Cat Stopped Using Litter Box


Male 8 year old cat peeing everywhere but the litter box. He has been fixed, and is a single cat. There is one clean littler box. It has been 5 months since the last time he peed in his litter box. He has been peeing on the carpet/tile for 2+ years. I took him to the vet, and he does have life long crystals in his urine. I have tried special vet food to correct and help, but it didn't work. I'm ready too take him in, too give him up.
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He is ruining our new home and it smells really bad. Plus he pees on anything left on the floor in the bathroom. Its all confined to the bathroom (where his box is), its the only place away from a toddler. I tried removing the scent with unprofessional cleaners/lemon scents/foil and tried different litter/litter boxes. I don't know what to do.

Kelly from Aurora, CO

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Cat Stopped Using Litter Box

I agree with everyone replying here to get to a vet ASAP, a urinary tract problem can be serious for the poor little guy. But if you are worried about the expense of the vet visit, try calling your local humane society or animal shelter and see what free alternatives they may be able to offer.

As for vet visits, when we have taken our cat the vet has given us tons of free meds in sample sizes including treatments for worms, hairballs and fleas which saved us a lot of money. I hope things work out for you. (06/02/2008)

By sbb1

Cat Stopped Using Litter Box

Go to Walmart or any pet store & buy the litter or a urinary strips that are made to alert you to a bladder infection. You can sprinkle some of the litter or press the strip onto the spot where he's just peed. This will give you an idea if he has a bladder infection.

But if it were me, I'd take him straight to the vet & have him given a test to see if he has a bladder infection or if his urethra is partially blocked. My cat started peeing on plastic bags that were left on the floor (after shopping). We eventually found out its because he was sick & needed an operation.

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* Cats are low on the "Perditior/Prey" totem pole, so to speak... This means that they VERY RARELY show that they are hurt or not feeling well. For example: A dog will most likely show that he is hurting because he is a predator & not a prey animal, but a cat is BOTH predator AND prey, so they MIGHT show that they are hurt, while a Bunny will NEVER show he is hurt because a rabbit is ONLY a Prey animal.

Because in the wild if you are a prey animal & show you are hurt, you will be the VERY FIRST animal that is hunted! My cat was DYING & he didn't let on one bit (& he was in SEVERE PAIN!) I only knew he MIGHT be sick because I knew he wasn't eating (& he's usually a real "pig"!).

SO thankfully, we got him into the vet on time to find out his intestines were blocked. (by something he ate) and after over $800 spent on an operation to save his life, he's all better now!

Your cat is either sick or totally stressed out... At least, that's my take on your situation. Borrow the money if you have to (like I did) & get him to the vet for a check-up... (Call around & get an estimate, as different vets cost more or less to look at your pet) You may just save his life! Or at least save him from pain. I don't know if you're like me, but I've had countless urinary infections, & they hurt.

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* To clean your area: Blot up mess with paper towel then Saturate the area with a product called "OUT!" ($4.79 at Walmart) or another "Enzyme" pet cleaning product. Then leave the Enzyme pet cleaner on overnight then blot it up. Next you can pour Hydrogen Peroxide on the area. Peroxide cleans with oxygen. And, lastly you can use a half white vinegar & half water solution. If you use one or ALL of the above, your cat-pee smell will go away.

My favorite nimber; one thing to clean up ANY pet mess (hairballs, blood, pee & poop) is OUT!, I like the light Vanilla scent it leaves behind, not like the other brands that have a strong floral scent. I sprayed a bit of the OUT! on a nasty hairball mess, then left it to sit for about 45 min, then came back to finish cleaning it up & the mess was TOTALLY gone! What a surprise THAT was! If the mess is on the carpeting, be sure to spray enough so it soaks way down in the carpet's padding!

---> A side note: NEVER use Ammonia to clean up Cat or Dog urine! Because Cats & Dogs will be attracted right back to that same spot to go again, since all urine is so strong in ammonia, this "fools the pets nose" & they thing the ammonia is pee. (which attracts them!)

For detailed directions how to remove all traces of pet odors read my post here:
http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf36405218.tip.html (06/02/2008)

By Cyinda

Cat Stopped Using Litter Box

Cool, thank you for the input. I did take him in too the vet last year and he was diagnosed with having crystals in his urine for lifelong. Gave him a special cat foot and never helped it out. So I stopped giving it too him. However, me and the hubby tend to leave a few clothes/towels on the floor after we shower (that's what he was peeing on and loose paper etc.)

We pickup every time now and he seems to have stopped for a week now and finally scooping cat pee out of litter for the first time in years. I don't know why he preferred the bath rug/clothes/towels. Hopefully he will stop now for a bit? (06/03/2008)

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By lifesimprerssions.Kelly

Cat Stopped Using Litter Box

Is your toddler chasing him? Cats get stressed easily and develop UTI's from the stress. Make sure your toddler does not chase and only pets nicely. Definitely take him to the vet (06/03/2008)

By Tigertame4

Cat Stopped Using Litter Box

Get him to the vet NOW! My male cat has lifelong crystals and will forever be on a pill every other day. Either that or he will die and it wouldn't be a gentle death. Crystals are nothing to fool with. For the odor, find a product called Urine Off. We bought it at a flooring store specifically. Cleaned up the mess and smell 100%. (06/03/2008)

By Monika

Cat Stopped Using Litter Box

I feel for you! I had a female cat who did the same thing. After you have him checked out at the vet there are a few other things you could consider. Have you changed the type of litter you had been using? I've been told that there are some cats who either don't like the change or the new litter itself.

Do you have a covered litter box? A friend who was having a problem finally realized that one of her cats was too large to comfortably fit through the opening and once she removed the lid, the problem fixed itself. And I have found that cats do like privacy. Is the litter box in a place "off the beaten path" where he w

ill not be disturbed when trying to do his business? The female cat I had a problem with also would urinate on any piece of clothing left on the floor anywhere! We quickly stopped leaving anything like that on the floor. Sadly, she died two years ago from old age:( I wish you luck in finding a solution. I am a huge cat lover and have 5 myself. They are all brothers from the same litter that I rescued.

My plan was to find homes for them but I fell in love with every one of them and their different personalities! Cats are strange loving creatures and it is a challenge trying to figure out why they do some of the things they do! (06/03/2008)

By klup99

Cat Stopped Using Litter Box

One of my males cats is/was prone to urinary infections, & twice had blockages. He's been on an oral 2-pills-daily dosage of DL-Meth (Methionine, 200 mg each) now for 2 years or more, without any new complications. He hates the expensive urinary-tract foods and, besides, since I have 7 other indoor cats who also dislike these formulas, the pills were the way for us to go. Success, so far. Good luck. (06/06/2008)

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