We have a nine year old himalayan (male) who has recently begun urinating outside his box. His new favorite spot is on our bed - the pillows primarily, although he has gone on the bedspread too. I have had him checked by two different vets, our usual vet whom we have consulted for years, as well as a new one for a new opinion. Both say the same thing - no infection that they can see. He has had infections before and was even blocked once, but he never marked his territory like this. I only knew he was sick before because he was in and out of his box so much that I thought something was wrong. We have a second cat and a dog, but both have been with us for years (the dog, who is the newest, for almost 7 years!) We have an 18 month old daughter, and I am wondering if this is a reaction to her relatively new mobility? She does try to pet the cats and touch them if she sees them - maybe this frightens him? We have not switched litter or food (he is on a special diet to prevent crystals forming). I have put plastic down on the bed to try to deter him and I have begun cleaning the box out everyday without fail - I did it every third day or so before. We have one large box for the two cats and they have always shared just fine. He does poop in the box, but I am at my wits end here! The plastic seemed like it was working, but I noticed yesterday that he had peed on the plastic! The last time I discussed this with my vet he said I needed to make a decision as to whether or not I could live with this. I asked him if he was saying I had to decide if I was going to put him down or put up with this? He said yes. Any other ideas? I really don't want to do that, but I can not live with this going on - it actually is quite disgusting! This is my last hope. Thanks in advance!
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7/10/03 at 12:39pm