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post #1 of 19
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My kitty Karma seems to have a bladder bigger than her body. Her litter is soaked everytime she pees. She does not seem to be in pain or anything when she pees, so I don't think its an infection. We use johnny cat litter. Is this a good brand? It just does not seem to absorb the liquid at all. It never dries either. Its getting to the point where I need to give her fresh litter every 3 days or so. We can't afford that. Its to the point where she leaves little foot prints on the floor and it sticks to the wall when she digs in it. Can anyone suggest a better littler and does anyone else have a cat that pees like a race horse?
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom
My kitty Karma seems to have a bladder bigger than her body. Her litter is soaked everytime she pees. She does not seem to be in pain or anything when she pees, so I don't think its an infection. We use johnny cat litter. Is this a good brand? It just does not seem to absorb the liquid at all. It never dries either. Its getting to the point where I need to give her fresh litter every 3 days or so. We can't afford that. Its to the point where she leaves little foot prints on the floor and it sticks to the wall when she digs in it. Can anyone suggest a better littler and does anyone else have a cat that pees like a race horse?
I use arm and hammor clumping litter. A good price litter is petsmart brand clumping litter Exquisicat or something like that. Its like 12 bucks for 40 pounds. When shamus goes he sounds like the guys at the Jets game in teh bathroom who have been drinking since 8 am.
post #3 of 19
You didn't mention how old your kitty is, but excessive urination may be a symptom of another problem. When was the last time you had her in to see her vet for a full checkup including blood work?
post #4 of 19
We are now using Arm & Hammer Unscented clumping litter. I buy it at our local Target.

My male kitty Dexter, always left a huge pee ball. I had blood work done to be sure he did not have a disease such as kidney problems or diabetes.
He was OK. He is just a big cat.

If you think that your kitty is producing excessive urine, a workup would be a good idea.
post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by gayef
You didn't mention how old your kitty is, but excessive urination may be a symptom of another problem. When was the last time you had her in to see her vet for a full checkup including blood work?
post #6 of 19
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She's 2 years old and 8 pounds. We've had her for about 4-5 weeks now. She had a complete check up when we first got her, including blood work and was completely healthy. She was a stray though. We found out that the people who originally owned her were meth heads so who knows what she was exosed to. I'll be calling the vet this week for another issue and I will mention this to her. I hope she just has a big bladder.
post #7 of 19
Does she drink alot of h2o??
post #8 of 19
I commend you for adopting Karma and giving her a second chance at a good life.
I suspect that she is in for lots of cuddles & hugs in her new safe, loving home.
Please keep us posted about how sweet Karma is doing.
PS...I just went to her pictures. She is absolutely adorable.
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom
She's 2 years old and 8 pounds. We've had her for about 4-5 weeks now. She had a complete check up when we first got her, including blood work and was completely healthy. She was a stray though. We found out that the people who originally owned her were meth heads so who knows what she was exosed to. I'll be calling the vet this week for another issue and I will mention this to her. I hope she just has a big bladder.
post #9 of 19
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Thank you xocats. She gets lots of love. She drinks a ton of water. Shes a guzzler. I fill her bowl twice a day. I don't think the people who had her befor ever put out a water bowl. She acts like she has never used one and had to look for water. She still looks at me with a surprised look when I fill her bowls. Like she is saying "is that all mine mom, just for me?" She pees the normal amount of times through out the day, I pee more than her. She just produces like a gallon. It's crazy.
post #10 of 19
does she eat wet or dry food or both??

I know they did blood work but this shows signs of kidney issues or diabetes( I pray neither ) but Ask for these tests
post #11 of 19
I would recommend taking her to the vet for bloodwork. At her age a medical problem is not likely but also not impossible. The most common causes of excessive urination are diabetes and kidney disease. Both are highly treatable but extremely serious if left untreated.
post #12 of 19
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She gets mainly dry, Royal Canin for indoor cats. We just gave her her first tast of wet food yesterday. It was Pet Promise wild salmmon flavor. We only are going to give her a little. One can is going to get split over four feedings. We don't give her a ton of treats, maybe 5-8 every few days. She has a hard time eating them, they are an odd shape and size to her little mouth. Plus I don't think she ever had them before and she really just likes to suck the flavoring off. She really likes seasonings on foods. She doesn't get people food very often. Only once and a while. Last night she got to try a little bit of bbq shark and chicken. Most of the time when we offer her something other than cat food she just sucks the flavor off and leaves the rest. It's quite odd. I'm triing really hard not to let her get fat. She only gets a cup of kibble a day plus the quarter of wet now. I split her feedings, 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 at night. She has put on a pound since we got her. She never begs for more and seems full and happy all the time.
post #13 of 19
IMHO diet looks good cept I worry about shark and mecury ask the vet.. careful with seasoning many have onions ( highly toxic) and garlic( toxicity varies but why risk it)
post #14 of 19
Be sure that your vet knows about your concerns over Karma's excessive thirst and urine output.
Ask if her glucose & kidney levels were normal in the lab work that was just done.
I am so glad that you joined TCS.
We all help & learn from each other here.
post #15 of 19
I have a cat that made rivers in the litterbox when she peed. I switched from the clumping litter to the pine pellet litter about a year ago and I love it. It's fast absorbing and there's no bad litter box smell anymore. The pellets soak up wettness and disolve, you just scoop out the poo and dump litter when it has all turned to sawdust. It's supposed to be healthier too, because there's no dust.
post #16 of 19
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Thank you all so much. I am so glad I found this site, I haved learned so much already. I can't wait to learn more.
post #17 of 19
I have had two cats that were on a purely dry diet and drank lots of water - as soon as I started giving them more wet (one is on purely wet now due to health reasons), their water consumption went down, so they obviously started getting enough from their food.
post #18 of 19
Try a good clumping litter. We use "World's Best" which is made from corn instead of clay and generates a LOT less dust. It clumps quite nicely. We have two cat boxes and we alternate changing the litter so that each gets changed out once every two weeks.

I agree that you should have her kidney numbers checked. When our Miffy developed CRF, the first clue we had was that the plain clay litter we used at the time started turning to mud every couple of days.
post #19 of 19
I think Sharky's right -- your kitty may be diabetic or have some other problem affecting her kidneys. Bloodwork isn't always conclusive, and they may also need a urine sample to figure out what's going on.

Poor baby... I hope she's okay!
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