Two year old male cat, neutered, peeing various places
Hi there, I have been doing a bunch of reading on this topic lately, as I have 2 newly adopted cats (male 2YO, female 2YO, both fixed), and the male has been peeing outside of the litterbox periodically.
I am a cat owner of 30-some years, and in all this time, I have never had 'indescriminate urination' problems. So this is new territory for me, and i'm surprised that it is so common. I was under the impression from my own experience that it was not common at all. I've had lone cats, and two at a time, have never worried myself with the rule of 1 box for each cat, plus one.
So we bought the two home from the rescue society, and I had one domed litterbox from my previous duo (haven't had cats in a couple of yrs due to moving, etc.) ready for them to use. I did have enough litter leftover from before, to fill it up for them. They had their couple of days getting used to each other, and there were no litterbox problems. After a week, I needed more litter, so went to Costco and bought a giant box (of course this brand was different from what I initially used the week before). The day after this litter change, there was 1-2 peeing incidents from the male, per day. I was baffled until a woman in our pet store told me about her cat who wouldn't pee in the box once when she changed the litter. Our boy peed on a blanket on the leather couch, on the hardwood floor, again on the blanket on the couch. I did some reading, found that some cats don't like the "dome", and some won't use the same box as another cat. So I did the following:
1. got the plainest clumping, non-scented, cat litter i could find
2. got a second litterbox, tray (not dome) style
I didn't think it would be the dome, or the 1 box per cat thing, because all was well for a week until I changed the litter.
Anyway, all peeing stopped when I emptied, washed and refilled the boxes with the new unscented litter. two weeks later, I get this brainwave to try the flushable cat litter to try minimizing our garbage (and the stink for the collectors). Since they seemed to be using the tray litterbox more, I decided to empty the dome one to try the new litter in. I put the empty dome on its side so it wouldn't be attempted to be used while empty of litter, and went upstairs to get the flushable stuff. I should make note that the male was aware ff this movement with the dome as he was in the room when i did it. Shortly after (and before I replaced the litter in it), I found two pee spots on my son's bed, and one on the blanket on the leather couch. I rubbed his nose in the pee marks and popped him in his litter tray, then figured "well he's upset that i tipped the litterbox, I might as well try the new litter now, which he will probably hate anyway." So I filled it up with the flushable stuff, he went in and out of it 6 times, scratching, sniffing etc. Then left without doing anything. A while later, I caught him in "crouch position" on a different recliner chair with blanket on top, ready to pee, so I yelled NO, grabbed him, and confined him to the litter room (which is our laundry room). While confined, I went in, removed all the flushable litter, and refilled it with the plain clumping unscented stuff, and he has been fine since.
I am still concerned though, if he is so sensitive, will he get upset if we go away for a week (which we do twice a year, a neighbour comes in to clean the litter), and leave pee everywhere for me to find all dried up and awful? Or is he just finicky about his litter and litterbox? I noticed today that he has peed in the tray, and pooped in the dome, so he uses both, but perhaps one for each type of potty activity? I will obviously keep both litterboxes from this point, and will never change brands again. But lord help us if it is ever discontinued!!!
I used Nature's Miracle to clean up the leather, and am planning to get some Feliway. This is the nicest most sweet gentle cat, but there is no way my hubbby will let us keep him if this randomly keeps happening. Hopefully the litter solution does the trick. Any thoughts on this whole thing?