Q: Male, neutered cat urine marking in the house
January 4, 2009 | By Katie | 11 answers | Expired: 2578 days ago
I've had my cat Tidus since he was born. His mother was a stray that I befriended when I was about 13 years old. She stuck around our house and we gradually started noticing her getting plumper and plumper. Couple months later, Tidus and 3 siblings were born in our garage in an old dresser drawer.
Fast forward nearly 7 years later.
Tidus is, in my opinion, the coolest and best cat you could ask for. He does, however, come with an unfortunate bad habit that he started doing about 3 years ago; marking urine everywhere.
He was neutered at a young age, and for the first 3 years of his life, was the only cat in the house. When my mother and sister brought home a stray cat they found wandering in the Walmart parking lot and took her in, she gave birth to 8 kittens, all of whom we cared for until giving them up to new homes. During this time, I can only assume that Tidus started having territorial issues with living amongst so many kittens in the house; the majority (8/10) were male. Seven of them went to new homes at around 8 weeks of age, but four of the males lived with us until they were 9 months of age. Family and friends who expressed interest in adopting them from us kept putting it off, or had situations arise and couldn't take them early enough. We ended up keeping one of them, who is Cloud, my sister's cat.
Anyways, we hadn't expected to be keeping them so long, neither of them were neutered like Tidus was, and I'm guessing that sharing the litter box with so male unaltered male cats made Tidus start marking his territory outside of the litterbox. My brother's possessions and clothing, the closet door in my bedroom, and the bathroom shower curtains have been his primary marking spots.
I've tried using separate litter boxes and cleaning his urinated spots with an enzyme solution odor/stain remover spray, followed with a thorough cleaning of the carpet with the steam cleaner, and I'll clap my hands and say "Ah ah!" when I catch him in the act. Also just moved his dearly loved scratching post outside the closet (picture below) but to no avail. He still continues to do it in the same spots, and recently took to urinating on Kadan's dog bed that I've since stopped using. The litterbox will be completely clean with new litter, and he'll still choose to walk up to the hall closet sliding doors, or the ones in my room and mark them, or something that happens to be on the floor. If my closet doors happen to be open, he'll walk inside and mark on my shoes, too.
I'm beginning to wonder if he'll ever use the litterbox 100% of the time to urinate. I hate walking in my room or down the hallway only to catch a whiff of urine. It's become so frustrating, and I've started to buy the enzyme solution in bulk since it's become a necessity.
If anyone has an idea on how to tackle this kind of situation in an alternative way than what I've described, I'd appreciate some input.
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Jan 05, 2009
I agree with Niki. I've had cats with UTIs as well as bladder stones exhibit this sort of behavior. First, vet check & then, if they check out ok, confinement in a crate or small room. There's a kitty litter designed to help bring your cat back to the litter box too. Its called Cat Attract. I've used it with good results in the past. If your cat checks out healthy, he's probably acting out due to stress. I was just reading a good article about this...here's the link:
Also, you should have multiple litter boxes for multiple cats. They usually suggest one more than the number of cats & in different rooms.
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Jan 04, 2009
I had a cat that started doing that, and if u tryed everything I have bad news for u.. As a vet in the citys told me , something just goes off in there head, they dont mean to do it but have no control, the only thing we could do is put him down, It was one of the hardest things I had to do , but there was nothing else left to do...
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Jan 04, 2009
my grandkids have that problem now with their cat, but its a spayed female. they caught the urine in a plastic bag and took it to the vet. it turns out the cat has UTI, urinary tract infection. they put the cat on antibiotics to help clear it up. hope this helps.
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Jan 04, 2009
First thing is to make sure it's not a UTI.
One of my mother's cats recently started urinating on my mother's bed, and in her own toy box. It is also a multiple cat home, and she kept the litter boxes very clean.
I had read about felliway diffusers which seem to work for some people, so we tried that as well. It's basically a plugin air freshener for cats that helps to calm them. It did not work for Akasha, though she did seem to like rubbing her head on it.
With my mom at wits end and having to wash sheets at least once a day, I offered to take Akasha to the vet. After talking to me about her behavior he said he did not believe it was a UTI, and he suggested a prescription for fluxoutine, which is basically prozac.
Since starting her prescription over three weeks ago, Akasha has not urinated outside of the litter box once. While its expected that she may have an out of box experience occasionally, it's already been a hugely drastic improvement. Both mom and kitty are doing good now as both seem to be less stressed out. :)
The cost of the prescription is extremely low too, with fluxoutine being on Walmart's generic list it cost $4 for a 4 month supply. And the idea is eventually she can be weened off the medicine.
Don't give up hope on your kitty, you guys can work it out!
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Jan 04, 2009
Start with a vet visit to rule out a urinary track infection or stones - sometimes the only way a cat can signal pain is to indescriminately urinate. Rule that out and then confine him in a crate for a week with his litterbox. You can still take him out to play with him but he needs to be in a small space with box to see if he uses it then. If no spraying, put him in a small bathroom with box for a week. If no spraying, gradually increase his territory. Some cats just can't handle sharing their territory and increasing it (especially with multiple cats) is sometimes the only option. You can also talk to your vet about anti-anxiety meds which can sometimes help. He is not really placeable with another family since there's no guarantee he won't do this as a single cat, either, so re-homing him is risky. Good luck
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