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Q: What can we do about our 9 year old cat urinating and defecating on the floor?

September 23, 2008 | By Anonymous | 9 answers | Expired: 2122 days ago

Emily is 9. She insists on using the bottom of the stair hallway in the basement for her bathroom. There are 2 litter boxes down there--kept clean. We are at wit's end . How do we correct this most upsetting habit.?

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Chris F.
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Sep 25, 2008

I work at our local shelter and get this problem a lot! First you need to rule out a medical issue. This means taking your cat to the vet and check her urine. Second, check the home for anything that may be upsetting her - children, another new pet, etc. Third, are your litterboxes scooped daily? Are they set apart enough? Are you using liners or hoods on the boxes? I would suggest getting under the bed boxes and using these as your litterboxes. I know it sounds crazy, but litterboxes from pet stores are not big enough for cats! Maybe you need to put a litterbox on a different floor for your cat to get to. Good luck!

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Kelly
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Sep 24, 2008

First thing, take her to the vet to rule out any health problems. Many times changes in litter box habits will indicates health issue that needs to be addressed. Clean the area she is using with a good enzyme cleaner. If its a carpeted area be sure to not just pour it on the spot but the surrounding area as the stain underneath will be much larger than the visible stain. You want to make sure you get all the odor. Use Pet Attract cat litter to retrain her to the litter box. In some cases, you may have to contain her to one room for a while. Also, you need to look at her environment & see if anything has changed to affect her or stress her out: a move, new pet, any change can affect your cat & make them react negatively. When I was going through a lot of stress at work & had a health crisis, the cat I had at the time had his own crisis because I was affecting him.

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Kelly R.
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Sep 23, 2008

Bladder infection could be watch for a light reddish or orange tint to the urine crystals they make over the counter foods for that but don't get the cheap kind get it from a pet store or it could be kidney stones that food you'd have to get directly from a vet and if it is stones she would probably be on the food for the rest of her life i would keep and eye on the color first if you really cant afford the vet and sometimes you can see the crystals once it drys

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5ineveryroom
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Sep 23, 2008

Taking her into the vet would be a good idea. She may have a UTI or some other health problem that is making her not want to use the cat box. Also, if things have changed, she may be acting out by going outside the cat box. I have heard that a product called Cat Attract Cat Litter can help solve cat box problems.

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Tevagirl
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Sep 23, 2008

Definately take her to the vet then clean the area where she as been peeing with an enzematic cleaner (like Nature's Miracle) so that it doesn't smell like her anymore.

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Sarah D.
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Sep 23, 2008

I heard when they start getting old and sick they start going to the bathroom in wierd places. You should take her to the vet.

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Cassie3
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Sep 23, 2008

Take her to the vet. My Parker had struvite crystals and starting urinating IN the tub, sink, or on the cold marble floor. If she's been good about using the litter box and all of a sudden she's not, chances are she has an infection. Get her in right away--infections can be very, very serious.

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Jennifer S.
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Sep 23, 2008

I agree with the previous poster. My mom had a cat that started urinating in the bathtub; we found out he had a bladder infection.

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Autisticgenius
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Sep 23, 2008

There are a few different reasons I can think of as to why your cat is continuing to urinate somewhere other than her litterbox.

Do you have more than one cat? Sometimes cats do not like to share a box, so they take their business elsewhere. She may find the boxes she is using too small also.

Your cat could be rejecting the litter you use. Some cats use the clumping sand like litter whereas other cats use pellet like litter.

Also, depending on what you clean the urine stains with, your cat may be encouraged to use the same spot. Some cleaners contain ammonia, which is found in urine/feces, and that attracts the animal to the spot again. I recommend a cleaner like Simple Solution that cuts out the stain and smell without using ammonia.

It never hurts to tell your vet what your cat's behaviors are, because it could be a sign of an illness or infection. I hope this helps you and your cat.

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