I just got back from the speciality pet store in our area. It was my first time in there and i swear i was amazed!!! They had all of the good quality foods/treats/ EVERYTHING!
The staff was also really helpful! So....$60 later I wound up getting
Wellness Super 5 Adult Mix (dry)
Cat Attract litter (i was sooo glad they had it! i've looked everywhere for that stuff and was about to have Colin order some online)
5 different varieties of Wellness canned (i got 24 cans total)
We also gotdry samples of: California Natural:Herring & Sweet Potato, California Natural Chicken Meal and Rice Formula, Innova EVO, and Innova
We will just see what they all like best -i'm leaning away from the ones with more fish in them and more so towards wellness.
I am going to change out all of the litter in a minute and put the Cat attract in there. I'm also going to take the lids off the covered pans and see if that helps at all to not trap odor/etc.
Originally Posted by Mom of 4
Another thought. Is her stool loose at all? Antibiotics usally kill off most of the good bacteria in the intestines too - that's why kids get stomachaches and diarrhea on antibiotics.
Sometimes this can cause a sudden need to go. So she goes where she is at the time, then the smell is there......
No, her stools are firm and normal. The pooing outside of the litter pan is definitely behavioral according to the vet.
Originally Posted by beandip
My cats like the Wellness a lot. They only like the grain free ones, but there are 6 flavors so there's some decent variety. Here, it's about $1 per 5.5oz can or $1.99 for a 12.5oz. I can get it a little cheaper by driving farther but with gas the way it is, it evens out. My cats eat about 1/2 of a 5.5oz can at each meal (or 1/4 of a 12.5oz can), 2 meals a day. So that's about a dollar per cat, per day. They don't eat any dry, except as a treat.
Other brands they eat...
Natural Balance ($1 per can w/discounts+shipping thru PFD, or $1.09 @ Petco)
Avoderm ($1.05/can @ Petsmart)
By Nature (a little pricier, $1.39/can @ PS, PFD is cheaper w/discounts)
Merrick's ($1/can locally, more $$ online)
Eagle Pack ($1.59 for a 13oz can locally), not all of them will eat it, though
EVO ($1.55 for a 13oz can locally)
My vet has the Prozac as powder in a capsule. It's a tiny bit of powder that hides fairly well in wet food.
We got the Wellness- both dry and canned so we're going to try that!
I hope they like it- i also have samples of several other brands so i'm hoping one of them works!
Originally Posted by cloud_shade
How old is she? Has the vet checked her for arthritis or other signs of pain in her joints? This is just one more thing you may want to try--get a litterbox with really low sides and put some litter in it. Perhaps she's having trouble getting over the sides of the box? Also, has the vet cultured the urine? Doing that can help determine the best antibiotic to fight off the infection.
She is only 5 years old. And at her last vet visit- we did have him check her joints/etc. When we adopted her -the previous owners had allowed her to become morbidly obease and also declawed her
so slowly but surely since i'd had her we've gotten her weight down a great amount. Thankfully for now the vet says she shows no sign of joint stiffness/issues of that nature. She jumps onto everything too so her climbing into the litter pan isn't an issue.
The vet did culture the urine- and now we are trying Cepha-Drops for her antibiotic. It seems to be helping her pain- she's not straining as much now.
Originally Posted by white cat lover
does this have anything to do with your mom & moving?
That was my first thought when this started happening- but after thinking about it- i really do not think it does. This didn't start until almost two months after i moved them in. And she seems to feel right at home here- never shown any signs of nervousness/other issues
Originally Posted by SwampWitch
Maybe put a little of her poo in the litter box? So she'll smell it there? Hope you get her redirected!
That's what i've been doing- everytime she poops outside of the litter pan- i put it in the pan so she knows that's where it belongs.
Originally Posted by sarahp
I was going to ask the same thing. Maybe she just doesn't like having the dogs and the fosters around. Cats really like routine, and maybe having so many other animals around she's getting stressed? Even the smells of the dogs and fosters could be enough to upset her. Maybe she's got comfortable enough using the litter box because she's worried other animals will come and disturb her.
What about getting a covered litter box and putting it on the spare bed? She might feel more comfortable using that, then you can gradually move it to a better spot.
I get Felidae wet food which works out well price wise for me, and it also contains cranberries.
She LOVES Fosters and seems to be doing great with Whiskey and Norris too. The dogs really don't bother her at all. And as far as foster kittens go- she's used to constantly having new ones around -ever since i've had her she's been around foster babies - and normally she tries to groom them/play mommy. Right now i only have one foster kitten, Fancy - and she's up and out of their reach -so she's not in contact with her. She doesn't seem to act negatively around her eithor. I am going to try your idea about putting the litter pan back on the bed.I'm going to dump them all out in a little bit and scrub all of them down and then add the Cat Attract litter to it- i will put one of the pans on the bed and hope that helps!
The Cat Attract package says to take the covers off so i'm going to try that and see if it helps at all. I'm desperate!
Originally Posted by Camille Eonich
You can also put unsweetened cranberry juice in her water and they now have Cranberry cat treats. My cats love them! That's to help with the UTI not the urinating outside the box.
Also, Chicken Soup for the Cat Lovers Soul has cranberry extract in it.
With the litter box, maybe try crate training her like you would a dog. Sounds drastic but if it works you'll all be much happier and if it doesn't then at least you have her confined so that she'll quit messing up the house.
I'm so sorry that you are going through this. I do know how aggravating/depressing/annoying/confusing that it is.
Oh i like that idea! I'll give it a try!
/ She also has Uri-treats (cranberry treats that are tuna flavored kitty treats for cats prone to UTI's)
I do not want to do Chicken Soup anymore as i no longer trust them after all of the recall issues (i took back over $200 worth of Chicken Soup products to our local store when all of the recall stuff happened).
She was actually in her crate until two days ago (i don't think it's drastic- i agree with you
) The vet said to confine her to her crate so that all she had room to do was sleep/eat/ and use her litter pan so that she would "relearn" where to go potty- it worked while she was in there -but the minute i let her out she went straight for the bed.
We've been putting her in the cage while we're out of the house and letting her out when we're here to watch her (works out well- colin works the night shift and i work mornings so there's usually always someone here to supervise). If the new litter/foods don't work though i might have to try putting her back in the cage again though- i hate to do it- but she can not tear up the bed urinating and pooing all over it
(i'm not too worried i mean i have a cover on it- but still it's nasty ya know! i've cleaned up her messes at least 4 times today). Yesterday and Today i've had her out of the cage all day- just hoping she wouldn't go outside the pan but that didn't work. I'm hoping that this new litter makes her feel more comfortable and that she will start going potty in the appropriate areas soon.