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post #31 of 82
Originally posted by catsplay.com
a) could the computer printout have some kind of smell that attracted him?
Yes...there are certain things that seem to entice cats to pee on them. Bathroom rugs with rubber backing, clothing washed in bleach, and plastic are the ones I hear about the most. Perhaps the ink in the photo has a scent that smelled good to the kitten.

[b) might he be scared to go in his box because the washer and dryer were both running?
This is the likely culprit. Many cats are frightened by the sounds of washing machines and dryers (just like they are afraid of vacuum cleaners). It doesn't surprise me that she needed to go but couldn't because of the noisy machines, and so she went in a place that smelled right instead.

Also, keep in mind that at 14 weeks, her little bladder might not be able to hold it in when she needs to go. With her little legs, she just may not have had time to make it to the litter box when her bladder said it is time to go. When they are that young, it is wise to have a litter box on each level of the house, so that a box is always close by in emergencies. When they get older you can always remove the inconvenient boxes, because she will be able to hold it long enough to get to the utility room.
post #32 of 82
Originally posted by AttackCat
How can we stop him from peeing on things that are left on the floor. Keep in mind that he never pees on rugs or bath mats or anything that is "permanent" in the house. Only things that are left out of place. And not only when we have company.
It sounds to me as if your cat is marking the items rather than simply peeing on them. If they are on the floor he cannot do the traditional spraying, so he is marking by squatting on them instead. Basically, he is saying, "this new thing is mine." I would recommend (as Hissy said) getting a Feliway Comfort Zone diffuser and leaving that plugged in. Also, when guests come over, I would have a bottle of Feliway spray and I would spray the suitcases and anything else that might be on the floor with the Feliway. Feliway has a pheremone which mimics the friendly marking that cats do with their cheeks. When the cat smells this pheramone they are comforted and feel no need to mark.

I think that with the combination of the Feliway spray for guests and the Feliway diffuser for the house, your problem should greatly deminish.

Good luck!
post #33 of 82
Hi lotsocats,

Thanks for your advice. I am really thinking it was the washer and dryer running too as my daughter and I had just earlier noticed that Simba 'scrammed fast' once I started them up.

My husband also thought that Simba was just 'too little' and 'too busy' to take a break and run to the bathroom -- like a little kid.

So far, no more incidents so I'm hoping I've got it figured out!
post #34 of 82
Sorry if this is sort of interupting the convo before mine but I took my cat to the vet to see if her innapropriate peeing was because of a UTI but it's not. She's clear. So now I have this problem with my cat The vet reccomended me putting litter boxes everywhere where she was peeing and said that cats are very sensitive with textures and such. And then when she knows the texture where shes supposed to be peeing I remove the boxes slowly. Has anyone used this technique? If so, how has it worked?
Thanks for any advice

post #35 of 82
Honestly I can't tell you how greatful I am for this forum. My Sasha has been spraying since day one, 9 years ago. We've tried everything imaginable including the spray and the plugins and in fact, the vet just put her on an anti-depressant in hopes that would help. We have a vicious cycle going here. She sprays, the other three cats get mad and beat her up, so she sprays more, and they beat her more. She used to confine her spraying to our unfinished basement on the cement floor. That was easy enough to clean up. But the past year and a half (we had changes then that upset her) she has decided my office works well too. I've blocked the areas, (she find a niche), I've sprayed her with the spray bottle of water when I catch her in the act, and virtually everything else I can think of.

I am going to try the foil and putting food in the spots she is spraying in. Wish me luck. I am at my wits end. She is precious, very sweet natured, but very passive/agressive.
post #36 of 82

I am so glad you had her checked by your vet and I'm glad she is healthy.

If I were you, I would go back to the very first post in this thread and read the suggestions there. I think if you try these suggestions, you probably will not have to put litter boxes all over the house. I think I would save your vet's suggestion to be the last resort if the other ideas don't work.

Good luck!
post #37 of 82

Also, please get some Feliway spray, then follow the instructions in the Feliway box, making sure that you use the spray every morning and night. The Feliway, in combination with the foil and antidepressants should do the trick for you.

Also, you should put Feliway Comfort Zone diffusers in various rooms in your house. The Comfort Zone serves to make all of the cats mellow out. This too should help tremendously.

Unfortunately the Feliway spray and the Comfort Zone are pretty expensive, and you will go through a lot of the Feliway before the spraying stops, but it is very much worth the money.

You can find the Feliway spray and Comfort Zone at PetsMart or most other pet supply stores.

Good luck and keep us up to date on how it is going with your girl.
post #38 of 82
I tried it and the little devil backed right up to it and sprayed directly on the plugin. All the while looking at me with adoring eyes. I was just waiting for electric shock to hit her. We used it for about two months, I swear she got worse. It was almost as if she was determined not to let it overrule HER territory!

