Re: Problem with 11 year old sick cat
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Both diabetes and UTIs affect a cats litter habits so it's kind of hard to tell if she's had these things brewing for a while and they're the cause or if something else is going on. So, I would suggest seeing how she's doing in a week or two when the meds have kicked in. You might find that was the issue.
In the meantime, you need to get a black light and a gallon or two of an enzymatic cleaner like Nature's Miracle and follow the process in the Sticky at the top of the forum called "how I saved my home". Make sure to SOAK all the areas that she's peed on, the cleaner needs to sink in as far as the urine did. Spraying the surface doesn't cut it.
A few things that could be going on...the stress of the move may have brought on the UTI. Were there cats living in the house before? If so, you may find that there are more pee spots than you thought and she's trying to mark over them.
How old are your kids? If they are under 5 she may be responding to having mobile, unpredictable, never know when they're going to screech little beings invade her nice calm life. Some cats take it better than others. You may need to give her a safe zone where the kids can't go, gate off a room for her or something.
Can you tie any of her litter box changes to the addition of the other cat or dog? Or the kids becoming mobile?
If it's not the medical issues, one suggestion might be to confine her to a small room, like a bathroom, with her litter box, food and toys. Replace her litter with Cat Attract litter and see how she does. If OK, put her in a larger room and see how she does.
I hope the meds do it for her, the behavior issues are much harder to address.
Oh yeah...and I assume that her litter box is scooped at a minimum of once a day? Since you have 2 cats you need at least 2, but preferably 3 boxes. And locating them in separate areas of the house may help. Your other cat could be guarding or chasing her from the box. But (s)he can't do that to 2 at once if they're in separate places.
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