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After reading a bunch of "peeing kitty" posts, I felt I needed to post my own. Our cat, Skitz, has always been a great cat -as a kitten, he learned to go in his litterbox almost instantly back in our old apartment. He only pooped once in his favorite plant. Then we moved to a new house -we weren't sure what to expect because the previous owner had 2 cats, but needless to say, he still kept his 1's and 2's in his litter box.

A couple years later, we moved from Denver to Colorado Springs (about 60 miles away) to a house that had dogs, and maybe a cat previously. This is where and when his peeing started...

In this new house there was a loose panel under an overhang on the roof where a neighborhood cat used to get into the attic and stay warm in the winter. We sealed that off, but the big gray cat would still hang around outside the house. So we weren't sure if the previous pets' smells tempted Skitz to start peeing in the dining room or if it was the big gay cat intimidating him, making him feel he had to mark his territory.

Our main problem is that we're moving in a couple weeks to a house that has never had pets in it. It will defenitely be the nicest house we've ever been in and obviously we don't want Mr. PeePee Skitz to soil the new-ish carpet there.

Any thoughts? Suggestions? :?: ==>
 

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My vet said that if they can smell a cat that is hanging out around the outside of your house that they will pee on the inside. She suggested Feliway--it is supposed to calm them. I've seen it at the vet's office and also at Petsmart. Maybe you could go into the new house and spray it immediately before you take your kitty in. Feliway is a little expensive, but worth it if it works.
 

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[/quote] or if it was the big gay cat intimidating him==>[/quote]

Sorry, I'm messing this quote thing up--still trying to figure it out.....

But anyways, what I was trying to do was say that I thought it was funny that you wrote Big Gay Cat--instead of Big Gray Cat. :lol:

Sorry, I'm just being a little silly tonight!
 

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Woops, must have been subliminal with the 'gay' cat instead of gray cat. :p :lol:

About the Fellway stuff... what is it? It calms them how? I haven't seen that cat lately, but since we're actually moving next door, he might still feel threatened... I'll read up on Fellway.

Thanks! :D
 

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It is supposed to be some kind of pheromone that calms them. Our vet said that it was good for "pee problems". I used to only see Feliway at the vet's, but now I've seen it in PetSmart, too. I am not sure about the spelling--I hope that I spelled it right so you can find info on it. :D
 

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Hey, I found it for you at www.biovets.com/feliway.htm There is an article about how it works. It does say to spray it in the new house before you take your cat into it. It says that Feliway mimics their natural facial pheromones that have been proven to make your cat feel calm and secure. You'll have to go there and read about it--there is also prices and you can order from there too. I think it started around $18.00--much cheaper than what we paid at the vet's. I think we paid like $36.00! I hope it works!!! Keep us posted! :D
 

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I think I'll be trying both -this new house is in way too good of shape to have it soiled by the smell we have in this house. ))))

Since it mimics their relax/no-threat pheremones, does it make any difference to them if it gets sprayed in the room containing their box? I'm thinking of spraying it in all the rooms before we bring him over so hopefully he'll be instantly relaxed, like a first-impression type of thing. Maybe he'll think, "hey, this is nice, I feel like chiiiil-lin!!"

thanks again -I'll keep you posted. :wink:
 

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You could locate the areas with urine by using a black light, and clean those areas with a special cleaner that removes cat odor, one with enzymes. Also, there is a product called Nilodor which you can use to eliminate odor. It is available in an automatic aerosol system or in drops. You can probably call a drugstore or use this link for the automatic system:

http://www.petsmart.com/cat/shopping/st ... F313.shtml

Good luck!
 

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< < Update > >

Well, we've been in the new house since August. Skitz peed a few times here and there. The Feliway didn't work -we thought it was, but he peed anyway. Alas, one day we opened the door to let our pug outside so she could 'drop the kids off in the park' and Skitz went flying out the door after her, meowing like a crazy kitty on his way out! We didn't see him for 12 days!!! It got scary, and we kind of got the feeling he was mad or frustrated and needed out because we never let him out in the yard unless we were watching him.

Well, thank God he came back and ever since, we let him go outside whenever he wants. He's so much happier and more lovey than we've ever seen him! It's like he got his frustrations out and is living his wild life as Skitz: secret agent or neighborhood pimp, the way he struts around in our yard ...and he hasn't peed in the house since!
 

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make sure he's neutered so he's not going around impregnating every single female cat he meets. could be why he's suddenly so much happier... :shock: ...lol
 

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I should have mentioned we had him neutered when he was young -the only action he's getting is when our pug humps him... our female spayed pug!!! :lol: :shock:
 

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Normally I (strongly) recommend keeping cats inside, but there *are* some cats that I call "James Dean" types, who'd rather "live fast, die young" than be confined to the house. Looks like Skitz is one! At least his stress seems to be vastly relieved by his freedom, evidenced by no peeing in the house. If that's the life he chooses, then that's what he should have.

But... (you knew there'd be a "but" didn't you!) it might be a possibility to cat-fence the yard or build him an enclosure that would give him the satisfaction of the great outdoors without the risk. Just something to think about.

Cheers,
Dr. Jean
 

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I understand there's always the what-if of outside, but he only wanders about 2 houses up and down the street from us -and he loves to hide under our backyard deck. 70-80% of the time he's inside with us, but if he wants out, he starts banging on cupboard doors or knocking things off of shelves to let us know and we let him out. It's amazing how much happier he seems -and he was a friendly kitty before this, just a bit frustrated!

Now he's the great Skitz of the Colorado Serenghetti! :!:
 

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I agree with Dr. Jean. You obviously care about Skitz, and we know that he won't live as long (3-5 years instead of 12 to 16 years) if he is free to roam. A play yard would be a great solution! :) Of course, the mortality age is an average. There are exceptions, but I would really worry if he left for 12 days. Someone must have taken him in, or he got lost. Either way, it's frightening. :(
 
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