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Inappropriate Bathroom Behavior [Jul. 20th, 2012|07:13 pm]
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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.

[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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