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28 October 2010 @ 06:21 pm
Need advice please  
I have a year old spayed female who likes to pee all over my house (the walls, floor, counters, sinks, my new LR furniture). No rhyme or reason as to why she does this. I've had her checked to rule out urinary or other problems. We have plenty of litterboxes and they are scooped at least twice a day.

Any suggestions on how to get her to stop? I can't keep having my house smell like urine and she's about ruined my new sofa. I've used the pheramone spray and I try to clean up her messes as quickly as I find them. Nothing is working.

I'm getting desperate! She's really cute but I don't know how much longer I can handle this. It's very frustrating. I can't put her outside (don't like that idea at all) and my husband just wants to get rid of her. I just don't want her to end up in a bad home.

Help please!

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infobitsinfobits on October 28th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Here comes a list I've pulled together
You may need an integrated approach using multiple options from the list
below on a consistent basis:

* rule out medical problems such as bladder infection, arthritis or
constipation - pain causes litter box avoidance

* start with crating, using a medium large crate (30" long is big enough
for cat and a litterbox) until progress. She probably won't go where she'd
have to lie in it ... but if she does, something is definitely wrong.

* tarps and newspapers may be easier on clean up if you don't crate her

* feeding on a schedule and then placing her in the litterbox (maybe in a
crate) within 15-20 minutes after eating, until she goes, then praising
and letting her out.

* Feliway/Comfort Zone - friendly facial pheromones which reduce stress
and may reduce marking behavior. Cheapest prices are usually on the net
(ex www.LambertVetSupply.com ) I've used it and it helps.

* Cat Attract litter - supposed to help attract cat to litter box

* watch if the other cat ever attacks her in the box and if so, you may
need to keep her separated from him. I've got one the others attack,
completely unprovoked.

* littebox should be 1.5 times length of cat, litter cleaned frequently,
but avoid really strong smelling cleaners as cats may avoid them due to
the scent.

* got to get residual odors out from areas which were 'nailed' - Nature's
Miracle is one option and has good reviews. It _can_ require repeated

* regular play sessions of about 15 minutes to reduce stress and promote
bond with you

* reward desirable behaviors - if you see her use the box, praise and
treat her

* put unpleasant textures in places she has peed to encourage avoidance -
carpet runner, pointy side up, where you want to discourge her (er ...
don't walk on it barefoot!)

* read some of this author's books: http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/
she's pretty good - ex "Starting from Scratch"

Sue Denimsue_denim on October 28th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Here comes a list I've pulled together
Wow, this list is superb!

infobitsinfobits on October 29th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Re: Here comes a list I've pulled together
Unfortunately, this is one of the most common reasons people give up their cats to shelters.

Share this list wherever you can, whenever you can, especially with new cat owners.
Sue Denimsue_denim on October 28th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Is your cat declawed?

bananalotus555 on October 29th, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
i should bloody well hope not!
Kyttykytty on October 29th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
It might be worth the cost and time to hire an animal behaviorist. It sounds like her best bet is to stay with you since you are so invested in her well being and others may not be.
oh_foxyroxyoh_foxyroxy on October 29th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Try the Feliway plug ins (the spray doesn't work as well). They are expensive but if you buy in bulk online, it's much cheaper. I would get 2 or 3. Please keep us updated and good luck!
ravenkiss66 on November 3rd, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for all your suggestions. Tessa is not declawed. My husband found her in the parking lot at work in January and we've had her ever since. She is #8 (2 boys, 6 girls). My #6 cat Chase (my icon above) doesn't like having her around and now I'm dealing with her also peeing around the same areas that Tessa has. It's like Tessa has marked the entire house and now Chase feels she needs to do the same (just caught Chase yesterday peeing on my carpet). I'm going to look for the Nature's Miracle and some textured mats to put on my counters and floors where Tessa and Chase go. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that they outgrow this soon.