my kitten is peeing everywhere!!!
my six month old kitten greenlee is peeing everywhere but her litter box! she is healthy (vet check confirmed it) we are very experienced with cats but we only have this problem with her! could it be that my she smells where my 19 year old cat peed 2 years ago? (we had to put him down) i don't know what to do! how can i retrain her to use the litter box? i can't catch her everytime she does it becuz most of the time she goes in a coner and pee's! i have caught her doing it and i know that it's her.
on Sep 6th 2009
in Urine Marking & House Soiling
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♥ Tasha ♥ answered on 9/6/09. Helpful? / 0
First and foremost, yes. She does smell where the old cat peed. Clean with Nature's Miracle or some other enzyme cleaner (NM is the only one that worked for Julius' very pungent urine), then get into the retraining. If she misses, try to get her to the box as quickly as you can. Never yell at her, as this may stress her out more and increase the behavior. Make sure your box is in a quiet place without too much foot traffic, as cats don't like to work to get to the potty. If you have multiple cats as it sounds you do, make sure you have at least a box per cat plus one more. This lessens competition for prime real estate, if you will. You can also try using a cat attract litter and/or baking soda (mine is a baking soda sprinkle with kitty attract in it) which might also help. But be sure to leave it alongside the old litter and change them gradually so as not to stress her out. And remember to praise her when she uses the box, so she knows she's being good. Good luck!
Most well-kitty vet checks don't include a urine culture unless you go in expressing concerns about a cat who has suddenly stopped using the box. There is no way to tell by looking at a cat or even examining it if it has a bladder or kidney infection. It's temperature may be slightly elevated, but the only way to make absolutely sure is with a urine culture. It's possible Greenlee has one and if it hurts to pee in the box, she won't do it. I'd rule that out for sure first before I tried any retraining. But, cleaning up the old cat's scent with NM is a great idea.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 9/7/09. Helpful? / 0
What kind of litter are you using? Some cats have an aversion to the clumping kind (which really sucks, because most humans LOVE it) of litter and won't use it.
We've had issues with our cats eliminating outside the box (we moved and then got a puppy). The best way to retrain is to lock her in one room with the box for a couple of days. Then, gradually un-restrict her access to the rest of the house. Our cats were friends, so I just locked both of them in the one bedroom for 3 or so days.
Hint for using Nature's Miracle on carpet:
1.) Saturate the carpet and use a brush to rub NM in
2.) Activate the enzymes by placing a hot, damp towel over the treated area for about 15-20 minutes
3.) Cover the area with foil for the full 2 weeks it takes for NM to eliminate the odor.
Nero answered on 9/9/09. Helpful? / 0