I have a little feral cat who is always rubbing his cheek (the good hormones) on everything. He is very sweet natured and the last to go after her. The day she did that, even HE took off after her. We are all very exasperated with her. Anyway, I am venting. thank you for the warm welcome. I will keep her on all of the above and see if it works.
post #39 of 82
Originally posted by Annie777
I tried it and the little devil backed right up to it and sprayed directly on the plugin. All the while looking at me with adoring eyes.
Sasha sounds like quite a character! I think you have your hands full with this one!
post #40 of 82
My 2 kitties (16 yr old female, 12 yr old male, both neutered)have developed "peeing problems", are currently being boarded and are on antibiotics for UTI's. I am reluctant to bring them home until this is resolved, and miss them terribly. My vet has suggested Paxil, but has stressed there are no guarantees! Has anyone out there heard of this therapy for felines? Help, I am desperate!
post #41 of 82
The vet put Sasha on an anti-depressant but I can't get it down her. She spits and sputters and foams at the mouth. A friend suggested I get one of those pill shooters so I'll try that. So far, nothing seems to be working. But her's is a behavioral problem, not a UTI.
post #42 of 82
Mine too, "spit and sputter" when I try to give pills. It is extremely difficult & adds to stress levels for all! I suspect ours have a combination of UTI and behavioral problems, as this "peeing" problem has developed during the last yr, since we moved into a different home. Unfortunately this also includes the odd "pooping" problem, which can probably be attributed to constipation? Sometimes I feel like I'm running a nursing home! One of the medical problems that was diagnosed about 6 mos ago, was a very low potassium level in my 16 yr old female. She was sent home with potassium supplements. When I pick them up from the vet I must also get more advice on giving them medication & will pass on to you if I learn anything new!
post #43 of 82
I had a manx who had pooping and peeing problems. The vet had to clean him out a few times. The urinary problem however was more complex. Manx apparently don't have the nerve endings and don't know when they have emptied their bladders and thus, develop stones. He had a horrible time until the vet finally widen the opening (surgically). I adored that cat. He lived to be 19 but wouldn't have without the surgery. He was very well-behaved though and I always knew right off when there was a problem because he would walk right up to me and squat. Very UNLIKE him!
post #44 of 82
Thread Starter 
I am truly sorry the two of you are still having problems with spraying and such. Have you considered a cat behavorist? Sometimes having someone come into the home that is not connected with the cat and who can really see things that sometimes we block is very helpful. If you go to www.meowhoo.com and look under Behavior, perhaps you will find someone local to you that will help you.
post #45 of 82
Annie 777,
i just came across this tip on a PetsMart website for giving pills:
http://www.petsmart.com/articles/article%5F843.shtml *it suggests blowing on your cat's face to "startle" him/her after giving the pill which causes them to instinctively swallow, can't hurt!
post #46 of 82
Thank you, I'll try it. I am growing increasingly frustrated with her and feeling rather helpless with the situation at this point.
post #47 of 82
I have noticed that one of my three cats is peeing on things in my house, but the problem is, before I can figure out how to solve the problem, How can I find out which cat is doing it! I watch them very closley but have never been able to catch any one of them doing it, are there any other symptoms to look for?
post #48 of 82
Yes, that sums it up exactly...I too, am feeling very helpless at this point. Am now about to try a "lift n' sift" litter box, Dr Elsey's "Cat Attract" litter which promises "100% litter box use or your money back" guarantee, along with citrus spray, and another wonder cleaner (with enzymes). What we cat lovers won't do for them Good luck to you too, will keep you posted on my efforts too!
post #49 of 82
I don't know how many cats you have in your home but as odd or gross as this sounds I could tell by the odor of the cat. The cat that was spraying would smell of cat spray after the act. I have three cats two females and one male. I would sometimes come home to somewhat fresh spray and after holding and petting each cat I could smell the scent still on the culprit. Always Mewpurr. We are still having problems with her spraying. I'm not sure what to do, nothing to-date has worked. This may sound odd but I FEEL like I have a pretty good sense as to what is causing it. I'm pretty sure she only sprays when she sees another cat outside. She is spraying between my two livingroom windows (which unfortunately is where my couch is). I have NEVER caught her in the act. I think she's just trying to mark this as HER territory. The only other place she has ever sprayed is in my basement on my new rubberbacked rugs which I have read many times is common because they do not like the smell of the rubber. Once I picked up the rugs that problem was solved. I hate to even go into my livingroom because it smells like cat spray. I had blinds up to try to keep the cats out of the windows but they just destroyed the blinds and perched themselves on the windowsills. I have cleaned with blacklights and chemicals made for cat spray, replaced carpet, and furniture, and even used the plug-ins made for relaxing the cat. I've had her checked out by the vet. All three of my cats are now fixed. I got the male neutered almost two months ago. Still Mewpurr seems to spray about once or twice a week in my livingroom. She is the most laid back of the three cats (great with the kids). I don't see her as feeling threatened by anything IN the house I really think its seeing cats in the neighborhood from the windows. I woke one night to a singing neighborhood cat perched outside my window that was the first time I discovered first hand that wonderful scent of cat spray. Even though my house/windows were all closed I think Mewpurr felt the need to Mark her territory. Its been hell in that room ever since. I'm almost ready to paint my windows black to block out any sights from the outside world. lol My husband is about ready to take her on a one way trip. Any more ideas would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Joan
post #50 of 82
Tarav, You may need to get them all a check up if one is peeing and you don't know which one. Someone may have a UTI.

