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post #11 of 16 Old 09-14-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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I took a nap with my daughter. I've been sick and wasn't feeling well, so I laid down she she took her nap. Got up to find my stepmother had come home and let Gandhi in to feed her. I asked my dad about it and he said that we will just keep an eye on them because it breaks my stepmother's heart to see a cat either in the basement or outside.


So I guess I'll just take him to the vets on Monday seeing as I can't really rule out it if it was or wasn't him...and maybe put him out at night when I can't watch him, just to make sure.

Just kind of irritated. My father said "Well if its a UTI then he wouldn't have pooped there". I didn't argue with him, because there is no arguing with him. I'll just take Gandhi to the vets to make sure.

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Gandhi was inside and I went outside for a minute. The downstairs was quiet with no one there and he had been laying on the couch. I came back inside and Gandhi is kind of running from the living room. I notice that the dog bed had been disrupted and checked it. There was urine in there.

I caught Gandhi and put him back in the garage. I don't know what to tell my parents without them pegging Gandhi as a renegade and hating him. First time, they were forgiving. But the second time? Sigh.

I hope they keep him out there until I can get him to the vets. As of right now, its only the dog bed thats getting soiled in. It upsets me that Gandhi never even thought about going in the basement for the litter. He just used the dogbed the first chance he got while no one was looking.


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The problem with cats are, once they start going outside the litter box, it can become difficult to separate health problems and behavioral issues.

They usually start going outside the box due to health issues and then it just becomes a habit. That habit is REALLY hard to break but do read the article I linked to.. has some great ideas like using a litter cats generally really like, using a box that is very large and deep so the cats don't ever have to step in their own waste (cats really hate that!) and proper positioning of the litter box.

Another thing is this: it is REALLY difficult to get cat urine out of carpets, beds, etc. If any small trace of it remains, the cat will smell it and think it's okay to use that spot as a litter box. It's important to deep clean and get the scent out thoroughly so your cats don't get confused. As far as the dog bed is concerned, it might need to be replaced. I've found that dog beds are a REALLY difficult thing for cats to resist... I'm not sure whether it's the smell (cat cays, "eew, stinky dog, must be the toilet!"), or whether it's some sort of vindictive thing on the cat's part ("Stupid dog, I WILL get even with you!"), but my Ace cannot resist peeing on dog beds. As a result, when he's in the room we have to put the dog beds away.

We started containing our cats to their own space (our basement) when we're not home or when we're sleeping. There is nothing mean or cruel about that, it's just saving your (or your parents') house by not letting the cats have free reign when you're not able to supervise.
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Originally Posted by Jaylin View Post
Interesting, but your shared link is not working properly. I mean,
its close down '404 Not Found'.
Can you see and fix the problem?
From what I can see, every single one of your posts states that there are broken links, and none of the posts actually HAVE broken links.

What gives?
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Being a cat momma myself I can pretty much guess what's going on IF IT'S NOT A HEALTH PROBLEM.
Poor guy doesn't like the situation, most likely is not too thrilled about the dog. He hints that with peeing and pooping on the dog bed.

What you can try is Feliway. Especially in the area where the dog bed is. It should make him more comfortable there....the cat that is
It does work, my Princess came from the shelter, 9years old, just dumped when we were there to get two cats. She is a long haired cat, had absolute NO hair on belly, down the hindlegs, all licked off. We thought it was an allergy first, tried cortisone, which stopped her licking for about two weeks, then she started again. So we got Feliway. It took one little container about 4 weeks and she has stopped licking herself bare, has now a full coat.
So I think it's worth a try. Get it from an online vet supply, huge price difference compared to PETCO.

If it's health related, which the vet will tell you, there are dry foods especially for UTI problems.
Less minerals. Another thing, the water. My cats get only bottled or filtered water.
And you can try Cosequin cat. Its not labeled for UTI problems but it coats the ways, urethra and urether so if he has crystals or stones, they pass easier. Tried it, kept a couple of mine well.

I found that when a cat has these problems, they keep going to the box over and over again, without producing much and will make sure you'll notice.
So my guess it's a behavioural problem, most likely related to the dog. Or the new situation. Or both.

Oh, if he has stones, he can be operated and will be fine after that, btw.
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