Yet another litterbox issue thread
Let me start by saying I have alot of cat experience, 4 currently, 14 over the course of my life, and I foster cats for a local rescue group. I have had a couple of cats with litterbox issues that I was able to fix. The problem I am having currently is with a former foster who is being returned to me due to not using the litterbox.
She had an issue from the moment I first got her...BUT...she was unspayed because she had just had kittens. When I saw that she was peeing outside the box, I confined her to the bathroom, had her spayed, and after another week of confinement I let her out and she was fine for about a month. Then she started peeing outside the box again, on the sofa, carpet, rugs, mostly in the living room. I took her to the vet to check for uti but they said her urinalysis was fine and it was likely territory marking. I tried a slew of other things, adding boxes, covered, uncovered, cat attract litter, watching her like a hawk, confining her.
I eventually thought it might be that there were too many other animals here for her. She finally got an adopter and I did disclose what had been going on, but I thought she might not have a problem in a different environment. These people had no other pets and were retired and home all day. But the pee problems started there right away also. They took her to the vet again and she tested negative for a uti but got an antibiotic anyway. Teir vet told them that once cats start doing this they rarely stop. The problem escalated there to both peeing and pooping outside the box, and they told me she would walk past a clean box to go pee in a corner.
So, now I'm going to pick her back up in the morning. I am taking her back to a cat only vet and I would like to get to the bottom of this problem. I don't like what the other vets have said and I am not prepared to accept that it is behavioral. She is otherwise a beautiful and sweet cat. I will try anything for this cat, I just need ideas. Anything to test for? Medical? Diet? Any additional questions I can answer I will.
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