|Purred: Tue Aug 15, '06 4:19pm PST |
|Hi Melissa, This is a very shocking thing to have happen when you think everything is going great, but don't panic!! Taking him to the vet is very important, and then if it turns out to be behavioral, there are lots of things you can try!! He might not like the brand of litter you are using. Most cats like the soft, scoopable clay litter with no fragrances. You can buy a different litter and put it in one box, and leave the old brand in the other box and see if that helps. If he favors the new litter, you can gradually mix it into the old litter and switch to the one he likes!
Is your litter box placed on carpeting? Some cats can confuse the feel of carpet with litter, so all litter boxes that are on carpet should be placed on plastic mats.
Has anything happened in the house lately that could have stressed the cat? My girl started to pee around after we had our apartment painted and she was stressed. Have you had any new people in, or loud noises, or did you get new furniture delivered?
When this happened with us we got our carpets professionally steam cleaned with an enzyme cleaner. You might want to purchase some Feliway spray or a Feliway diffuser. They have it on amazon.com, and it helps calm stressed cats and helps with marking.
There is another thing you can do if it is behavioral is a thing called re-training. You basically enclose the cat in a small space like a bathroom or cage with just enough room for a litter box, bed, and food and water (on the opposite side as the litter box). If the cat only has enough room for those things, he will HAVE to pee in the box, or else he will be living in his own waste, and he should re-learn to use the box within three or four days. But don't foget to visit with him and leave some toys!
There is a REALLY GREAT book called "Think Like a Cat- How To Raise A Well Adjusted Cat and Not A Sour Puss" by Pam Johnson-Bennett, and it has all kinds of info on how to deal with this, as well as anything else you could ever want to know about cats. It really saved us more than once!!!
Another good thing to try is a litter called Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract sold at Petsmart. It comes with a little booklet in the bag with great tips and info on inappropriate urination. It is a little expensive, so I buy cheap scoopable fragrance free litter and mix this in.
The most important thing, though, is be patient and don't give up on the poor kitty!! He loves you! and if you are stressed and freaked out, he will be too! He definetly has a reason for this, whether its an infection, or terriorial issues, but it can be fixed!! Good Luck and let us know what happens at the vet!!! Take Care! Phoebe's Mamma
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