- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2014
Our boycat had crystals as a young guy. It is awful to deal with cat pee, but it’s important to stay patient and always assume medical issues before behavioral issues, just because cats are so bad at telling us when they’re in pain. After many years of trial and error and crazy vet bills, our kitty’s urinary issues are now well managed. (Unfortunately, even after the medical issues cleared up, he developed a territorial urine-marking behavior, so now he is also on Kitty Prozac! Never ends, lol)
It is a long and frustrating road but it sounds like you are taking all the right steps. I wish you lots of luck!
Thanks for the update and for taking him to the vet. I hope he is feeling better soon and you don’t have to seal with pee for much longer!
my male cat did this and it turned out that he had a blocked urinary tract with sludge because he wasn’t drinking enough water. It happened three times- he just didn’t like water! I put it in his food, bought special prescription Urinary TRact infection food, gave him wet food (which was making him FAT!!!) and then got him a huge water bowl next to his food separate from our dogs food. I even tried tuna can water to hopefully attract him to drinking something! but no prevail… his blockage, cost me 450 bucks to fix the first time, the second time it happened, I caught it in advance and it only cost me 120 bucks to fix, it happened a third time and I ultimately had to just give him back to the ASCPA where I adopted him from…. I couldn’t afford to keep “fixing” him when it’s not even the right fix…
Also, are you on any cat health forums on facebook? They can often really help.
As far as cats being solitary goes… it depends strongly on the cat and the breed, but loneliness is unlikely to cause inappropriate urination (that said, it did in Ginger for a time after Pika’ went missing, but he is not a normal cat, and his wild cat genes cause unusual, pack-like behaviors… this will probably not apply to you!).
Some breeds are highly intelligent and can be vindictive if mistreated. I was warned about this when I got my bengal… the more intelligent cats do hold grudges, although many, many people misdiagnose peeing inappropriately as “grudge peeing” when 99% of the time it is nothing of the sort. I really doubt this is revenge peeing in your case.
This almost certainly has a physical cause. Good luck finding what it is… but kidney problems definitely need to be ruled out first, IMO.
I am having difficulty and have to remember to call the vet today to ask – but one of the pills (the antibiotic/pain med, not sure what it is, but not the prozac one) is impossible to give him. It’s a huge geltab and I can’t get it far back enough in his throat without him gagging it back out and biting it up on the way up – he ruined 3 pills this weekend while I attempted to give them to him, bc they’re all powder on the inside and once he bites them, the powder starts going everywhere (well, everywhere but his mouth).
Ask your vet to substitute the geltab for some drops. Drops might be easier to give him. I tried mixing drops in my cat’s food, but he would eat AROUND the ‘tainted’ parts. Sneaky lil fart! Had to have Fiance hold him down on the couch while I pried open his mouth to squirt the drops in there.
So this weekend, kitty was throwing up and peeing inappropriately again. There was more blood in the urine now and he was barely spritzing and honestly, his litter hasn’t been as dirty and Fiance says his poops haven’t been normal sized either (I don’t really notice these things, but Fiance does). He threw up probably 5 or 6 times. Because he started peeing inappropriately again, I tried to mix the powder from the muscle relaxant in with his food like the vet told me to do if I didn’t see him get any better. But, I think he was throwing it up and even when we gave him a can sans meds, he threw that up, too. It looked like it wasn’t even getting digested – just straight up eaten and puked.
Whatever the case, I pulled his wet food and didn’t give him any (left dry and water bowl out). He stopped throwing up and stopped peeing inappropriately, probably because he wasn’t really eating/drinking – I tried to make sure the water was constantly fresh to help maybe get him to drink more. Honestly, I never see him drink and I change the water too often to know if it’s going down or not, he’s a tiny cat and it’s a really big water bowl.
