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Feliway or Pet Remedy to help with cat not using litter tray?

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alltouchedout Tue 18-Apr-17 10:45:58

We have two cats. Leia is 8, we adopted her 4 years ago, she is the most chilled out cat in the world ever. I've only ever seen her move quickly if she's after a mouse or the local tom cat tries to sit on her spot on the shed roof. Lola is 1, we adopted her as a kitten about a year ago, she is typically playful and ridiculous.

Lola has a horrible habit of peeing and pooing on the floor downstairs. We have three litter trays, not in busy areas. We have tried every cat litter we can get our hands on. The litter trays are kept clean and fresh. Lola is not ill. She eats well, drinks water, shows no (other) signs of stress, wants to be stroked and played with, likes to sleep on people, purrs when snuggled, etc. She has toys, she doesn't seem bored. She knows where her tray is as she will seek it out and poo beside it. She pees in corners, often if there is a box or suitcase or similar on the floor she pees in that, if you leave a bag on the floor she will pee on that. This weekend she peed on my laundry basket and it's salvageable which has really annoyed me: it's a vintage Lloyd Loom one that I've had since I was really young.

I'm at my wit's end. We rent: even though I am constantly cleaning the messes up I don't think it's fair to the landlords that my cat is using the downstairs as one giant toilet; I think if they knew they would say get rid of her or leave and I don't blame them! I have 3 dc, the youngest is 2.5, I don't think it's fair to them. I have been told to try a Feliway or Pet Remedy plug in- are either better? She doesn't seem stressed at all, but we're at breaking point and if these don't work I will have to try to re home her. Only who will take on a cat who covers the house in urine and faeces?

alltouchedout Tue 18-Apr-17 10:50:09

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Teddy6767 Tue 18-Apr-17 10:51:06

Have you tried zylkene? It's anxiety medication for cats and I found it worked well with mine when I was moving him around a lot.
Also, are you sure you're cleaning the area that she's toileting properly as the ammonia smell in their urine can seep into floor boards etc and be an absolute nightmare to get rid of. biological laundry powder, vinegar and lemon juice is meant to work well

alltouchedout Tue 18-Apr-17 11:26:51

No, no meds tried- she's physically well and doesn't seem anxious in any way.
I need someone who doesn't have cats to come round and sniff I think- I'm fairly sure we're doing OK with the cleaning as anything fabric gets thrown out or washed at high temps with biological washing powder, and the floors are laminate or tile and we scrub and bleach. But maybe we're just used to it and it reeks sad

Teddy6767 Tue 18-Apr-17 11:34:56

My cat used to wee on the floor all the time and the vet said even after I'd cleaned the area up that there were probably still ammonia smelling particles lingering (which would only be obvious to a cat's strong sense of smell). I got a special cat wee cleaning spray from Amazon and it seemed to do the trick as he stopped going in that spot.
Is she an indoor cat? My vet also said that cats are very good at hiding illness and anxiety, and can appear totally normal to their owners. My cat would still play and eat normally and enjoy cuddles even though he had acute cystitis and crystals in his bladder which were making it painful for him to wee. That's why he kept doing it outside of his tray as I think he was trying to alert me to the fact he was poorly.
If you've had your cat's urine and blood checked for issues and she's definitely not ill then could it be that the other cat is stressing her out a bit? Cats are very territorial and she might be 'marking' parts of the house as her own. My mum had 2 cats who appear to get along well (cuddle up together etc) but one of them has started pulling his fur out as a sign of stress and it's because the other cat has started eating his food.
Don't use regular cleaning products when cleaning up the wee as apparently some of the ingredients in things like flash and bleach can mimic the ammonia smell to cats.
Only other things I can think of are could there be another cat harassing your one at the back door which makes your one mark her territory? Or could it purely be a behavioural thing if she is left alone a lot? My cat wants constant attention from me and seems to get quite depressed if he's left in the house for a few hours. The zylkene anxiety medication has made him less clingy.
Hope you manage to sort it out, it's a bloody nightmare and caused me so much stress when mine was doing it

Toddlerteaplease Tue 18-Apr-17 11:45:27

I tried feliway, zykelene, and cystophan to stop my girl peeing on the sofa. None of them worked. But I have found pet remedy better at calming them down than feliway.

Toddlerteaplease Tue 18-Apr-17 11:46:11

None of the cat wee sprays worked either. The only thing that stopped it was blocking access.

troodiedoo Tue 18-Apr-17 11:49:10

Both are good but pet remedy slightly better in my experience. The smell is a bit rank though. Have you tried getting a bigger tray, different litter and something near the tray to hide behind?

Weedsnseeds1 Tue 18-Apr-17 21:37:52

I think bleach actually attracts them to the area? Try diluted bio washing powder. Don't use any disinfectant that goes white when you add water as it will be toxic to Cats

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