help pls cats smelly pee pee

@taramoon (742)
Spain
February 6, 2007 4:11pm CST
I'm having a right nightmare at home with my cats, there seems to be a stray tom cat hanging round my house, i've tried all i can do shoo him off, my own house cats are getting a bit unset with his present, he sits in my garden my cats dont go out in the garden but they have been leaving me little puddles around the house, thay have all been spade but why all of a sudden are they doing this, they have changed daily fresh cat litter trays..it's my one male who's not using it and all i vcan smell in my house is cats urine it's driving me insame, i've pulled all my furniture to pieces, lifted all my furniture up and constantly mopping the floors, i've bough the spray to stop them using places they shouldnt but nothing is working any ideas
3 responses
• United States
7 Feb 07
Hi there ...first consider all the possibilities such as: - changes with litter brands - location of the litter box isn't private enough - some cats like to have one box to defecate and another to urinate - cleanliness (some cats are very finicky and prefer a super clean box) - as a general rule there should be one litter box for each cat plus one extra as a back up - senior cats develop age-related disorders such as chronic renal failure (CRF), hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc. If all these have been ruled out, there's a chance that your cat may have developed another underlying medical problem such as something as simple as a lower urinary tract disorder: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_feline_lower_urinary_tract_dis.html which can contribute to accidents outside of the box. Cats will associate pain while using box and change their habits as a result. Here's an article about why cats inappropriately soil outside their litter box by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/Housesoiling.html Source: 27 year friendship with a veterinarian
@taramoon (742)
• Spain
7 Feb 07
Thank you ever so much for your very informative response, i do have 2 cat litter trays and i have recently changed the litter brand thinking along the same lines as you have mentioned also bought new litter boxes to see if that would help the situation but to no avail. Looks like i will have to buy another box, my cat in question is a very fussy one....lol...Buttons he is a totally pampered boy, example when i feed my cats they all jump up for their food on the side but our buttons will just roll his eyes at you so you pick him up to put him on the side (and yes when your not there he gets up with no problem) i have the litter trays on my terrace as my cats are house cats they dont go in my garden, so maybe he's being funny cause i can see him on his tray from my window !!! I will try all the above, he is only just after a year old, but he is a long haired cat so i was wondering if maybe a fur ball could be in his tummy, however he is playing normally, eating the same and is a soppy as always. I will keep you posted. Many thank again for your help and the time you have spent to reply. tara xx
• United States
7 Feb 07
Hi Tara...I would truly have your cat evaluated for a lower urinary tract disorder as it is very common for cats to inappropriately soil because they are associating the pain of the litter boxes with the painful urination. Cats with lower urinary tract disorders don't show any other signs when they are sick other than inappropriately urinating in places beside their litter boxes. Feline lower urinary tract disorders: http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_feline_lower_urinary_tract_dis.html
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@taramoon (742)
• Spain
7 Feb 07
Thank you again, i have rang my vets and have an appointment for tomorrow, i lost a cat last year from kidney failure he was only a year old and happened so suddenly, the web site links you have given me are all very interesting i'd rather be safe than sorry and take buttons to have all the nessasary tests.
@weemam (13389)
6 Feb 07
I don't know if this will work but it is worth a try , I was told if you leav fresh orange peel about the cats won't go near it , but maybe where you are they would be used to it , I also hears that pepper stops them , sorry if its not any help xx
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@taramoon (742)
• Spain
7 Feb 07
lol weeman i do actually have an orange tree in the back garden
@dragutelu (216)
• Romania
7 Feb 07
so what? :))) throw it out
@taramoon (742)
• Spain
7 Feb 07
Sorry find your reply offensive