Originally Posted by saraaaa
I am no longer able to leave her unattended in the house, because she has started peeing on my bed and in my bathtub. She even went to the point as to pee right in front of me!
I now I am forced to leave her in the garage (where her food, water, and litter box are). I feel so guilty leaving her out in the garage all the time, but my family has had enough of her peeing in the house.
Also, she has stopped grooming herself like she used to. She now comes in the house with clumps of kitty litter and feces on her feet. And suggestions for that?
Hi, and my apologies for being blunt...I am not meaning to come across that way, but this is simply the most expedient way for me to tell you the information you need to know.
First, she is not feeling well. Cats who do not feel well, do not eat well or groom themselves. I believe she needs another trip to the vet, specifically to have a comprehensive blood test
to check her kidney function, possible thyroid function and general overall system health and a urinalysis
to determine if she has a UTI.
If your family is fed up with her peeing in the house, think about how frustrating this is for *her*, a cat who has limited means to communicate to her family that she is having a problem ... and they have put her out in the garage without attempting to help her resolve her problems, which are most likely of a medical nature and require veterinary treatment to help her recover and become comfortable and feeling better.
Inapropriate Urination / UTI
The NUMBER ONE REASON CATS PEE INAPPROPRIATELY = Urinary Tract Inflamation.
Diagnosis is with a vet checking a urine sample. There is no other way to diagnose this medical problem. Depending on diagnosis (infection, inflamation, crystals
) treatment can include antibiotics, anti-inflamatories and/or a diet change to help get more moisture into the cat to help the kidneys flush waste more efficiently.
Cats are naturally neat and tidy animals.
They *know* what a litterbox is for. They *want* to use their litterbox.
If a cat is *not* using their litterbox, they are trying to *tell you something* and you need to listen
AFTER a UTI has been eliminated as a problem, then you can move on to examining other issues:
Has the home been stressful for the cat? ...cats can develop UTIs due to stress...
Does the cat like the litterbox? ...open-tray, hooded, deep enough litter, large enough box...
Does the cat like the location of the litterbox? ...is it in a quiet area, low traffic and no sudden noises...
Does the cat like the litter used? ...some cats prefer different litters...
Does the cat approve of how clean the litterbox is kept for it? ...many cats will refuse to use 'dirty', and especially *smelly* litterboxes...
Cats WANT to use a litterbox to hide their waste. If they are not, it is because there is some sort of problem and avoiding the litterbox is The Only Way for the cat to tell you It Is Having A Problem
. If you and your family are annoyed at this behavior, imagine how *frustrating* and *painful* this is for your cat, who is trying to tell you in every way she has available to her: She Is Having A Problem
...UTI's are painful and the kitty tries to find places to pee where maybe it *won't* be painful, like soft piles of clothes, bedding and rugs. When the pain *still* isn't going away by peeing on soft things, they start to pee on 'smooth' things like floors, tables, stoves and countertops. IMO, when a cat reaches the point of peeing on your countertops AND/OR peeing *right in front of you while looking you in the eyes
* ... please don't get mad, the kitty is simply trying to tell you she has something wrong with her.
After medical treatment, diet can play a large role in helping to keep UTI's at bay; more moisture, as in a wet food or RAW diet. Even a better quality dry food and not feeding "McKittyCrack" (which is what I call grocery-store available dry catfoods
) can help the kitty stay healthy. There are plenty of topics in the Health/Nutrition Forums to help you find a good catfood and/or diet for your kitty.
Good luck, we really *want* you to be able to help your kitty. Please let us know how things go...the information you share could help other people in similar situations, too.