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        04-08-2013, 07:46 PM
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    Trained
    It will. If not......Feliway
         
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        04-08-2013, 07:47 PM
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    Trained
    Oh, and, of course, putting "his" litterbox in the backroom.
         
        04-08-2013, 07:53 PM
      #33
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    What's weird is that he still uses his litterbox. He usually only poops in the back room if he wants out, but we won't let him out (kind of like if he doesn't get his way). He'll go for days/a week without doing it, then will do it several days in a row.

    The peeing on the bed is new, though. First time he did it, he peed right where my feet usually are (I was up letting the dogs out when he did it and discovered it when I went back to bed). The second time was about an hour later and was literally right on top of my boyfriend (we had changed the sheets and replaced the soiled blankets with a sleeping bag and he peed on the sleeping bag). It was definitely pee, not spray.
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        04-08-2013, 07:55 PM
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    What's weird is that he still uses his litterbox. He usually only poops in the back room if he wants out, but we won't let him out (kind of like if he doesn't get his way). He'll go for days/a week without doing it, then will do it several days in a row.

    The peeing on the bed is new, though. First time he did it, he peed right where my feet usually are (I was up letting the dogs out when he did it and discovered it when I went back to bed). The second time was about an hour later and was literally right on top of my boyfriend (we had changed the sheets and replaced the soiled blankets with a sleeping bag and he peed on the sleeping bag). It was definitely pee, not spray.
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    Neutering him will help. Male cats are strange animals, and have all sorts of reasons for peeing (even if it's not spraying). Otherwise he may have a UTI, especially if he'd peed twice in a row. When you get him neutered, mention it, and see what the vet thinks.

    Has there been any major changes? That sometimes triggers not using the litterbox. Is it clean? Have you moved it at all?
         
        04-08-2013, 08:00 PM
      #35
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    Nothing new since we got the puppy in December. All these problems started in the last two months, though. He eats the same food (Taste of the Wild) and drinks the same water. His litterbox is cleaned at least every other day (sometimes every day, if it's bad) and completely changed out at least once a week.

    I thought about it being a UTI, actually. We're going to mention it when we drop him off Wednesday.

    Otherwise he's his normal, crazy self. Even went house hunting with us yesterday for a few hours.
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        04-08-2013, 08:13 PM
      #36
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    Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
    What's weird is that he still uses his litterbox. He usually only poops in the back room if he wants out, but we won't let him out (kind of like if he doesn't get his way). He'll go for days/a week without doing it, then will do it several days in a row.

    The peeing on the bed is new, though. First time he did it, he peed right where my feet usually are (I was up letting the dogs out when he did it and discovered it when I went back to bed). The second time was about an hour later and was literally right on top of my boyfriend (we had changed the sheets and replaced the soiled blankets with a sleeping bag and he peed on the sleeping bag). It was definitely pee, not spray.
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    One of my female cats was doing that. It turned out that she was being harassed at the litter box so would hold it until she couldn't, or would get scared and just go. I added a small litter box in the room and set it up so that she can't be ambushed coming in and out.
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        04-08-2013, 08:16 PM
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    One of my female cats was doing that. It turned out that she was being harassed at the litter box so would hold it until she couldn't, or would get scared and just go. I added a small litter box in the room and set it up so that she can't be ambushed coming in and out.
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    Thing is, Cosmo is an only cat and the dogs are not allowed in the laundry room/spare bathroom where his food and litterbox are.
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        04-08-2013, 09:21 PM
      #38
    Trained
    I think it will stop once he is an " it". Make sure it's no UTI, and go from there. If he still does it, consider Feliway.
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        04-08-2013, 09:35 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
    At the risk of being indelicate, I had a sporadic problem one time with my cats peeing on the bathroom rug by the toilet. Upon investigate it was discovered that the male human in our family had "splashed" on the rug while using the toilet leaving a scent behind that just could not be ignored and had to be dealt with by the cats in their own fashion. For my part, I got the rug off the floor and it became a nonissue then.

    In your situation, I would definitely suspect something is going on with the urinary tract. Also, is there a new cat in the neighbourhood perhaps? If it's a tom and he's coming around your yard and leaving his mark on the outside of your house that may be upsetting your boy.
         
        04-08-2013, 09:42 PM
      #40
    Green Broke
    Oops - double post; computer went crackers.
         
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