3yr old tom suddenly weeing everywhere(8 Posts)
Puddles of wee, not territorial spraying. He's been neutered and been blood tested for kidney function/blood sugar which all came back fine. The vet did say she was shocked - she thought he looked poorly and he was dehydrated, despite drinking normally.
He's a very small, timid indoor cat. He had the option of going out but didn't want to. We've recently moved and live on a very busy road so outside isn't really an option anymore.
There have been a lot of changes this year (DP deployment Apr-Sep, house move May, new baby Sep) but he seemed to accept it all and behaviour wise hasn't changed. He doesn't hide away and is very keen for attention .
His litter tray is the same as always and regularly used and cleaned. It's in the bathroom (lowest traffic area) and away from his food and water. The only oddity there is that he'll wait for me to use the toilet before he wees.
His other strangeness is his refusal to eat wet food of any kind, I've tried them all. But he's always been like this.
We had a week or so with no puddles but today he's done it again in my daughter's bedroom I have 2 young children and if I can't stop it I'll have to rehome him which will break my heart.
What am I missing? What can I do? Please help!
Try multiple litter trays if you can. When I had a cat peeing all over the place, we put litter trays in every possible place (6 or 7 at one point). We were able to cut back to three eventually. Is he pooing in the tray? Sometimes they don't like using the same tray for both pee and poo. Did the vet check for a urine infection?
YY to multiple litter trays. Keep him out of bedrooms if necessary. He sounds anxious. Especially waiting until you pee until he does. Tried a feliway plug in? Perhaps he is unsettled by all the changes after all.
A run in the garden or cat proof it?
The thing is you would struggle to rehome him with this issue. Much better to solve it.
No, she didn't check for infection but did give him a long lasting antibiotic injection just in case. It's been a week since then so maybe that's the avenue to investigate further.
I'll try the extra litter trays where I can but I can't really leave one in my daughter's room as she plays on her own in there. Would scooting a spare one in and out be a good idea or more confusing?
Thanks very much for the ideas, much appreciated
You need to keep the bedroom door shut. I wouldn't move litter trays round as that could confuse him.
Tried a different litter?
Could it be a UTI? Notorious when they are on dried food. Which dried is he on?
Clean up wee using proper cleaner or he will keep going back to the same spot.
Slow typer and cross posted - I'll try the feliway too, I'd forgotten about them. Thanks!
We're in an upstairs flat without a garden so no chance of a cat run unfortunately. I have considered harnessed walks but opinions on them seem massively divided. Any thoughts?
Rehoming really is a last desperate resort, not just because it would be very difficult but mainly because I love my daft little weirdo cat! I've never had a cat before, told DP I didn't want one but I fell for him totally.
I know that some cat behaviourists say that litter trays should go into socially important rooms which are high-traffic and used a lot. I'd put a second tray in a busier room.
I agree that trays in busy rooms seem to help, our old cat's favourite was behind the sofa in the livingroom (not particularly pleasant, but the alternative was peeing up the curtains in there so we went with it).
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