just for cats):

    Mosby's Veterinary PDQ, 1e: Margi Sirois EdD MS RVT LAT: 9780323055758: Amazon.com: Books

    For a more natural approach (also I just love the author's cat stories), plus some behavior advice:

    The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care: Anitra Frazier, Norma Eckroate: 9780452289758: Amazon.com: Books

    Finally, for primarily behavioral advice:

    Amazon.com: Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss (9780143119791): Pam Johnson-Bennett: Books

    Wow, I really am a crazy cat lady. :laughing6: In all seriousness, I considered a career in veterinary medicine at one point, so I find these books interesting in themselves (gave up on it because the job market for vets is a mess). While I never would try to self-diagnose a problem in my cats (or those of others), I have found that these books seem to agree with my vet's opinion in the few cases when my cats were ill, so I've come to trust them. And I found the behavioral ones to be quite successful in helping to modify undesirable behavior (in my own case, ways to remedy eliminating outside the box and food aggression).
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  • HootenannyHootenanny Posts: 300Registered Users
    Jas76 wrote: »
    My vet said if I let the cat out in any capacity, even confined, we'll have to get her and all our cats fully vaccinated. Apparently their are air born viruses that she could get and contaminate the other cats with? Which makes me confused - are we not able to open the windows ever then? Or open a door to go in and out of the house? And should we pay thousands of dollars to have our house made air tight? Come on.


    Do they get any yearly vaccines right now, such as distemper or rabies?
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    Protein: AOGPB, CNPF, SSRPT
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  • tycho19tycho19 Posts: 805Registered Users
    I strongly recommend the cat attract litter. It saved me and is now all we use. Also, clean the areas the cat has peed on with Anti Icky Poo to erradicate all smell. Inject it into carpet padding if you need to. Remove any covers from any litterboxes that have them.
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  • divegirldivegirl Posts: 1,286Registered Users
    I'm not sure I understand why you would need to vaccinate all your cats if the one cat is confined outside. The crate I linked to can be used inside your house. I can understand heartworm being transmitted through mosquitoes but heartworm prevention doesn't need vaccinations if you use Advantage or some other monthly topical treatment.

    Thankfully, Curie has not had a pee incident since I started confining her when she's not under supervision.

    I am also transitioning Curie to being an indoor/outdoor cat because she has always been extremely interested in going outside and I figure she will much much prefer to pee outside than inside. I did make sure my cats' vaccinations were up-to-date before I started letting her outside though.
  • juanabjuanab Posts: 4,037Registered Users
    Hootenanny wrote: »
    juanab wrote: »
    Hootenanny, would you mind listing the books that you purchased?

    Sure, I'd be happy to! Better yet, I'll post some links to them. My favorites for medical advice/keeping up with my vet are:

    Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated: Debra M. Eldredge DVM: 9780470095300: Amazon.com: Books

    And:

    The Veterinarians' Guide to Your Cat's Symptoms: Michael S. Garvey D.V.M., Anne E. Hohenhaus D.V.M., John E. Pinckney D.V.M., Katherine A. Houpt D.V.M., Melissa S. Wallace D.V.M., Elizabeth Randolph: 9780375752278: Amazon.com: Books

    And for general veterinary info (not just for cats):

    Mosby's Veterinary PDQ, 1e: Margi Sirois EdD MS RVT LAT: 9780323055758: Amazon.com: Books

    For a more natural approach (also I just love the author's cat stories), plus some behavior advice:

    The Natural Cat: The Comprehensive Guide to Optimum Care: Anitra Frazier, Norma Eckroate: 9780452289758: Amazon.com: Books

    Finally, for primarily behavioral advice:

    Amazon.com: Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss (9780143119791): Pam Johnson-Bennett: Books

    Wow, I really am a crazy cat lady. :laughing6: In all seriousness, I considered a career in veterinary medicine at one point, so I find these books interesting in themselves (gave up on it because the job market for vets is a mess). While I never would try to self-diagnose a problem in my cats (or those of others), I have found that these books seem to agree with my vet's opinion in the few cases when my cats were ill, so I've come to trust them. And I found the behavioral ones to be quite successful in helping to modify undesirable behavior (in my own case, ways to remedy eliminating outside the box and food aggression).

