|Purred: Fri Aug 28, '09 8:24am PST |
First off, I want to congratulate you for even asking the question and opening yourself up to possible criticism. It's nice to see that all the responses thus far have been supportive and kind.
I have not had to deal with this with my cats, thank God, but a friend of mine has, and here's what worked for her:
1) Have a urinalysis done (if you have not done so recently, say within the last month) to see whether there are any crystals present. If there are, that could definitely be contributing to, or even causing, the issue, and just so you know, there don't have to be any other signs, such as straining, etc. when crystals are present. Sometimes they are there and there are no outward symptoms for a long long time.
2) Evaluate diet - ideally you want to be feeding a quality grain-free canned food or a raw diet, or perhaps a combination. No dry food. (This is one of the things that my friend had to change with her cats. She was resistant to it at first, due in no small part to the perceived increase in cost of quality canned vs. dry, but not only did the crystals go away in both of the cats that were having the issues, the fat cat lost weight, the skinny one gained, and the inappropriate urination stopped, although to be fair there were other things she did as well - see below!)
3) # of litter boxes in the house should be the number of cats in the house, plus one. Fine, hard-clumping litter seems to be most preferred by cats that have litter box issues (even if they do use them some of the time). If you have hooded litter boxes, remove the hoods as they trap the odor. You may also want to switch out your litter boxes entirely, in favor of large, clear Rubbermaid tubs that give the cats plenty of room to get in and scratch around. The high sides keep the litter from scattering too badly while still allowing any odor to escape, and the fact that they are clear makes the cats feel more secure that they won't be ambushed in the box. My friend also added an herbal product called Cat Attract to all her boxes. She also had one regular litter box in which she put several of the Pee Pads that some people use for training puppies, to simulate the soft surface that one of the problem cats favored for her bathroom spots). She sprinkled them with a little bit of the Cat Attract on top of the pads, and these were used by the cats for a month or two, and then they stopped using them, although to this day she still keeps one out just in case they feel the urge.
4) As other have said - clean, clean, clean! Get a black light and scout around for any places you might have missed. As much as possible, get rid of things that you can possibly afford to get rid of and start fresh.
5) The amitriptyline - worked like a charm for my friends' cats!
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become friends|| [notify]|