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Ok, 10 yr old female spayed cat urinating and pooping all over

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
I know this subject has been posted everywhere to death, But I am at my wits end now. For over a year, my 10 yr old female cat will urinate on plastic bags if one is on the floor, clothing, sheets used to cover leather furniture, door mats, and the floor itself. We also have a 15 month kitten too, but the kitten is fine, and uses the litter boxes all the time <Thank God the kitten has not picked up the habit of peeing and pooping where it wants to>. Now the 10 yr old did have some blood in her Urine 4 months ago, we took her to the Vet, and he gave us an oral antibiotic to give her. then she seemed fine for a few weeks, but now she is doing this again. I swear I cannot stand cleaning up urine and poop all over the house, or accidently stepping in it anymore. We called the Vet about it occuring again, and now he is telling us (by phone and not seeing her again) that it sounds like a behavior problem. I don't know what to do anymore. I almost feel like trying a new Vet for the 10 yr old cat.
post #2 of 21
I would definatly go with a new vet! How can they check for UTI`s over the phone?!
Also did the soiling coincide with the arrival of kitten?
post #3 of 21
Does she have her own litter box? Is it being kept clean daily?

Is she eating high quality food?
post #4 of 21
The recurrance rate for urinary tract infections tends to be high. It is likely she still has a bladder problem, even if there is no blood in her urine.

She could be passing crystals in her urine, or she could have a stone in her bladder, or she could have another UTI. All of those are more possible than "a behavioral problem". She is in the age group where bacterial uti's are more prevalent. They often take a couple different antibiotics, for a long course (14+ days) to clear up.

I would suggest taking her in (possibly to a different vet) and requesting a urinalysis.
post #5 of 21
I agree with beandip. And I really hope you can clear things up! If it is a UTI, then it is painful for her to urinate.
post #6 of 21
Did something change when she started to do this? A move? The other kitten ? Many times this type of behavior can be territorial. Please look at the behavior section. At the top there is a thread on inappropriate peeing, etc. You might find something that might help you. I am a little surprised at your vet's reaction, but he/she may be correct. With your cat's UTI problem, I would certainly think it was worth a check to make sure it has not resurfaced. I know my vet might have offered some other drug if he felt it was a behavior problem related to some sort of anxiety. Good Luck. I know it must be very frustrating.
post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
No, she was doing this urinating on anything of clothing/linens/bags she could find on the floor way before the new kitten arrived in December. Same with the pooping outside of the litter boxes, they are kept clean, the box is that electronic one by Scoop free.. and we also have the other standard box too. I have to examine my floor before I walk around now. Both of them (the older cat and kitten) chase each other, and play, and at night, they sleep next to each other... and we give them both equal attention and loving. We have decided on a new vet to check her. Hopefully that will give us a better insight to all of this.
post #8 of 21
Good move wih deciding to see a new vet. Also, perhaps ask if a senior blood panel could be done, as she is not really old yet but getting on in years.
post #9 of 21
Ok. I haven't got a chance to read everyone else's reply's to this so I'm sure this has been said a million times. I would definetly see a 2nd Vet and get this sorted out. Ok yes, it could be a behavioral problem, but I would rule out any medical problems first! Good Luck!
post #10 of 21
if she doesn't have another UTI, look into investing in some Feliway - should help. & clean all her regular 'spots' thoroughly with enzymatic cleaner!
post #11 of 21
I can sympathize. My mother has a 14 yr old cat who does this and has for the past 5 years or so. Mom just puts up with it and loves her anyway but it drove me bananas when i lived there. Mom didn't want to do anything to correct the behavior - cat had been checked out at the vet. She usually chooses to pee and poop on the bathroom rug now.

I know Seb, who is 11, will only soil outside the box if he believes it is not clean enough or if he is sick.

I think the decision to see a new vet is a sound one. Cats are great at hiding illness. If she gets a glowing health report, then you know to address the behavioral side. Bless you for being so patient with her all this time. You are a good pet parent
post #12 of 21
i had a cat who had many issues that i could not personally deal with as most of them was because he hated other cats , well i had 11 other cats. but he did the same things , he would wee on any rug , any clothing left around any bags , paper etc.. he had a clean bill of health so it was behaiver, but since his been in his new home his been great. ( he wasnt my cat i took him on to find a new happy home for him)
but im glad you trying a new vet , how can he say she has no utis over the phone? i would stay well clear of him. i do hope you get to the route of the problem and that she is healthy. good luck and keep us updated please.
post #13 of 21
Hi:

My cat has had this problem a few times during her lifetime.

