Cat peeing on furniture?

This isn't my cat. But, she is an older cat who has started peeing on the bed and now the couch. Her owner doesn't think its a health issue and has tried stuff to keep her off the furniture but its not working.
Should the cat be taken to a vet to rule out a medical problem first?
I need answers fast because she wants to give the cat away. BTW her owner works all day so could it be stress related??

Asked by Milo on Mar 25th 2009 Tagged uti, peeingonfurniture, medicalproblem in Other Health & Wellness
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Yes. If a cat starts to suddenly eliminate inappropriately, you go to a vet and get a workout to rule out health problems before trying behavioral fixes. Inappropriate elimination is a cat's way to say something is wrong, so unless the vet confirms otherwise, you want to assume it's a physical problem.

This goes double for a senior cat.

Boris answered on 3/25/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Izadore (Izzie)

Boris is right. Unless the owner is a veterinarian, they can't really know if there's a health problem. Often the only sign of a urinary tract infection is inappropriate peeing, and if this has just started, there's a good chance that's what it is. If the owner has always worked all day, the cat is accustomed to this and wouldn't start eliminating on the furniture because of that. If anything has changed in the owner's home, even something she may think is inconsequential such as workers in the home, a new animal, a death in the family, change of litter box location, litter, dirty box, etc. that could be causing the kitty to pee outside the box. She also needs to clean up the pee spots with Nature's Miracle or Simple Solution. Sometimes, though, when an owner is at the point of wanting to "get rid of" the cat, it takes a real song & dance to get them to change their minds and there are usually other reasons besides just the inappropriate peeing.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/26/09. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer