wont stop peeing on hardwood floor..

Michelle HansenMichelle Hansen Member Posts: 8
edited 17 June, 2010 in Behavior & Training
Izzee has moved quite a few times.. when i first adopted her she was fine. used her litterbox always.. then overtime i started smelling urine in my closet.. on my shoes.. on my clothes.. etc. i tried cleaning the smell as best i could.. and i put her in a very very small room with her litter and food and water.. i used a babygate rather than closing the door. that way she had some sort of interation.. she started jumping over the babygate.. so i had to put a blanket over that to make it look like a wall. after 24-48 hours i let her out.. and from then on she used her litterbox. which.. horray for me! was a tough luck. she started meowing all the time.. so i figured she was in heat. i moved out and took and got a new apartment and both cats came with me of course. and at the new apartment both cats used the litterbox everytime. i cleaned it every 2 or so days when it looks and smelled awful. i had a box in my closet and i had a box in one of the spare rooms. due to roommate issues i moved out again and finally have a stable home. when we got all settled both cats were doing wonderful. everything was fine.. up untill izzee's meows came back.. but this time they were longer.. louder.. and more horrifying. she started peeing on everything. my curtains... rugs.. clothes.. you name it! i got fed up and said enough is enough its time to get spayed. we took her to the vet and come to find out she has a urinary tract infection.. which was my first instinct. i felt awful. no wonder why she's peeing everywhere!. the vet put her on a liquid type of medication. she was ordered to be seperated from Brunella with a seperate litterbox.. and once the two weeks was up on this medication she went in to get her urine tested.. (mind you every once in awhile she's peeing on the hardwood floor as well as the litterbox) well that medicine did not work. so the vet switched her over to a pill medicine for 21 days.. and we just went in a week ago to check her urine.. the vet sent it to the lab.. he said it is getting better but he's not sure if its completely gone. so he gave us this plug in that helps relieve stress and anxiety so she maybe would just keep it in the litterbox.. its been a week now and im still scrubbing urine off the floor. am i just not giving it enough time? she's had the same litter since we got her. she's using the same litterbox with the cover over it.. if she doesnt use the one with the cover then im cleaning up numerous amounts of urine and stool around the litter box... getting rid of her isnt an option.. my vet is now leaning towards it being a behavior issue now that her infection has cleared up..


  • Michelle HansenMichelle Hansen Member Posts: 8
    edited 11 June, 2010
  • Stacia BennettStacia Bennett Athens, GAMember Posts: 1,011
    edited 11 June, 2010
    Rubbing her nose in it is bad bad bad. It is going to cause your kitty to fear you, and could make the matter worse (she may start peeing where you can't find it so she doesn't have to worry about getting her nose rubbed in it). Have you changed her litter lately (like the type that you use)? If so that could be a problem. If not, I would suggest cleaning the box every day. Cats like a clean litter box, and the smell can get pretty overwhelming if it isn't cleaned daily. I had a cat once that wouldn't use the box if there was one poop in it, so we had to check it a couple times a day to make sure it was clean.
  • Michelle HansenMichelle Hansen Member Posts: 8
    edited 11 June, 2010
    okay i wont do that anymore! the last thing i want is for her to fear me.. the litter is the same. i feel so bad she sits up in that room and just howls.. while my other cat can roam the house..
  • Paula K-Paula K- New YorkMember Posts: 2,244
    edited 11 June, 2010
    Izzee, I wonder if the UTI still isn't cleared up? The fact that she's howling and still not using the box sounds like something's still wrong. There's an excellent page on catinfo.org about litter boxes and the reasons cats won't use them, and behavioral issues are extremely rare. I think I would ask the vet to check her again.
  • Michelle HansenMichelle Hansen Member Posts: 8
    edited 11 June, 2010
    thats his plan.. im just waiting to hear back from him.. its just weird that she's using both the box and the floor.
