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Cat Peeing outside of litter box. Health issue or behavioral issue?

I have a spayed, female cat who is 3 1/2 years old. I adopted her from a rescue org about 2 1/2 years ago. I am nearing the end of a 2 month updated on my master bathroom (where the litter box normally is). When I got home yesterday I noticed that my cat had peed on the new bathmat. I then noticed that the bathmat in the second bathroom (where the litter box has been lately) multiple dried spots. Her appetite has been good. She's been very energetic. Even with the recently discovered spots it doesn't seem like she is using the litter box more than normal (peeing 2-3 times a day, pooping once every day or two). Her coat is soft an shiny. The pee on the rug was a normal light yellow color and was not a huge amount. Neither rug had a strong odor. My previous cat died at 18 from kidney failure and you could smell her misses down the hall. Just wonder if I should call the vet or monitor the situation now that the bathroom is back to normal.

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  • Lisa DaversLisa Davers SacramentoMember Posts: 3,642
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    To be on the safe side it's worth a visit to the vets to make sure there's no medical issue like crystals in her urine or an infection. Cats don't always show symptoms so it's best to check. If the vet gives thd all clear then it probably was the bathroom changes that caused this and cleaning the bath mats and things going back to normal will hopefully resolve the issue
  • Lindsay ColbertLindsay Colbert Member Posts: 376
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    Definitely get her checked out- puddling on the the bathmat is more likely to have a health cause than spraying vertically on the wall and either way you can't rule out a health cause without a full check-up. Also, if your vet doesn't find anything wrong with her physically they can advise you on the behavioral problem- making sure her litterbox situation is ideal, etc. and even discussing possible drug treatment- sometimes a low dose of anti-anxiety meds helps for cats who just decide to pee out of the litterbox with no health reasons or territory disputes.
  • TwinkleTwinkle BirminghamMember Posts: 11,263 ✭✭✭✭
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    She may just be upset because you changed up the bedroom & you moved her litterbox. Once the litterbox is moved back & she gets used to the changes, she may stop going outside her litterbox. I would still suggest taking her to the vet just to make sure that she doesn't have an urinary tract infection.
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