Post # 1
Ok so shes not my cat, she belongs to my parents. Theyve had her for about 6 years now, but we got her from the humane society so not completely sure how old she is, but wefigure about 8 or 9. She is a Manx, if anyone knows anything particular about that breed.
The problem is she pees….not on anything, mainly bath mats, certain spots on carpets. Luckily only the bedrooms have carpets so if they keep the doors shut, she doesnt have any accidents. But it only takes a few minutes of her being alone in a room forherto pee.. she has also peed on ourboots/shoes more than once. But thats more rare.
She is pretty overweight and has a hard time getting around – her litter is in the basement so i wonder if thats the main problem. Today i had her up on my bed and was shaving her with the clippers (to help her with the heat and when using the litter since she has no tail, she often gets cling-ons) and while i had my back turned, she peed on the bed, while i was right there! I stopped her but still… i think she couldnt get off the bed and thats likely why she did it.
My oarents are taking her to the vet this week to seewhat shehas to say, but they just want to puther down. It breaks my geart because i think if they made more of an effort to keep their door shut and monitored her food intake better, there wouldnt be these problems.
Itried puppy pads for a while and she used them but has recently stopped.
Ive tried pheramone collars too, didnt help. Any suggestions? How can i save this adorable, snuggly lovebug?
Post # 3
I should add ive already suggested adding a second litter upstairs or somewhere more accessible, but theywont. Seems like they just want to do the easiest way out….
Post # 4
1. More litterboxes in more locations. If she only has one, she might not get to it in time. Also, some cats will only use clean litterboxes (and most vastly prefer them), so having multiples could help. Make sure the ones you have are LARGE, and preferably not covered.
2. Get her in with a vet for testing. She might have a UTI or something else medically wrong. Even if she doesn’t, you might consider using a non-clay litter and giving her only filtered water – both of which help with urinary problems.
3. Get the spots that she pees on cleaned. Like, actually get someone in to professionally clean the carpet. Put anything else she likes to pee on in a location that she can’t access. If she smells somewhere she’s peed in the past, she’ll probably pee there again.
Post # 5
Here is the sweat pea after I buzzed her back today lol
Post # 6
Once any medical issues are ruled out, I’m sure she is trying to tell you she is not happy with the littler situation.
I have a cat like this as well. She would pee on the bed right in front of me, she was just unhappy that the box wasnt being cleaned often enough.
I would suggest making it easier for to get to the box, and make sure its clean every day.
It makes me so sad that people would rather put their animal down then do a few simple things to make it easier for her.
Post # 7
i would have the vet check her kidneys. my grandparents have had a couple cats who have ended up with kidney issues, and they acted just like that- peeing anywhere but the litterbox.
i hope you figure it out soon!
Post # 8
@MrsPhilly: Don’t give up on your cat!!! Yes, the best thing is to take her to the vet, which you are doing. If there is nothing medically wrong, maybe you can find a foster home for her or someone that has experience with dealing with something like this to take her. Don’t let your parents put her to sleep.
Post # 9
When one of my cats got very old and started having accidents, we put old towels in the litter box instead of litter, and the cat started going in the box again. The towels obviousl don’t hide the smell of urine like litter does so you’d have to change and wash them pretty frequently, but my fmaily did what it took to make our guy comfortable.
Post # 10
definitely try more litter boxes. also what kind of litter are you using? perhaps its irritating her… and yes i would recommend a trip if nothing else at least a call to the vet to see what they suggest. cats get UTI’s easily and I’ve heard when they do that its very uncomfortable for them to go in the literbox and they prefer to go on comfy surfaces.
but def contact your vet. the other problem is once they pee they’re more proned to go there… they are attracted to the smell of amonia.. so bathroom rugs where its possible members have drippled a little urine, not to be weird but boys it happens im sure, they are attracted to the smell and are likely to pee in it. i think my cats have been peeing in our laundry hamper where we put our socks and undies. being pregnant i can smell the amonia from a mile away and i smelt it in there. we had to throw away the hamper.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone… She’s going to the vet on Thursday and I’m sure he’ll just tell my parents the same thing – to use more litter boxes, but I feel like my parents will just consider that too much work :(… I’ve told them this many times. They have 3 cats, and for the moment my FI and I are living with them and we have 1 so that’s 4 cats in one house. One is very old and not long for this world,and when we move out, that would just leave them with two… I don’t understand why they aren’t doing more. They’ve always had cats, and always loved them… but they’re lazy. If it requires extra work or effort on their part, I don’t know that they’ll do it.
I’ve said I’ll take her when we move out given that the apartment we find isn’t carpeted, but I don’t know when that will be…
I’m crossing my fingers that with diligence and advice from the vet, I can save this sweet cuddly girl. All she ever wants is a lap to snuggle up on… she’s the sweetest thing.
Post # 13
@MrsPhilly: My cat started peeing random places last fall, for the first time in the 6 years I’ve had him. The vet said he had a bladder inflammation that made him feel like he urgently needed to go, and he’d go wherever he was (this is the cat the held it all day long one time because he couldn’t get to his litter box because someone closed the door). Pills helped, but he kept going in the spot that smelled like his pee. I threw out the mat and cleaned the carpeting, and he stopped completely.
So make sure she has a litter box close by… maybe you could take care of it while you’re living there and your parents will realize an extra litter box is easier than cleaning up pee everywhere?