Anyway, I called the vet first thing Mon morning and left a message. He called me back Mon afternoon and said he was worried there might be a blockage and to bring him in the next day – so I dropped kitty off Tues morning at 8am on my way to work and they called me around 3:30 to say that – they pretty much did nothing bc he won’t pee for them and there’s nothing they can do, so they’re just going to refill the Rx for the kitty prozac. I was like uhm, what? He’s probably not peeing bc I haven’t fed him wet food in a few days (he licks the gravy, so I’m assuming that’s where he gets most of his liquids from). I kinda freaked out on the phone and said I was really worried about him and I can’t just bring him home and watch him pee on everything and throw up and just keep trucking along as if – hey, as long as he’s on prozac, eventually he’ll be fine! No, give me some prozac then!
Anyway, I complained that in humans if we’re inflamed or have blood in our urine, we would get some sort of antibiotics and I’m not second guessing the vet (ok, I kinda am now) and maybe it’s different in cats, but isn’t there ANYTHING else we could give him to help him out? I can tell he’s in pain, I see it. I’m not going nuts, he won’t sit down on his bum and he lays sprawled out with his tail tucked and he really has never done that before and he’s constantly licking his peehole. Soooo I think he’s uncomfortable, just a guess….
Well, she said they would keep him overnight for observation and see if they can’t get him to pee to test it – this entire time, they’ve never been able to actually test his urine, although I’m not sure what they’re testing it for. She said the next step is x-rays and blood work or possibly an enema. I’m thinking x-rays might be in order. I want to make sure he’s not clogged up, I can only imagine that’s not going for stuff to be going in and not coming out the other end. Ugh, I’m just so frustrated – I mean, it’s one thing that everything is carpetted and he’s peeing and throwing up everywhere and we can’t get it all out, but it’s another thing that I know and can tell he’s in pain and there’s nothing I can do to fix it!!!
Anyway, that’s my update. I feel like this is getting ridiculous, though. That he can’t be fixed. 🙁
The vet called again. Kitty finally peed in the litter box adn they were able to examine it – no extra white blood cells, which makes them think that it isn’t an infection and therefore, no antibiotics are needed. He’s going to do an xray to make sure it’s not kidney stones or a blockage and keep him for a bit more observation, but he thinks the kitty prozac is the answer.
We did find this morning one of the blue pills. Fiance thinks that sometimes we throw it into his mouth and instead of being swallowed, it catches in his cheek and he later spits it back out. That cat is too smart for his own good. I’ll have to do a better job of making sure it goes down the back of his throat.
Have you ever seen the internet joke “how to give a cat a pill”? It’s hilarious, but it’s no joke. I hope something works for him soon. We are still dealing with our cat peeing. He’s changed up his game and is going on shoes now. You just gave me the brilliant and suicidal idea of taking my cat into our (human) office and x-raying him.
I wanted to say too that I love your picture. Is that the kitty in question?
Again, best of luck.
Any updates on your kitty? Has he gotten any better?
That’s not actually the kitty – but he looks just like that, so I thought it was perfect. He does love to eat my e-ring though. I’ll pet him and then he’ll see the ring and try to bite it. I really would love to know what he thinks it is that he tries to eat it lol
I had two Burmese from the same litter who were adorable until my husband and I split up and they had to start “competing” for one person’s attention instead of two. One of the kitties just got really, really stressed and started peeing on everything – and I mean EVERYTHING. Bath mats, carpet, my bed, rugs, couch, anything at all that was left on the floor like a backpack or shopping bag. It was doing my head in.
I took her to the vet 4 times over a 6-month period and we ruled out anything medical, it was all behavioural. I had her on cat prozac for 2 months but aside from not improving her behaviour it made her incredibly stressed as getting the tablets into her was a nightmare. She really was the most inventive, resistant pill-taker I’ve ever met and I’m pretty experienced.
In the end the vet advised her to be rehomed as she was just perpetually stressed. You can imagine how difficult a time this was, I cried buckets for weeks. My close friend was delighted to take her but after a week she had peed in the kid’s beds 5 times so she came back home. She then went to another friend’s house where there were no kids and no pets and she is very happy there. It seems like she was just wanting to be the centre of attention. No random peeing now! I miss her every day though 🙁
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