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Keeping cat contained due to peeing - Update Post #15

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  • #21
    Originally posted by candyappy View Post
    I am going to be the minority here( and get hate mail) and ask why everyone puts up with animals messing in the house? My mom does the same thing and I can't fathom it? Our cat of 7 years started this ( peeing on dogs bed) and she had 2 options. Live outside 24/7 or end her time on earth . We tried to make her a barn cat, but spent all our time fighting her at the back door. If your cat can't make it to one litter box having another won't make any difference. There are so many cats needing homes that don't use carpets, furniture etc as their personal bathroom, give them a nice home instead.
    Well you might remember what a mess you were for the first years of your life & then probably intermittently inbetween, & maybe even presently - ie it's called L O V E

    And it's perfectly OK that this is not your notion of pet love, just don't lie about it, if you're ever inclined to adopt a pet from a rescue/shelter/buy from a breeder etc ...

    Cats, especially, that urinate/deficate inappropriately have physical/mental issues - every instinct tells them to hide/bury their waste, so when one does not, it is a big deal - not just for the humans, but for the cat


    • #22

      Just wanted to provide some encouragement. I have a cat that has been on Science Diet c/d for over 3 years now and hasn't had a single episode since starting it. Good luck!
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      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by Holly Jeanne View Post
        Just wanted to provide some encouragement. I have a cat that has been on Science Diet c/d for over 3 years now and hasn't had a single episode since starting it. Good luck!
        That's good to hear.

        Kitten-face does not like the canned C/D, and loudly voices his opinion whenever I try to trick him into eating it The dry is fine, however, I will probably try to continue feeding him small portions of the Friskies or try to find a different canned brand that he will tolerate.

        Any particular one anyone can recommend? I might try 9Lives, Blue Buffalo, and also just browse at Petco to find something.
        Lucy (Precious Star) - 1994 TB mare; happily reunited with her colt Touch the Stars


        • #24
          Do you have a fountain for him? I've also heard that re-litter training in a crate with a litter box can help then unlearn bad behavior.

          I have a neutered male cat who is perfectly litterbox trained unless he has a UTI. Then he'll go on the bed. My bed. Once I was sitting up in bead reading and Nicky came over to me and was snuggling. Then I felt the warm trickle....But next day at the vet it was his third UTI. Clavamox for three weeks and he was better.

          He's now a part-time barn kitty by choice - he went down there and comes up to live the cushy life for a while, then goes back down. He's lost weight and seems to be managing just fine.



          • #25
            Schune-(I am in Columbus too). I started having on and off issues with one of my cats...it happened in the spring with a new cat, and we seemed to nip it in the bud. Two weekends ago I dog-sat a small elderly dog in our home and noticed cat urine the house. Cleaned it up. Thursday I came home to a pee fest in my house. I watched him go in and out of the litter box, then caught him on a dog bed. I locked him up, did major cleaning, then took him to work with me yesterday. Turns out I have a cat with stress induced cystitis and it all makes sense now...wish I would have caught on sooner. His bladder wall was very thickened on ultrasound today. He has new meds and hopefully we will get him feeling better and have a better understanding how to prevent it in the future. I have begun mixing the wet cat food with water before dishing it out to the cats. I hope it gets better for you!


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by StGermain View Post
              Do you have a fountain for him? I've also heard that re-litter training in a crate with a litter box can help then unlearn bad behavior.
              See, he's a very good water drinker. As long as it's fresh and cool from the Brita pitcher, and in his glass bowl, he'll drink. The C/D actually makes them drink more, according to the vet, and I'm definitely seeing that; I'm refilling his bowl at least once a day, so his water intake is very good.

              I know that if I bought a fountain, he would run away in terror; he can be very funny about those things
              Lucy (Precious Star) - 1994 TB mare; happily reunited with her colt Touch the Stars


              • #27
                We have an incontinent human AND an incontinent cat to deal with. I was going to take a waterproof queen size mattress pad ( Kohl's, they are having big sales now, or Walmart, $20 for a twin) and sew up a couple of cushion cover for the chair for the human. I've seen this catalog recently http://www.surefit.net/shop/categori....cfm?sku=40896 , they aren't the most attractive slipcovers ever but the aggravation and time savings might make it worth it.

                The cat was peeing on paper so since it made her happy I gave her a plastic bag with newspapers inside and added a layer about once a week then tossed the whole mess. We had her treated for a UTI and started the urinary diet ($33 a bag ouch!) and she was doing well, then she started again this past week. We've been giving her tons of attention and she has privacy to eat but for some reason she won't use a communal litterbox and much prefers paper or cardboard. I am VERY thankful she isn't much interested in upholstery or the bed. I had my favorite chair out in the barn for two months when the other cat was locked away from the litterbox and let go on it. Thankfully it was a wood frame with fat cushions and I was able to rinse out the seat and eventually rinse off the rest of it without ruining the finish but Lord what a headache.

                I understand why people can't keep an animal with those issues.

                According to a source I read the primary reason elderly humans wind up in nursing homes is incontinence. Yes, you love them, you love them enough to house them such that the frustration of constantly cleaning and having to launder, or having to make the decision to throw away costly furniture, doesn't affect your ability to be patient and loving. It's not right to abuse an elder or an animal from frustration.
                It's OK to keep the cat in the bathroom with food, water and a clean litterbox, although I'd ask if you have tried the closed boxes that offer more privacy?

                ETA went back and re-read all the posts. Yes, they'll pee on plastic. BC the pee'er went in sinks, the toilet, in the fruit bowl on the counter, on black plastic bags, which we have in use in abundance in this house as dust covers, and it's not fun to go pick it up and be spraying urine everywhere. Empty baskets. Not so much on clothing or other launderable items. We've gone to having to buy plastic boxes instead so that's where the horse blankets have to go over summer, etc. I actually tried to encourage toilet peeing but with no great success.

                I don't watch TV but I've seen internet promos for the cat guy - sounds like something worth watching.
                Good luck, you both need it!
                Last edited by ReSomething; Oct. 14, 2012, 10:10 AM.
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                • #28
                  My vet just mentioned that on the OSU vet website there is an indoor cat initiative page put together by the behaviorists. I am going to check it out myself. She suggested the waterer for me too...but the cat I have issues with is such a scaredy cat, I think he would freak, Have you gotten any Feliway?


                  • #29
                    Here you go!