Your cat isn't that far removed from their wild roots. They feel an instinctive urge to stake their claim by leaving their scent. While most territory marking is done through innocent rubbing or scratching, issues with urinating can also arise.
I am an animal lover and a devoted cat person. I write helpful articles based on my experiences as a cat mom. You have a big problem: your cat, who was trained to use a litter box years ago, is suddenly peeing in random spots around your home.
The Special Needs of the Senior Cat. Courtesy of Cornell Feline Health Center and the American Association of Feline Practitioners Just as people are living longer than they did in the past, cats are living longer too. Cats are individuals and, like people, they experience advancing years in their own unique ways.
Every cat is unique though and age-related issues may start to show up in one cat at the age of seven while his feline housemate may not start to show his age until If you can, twice a year is even better when your cat becomes a senior. Many veterinarians offer senior wellness packages that help reduce the cost.
As a Veterinarian I am often surprised by how infrequently clients will ask about their cat who is not depositing their stool or urine in the litter box. I have learned over the many years I have been in practice to ask specifically if the cat is getting all the waste in the box. He goes nearby and since it is easy to pick up it is not a problem.
Cats are meticulous animals and usually confine their toilet behaviour to the litter tray or garden. The smell of cat urine in the house, or the discovery of faeces in the corner of the room, can be worrying. Illness, being trapped in a room or a sudden fright may all cause a one-off accident.
The male cat is neutered and an indoor cat. Seven months ago my mother began staying with us and so did the cat. His food and litter box are accessible to him at all times.
A cat suffering from a urinary tract infection finds urination painful, and may associate his litter box with this. Or he may need to urinate more often and starts peeing throughout the house. Kidney, liver and thyroid conditions leave cats thirsty, leading to more fluid intake and more frequent, urgent urination.
You will also need to determine if the problem is spraying to mark territory or actual urination. Spraying will often be on a vertical surface and will be just a few drops while urination will usually be a puddle. To help determine why kitty's behavior may have changed, we've put together a list of a four things to check below.
Has your whole house suddenly turned into a giant litter box? If your senior cat is suddenly using your bathroom mat or a kitchen corner as an impromptu litter box, he's sending you a message. Rather than being upset about the "presents" around the house, find out what's going on. Start with a trip to the vet.