Originally Posted by aims2614
Buffy has been doing this for almost two years. When she first started this behavior I took her to the vet and they said everything is okay. Since then we have added two more cats to the mix but we have 3 little boxes - one for each cat. I have tried ever litter made and I clean the litter boxes in the morning and at night. We have the boxes in the dining room and thats the only room she has peed in... so far. We have little spots of pee all over in the dining room. More often than not she pees next to the litter box. I have cleaned the carpets with every product out there... I am beginning to think there is nothing else I can do. We thought getting her fixed and declawed would help... no such luck. Thank you all for the information... it has been very helpful!
So she IS declawed?
Was she doing this prior to being declawed? I ask because very often, depending on how the declaw was done, declawed cats can end up with discomfort when standing/walking on cat litter and will therefore avoid it.
So the last time she was taken to the Vet for this was about 2 years ago? You were told then that she was "okay" - what was that based on? Did the Vet analyze a urine sample to test for infection, crystals, etc?
Does she get along with the other cats?
Is it possible she pees outside of the box because, unknowingly, she's standing IN the box but her back end is hanging out of it? (I have one cat that sometimes did this, until I switched to larger litterboxes).....or is it a case of her actually just squatting down completely outside of the litterbox and peeing there?
Have you tried a larger litterbox? I have 5 older cats, one with a bit of arthritis, and he's very big and long.....so I switched from regular litterboxes to the large clear rectangular Rubbermaid storage containers.........very inexpensive, can get them at Walmart and stores like that. They look a lot nice, too LOL. This has drastically cut down on big kitties who don't properly estimate where their butt is :-)
Does she use the litterbox to poop in, I take it she does as you've not mentioned a problem in this regard?
You mentioned having pee spots all over the carpet in your dining room......I assume you know this maybe because you bought or rented a black light and were able to spot them that way? As you may know, unless you use an enzymatic cleaner that's effective in totally breaking down the bacteria and scent in cat urine, even though humans may not smell it, a cat's sense of smell is highly acute and if they can smell it, they'll continue to pee there. So could part of the problem be that the areas she's been peeing in, around the box, still smell like urine to her? If you have carpet, when you use a product such as Simple Solution or Nature's Miracle, you need to totally soak right down through the underlay and sometimes if the problem has gone on long enough, the urine soaked through to the wood (usually plywood) sub-floor..........and that needs to be completely changed, the subfloor totally replaced along with the underlay and carpet. Have you ever considered doing this in this room? It's interesting that she only pees on the carpet in that room.............and nowhere else.
Is there a way to block off your dining room and move the boxes somewhere else..............at least that would hopefully help rule out the issue of it just being the fact that despite your cleaning attempts, she continues to smell the urine in these areas and therefore continues to use them?