Is the poo normal, or is it diarrhea? Also, does the cat seem to be pooing more than usual? My cat first had this issue 14 years ago, when she was 7 years old. She was mainly only pooing outside, not peeing, though. After many, many vets visits, we found out that she was allergic to many different cat foods. Once we started a homemade diet, the problems stopped. At that time, though, my cat also lost all of her fur below the neck. The fur grew back when we changed the food.

A few years ago, the problems started again, but this time, there was no problem with her fur - she was just pooing and peeing outside the box. Again, it turned out to be a problem with the food - once we changed the recipe, everything went back to normal. Frequently, if cats are having any type of discomfort with pooing or peeing - this may not even be pain, but they simply may not being regular - they will associate this discomfort with the litter box, and try to solve this problem by pooing/peeing somewhere else.

It could also be a problem with the litter box or the litter - my cat likes to have 2 litter boxes, even though both are kept clean. Also, at one point, we changed to a cedar litter. I guess she hates the smell of cedar, because she started pooing/peeing outside when we used this litter. Even though the litter you use may be the same one you've always used, your cat may no longer like it.
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Well, she was checked by the new VET. No UTI problems. Kidneys are fine, she had X-rays as well. Now she was doing the peeing/pooping this from time to time for the last year & 1/2. We don't know what to do anymore. It's gotten tot he point that I carry a flashlight around when I get up to use the bathroom or walk around the house so I don't step in a little present. there are 3 littler boxes in the house, 1 is the scoop away electronic box, the other 2 are standard cat boxes. All the boxes are kept clean. Thank God, the 9 month old kitten has not picked up on doing this around the house, the kitten will always use a litterbox (The electronic one).
The one bad thing this is doing to me, no matter how much i clean where I can find her peeing/pooping.. the odor after a time no matter what I clean with (Her urine smells bad even if its a first time new spot) Smells very bad/strong, so it causes my nose to run like crazy, and then my breathing gets bad/strained. :-( I don't know what else to do, I have tried citris products to discourage her doing this around in places she has before... that usually lasts only a few days of her not repeating the deed in that spot. I was told that she was a ferral(SP?) cat when she was taken in as a kitten. The VET did say she was very over weight. Which is surprising because the dang dog eats all their cat food when my roomate comes home. and she drinks water regulary. So as I said... I am at a loss.... We're thinking if the problem cannot be stopped.... We may have to give her up. :-(
post #15 of 21
Hmmm....is she declawed? I have not read all the posts, but these thougths come to mind:

Are all the litterboxes big enough to easily accomdate her?
Has the electonic one ever "snuck" up on her?
An overweight cat is more prone to LB issues....if she's delcawed that could, combined with the weight, cause LB issues as well.
post #16 of 21
Are you sure she`s not upset about the new kitten? Could be that she`s stressed out about that.
post #17 of 21
how long have you had the electronic litterbox? did it's arrival coincide with the pooping and peeing outside of the box? i would suggest a second box, that is NOT electronic. just a regular box with scoopable litter in it (unscented, and a fine sandy texture). some cats do not like the electronic litter boxes. but will be fine with a normal one. those electronic boxes seem to have a smaller area for the cat to "go" in too. if you don't want to spend big bucks on the regular box, an plastic underbed storage box is about $3 and a better size for a litter box.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by littleraven7726 View Post
how long have you had the electronic litterbox? did it's arrival coincide with the pooping and peeing outside of the box? i would suggest a second box, that is NOT electronic. just a regular box with scoopable litter in it (unscented, and a fine sandy texture). some cats do not like the electronic litter boxes. but will be fine with a normal one. those electronic boxes seem to have a smaller area for the cat to "go" in too. if you don't want to spend big bucks on the regular box, an plastic underbed storage box is about $3 and a better size for a litter box.
they have 1 electronic box, & 2 regular boxes.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
they have 1 electronic box, & 2 regular boxes.
darn it. i was so hoping it would be an easy fix.
post #20 of 21
The weight issue could be key... especially if the cat is developing diabetes. Did the vet check for that?
post #21 of 21
i have the same exact problem 10 y/o female cat everything i'm making infrences here ut maybe the young cat can factor in b/c i'm in the same situation maybe? idk but it sound fishy u and i have the same problem and both have young cats? i mean i love <3333333 my but this insanity must stop
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