  • janice lancasterjanice lancaster temple gaMember Posts: 2,505
    edited 11 June, 2010
    One thing no one has mentioned--you said you clean the box 'every couple of days when it smells and looks bad"...a cat's nose is way more sensitive than a persons, and she's right down there in it; not all cats, but a LOT, refuse to use a box that isn't pretty dadgum clean! It should be scooped every day, at least once! And always be sure to use an unscented litter as well; scented litter can irritate cats. Also,try adding another box, in another area; i've seen cats avoid the box because of people going in and out, washing machine noise, commode flushing and so forth. The fat that it's poo AND pee makes it seem like something besides or in addition to the UTI to me. I do agree that something isn't right with all that howling, so do follow up with the vet.
  • Nuk AnukNuk Anuk Member Posts: 846
    edited 12 June, 2010
    The cats before me all make good points, I would like to ask if Izzee has had any x-rays or a urinalysis done? Since her UTI isn't responding to the medicine and she's howling again and avoiding her box, I can't help wondering if her problem isn't bladder stone related cystitis. (irritation of the urinary bladder.) A urinalysis would reveal changes in the urine (pH, crystals, bacteria, blood, etc.) Many cats will urinate in places other than the litter box due to the irritation of the bladder wall, they associate the pain they feel while urinating with their litter boxes and the feel of litter. Hard cool surfaces such as tile floors, counter tops, sinks, and bathtubs are often used as are soft substrates (cloth, carpet etc.) Idiopathic Cystitis exists though, where the cause is never determined. Stress seems to be a precipitating factor for cystitis both in cats and in humans. I'm not sure when you last moved, but moving a stress too (for both cats and humans)
  • edited 12 June, 2010
    In addition to what everyone else has mentioned, cats will also continually pee in the same place (or nearby) because they can smell it. Remember, they have super-duper sniffers, they can smell pheromones and enzymes and all kinds of things that we can\'t. So even when you think you\'ve got the spot cleaned, it might not be cleaned enough. What have you been using to clean the area? I\'ve found that plain white vinegar seems to usually do the trick. It apparently neutralizes the scent somehow. I had to do it once. I soaked some rags in vinegar, and set the rags on the area overnight. \'Course, a lot depends on how the floors are finished, but if the cat\'s been peeing on them, the finish is probably... errr.. finished. Worse case senario, you may have to sand, vinegarize, sand again, seal and re-finish. We hope not, though.
  • Sophie VeilleuxSophie Veilleux Member Posts: 182
    edited 14 June, 2010
    My kitty just started peeing in a different place than her litterbox a week ago. I scrubbed it with bleach..she loved it and rubbed herself on the carpet where i scrubbed, so i put vinegar and that made her stay away for a while. Then she did it again! So I went out and bought another litter box and put it on top of the spot where she pees. I also went and bought a kitty water fountain. Ever since i've had these 2 things added, she has not had another incident. I don't know if she had a urinary infection and the extra water drinking helped... She uses both litters now too. So maybe try to get your kitty to drink more water and add another litter box? Stress may trigger such episodes. Hope you get this figured out |:|
  • Michelle HansenMichelle Hansen Member Posts: 8
    edited 17 June, 2010
    i have an update! but first i would just like to thank all of you.. your answers have been wonderful and i greatly appreciate it.. i have been using bleach to clean the hardwood floor spots.. but yes she was peeing in the same areas in the room.. so im still working on those.. i kinda had a hunch that maybe she's upset because here she is.. in this small bedroom with the door shut.. not much contact with the world.. all alone.. i went soft.. and let her out of her room. BUT i didnt give her all the freedom! her room is upstairs so i bought a babygate and put it at the end of the stairs.. of course she can jump it.. but she wont. she's so used to being in that room even with the door open she still sleeps on her couch.. but ever since ive let her have a little bit more room to roam and socialization with our other cat and us as well there is ALOT more urine in her litterbox when i go to clean it and i have not yet seen a pee spot.. and i check everyday! so right now my hopes are very high!.. ill keep updating! and thanks again everyone!
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