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post #1 of 13
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My cat is a 1.5 yr old male who has been peeing all over the house I'm going to be getting him checked out to make sure it isn't a UTI but could this have anything to do with him being unneutered? Would neutering him now help alleviate this somehow? I think I remember reading somewhere that it is best to get a cat fixed when it is a year or younger so I am wondering if it is past the point of no return! I'd appreciate any input!
post #2 of 13
He is either doing it because of being unneutered or a UTI, I would schedule a vet visit and try and take a urine sample with you, and book him in for a neuter while there, it is best for his health. If it is due to being unneutered, he may or may not stop it after he is done, but it wont smell as much, and you will eliminate a lot of health risks by having it done.
post #3 of 13
He's probably marking territory - its spring and unneutered males are looking for that unspayed female. Make an appointment with the vet to have him neutered (he should stop spraying - 99% of them do) and also check for the UTI.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by booktigger View Post
but it wont smell as much
really? I did not know that why should I try to get a urine sample is this how they check to see if a cat has a UTI? he has an appointment tomorrow morning so assuming I am able to get a sample tonight would it be something I would want to store overnight in the fridge?
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(he should stop spraying - 99% of them do)
well thats good news!
post #5 of 13
The "fresher" the sample the better. Neutered males urine doesn't smell as strong, as was already stated, they often don't spray at all, too. And just FYI, a cat can be neutered as young as 2 months, many vets wait ntil 6 months.
post #6 of 13
Nope, doesn't smell as much - but it can take up to 6 weeks for the smell to die down. The two adult males we have had in this year that have come in as 2/3yo toms have stopped smelling after 2 weeks, but dry or greasy fur near their tails took longer to die down, despite lots of wipes!!
As WhiteCatLover said, the urine sample needs to be as fresh as poss, they can check it for any signs of a UTI then.
post #7 of 13
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Nope, doesn't smell as much - but it can take up to 6 weeks for the smell to die down. The two adult males we have had in this year that have come in as 2/3yo toms have stopped smelling after 2 weeks, but dry or greasy fur near their tails took longer to die down, despite lots of wipes!!
As WhiteCatLover said, the urine sample needs to be as fresh as poss, they can check it for any signs of a UTI then.
Okay I was wondering about that as I went ahead and had him neutered yesterday (no UTI thank god ) I took him home last night and I did notice that the urine smell was still as strong as ever guess I'll just have to be patient
Now I will just have to watch him hopefully he won't continue peeing in the house I'm keeping my fingers crossed
post #8 of 13
Sadly because you've waited so long the cats hormones might have caused him to always spray, it might decrease but he might still always do it, I was reading about someone, temple Grandon, who didnt have her cat neutered at the right age and he never did stop spraying, but even if he never stops its importent to have him desexed so no more unwanted animals are fathered by him.
post #9 of 13
Good for doing it, now hopefully he will stop
post #10 of 13
I'm so glad you got him in for his neuter! He'll be a happier cat soon.

Please bear in mind that it will take a month or so for the hormones to completely leave his system -- and even after that, he'll have a year of habitual behavior to un-learn. Something that helped immediately for us with one of our foster cats was to just pick him up (in a loving manner) and set him down in the litterbox several times a day... especially whenever he showed any behavior that suggested he might need to go.

Retraining may take awhile, but try to be patient... the less anxiety, the better.
post #11 of 13
Good on you for getting him neutered, and fingers crossed the smell etc dies down for you
post #12 of 13
We are having similar issues. We just rescued a male cat, about 1 year old, who was a stray but is unneutered. We have had to re-schedule his surgery 3 times now because he has an upper respiratory infection and bartonella disease. He is now scheduled for next Tuesday, and I hope he can be done then. Last night he peed on our bed while we were sleeping, and also on a blanket we had on the floor downstairs. He is also walking around meowing alot. I'm not sure if he wants to go outside and look for girls, or if he wants attention, but I am really anxious to have him done. Hopefully we can fix him of his bad habits afterwards. Oh, and he seems to just carry a smell of urine around lately.
post #13 of 13
The smell does take a few weeks to die down. Tomcat urine really is vile. It is bad enough not being able to neuter until 6 months, Sonic is stinking the flat up at the moment.
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