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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Can't Resolve this Pee Issue

It's been a while since my last post. My male cat had a run of peeing in our basement and pooping. After several vet visits we put him on Prozac to try to alter his behavior. We changed the padding under our carpet and cleaned the carpet with an enzyme based cleaner especially for cat urine twice. It helped for a while, but then he started up again so we had to up his dose to the highest possible. Again, worked for a while, but now it's bad again. I have found pee on my daughter's jackets, dribbled on our bed, and random spots upstairs so it's as if he is just wanting to go anywhere suddenly. We block off the basement when we are gone or sleeping, but if we leave the gates down even for a moment he goes down there and poops or pees. I keep the litterbox super crazy clean out of paranoia and do see him use it time to time for which I praise him. He has a high stress level and grooms himself constantly if too stressed so he gets bald spots. I worry about doing anything too drastic and making it worse. I do have a 3 year old he despises as she is in that hyperactive stage, but we try to keep her away from him or tell her to be nice often. I've had him 7 years along with my female cat that I've had the same amount of time as well. She has perfect behavior, but him...ah! HELP!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 06:19 PM
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How many cats do you have? How many litter boxes? Is he neutered? I've got three cats, two female and one male, all spayed and neutered, and have three cat boxes. I'm sure it's not necessary to have a litter box for each cat but if you have to many cats for just one litter box I'm sure they wouldn't be happy. I have three because Checkers is very selective and as she is the oldest cat in the house, she got first choice. Grady is the only male so he goes where he pleases and Athena got her own litter box because she was kept separate from the others for a while when I first got her and hers was eventually moved into the basement with the others. You said you keep it super clean which is good. Grady has a horrid tendency to pee in laundry baskets of CLEAN clothes when the boxes are getting dirty but as soon as they're cleaned he stops. It happens maybe once a year if that but if they get neglected he lets us know. Checkers is very sensative to clean boxes and will use the basement floor, thankfully concrete for easy cleanup, if the boxes dirty. I've never had experience with Prozac and cats, I've never had to use medication or anything like that so I can't really help with that aspect.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 10:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Mary_NH View Post
are you 100% sure it's not something medical?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-31-2011, 10:45 PM
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You say he's often just "dribbling" in spots, which leads me to suspect a UTI. So, I agree with the other posters. I'd have him checked by a vet.
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