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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I have two cats, a 9 year old and 10 month old, both spayed females. One of them (I suspect the younger) has taken to peeing on my clothes if I leave them on the floor overnight. This morning there was a puddle of urine on the floor at the foot of the bed. When we first got her, she peed in my closet (we assume it was her) then nothing until the last month or so, when she started peeing on my clothes. Only my clothes, only my room. As far as we can tell, she hasn't done it anywhere else in the apt and not in my roommates bedroom. The first time and this morning, it was the older cat who I found pawing around the area as if to cover it up. Someone told me that this must mean she's the culprit, because cats won't try to cover another cat's urine. Does anyone know if that's true or not? I'd hate to be focusing on the wrong cat, but she is Practically Perfect in Every Way as far as behaviour-has been since we took her in as a stray. She has been very nonchalant both times, but the other cat acts guilty as all get out. If the kitten sees me smell clothes or sniff anything, she runs and hides (I did yell at her last time, I confess, so don't know if she just associates the sniffing with getting in trouble or getting in trouble with peeing outside the box).

Besides the above question, if she had a urinary tract infection, wouldn't the peeing be more consistent? It's only happened 5 pr 6 times, with several days or weeks (or months, from first to second time) between occurrances, but the last two are within the last two weeks.

My roommate believes it's behavioural and plans to get rid of her this weekend (she's technically his cat). I need insight fast!
post #2 of 16
While I don`t agree that one cat won`t "cover" for another ,(Our Toby used to cover tedy`s "stuff" in the litter box all the time when he first arrived) I would take both cats to the vet if you are not sure which one it is. One of them could have a UI or worse.
post #3 of 16
Before he takes the easy option of getting rid of the poor cat i would certainly say a vet check up is needed first.

Thank goodness your there for the little sweetie
post #4 of 16
Both of your kittes absolutely need to be examined by their Vet.

Yes, cats will cover eachother's urine and feces. Serenity took the longest time when she was a baby learning to cover her business in the litter tray even with my efforts to teach her as her mom cat would have. Each time she would go, Sierra would get in there and cover it up for her.
post #5 of 16
she might have uti. jupiter started to pee on nice soft things that smelt like us (bed sheets etc) before he got diagnosed with crystals. he only did it three times and still used the litter box when he could.

my cats cover up each other poop or pee if they think its too uncovered.

please dont let your flatmate give away the cat- lets be honest, who wants to adopt a cat that pees on things
post #6 of 16


I agree with all the above. Have both cats taken to a vet and have them checked out.

Cats do cover up other cats "business". Luna use to be the monitor of the Litter box. She absolutely had to have everything covered up and Patches and Beauty don't cover when they're done. So Luna would hop in the litter box when they finished and cover up everything for them.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for your replies. I'm especially encouraged by the one regarding uti, as I thought this peeing pattern wasn't consistent with a urinary problem. I'm taking them both to the vet today for a checkup. Upon further probing, he's not really keen on getting rid of her if it can be avoided.

fingers crossed!
post #8 of 16
thats a relief!

sending you vet vibes- hope everythings ok!
post #9 of 16
Thats good to hear

Please keep us updated
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well, I took them to the Vet but he couldn't get a sample from either one so he's keeping them overnight (free of charge) in hopes of getting one tonight. Thanks for all your advice.

This was a new Vet and I like them much more (well, the office, anyway. I didn't meet the Vet). You can tell they like the cats. My other Vet and his staff were markedly dog people. Here's hoping for the best!
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by jmskmt59
Well, I took them to the Vet but he couldn't get a sample from either one so he's keeping them overnight (free of charge) in hopes of getting one tonight. Thanks for all your advice.

This was a new Vet and I like them much more (well, the office, anyway. I didn't meet the Vet). You can tell they like the cats. My other Vet and his staff were markedly dog people. Here's hoping for the best!
what a nice vet!
post #12 of 16
i had to get a urine sample from jupiter, it wasnt pretty nor easy!
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Well, it turns out I've been blaming the wrong cat! Margo, the oldest, has a urinary tract infection. Emma, the youngest (she of the guilty behaviour) got a clean bill of health. Poor Margo has been peeing on my clothes because they smelled like me and she was sick and wanted me to help her. I feel like a schmuck! But all is well (or well be, when the antibiotices do their job). Now I know to think outside the (litter) box-ar ar ar- when it comes to symptoms of a utc.

Thanks again for all the advice!
post #14 of 16
www.zero-odor.com will help you get the smell out of your clothes and bedcloths
post #15 of 16
Yay! I'm so glad you were able to find out which kitty and now do something to help her! Poor sweetie! Don't beat yourself up for not knowing. What you do now that you do know is most important!
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
Yay! I'm so glad you were able to find out which kitty and now do something to help her! Poor sweetie! Don't beat yourself up for not knowing. What you do now that you do know is most important!
i'm sure Margo will be better soon!
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