My friend has a cat that she adopted from another family. The cat is about 3 years old and has been with her for about 6 months or so. Kitty has been urinating on her bed and almost everywhere in her apartment.
The vet said she has crystals in her urine and needed to be on special food and medication, which she is. She has spent almost $400.00 on vet visits hoping for some help, but she is still doing the same thing after months.
My friend is about to give up and has contacted a no kill shelter. For now, the poor kitty is locked in her bathroom with food, water, and litter box. If she is out she will go on the bed, bedspread, rug, etc. and the clean up is almost impossible.
Can anyone offer any help? She does not want to give her up, but cannot deal with this day after day.
PS- the kitty is beautiful and very sweet. Any help would be so appreciated.
By Phyllis from NY
Did your friend ask the vet how long it might take to see an improvement? It's not an unreasonable question.
What has your friend done to clean up the urine? Cats' sense of smell is much better than ours, and they will come back to the same spot if they can smell it. If she hasn't already, she should look into an enzymatic cleaner. I bought my first bottle at Petsmart, but have since gotten some from the pet care section at Wal-Mart. The enzymes break down biological waste, so there is no smell left behind. Since the cat has been using these spots repeatedly, I would suggest treating the areas a few times just to make sure.
I haven't had this problem with any of my cats (peeing everywhere on a regular basis). I wonder if offering an extra litter box or two would help. That might be a good quesiton for the vet (along with asking if the cat's condition should have improved by now). Good luck with the cat -- I hope it works out.
We had a cat with this problem at one time. He was cured with the medication and special food. Every now and then he'd have his problems again.
It sounds as if this cat has been on the medication long enough for it to work. So, I'm wondering what else may be going on. I think it's true you need to get rid of all the previous odors. There are some great products out there for doing this. Ask a salesperson at Petsmart for help. While you are there, pick up the Kitty Litter called Dr. Elsey's. It is made to attract cats to use their litter box. My daughter has used it and highly recommends it. Good luck!
My cat, who used to use the litter box, developed crystals also. He now associtates the litter box with pain and won't use it. He will poop in the litter box, but not pee. This has been going on now for 8 years. I get puppy pee pads (they have a scent that attracts animals) and he will pee on the pee pad. I wish I had better news, but I have been trying to get my cat back to using the litter box for a long time and he just won't do it. Another thing your friend could try is changing out the litter, replacing litter with shredded newspaper -- anything to make it seem different from when the cat was having pain and issues. Good luck!
I had a cat that stopped using the litter box and we got him to use it again by putting hamster litter in it. It is a paper type litter. You can get it at Walmart, pet shops etc. We were successful with the paper litter and then gradually added cat litter to it and eventually transitioned him back to cat litter.
I had a similar problem with my cat. I bought a huge cage the type for ferrets. Turned it on the side with the doors on top. There is a large tray comes with the cage. I put it on the bottom on one side & put a small litter box there and food & water on the other side. The cage was about $100. but it was well worth it. Can let the cat out when you want to so it can get a little exercise but while you watch it. Worked for me. Hope this helps.
Until a more permenant solution can be found, try using doll diapers for control. Ask vet first if this is ok; and remember-
it is of paramount importance that these be changed on a strict schedule to avoid urinary tract infections. OFTEN is the byword.
I had that with my cat, suddenly she began using my chair for her box, took her to the vet and one thing he mentioned was she may have a cyst, but I noticed her rectum was sore and clumped with "dirt" it turned out it was from changing her liter to another type. My trying to save a penny here & there cost me nearly 200 dollars. Now to get her back to using the box. I put the box right beside the chair. She began going in the box and then I went on to figure out how to rid the smell, I mixed water & vinegar, sprayed everything. The smell went & I never had a problem after that.
I have adopted a one year old cat from a friend. She is an inside cat, but so wants to go outside. So she pees on my couch.And yes I have checked with the vet, and I clean and have more than one litter box for her, I play with her, and love her, but still she pees. Don't want to give her up, but my husband will get rid of her if he finds out. Not sure what to do.
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