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post #1 of 22
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I am worried that one of the cats is sick. Someone peed on a piece of sandpaper in the bedroom today. I'm not sure which cat. I'm worried because they have never, ever peed outside their box.

I called the vet's office and the lady I spoke to said to separate them to try to figure out which cat it is. So I guess I will lock Polly in the computer room when we are gone. There's one litterbox in there. She will not like that at all. She hates being locked up, but I don't know any other way to figure out who's peeing.

Thanks for listening. I am just worried about them and needed to vent......
post #2 of 22
I hope you can find out which one it was.
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Someone peed on a piece of sandpaper
could it be that the cat thought it felt so close to litter, that it mistook it as litter?
I am saying prayers you can figure it out.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by crittermom
could it be that the cat thought it felt so close to litter, that it mistook it as litter?

I was thinking the same thing......

Doofus once popped in a former roomates dry oatmeal before she could get her water in it.....he dug in it and burried it like it was litter

I hope everything is ok
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 
So it might be nothing then? Should I wait and see if it happens again before I separate them?
post #5 of 22
Go ahead and separate them. That won't hurt anything. Then you'll find out if it was just the sandpaper or something else.
post #6 of 22
I would seperate them to see if it was a one time thing. It would be better to be safe than sorry.
I am hoping it was an oops and noone is sick!!
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well as of this morning both cats have peed in the litterbox like normal. I didn't notice anything abnormal about pee or poo.

Just to be safe, though, I locked Polly in the computer room when I left this morning. She does not like to be in a closed room at all. I feel so bad about locking her up. She cries when she's alone. What if she's crying right now and I'm not there to comfort her? She might cry all day and drive Prego nuts. I left her some toys, but she just hates to be alone; she always has.

Here's something kind of funny. My husband never had a cat before we got Prego. Lately he's been saying, "I don't think the litter really does anything." He means about the odor. But last night he says, "I guess the litter really does do a lot. It stinks really bad." He means the pee stinks. He's never smelled cat pee before. Hee hee.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Nebula11
I was thinking the same thing......

Doofus once popped in a former roomates dry oatmeal before she could get her water in it.....he dug in it and burried it like it was litter

I hope everything is ok

Ewwww. I hope she noticed and didn't eat it
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well I just got home. We could smell pee a little in the bedroom, but I think it's still the pee from yesterday, and not new pee. We used some enzyme cleaner, but we have wood floors, so we don't want to put too much on. Also, I think some of the pee went down the heating vent, so when the vent blows it smells again.

I think it was just a one-time oops. Polly didn't seem to upset about being locked up. I hope she didn't meow too much while we were gone.
post #10 of 22
I had a cat who would pee on plastic grocery bags if you left them on the floor. Never could figure out why....Sounds like it was just a mistake. Sandpaper--Sand in the litter box. It's understandable.

Cynthia
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by PurrPaws
Ewwww. I hope she noticed and didn't eat it

i second that. who would've thought that dry oatmeal would make a good cat litter!
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ckatz
I had a cat who would pee on plastic grocery bags if you left them on the floor. Never could figure out why....Sounds like it was just a mistake. Sandpaper--Sand in the litter box. It's understandable.

Cynthia
I'm not mad or anything, I was just worried that one of them might be sick. Plus, I felt really guilty for leaving Polly locked in the computer room all day. My husband will just have to make sure he doesn't leave his sandpaper lying around (We are doing some remodeling.)
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
Oh no! Polly peed this morning in the window sill. I'm assuming it was she that peed on the sandpaper on Thursday. I am definitely going to take her to the vet. But my vet isn't open today. Can it wait until morning or do I need to take her to the emergency vet?

Edited to add: Called the emergency vet to see what they think. They said if it's a UTI it could be pretty uncomfortable for Polly, so I went ahead and took her in. They couldn't get a urine sample from her, but they gave us some amoxicillin to give her. And they said to go to my regular vet in a week and get a urinalysis. So I'll be calling them tomorrow. Poor little Polly; I hope it's nothing other than a UTI.
post #14 of 22
I was hoping it was just an oops thing.I sure hope the antibiotics help her and make the UTI go away. Keep us updated PLEASE
post #15 of 22
I'm sorry to hear it wasn't just a one-off thing, and that Polly is sick. I'm sending her good vibes for a speedy recovery! Let us know how she's doing.
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Well, since they couldn't get any urine for a sample, the diagnosis isn't definitive. There is always the chance that it is behavioral, but I don't think it is. If it is behavioral, I don't think she'd use the windowsill. If the antiobiotics make her stop peeing outside the box, then it's probably just a UTI. I'm going to call my vet tomorrow, and the emergency clinic is going to fax a copy of today's chart to them.
post #17 of 22
Aww, poor thing. Get better soon Polly.

Cynthia
post #18 of 22
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My regular vet asked me to wait until Polly was off the antibiotics for a couple days and get a urine sample using some Nosorb. I dropped off the sample this morning. She has crystals and bacteria in her urine. Poor girl! They aren't sure if the bacteria are environmental or really from the bladder. We're going to the vet this afternoon for a bacterial culture. They need to take it sterily with a needle in her bladder. Then they send it off to a lab, where they grow the bacteria (if there are any) and see what they are. The vet said it could be either bacterial or a more chronic urinary tract inflammation causing the crystals. The pH was 9, which the vet said is high. She has been eating, drinking and playing pretty normally, but she has been more vocal than usual lately, and I wonder if this is why.

While waiting for the culture, they plan to put her on a broad spectrum antibiotic and prescription s/d and then later prescription c/d.

I'm so worried about her, but keeping my fingers crossed. Thank goodness I have a great vet!
post #19 of 22
Poor Polly! All this sounds very familiar to me unfortunately. My Pushkin has a chronic crystal problem. He's just finishing up his second course of antibiotics. It's really important to keep them strictly on the c/d diet.
BTW, love the middle photo of Polly & Prego eating! Too cute!
post #20 of 22
ok, someone probably already asked this, or else you told us & i missed it - but she is spayed, right? Java peed EVERYWHERE when she was in heat!
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by laureen227
ok, someone probably already asked this, or else you told us & i missed it - but she is spayed, right? Java peed EVERYWHERE when she was in heat!
She was spayed at 8 weeks, before I brought her home. Before I even knew about her actually
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Polly did not have any bacteria in her urine, so it looks like we're dealing with a chronic problem. I'm still mixing the s/d in with her old kitten food, but once she's on purely s/d for 2 weeks, we will do another urine sample to check for crystals. When the crystals are gone, she will go on c/d and will probably have to stay on it. Luckily, I had a pet fountain before we got her, so she's drinking water.

Let's hope she will recover and not relapse.
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