    Thank you! I want to be the best cat mommy I can be.

    texture - medium/fine, porosity - low/normal, elasticity - normal
    co-wash - NaturelleGrow Coconut Water or Marshmallow Root, Slippery Elm Bark & Blue Malva Cleansing Conditioners
    LI - KCKT mixed w/ SM C & H Curl & Style Milk
    DC - NG Mango & Coconut H2O or Chamomile/Brdck Root
    Gel - SM souffle (winter), KCCC (summer) or CR Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel (year round)
    Sealers - Virgin Coconut Oil, Avocado butter, Aloe butter
    Ayurvedic treatments - Jamila Henna, Sukesh, Aloe Vera Powder, Hibiscus Powder
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  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I think it's bunk not to try cat attract. I've known many it helped. However since she had a bladder infection it might not be cleared up. Also I'd at least spring for a diabetes test.

    Make sure throw rugs don't have that rubber backing. Something about that attracts them.

    Interstitial cyctiyis is common in cats and a common cause of inappropriate elimination. It has no test. The best thing is to switch to wet food, no dry. Put water all around and buy a Feliway diffuser for the main areas they stay in. Stress is a huge factor and if your stressed about her peeing she'll stress about you stressing and it'll make her feel like she needs to go all the time. Look up iC in cats on google.

    Make sure no one is ambushing her from the catbox.

    And water water water. Get a fountain as sometimes that helps. They can get urinary trouble from not enough water flushing their system (also the reason to remove dry).

    I'll
    Post back when I think if more. There are a lot of things that trigger this although IC, diabetes and kidney problems are highest on the list.
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Felv???? For inappropriate peeing??? I've never heard such a thing.
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I agree with everyone else in second opinion. It's crazy not to test for thyroid kidney diabetes and such first. She's a geriatric cat and those are geriatric common conditions. See if you can find a feline only vet.
  • HootenannyHootenanny Posts: 300Registered Users
    chupie wrote: »
    Felv???? For inappropriate peeing??? I've never heard such a thing.

    I totally agree, chupie. This was the main reason why I think Jas might need a second opinion. Nothing her cat has done is indicative of feline leukemia.
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  • kcurleegurlkcurleegurl Posts: 13Registered Users
    Diabetes and kidney problems are very likely. Are you using scented cat litter? a lot of cats won't use the bathroom there if there's a strong scent, especially citrus. Maybe she's just getting old, in cases like that sometimes you can't do anything about it. (Correct me if I'm wrong I'm 12 lol) I'm pretty sure that cat food has a lot of salt in it which could affect her kidneys, I know that it's different because cats need a lot of sodium but our dog was eating cat food and peeing a lot everywhere, (because of too much salt from the cat food).,.. I would check for diabetes If she's drinking a lot of water.
  • chupiechupie Posts: 5,270Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    12 is geriatric but I wouldn't say old. It's the age they start becoming prone to old age diseases but cats live well into their teens usually.
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    Behavioral changes dont make him money so of course he wants to run expensive tests first. Checking the kidneys is cheap at my vet.
    Positive reinforcement is where I would start. You can make your house stimulating for your cats without them going outside. The guy on my cat from hell on animal planet does it all the time. Some cats are ground dwellers and others need to be perched on something. One thing he does for those who need to be off the ground is a perch by a window so they can watch outside. Stimulate them with toys too.
    Also why would they need more vaccinations if they are not going to be exposed to more cats? You could make an enclosure that protects them from stray cats and thus no need for more vax.
    Maybe contact a cat expert who can give more ideas.
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    divegirl wrote: »
    I'm not sure I understand why you would need to vaccinate all your cats if the one cat is confined outside. The crate I linked to can be used inside your house. I can understand heartworm being transmitted through mosquitoes but heartworm prevention doesn't need vaccinations if you use Advantage or some other monthly topical treatment.

    Regular Advantage repels mosquitos?
    I use regular advantage and the flea still has to land on the animal before dies. It doesnt repel unfortunately.
    In dogs a repellent isnt enough, they need a heartworm preventative if you live in an area with heartworm.
    Cats are more resistant to hr than dogs so thats a good thing.
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Ok...quickly before I head to bed!

    The idea was to make her an indoor/outdoor cat, but her outdoor time would be in an enclosure. We actually have a storage shed near our house that we thought we could put a window cat door in and enclose her behind that shed. She'd get sun, air, and grass, room to run and climb a little even.

    We have a water fountain, so she gets plenty of that.

    She does eat only dry food (Iams for mature cats) - we have never been instructed to do anything different.

    She is a very needy cat and doesn't get "enough" attention since we are very busy and have two young kids.

    The reason the vet does felv first is bc she says if the cat has it there is nothing that can be done for her, and there is no reason to run any other tests or treatments. She sees it as a way to save us money.

    But I am confident none of them have it.

    They have had "indoor cat" vaccinations in the past, but every vet I've ever been to has said they aren't really necessary if they are indeed indoor cats. And mine are, so we haven't worried about it much. (Don't throw things at me.)


