Hi ...I have 2 male adult brother cats that I rescued about a year ago. Everything has been great. They share a covered litterbox that is in our utility room. I clean it 2-3 times a day and completely scrub it down once a month. I also have 2 small dogs that get along with the cats fine. One of my cats is really really laid back and the other is kind of a nervous cat.
About 6 weeks ago, my "nervous" cat started peeing (not spraying) in one spot on my carpet in the hallway of my home. I thoroughly cleaned the floor and immediately took him to the vet. He did have a UTI. Some bacteria and blood showed in his urine. I went ahead and had him xrayed to check for stones. There was none. I started antibiotics with him and had his urine rechecked about a week later and everything was good.
I placed plastic and a rug over the area where he as peeing and also added a second litterbox as a precaution.
He doesn't use the new litterbox, only his original one. But his brother will sometimes use the new one.
Several weeks have gone by, since then I have had my carpets professionally cleaned twice. I cannot smell anything at all in that place. I also added a Feliway plugin about 2 feet from where his is doing this.
So assuming that it was medical, over the weekend, I removed the second litterbox. Then I removed the rug and plastic.
I folded the rug up and put it in the laundry to be washed but didn't look at it closely.
Woke up this morning and noticed he had peed in the same area in the hallway. Then I looked at the rug more closely and he had peed on it as well at some point recently (it was still wet underneath)
Spent the morning cleaning my carpets again. I put the second box back down.
Do you think he did it because I removed the second box? I'm pretty sure he isn't continuing this because of another UTI. We just finished the antibiotics about 3 weeks ago. And the vet said there is no medical reason for him to get the UTI other than maybe stress. Like I said earler, he is a nervous cat.
But why after a year of them sharing a box, would he all of a sudden act up? Maybe this started as a medical thing and now it's become behavioral? Now that the second box was taken away, he started again?
Any ideas? I am spending a fortune on my pets lately. Not to go into too much detail, but I've rescued 3 animals in the last year. One of them has had to have multiple eyes surgeries and has cost more than $4,000. And this cat has been to vet for a full workup in the last month and that's very expensive as well. So I can't run him to the vet everytime something like this happens.
Any ideas would be appreciated? Please and thank you :)