- 7 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
Your cat may have renal failure! Pull his skin up and it should fall back quickly. If it stays up, he is dehydrated and may need to go to a vet!
If the issue is still persisting… has there been a diet change?
Our cat (when we had her) ate wet cat food for the longest time and we usually were good for having a wide variety. We noticed that when we fed her more of the fish flavours she had peed all over everything – she once even peed on a frying pan that was on the counter when I was watching!!!
We found out that something in the fishy food was causing urinary tract infections and that she was just trying to be more comfortable by just peeing where she wished. We didn’t exactly have the cash to get medicine at the time but we really just had to stop the fishy food and keep her drinking plenty of water to essentially put her back to normal… too bad the same can’t be said for all the stuff she ruined.
OP how’d the vet visit go?
I actually went back home that night and cleaned the litter box out and he has not been peeing on anything since. I guess it was too dirty for him. I should have cleaned it the night we came home, but I just opened up a fresh can of food without even turning on the light (he has his own room) and didn’t realize it was “dirty” until the next day. He hasn’t peed on a thing, he’s still acting normal.
The weird thing was that he wasn’t peeing large amounts. It was tiny spritzes like he was “marking” or something. I washed the dog’s blanket and the tree skirt and put the tree skirt away and put the blanket back in the crate and haven’t caught the little critter peeing on anything else. So I’m not sure if he was marking and I got rid of the scent and he stopped marking or if the litter was too dirty for his liking.
If he ever does it again and the box is clean, it’s usually a sign of illness. Glad this time it seems to have just been the box. 🙂
My cat does this too. We can’t leave any fabric on the floor or balled up on the bed or she’ll pee on it! I love her to pieces and I would never get rid of her but argh!!! She’s been to the vet and apparently doesn’t have a problem.
A couple things that have helped us:
+1000 on the crystals/renal failure thing. We’ve had two boy cats and one eventually developed diabetes from it and eventually passed away (and the other cat almost died, but is fine now). It’s super, super serious and happens a lot w/boy cats. I would take him in immediately to be checked. Our boys had the same symptoms – unusual urination on things, it didn’t make sense. It was almost as if they would wet themselves, just becuase they couldn’t make it anywhere else in time and were in so much pain. I think it’s usually to do w/their food and dehydration, as others have mentioned.
Our little girl cat started pooping on things a year ago for a few weeks. Took her to the vet multiple times for tests, etc. Turned out she was pissy about something (still don’t know what, but she stopped after a few weeks). We stopped getting mad at her, etc. and bought a product called Feliway. It’s some kind of hormone that only cats can smell and it helps calm them down if they are stressed. Worked like a charm for us.
Best of luck OP – hope it’s just a temporary issue and can be fixed easily!
Some good advice here. My big male, Ginger, also likes to pee inside the house occasionally, but for him it’s a territorial thing. He’s not actually a domestic cat, but a wild cat cross breed and former feral, and he was also a late neuter. If he isn’t allowed outdoor access as much as he would like, he marks indoors. Sigh.
Behavioural issues in cats usually have two causes: fear, and territorial behaviour. The former is easy to sort. The latter is very hard, and is usually only resolved by expanding their territory in some way.
However, I’m glad you seem to have sorted the problem! I had a similar problem with one of my cats pooing outside the box recently. Turns out that he will only go if the box is really clean… I have four boxes, and I do clean them regularly, but this cat’s standards are ridiculous… he wants completely new litter every 2-3 days. I dread to think about our environmental footprint. Plus, the fussy cat is our super pedigree indoor only kitten, so he can’t even pee outdoors!
I also second PPs about the water fountains. They are really good!
Ok, so I thought he stopped, but he didn’t. We completely changed his litter about 3 days ago. Yesterday morning, we saw vomit on the floor in our living room. He then peed in the dog’s bed again right in front of me. I then realized I hadn’t scooped any poop in 2 days since we changed the litter (bc there was no poo). His litter was practically still brand new clean.
I realized this isn’t a dirty litter issue and it’s not behavioral. I scheduled an appt at the vet and took him in last night. He didn’t have any urine left to pee for a urine sample, so they’re keeping him overnight to get one. They think he’s a stressed out cat and the stress caused this inflammation. It could also be a UTI, but the vet said that is less common in makes than females. There is a disorder that is common in males and is really not understood well in that they don’t know what causes it, but that would cause males to get this way every so often. Because he’s never had a problem going in the litter before (that is, he always does except when we move houses for the first 2 days or so) he doesn’t think my cat had this disorder. But, he gave him some kitty Prozac and is going to check his urine and hopefully he will be fine.
Before I took him to the vet, I got home and he tried peeing on a white shirt. Tiny amounts came out, but he definitely had blood in it. I started crying, thinking the worst (renal failure, cancer, etc… I didn’t act fast enough). Thankfully, the vet didn’t think it was too serious and if he really is stressed (we’ve moved a lot, maybe he’s not over it? Idk) then some meds can help him be chill. I wonder if they make medicinal marijuana for cats (catnip? Lol).
Anyway, kitty should be fine. I should be able to get him today. The very said he didn’t know yet why he was throwing up and not pooping bc he wasn’t constipated. So that remains a question, but hopefully everything is fine in the end.
I will update you all laterafter I pick him up.
Oh and the vet said cats are solitary creatures, they don’t care if we leave them home alone for a few days and do better when there aren’t other cats around. That said, they also aren’t vindictive, in that cats won’t pee on your stuff bc they’re mad at you. They don’t think like that or feel those emotions.
Hey ladies – thanks for all your replies and advice. Check out the update I posted earlier above. Here is another update from the vet – we just spoke 10 minutes ago.
Basically, he doesn’t know what it is. Kitty won’t pee in the litter box, so he isn’t really able to get enough for a urine sample. Based on his behavior and the reddish tinge in his urine, he’s going to tentatively diagnose him (with feline urinary disorder or something) and put him on pain meds and a kitty-prozac thing. He’s hoping the behavior will stop over the weekend, but if it does not, then I will have to bring him back for more tests to rule out other problems (like an x-ray to rule out kidney stones). He said there’s no real test he can do to figure out what the problem is, just perform tests to figure out what it’s not. So.. here’s hoping that this works and my kitty isn’t on some kitty episode of House.
I’m really happy that this isn’t something serious (he said that if he stops urinating entirely, then we have a problem because we’re talking about kidney failure and he could die quickly from that), but a little upset that I don’t have an answer for him that’s going to “cure” him or make him feel better right away. Basically, keep him chill and on pain meds and to just keep an eye on him, is the answer. But he will likely continue to pee outside his box for the next few days. Gah. Kitty pee is the worst.
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