    I am feeling more and more confident that I should take her for a 2nd opinion. This vet IS supposed to be a feline specialist, however.

    Maybe we'll just go back and make some demands and see how that goes first.
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    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    Jas76 wrote: »
    I am in desperate need of help. My cat won't stop peeing outside the box.

    We have 3 cats. Two are 15, one is 12. They've all been together for 10yrs.

    My 15yr old calico will not stop peeing on everything. We had to replace the carpet (with pergo) bc of her. (Though we were going to anyhow.). Now she pees on the rug at the bottom of the stairs, or upstairs on the carpet about 3 feet from her box.

    We have 4 boxes and we scoop them nightly.

    I have tried putting a plastic drop cloth down over the entire area she likes to go in, and she will just pee next to it.

    She's been to the vet. She had a bladder infection, and they have her antibiotics. It cleared up fine but the peeing (on the carpets) is still non-stop.

    The vet wants to run all these expensive tests before trying anything behavioral. (And I'm fairly sure this is behavioral.)

    I'm so irritated. I've read they need outside time, so we thought about an outdoor enclosure - the vet said it wouldn't help, and we'd have to get all 3 of our cats fully "outdoor cat" vaccinated.

    The vet said to NOT change the litter - we had thought about that Cat Attract litter, bc a friend recommended it and I'd read a lot about it. She said that would be a huge mistake.

    So I'm at a loss. I love my cats, and I don't really believe in getting rid of a pet. But I have two young kids at home, and I don't want them covered in cat pee, I don't have time to constantly be cleaning up after this cat, and I don't want all our stuff ruined. Plus come July it's our busy season and we won't be home as much to find the problem in time to clean it up.

    HELP!!!!

    Pet insurance may cover a behaviourist, it would certainly cover expensive tests. Being irritated won't help, cats are like children and can pick up on stress in the household. Clean the flooring with an enzyme based product, never bleach.

    You cannot be sure it is behavioural until the physical stuff has been ruled out, that is certainly possible if you are using cereal rich dry food and given their age. Sorry you have not been told this but IAMS is absolute rubbish, a feline is an obligate carnivore so must eat meat (including offal bone and fat not just muscle meat), they have no requirement for carbohydrates. Grains are added to cat food because they are cheap, manufacturers can use the waste from the human food industry. There are links with some kidney problems and with diabetes.

    Viruses are basically naked DNA so do not survive long outside the host body. They are usually spread by relatively close contact although it does not have to be direct, they don't just blow in on the wind. For example humans can catch certain viruses from someone next to us coughing and sneezing, or from the infected having recently touched a door handle with dirty hands, then transferring that from our hands to our own face.

    There is nothing manipulative about the vet running the physical tests first, that is the correct way in which to diagnose a condition, you rule in or out what you can relatively easily prove or disprove with tests that give a clear cut answer. It's also faster to run tests than to wait weeks for a behavioural therapy not to be effective or only to work partially then discover there is the animal has had an underlying health complaint all along. Bear in mind some cats are really good at disguising how sick they are.

    Having said that you don't seem to trust your veterinarian's professional judgement so maybe it is time to go elsewhere. Sorry to sound harsh but honestly you might be best letting her go to a no kill shelter if you are unable to afford the tests your vet recommends or unable to dedicate the time needed, that is not a judgement just a statement of fact. It's unkind to allow her to suffer regardless of whether that is physical or mental.

    My last cat had to be PTS on the day I took him to the vet for some seemingly minor symptoms, the vet commented how healthy and well muscled he looked as he was nosing around the examination room. The vet was almost convinced he had pancreatitis which cannot directly be tested for. So other tests/ scans were run under anaesthetic, revealing two huge tumours which will have left my darling boy in pain and could not have been treated. Although even the vet was shocked I have never forgiven myself for not taking him a few weeks earlier, I would have beaten myself up even more had I gone with the provisional pancreatitis diagnosis and not agreed to the recommended tests.
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  • divegirldivegirl Posts: 1,286Registered Users
    divegirl wrote: »
    I'm not sure I understand why you would need to vaccinate all your cats if the one cat is confined outside. The crate I linked to can be used inside your house. I can understand heartworm being transmitted through mosquitoes but heartworm prevention doesn't need vaccinations if you use Advantage or some other monthly topical treatment.

    Regular Advantage repels mosquitos?
    I use regular advantage and the flea still has to land on the animal before dies. It doesnt repel unfortunately.
    In dogs a repellent isnt enough, they need a heartworm preventative if you live in an area with heartworm.
    Cats are more resistant to hr than dogs so thats a good thing.

