Ok here is my problem. My cat keeps urinating all around my house. Last night I went and got into bed and he had peed all over it. He peed on my leather couch so my husband and I had to go amd buy and new one because we couldn't get the smell out. We have the carpet cleaners coming tomorrow so they can hopefully get the stain and smell out of the carpet. My cat is 10 years old and had been neutered. He has an appointment with the vet. His box is very clean and I have not changed the type of litter.
Check this out. As if it is not enough for my cat to pee everywhere my cocker peed in my bed over night while we were asleep. I don't know how much more I can take. It is a good thing that I love them as much as I do because if I didn't they would be outta here.
My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.
anothermauri, it sounds like your cat has a urinary tract or bladder problem which male cats of that age commonly get. What do you feed your cat? I hope your vet appt. is soon, because the smell of cat urine is not very pleasant, is it? Do you have a small indoor pen you can enclose him with, until you see the vet? Make sure your cat has access to clean water at all times, also. As for the dog, did he pee on your bed after the cat peed all over the place? He might have just done it because he smelled the urine, and was trying to mark over it. If it continues, have him checked by the vet too.
Most vets will tell you that a food containing a high ash content contributes to urinary tract problems. I'm a dog breeder; so I don't pretend to know the optimum level of ash content, but it's something for you to look up, and ask your vet about. Meanwhile, when is your vet appt. and have you been able to isolate your cat? Anymore trouble with your Spaniel?
Even a cat on a "low ash" diet can get a bladder infection. Always always always rule out a medical condition for the inappropriate urination BEFORE you determine it is a behavioral thing. Kidney disease (leading cause of death in cats) can cause frequent urination. I would do a full workup including blood and urine. Most veterinarians call it a geriatric panel.
pwcorgilover, I'm in full agreement with you, and did not mean to imply this might be a behavioural problem at all. The reason I suggested the cat be isolated in a pen, perhaps, was just to stop the urination all over the house,until the vet can do a proper assessment. I agree about the food also, was just curious.
If he is only urinating outside the litterbox, but using it to poop-yes, it could be a medical problem (UTI, renal failure, etc)
Once any medical problems have been ruled out-I would change the location of the litter pan and also change the type of litter.
Normally, if a cat is using varying surfaces to pee (carpets, beds, etc) it's because he doesn't like the litter pan. For example, if you used a covered pan, he might prefer uncovered. If you use a scented litter, he might prefer unscented.
If he always pees in the same spot, it normally means he dislikes the location of the litter pan, or dislikes the litter.
Is this cat an only cat? Sometimes cats in multicat homes will become territorial over the litter box. Once the medical is ruled out and if you do have multiple cats I would trying putting the litter pans in seperate rooms. I have heard people recommend one litterbox per cat to be an appropriate number.
Pen...to be honest I only read the original post not the responses (sometimes I get in a hurry). My post was not in any way directed at you. I just think that too often things are blamed on behavioral when there is actually a medical reason for it.
The dog probably peed on the bed because he smelled urine there. Have you ever noticed that a dog will go behind another and pee in the same spot. Unless you completely eliminate all traces of urine on the bed, you may still have problems there. Cat pee is the reekingist smell there is. If it seeps down into your mattress, you will have a very hard time getting it completely odor free.
If you have an extra room, keep your cat in it until you can have him examined by your vet to rule out any medical issues. Keep the dog off the bed too. If you dont want to do that, put a plastic mattress cover over your mattress in case there are any future accidents. Mattresses are a pain in the butt to clean.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I had two male cats using litter boxes all the time, no problem. My daughter gave me her cat, a female, beaucoup problems.
One male in particular pissed everywhere and pooped everywhere. It drove me crazy. The vet said he was fine, but could be having problems accepting a new cat or marking because the new cat was female. I did some online research and then took the following steps.
I stopped using the covered litter boxes.
I threw the litter boxes away and started with fresh, clean boxes.
I got bigger boxes, because my boys are big.
I changed to flushable litter, not for the cats, but for me. One website said that if the owner doesn't like to scoop the box, make a change. Sometimes it's the owner's behavior that needs to be modified!
I bought Dr. Elsey's litter additive and sprinkled some in every time I cleaned the litter. See www.preciouscat.com
I filled the litter boxes with much more litter than I used to. One of the web sites said that cats need a lot depth to bury their waste. Also the urine clumps are easier to scoop if they are not stuck to the sides or bottom of the box.
I closed off the room that had been the most "defiled". I am going to scrub the floor again and repaint both the floor and the walls before I let the cats in there again.
I vacuum the bathroom floor where the litter boxes are located every other day. If there is litter on the floor, my cats will scrape it all into one pile and poop on it. If the floor is clean, they use their boxes.
I have a baby gate across that bathroom door, set up in the doorway so that the cats can go under it but the dogs cannot enter the bathroom.
I have to be ABSOLUTELY RELIGIOUS about this, or they will give me problems.
CatDogMom, I have had the exact same problem with my cats, except I have 3 intact cats, as well as 2 neutered males. It seems as though I can't have enough cat boxes,( I have 6, now) but I have the same thing happen, if there happens to be a spoonful of litter anywhere on the floor, one of the cats will start scratching in it, right away. It's infuriating, no matter how clean I keep their boxes the one will do that. No problem pwcorgilover, it looks like dusty did the same thing, and I've done it too! anothermauri, has your spaniel peed on your bed again?
In general, it is recommended to have as many litter pans as you have cats, plus one. So 3 cats? Have 4 litter pans. Fortunately, I have never had a problem with a cat using litter scratched outside the box.