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Kitty not peeing in litter box.

post #1 of 8
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Ok so my sister's cat Spanky is an older cat and has started to pee on their couch. She took him to the vet to rule out any illnesses (he has had a UTI in the past) and he is perfectly healthy. The vet said it is a behavior issue not health. She is cleaning the area with Nature's Miracle and it is still a problem. The litter box has not been moved and she has not changed the kitty litter she is using.

Any ideas on what else she can do? Or why he is peeing there? (I already suggested Cat Attract)
post #2 of 8
How many cats, and how many litter boxes does she have?
For one cat, she should have 2 boxes... for 2, 3 boxes, and so on...
post #3 of 8
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One cat 2 boxes one in the garage and one in the laundry room. She has 2 dogs who are out side most of the time and have no access to the boxes. So it is not like they are eating out of it and he is getting mad. He is older, 13 I think.
post #4 of 8
Is anyone around any other cats or strange animals, then coming home and sitting on the couch??

If so, it could be the cat smelling the other cats and "marking his territory". (by the way, is he neutered?)

If the litterboxes are difficult for the cat to get to (he is getting older), have her move the litterboxes to a more accessible place for the senior cat. I'd still have her move the litterboxes and if that doesn't work, changing the litter.
post #5 of 8
13 year old cat with sudden change in behavior? I hope the vet tested him beyond a UTI. Did they do a full geriatric profile on him?

At 13 years old it can be just about anything. If the vet truly ran a full battery of tests on him and came up with nothing physically wrong, then your sister needs to start changing the litter rituals. Move the boxes closer to where he hangs out. Switch to Cat Attract. Take the covers off the boxes if they are covered. Do whatever she can to get him back to the box. Don't assume because he was OK with her current set up that he is still OK with it now that he is older.

Nature's Miracle is pretty good, but I've found that Nok Out is better at removing smells. Don't simply spray in the sofa, pour it on and saturate the cushions or he will return to that spot.
post #6 of 8
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Originally Posted by catattack1985 View Post
Is anyone around any other cats or strange animals, then coming home and sitting on the couch??

If so, it could be the cat smelling the other cats and "marking his territory". (by the way, is he neutered?)

If the litterboxes are difficult for the cat to get to (he is getting older), have her move the litterboxes to a more accessible place for the senior cat. I'd still have her move the litterboxes and if that doesn't work, changing the litter.
Yes he is neutered and the only other animal they are around is the pup at my sister's work. That smell has been around for 4 or 5 years.

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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
13 year old cat with sudden change in behavior? I hope the vet tested him beyond a UTI. Did they do a full geriatric profile on him?

At 13 years old it can be just about anything. If the vet truly ran a full battery of tests on him and came up with nothing physically wrong, then your sister needs to start changing the litter rituals. Move the boxes closer to where he hangs out. Switch to Cat Attract. Take the covers off the boxes if they are covered. Do whatever she can to get him back to the box. Don't assume because he was OK with her current set up that he is still OK with it now that he is older.

Nature's Miracle is pretty good, but I've found that Nok Out is better at removing smells. Don't simply spray in the sofa, pour it on and saturate the cushions or he will return to that spot.
I am not sure what tests were done on him her exacts words to me were "The vet says he is healthy and it is a behavior. I will ask what tests were ran on him.

Thank you for your suggestion I will pass the info on
post #7 of 8
Do the boxes have high sides? One of my cats stopped using the (high sided) litter box a while ago but started again when I bought new boxes with low sides. Of course, the cats now pee over the side of the box . I guess it's better than not using it at all.
post #8 of 8
Is he only peeing in one place? Put a litterbox there, see if that helps any.
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