    I use Advantage Multi. It doesn't repel mosquitoes but it does include a heartworm medication.
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Jas76 wrote: »
    I am in desperate need of help. My cat won't stop peeing outside the box.

    We have 3 cats. Two are 15, one is 12. They've all been together for 10yrs.

    My 15yr old calico will not stop peeing on everything. We had to replace the carpet (with pergo) bc of her. (Though we were going to anyhow.). Now she pees on the rug at the bottom of the stairs, or upstairs on the carpet about 3 feet from her box.

    We have 4 boxes and we scoop them nightly.

    I have tried putting a plastic drop cloth down over the entire area she likes to go in, and she will just pee next to it.

    She's been to the vet. She had a bladder infection, and they have her antibiotics. It cleared up fine but the peeing (on the carpets) is still non-stop.

    The vet wants to run all these expensive tests before trying anything behavioral. (And I'm fairly sure this is behavioral.)

    I'm so irritated. I've read they need outside time, so we thought about an outdoor enclosure - the vet said it wouldn't help, and we'd have to get all 3 of our cats fully "outdoor cat" vaccinated.

    The vet said to NOT change the litter - we had thought about that Cat Attract litter, bc a friend recommended it and I'd read a lot about it. She said that would be a huge mistake.

    So I'm at a loss. I love my cats, and I don't really believe in getting rid of a pet. But I have two young kids at home, and I don't want them covered in cat pee, I don't have time to constantly be cleaning up after this cat, and I don't want all our stuff ruined. Plus come July it's our busy season and we won't be home as much to find the problem in time to clean it up.

    HELP!!!!

    Pet insurance may cover a behaviourist, it would certainly cover expensive tests. Being irritated won't help, cats are like children and can pick up on stress in the household. Clean the flooring with an enzyme based product, never bleach.

    You cannot be sure it is behavioural until the physical stuff has been ruled out, that is certainly possible if you are using cereal rich dry food and given their age. Sorry you have not been told this but IAMS is absolute rubbish, a feline is an obligate carnivore so must eat meat (including offal bone and fat not just muscle meat), they have no requirement for carbohydrates. Grains are added to cat food because they are cheap, manufacturers can use the waste from the human food industry. There are links with some kidney problems and with diabetes.

    Viruses are basically naked DNA so do not survive long outside the host body. They are usually spread by relatively close contact although it does not have to be direct, they don't just blow in on the wind. For example humans can catch certain viruses from someone next to us coughing and sneezing, or from the infected having recently touched a door handle with dirty hands, then transferring that from our hands to our own face.

    There is nothing manipulative about the vet running the physical tests first, that is the correct way in which to diagnose a condition, you rule in or out what you can relatively easily prove or disprove with tests that give a clear cut answer. It's also faster to run tests than to wait weeks for a behavioural therapy not to be effective or only to work partially then discover there is the animal has had an underlying health complaint all along. Bear in mind some cats are really good at disguising how sick they are.

    Having said that you don't seem to trust your veterinarian's professional judgement so maybe it is time to go elsewhere. Sorry to sound harsh but honestly you might be best letting her go to a no kill shelter if you are unable to afford the tests your vet recommends or unable to dedicate the time needed, that is not a judgement just a statement of fact. It's unkind to allow her to suffer regardless of whether that is physical or mental.

    My last cat had to be PTS on the day I took him to the vet for some seemingly minor symptoms, the vet commented how healthy and well muscled he looked as he was nosing around the examination room. The vet was almost convinced he had pancreatitis which cannot directly be tested for. So other tests/ scans were run under anaesthetic, revealing two huge tumours which will have left my darling boy in pain and could not have been treated. Although even the vet was shocked I have never forgiven myself for not taking him a few weeks earlier, I would have beaten myself up even more had I gone with the provisional pancreatitis diagnosis and not agreed to the recommended tests.

    I don't have pet insurance.

    I am completely aware of how viruses spread - what I was stating is what SHE said, and that is why I questioned it.

    I don't know if you saw this in another post of mine, but I have NO PROBLEM with running medical tests. I WANT them. I do however have a problem with kidney function and diabetes not being on that list when several other expensive tests for far less likely diseases are on the list first.

    And it's not that I don't trust her professional opinion. I just question her methodology. There is a lot of conflicting info with what I've read and heard from fellow cat owners.

    I'm not going to dump her into a shelter. I will get her the treatment she needs and will run tests on her. I don't agree with not running the more obvious and less expensive tests first, and I don't agree with not trying anything behavioral prior to running a list of tests that will literally cost $4000 to complete.
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
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