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Q: Problem with my cat...please help!

November 24, 2008 | By april | 6 answers | Expired: 2080 days ago

april

Our cat has been sick for about 2 months. We have had him to 2 vets. The problem...he was using his litter box with no problems for years...then suddenly he pee'd on our couch. so, we starting thinking that that was not right, he must be sick. so we immediatly took him to the vet. the vet gave him an antibotic shot and after a few days, he seemed to be getting better. then, he pee'd on our bed, we took him back to the vet, and he put him on another round of meds. this seemed to work, about a week later, he goes back and pee'd on the couch again. we take him back to the vet, he checks his urine and finds crystals. he puts him on some more meds, and changes his food. so, he finished all the meds, he started acting good and looked like he was back to normal. then, he goes and pee's on the bed AGAIN! so the vet gave him another round of meds...he is back on medicine, and we have moved ?? do you think there is something more to his illness that we need to check on??

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Kelly
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Dec 08, 2008

As a rescuer, I've dealt with this on numerous levels. There are a lot of reasons for this type of behavior. Your cat is trying to tell you something & its up to you to determine what it is. Since the vet found crystals in your cat's urine, it is very likely health-related. Did the vet do x-rays? Many times when meds don't clear up the problem the first time it is because there are stones in the bladder.

I have a little calico that started exhibiting the signs of a UTI when she was only 3yo. Only a couple of days after completing a round of antibiotics, she was exhibiting the same signs. The vet did x-rays on her second visit & found 3 stones the size of pencil erasers in her bladder. He did surgery to remove them the same day. She has been on Science Diet c/d for over a year now and, so far, has not had anymore problems. Her problem was too much magnesium in her diet which caused the stones to form so we make sure she only eats her prescription food now.

I also have one that has chronic kidney failure who began urinating outside of the box. They found her problem through blood tests. She is also on prescription food.

These problems cause pain & discomfort for cats & many times they start associating the litter box with the pain. They look for anywhere else to go so that maybe it won't hurt so much. Once your cat's health problems have been addressed you may need to use Cat Attract litter for a short time to draw him back to box.

Once the cat has urinated outside of the box you have to completely get rid of the odor or the cat may be drawn to that place again. You can either use any of the enzyme pet stain/odor removers available on the market or hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide is safe and will leave no residue since it rapidly breaks down into oxygen and water. The oxygen destroys the pee and only water is left behind. Since peroxide also kills bacteria and fungi, the area is much less likely to grow mold or sour as it dries. Sufficient peroxide must be applied to saturate the area and react with the pee residue. Remember that the area of soak will be about twice the area of the stain on top of the carpet. Pour the peroxide on the area and then pour enough additional to fully saturate the surrounding area. Walk over the area to work the peroxide through the carpet and padding. If any of the liquid still looks brown or yellow after 2 hours, add more peroxide and "walk" it into the carpet. Let it work for about 2-4 hours, walking over the area occasionally. If you've put enough peroxide on the area, it will show liquid as you step down on the carpet. Use old towels and soak up all of the liquid, walking over the towels to assist the process. if you have a wet vac it helps to remove the liquid and fluff the carpet.The carpet needs to get fully dry within a day or it will begin to sour or grow mold under the padding. The nice thing about peroxide is that it breaks down into water and oxygen. it will leave no harmful residue. Enzyme solutions can cause allergies in sensitive persons, peroxide won't. If you got enough peroxide applied, all of the stain and odor will be gone. Always check for colorfastness before using any products on visible areas of carpet.



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Michele W.
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Nov 24, 2008

I had this problem with my cat years ago. It took us 5 months to diagnose him. Turns out he does have FILUTD or Feline Idiopathic lower Urinary Tract Disease. My vet explained it as basically the walls of his bladder were too thin. Finally we found the right combination of medication. The vet put him on Amitryptilline and cosequin to help thicken the bladder walls. He has been on it everyday for five years and has been doing fine. Occassionally he still has accidents outside the box but nothing like he used to. Often it is difficult to get the smell out of an area so if they have gone in that spot before, they will again. I would ask your vet to look into that more. I remember my vet had to do a lot of research and tests to come to the conclusion.

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Kristen H.
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Nov 24, 2008

Cats are prone to an idiopathic feline urinary tract disease (idiopathic basically means that they don't really know what causes it). Often times if the infection clears up for a little while after treatment with antibiotics and then comes back it may be that either there is some resistance to the antibiotics that are being used or the treatment isn't being done for long enough. I would hope that the vet has done a urine culture at least one of the times you have brought the cat in (it isn't usually done on the first treatment but if the signs come back it is common to do it on the second go round). If they have not done a culture this would be the best place to start so that they can check which bacteria is there and what drugs it is susceptible to. The crystals don't necessarily mean there will be stones but it is possible there are some and x-rays should be done to check for them. If you have noticed any increased drinking or urination it could be signs of diabetes which predisposes for urinary tract infections but if you haven't noticed any of these other signs this shouldn't be that high on your list.
I would find out about the culture first and go from there.

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Claudekitty
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Nov 24, 2008

If there are crystals did they look for stones? I have had this problem with a couple of my cats and they had bladder stones. The quickest way to find out is do an x-ray. When my cats had this we did stone removal surgery and it worked. Then we get the special diet to help prevent more stones. I do have one cat that does this to mark territory, it is a female and yes she is fixed. Another reason can be FUS (feline urinary syndrome or something like that) and antibiotics help but it never goes away and will crop up again and again. Sorry these are not the easy answers but you may ask the vet about these things. Good Luck.

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Megan7389
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Nov 24, 2008

My old cat used to do this once because we changed her kitty litter brand and she wasn't happy with it, and once because they found out that she had a urinary tract infection and was doing it out of proximity. Eventually it turned out she had more serious bladder/kidney problems when she started doing it again.

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Melody M.
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Nov 24, 2008

I don't know of any meds but I had this problem with my cat and I moved her cat box to a less public location and it stopped, you might want to try that.

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