What we cat lovers won't do for them

The saying - "This home is operated soley for the comfort and convenience of my cats" would fit. lol!
post #51 of 82
Catmagnet, I FEEL YOUR PAIN!

A friend of mine is taking drastic measures for her little culprit. That being that she is taking the room the cat uses, pulling up the carpet and laying tile so that she can better clean it up. She has also taken to putting litter boxes all over the place, including her and her husbands bedroom. Unfortunately, I can't afford to pull out the carpet and lay tile. Nor will I put a box in my bedroom although that is not the room Sasha uses anyway.

She has five cats. The one peeing (not spraying) has had UTIs for months but it is all cleared up now and the vet said it has become behavioral which can happen after a lengthy bout with UTIs. She is obese too so they have put her on a diet in hopes that would help the peeing, UTIs AND her health.

I dunno.
post #52 of 82
I have a solution for giving fighting with their pills! "easy cheese" (cheez whiz in the can!) by Kraft, just squeeze out enough on your fingertip to hide the pill in and they will meow for it! thank God! the vet tech gave us a demonstration when we picked them up with their antibiotics.... even Mr Tubb, who normally turns his nose up at cheese, loves it! within a few minutes the pills are down and they are licking their chops let me know how it works for you!
post #53 of 82
I'll try it. Thanks for the advice. She likes chicken but doesn't pay much attention to other human food, well, except tuna. Now see if this were Tas, a little chili (one bean even) and he'd be set. He's my little taco bandito.
post #54 of 82

Did you ever check out this thread started by someone who was having the same spraying problem? She, too, was at her wit's end and was ready to strangle the cat. But after trying the various suggestions made the spraying has stopped.

In addition to checking out that thread, please make sure you spray the place between the windows with Feliway every evening and every morning. That will likely help. But, don't stop with that...please follow the suggestions in the thread I gave the link to in the first sentence. I am sure you will success if you follow these ideas.
post #55 of 82
this is probably a silly question but do male cats get UTI? Or is it just female cats? I am having problems with my Toby. He has been peeing and pooping outside of his box.
post #56 of 82
Thread Starter 
Yes and males are really susceptible (moreso than females) to crystals in their urine.Please take your cat to the vet soon!
post #57 of 82
Can cats with UTI give other cats in the house UTI? And how do they get UTI in the first place? How can I prevent that? I have 2 cats a little over a year old. One male and one female...both are neutered and fixed. My Toby i think is the one that has the issues. I have been watching them closely. Toby has been licking himself (his wee-wee) and he hisses at himself lately. And the other day i put him in the litter box and i left the room and he was hissing at himself again. So, its probably toby and not chloe...
post #58 of 82
Thread Starter 
UTI are not contagious. They are caused by all sorts of reasons, stress (changes in the environment)an illness might trigger one, improper diet, some cats are just prone to getting them more than others and they usually suffer from what is known as FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) Some people believe that feeding only dry food triggers them, when you think about that aspect, in the wild a cat will hunt prey to survive, mice, other rodents birds, all of which are about 70% moisture. We basically take that moisture content away from cats when we feed them dry food, providing them with water is fine, but they do need more moisture in their diets. So perhaps this new study that Cornell is working on with prove out, who knows?

Again, your cats need to go to the vet and get checked. Incessant licking and hissing is not a normal sign and your cat is trying to tell you something and he hopes you are listening.

Good luck!
post #59 of 82
Thanks! I'm glad there is this site! I was feeling very frustrated and worried.
post #60 of 82
A friend of mine had an older cat that used to spray on things that were out of place. During a move the cat would spray everything in boxes and bags. Someone told her to put Cayenne pepper on the bags and the cat would not spray them. She did it and it worked. Is this not a good idea? I am tempted to put it behind my couch in my livingroom to prevent the cat from going back there but am concerned about injury or reprocussions. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I'm concerned about the cats eyes and noses.
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