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Kitten peeing outside of litterbox

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I am distraught. I have a kitten who is about to be 6 months old, and she is peeing outside the litterbox. It has happened a number of times, with no clear cause. The first time she was playing excitedly on the bed, and peed just a little. Since then she has peed on three blankets (different textures) draped over the sofa, on the bed comforter twice more, and on the comforter in the guest bedroom. I took off all the comforters and blankets in the house, but since then she had peed in the corner of the living room (linoleum floor). I added a second litterbox in the living room, which she uses more than the litterbox upstairs near the bedroom. She uses both litterboxes, for both pee and poop, but she also pees outside the box. I've cleaned all areas thoroughly with enzymatic cleaner, and other than the one comforter (which is put away) she has never peed in the same place outside the box more than once.

 

I took her to the vet after the first time. They tested for a UTI but she did not have one. The vet suggested she might have a lower urinary tract syndrome, and that she should be on prescription food, but the breeder swears this is not the case. I know prescription food is controversial, but the vet recommended it so I switched her over to it (I felt desperate). I've also tried cat attract - she did seem attracted to it, but it didn't prevent more accidents. She is the only pet in the household. The change in food seemed to fix the problem, but in the last 4 days she has peed twice! Once on the couch, then a couple days later she went into a paper bag with a pair of socks inside and peed. 

 

Almost all of the accidents occurred in front of me, while i was in the same room. I thought this might be a cry for help, but a UTI was ruled out. Some occurred after I played with her, others after cuddling, so I don't think it was a sign of wanting/needing more attention. I am at a loss for what to do!! The food clearly did not fix the problem, and I don't know what else to do. She is the most adorable sweetheart of a kitten. Very friendly, loves people and curling up on laps, and running around and playing with toys. Another note - some of the places she has peed are places she had previously napped, which surprised me that she would pee in a place that she sleeps. Other accidents happened in seemingly random places, like the corner, or the paper bag (which she usually likes playing in). 

 

Please help!! 

post #2 of 3
You have certainly ruled out many things that we often suggest first, so this is beneficial. And thank you for having patience with her!

How long has she been having accidents?

Is she spayed? Declawed?

Have you tried any calming products like Feliway diffusers or a calming collar?

How much time does she spend alone during the day?
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"The vet suggested she might have a lower urinary tract syndrome, and that she should be on prescription food, but the breeder swears this is not the case."

 

Did your vet suggest a urinalysis, bloodwork, or a urine culture? I would be heading back to the vet (or going to another) to check this out. 

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