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Inappropriate Bathroom Behavior [Jul. 20th, 2012|07:13 pm]
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[kadevha]
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So, our drama is ongoing with my diabetic cat. She has never really been that great about getting the litter box but since her spot was in an unfinished basement room with cement floors, I didn't care too much. I would just regularly clean the areas. Well, then she started peeing at the front door. Okay, that's her spot so I bought puppy pee pads. That seemed to work okay.

The final straw was her using another corner of the living room to pee. It's laminate floors so not too too bad but it got near/on the rug. This week, she decided to start doing other business there. She's been to the vet (Monday actually). This time around, the vet said we need to retrain her to use the litter box. So, she's in the basement bathroom with a clean litter box (some cat attract litter per vet's instructions). As soon as we put up the barrier, she became rather distraught.

Any tips/suggestions for this situation? We also bought some Wellness No-Grain cat food, keep her on that for a while then see where her glucose levels are.

Seriously, I am about at my wit's end with her. I won't do anything drastic, but this has been a rather frazzling period of time with her. She's about 12-13 years old but yeesh.
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[User Picture]From: squid_ink
2012-07-20 11:56 pm (UTC)
ive had good luck with cat attract litter, with several cats. I mixed in the regular litter (Yesterdays News) with the Cat Attract

I've never had a diabetic cat (not yet anyway) but excessive urination is a sign of excess glucose. At least it is in my aunt (a person not a cat).

Id also set up more of litter boxes in the time being until things get sorted out.

good luck! it's tough when cats have these sorts of issues, but it's no fun for them either :(
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[User Picture]From: kadevha
2012-07-21 02:31 pm (UTC)
We currently have three litter boxes. It's not that she can't make it to the box on time because she seems to go out of her way to pee in a basement bedroom (right across the hall from the litter boxes). She's using the litter box right now, but I think we have to keep her cooped up for a few days until she knows that's where she needs to go.
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[User Picture]From: alienor
2012-07-21 12:54 am (UTC)
Is the only litter box available in the basement? It may be too far for her to make it (not that she's actually ill, but that she has to go often, or suddenly, as a result of the diabetes, and isn't making it there on time).

I'd second the suggestion of adding more boxes.

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[User Picture]From: kadevha
2012-07-21 02:32 pm (UTC)
The litter boxes are in the basement. It's not that she can't make it to the box as she seems to go out of her way to pee in a basement bedroom too. It's just right across the hall from the storage room where we keep their boxes. We used to only have two but we have since added another litter box since these issues started. It's not helped.
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[User Picture]From: hazyl
2012-07-21 02:26 am (UTC)
I used to have a diabetic cat who also did this and Nature's Miracle (enzyme cleaner) helped discourage him from peeing in the same spots for a while. I never did figure out how to prevent it entirely though and it got a little out of control. Hopefully you will have better luck with your cat!
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[User Picture]From: kadevha
2012-07-21 02:33 pm (UTC)
I have cleaned the areas with strong cleaners (Greased Lightening & the like) and it's not helped. I wouldn't care too much if she would just use the pee pads but I think she just got bored with them.
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[User Picture]From: hazyl
2012-07-21 03:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it has to be an enzyme cleaner. Regular cleaners won't prevent them from peeing in the same spots again. I think the one we used was Nature's Miracle No More Marking. Here's a link to more info: http://promotions.petsmart.com/landing/natures-miracle/product-usage-faq.shtml
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[User Picture]From: falnfenix
2012-07-21 03:20 am (UTC)
thirding the multiple boxes suggestion. in fact, i'd have at least one on each floor.
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[User Picture]From: kadevha
2012-07-21 02:33 pm (UTC)
We have three litter boxes right now. We do have three cat so I know we should have 4, but my husband has decided that he cannot deal with cleaning another box. Haha!
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[User Picture]From: karmen
2012-07-21 11:18 pm (UTC)
seriously? Get another litterbox and put in on the main floor. Chances are she has arthritis/arthritic changes as well as the diabetes - NC State has done at least one study and is in the process of another one that shows that 90ish% of cats over 10 years old have arthritic changes. How would you feel if you have to constantly go up or down a flight of stairs to pee when it hurts to do so? And if you gotta pee a lot you just don't want to all the time. Clean the spots with an ENZYMATIC cleaner, Nature's Miracle or Resolve Pet or http://www.odoban.com/. She is 60+ years old in human years, help her a bit.

There are also studies that show that if the litterboxes are in the same place the cats see them as one big box so getting another one and adding it to the same place may still be one litterbox in her mind. A large low sided one would be good, like an under the bed sweater box from walmart is a great option and not expensive. I have one in my house for my girl with arthritis and the only issue I have is when she does not squat enough and it goes over the side. Puppy pads underneath work perfect for that.
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