Originally Posted by himmielove
Ok I was at work (so it was short) when the vet called and he suggested that her inflammation was due to stress (we were in hawaii for a week even though the cat sitter said she was a total love bug the whole time we were gone). It could have been due to that stress.
And that was it. I gotta call him back for advice. I need to write a list out of things I need to know because I seem to forget once I get on with him.
I did buy a water fountain kitty drinker and she can't decide if its a toy- or something to drink out of. She has been drinking water daily and urinating normally in the box.
I just can't imagine her peeing on the carpet for no reason. I have the areas cleaned and covered with bags so she doesn't repeat it and so far so good. The solution needs to dry completely to remove the smell so they don't mark it again to "freshen" up. But I am now wondering if she has moved on to another spot so I find myself on my hands and knees sniffing.
They have 2 boxes, cleaned twice a day, clean litter that they have always loved. I don't imagine that she is unsatisfied with that.
For a 6 pound timy animal- she sure is giving me alot of stress!
I know it's frustrating when they have these bladder issues. You have my sympathy.
The thing is, whether it's "just" inflammation, or a UTI, or crystals...they all have similar symptoms and consequences. The inflammation causes them discomfort when they urinate, so they will go outside of the box, even if it's just inflammation. She's not necessarily dissatisfied with her litterbox options or environment...it just hurts when she pees so she makes her decisions based on that.
If you have 2 cats and 2 boxes, it may be a good idea to add another box. Generally the rule is one per cat, plus one. It can't hurt.
Prevention is key, as more times than not, the inflammation will return at times.
I am a big believer in a wet food diet for any cat, but it's especially beneficial for cats with bladder issues. When they eat nothing but wet food, you'll rarely see them take a drink from a bowl or fountain ...because they get a significant amount of water from their food. Cats by nature do not seek water until they are already a little dehydrated.