Posts Tagged ‘Pee problems’

Cat Pee Problems

Friday, October 20th, 2006

This letter from a vet was shared with me by Penelope Smith. It contains valuable information for those of us who share our homes with cat friends: FELINE INAPPROPRIATE URINATION: The term ‘inappropriate urination’ is relatively self-explanatory. It refers to cats who urinate on surfaces and in places that are not considered appropriate by their owners. Basically, except for the few indoor cats that use household toilets, it is only considered appropriate for cats to urinate in a litter box. Urinating on the couch, bed, wall, rugs, and ceramic tile, or in the bath tub, laundry basket, or kitchen sink is just not appropriate! Inappropriate urination is, unfortunately, too common. All of us have known of cats with this unwanted habit. Many of the cats are labeled as lost causes and either pushed out the door to become outside cats or given up to animal shelters. But the vast majority of these cats can be helped. With a little detective work, the underlying cause can be found. Once the cause is uncovered, appropriate treatment strategies can be implemented and the cats can be taught to reuse their litter boxes. Consider inappropriate urination a message from the cat. Something is wrong and the cat is letting you know. The cat is not ‘acting out’, but asking for help. I have yet to meet a cat that did not, as a kitten, use a litter box.
I have taken in feral cats and kittens ranging in age from one day to many years, and each and everyone have used a litter box. Even the youngest, motherless kitten will rapidly grasp the use of a litter box when placed in one. This is because cats have a natural affinity for sandy substrates. They want to dig in soil before they eliminate. They do not naturally choose flat, smooth, or cloth-like surfaces. So if cats naturally use a litter box, and then decide to stop, something must have gone wrong. The cats are not spiteful, angry, or mean; something has gone awry. The list of problems that can push a cat out of the litter box and towards inappropriate urination is a long and potentially complicated one. The list can be divided into management, medical, and behavioral causes. Medical reasons include any illness or disease that causes the cat to be in pain or increases urine production. So a bladder infection, with accompanying urinary tract pain, can certainly cause the cat to associate the box with the pain and lead to urination outside of the box. Other causes of pain might include bladder stones, inflammation, or tumors, as well as arthritis, muscle disease, or spinal cord pain that interferes with movement in and out of the box. All painful incidences associated with the box may result in failure to use it. Additional medical causes would include cognitive diseases that impair the mental abilities of older cats. A final category of medical illnesses include all those that lead to increased urine production, such as kidney disease, diabetes, and thyroid problems. The greater the urine production, the more often the cat must urinate. This upsets the cat’s routine and soils the box more rapidly than expected, ultimately causing the cat to abandon the box.
Every single cat that inappropriately urinates should be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible. Illnesses need to be caught early in order for appropriate therapy to work and to prevent the inappropriate urination from becoming habit. Cats are known to hide disease. Inappropriate urination may be the cat’s only notice to you that the he is sick. Heed the warning and rule out medical causes before blaming the cat for ‘bad behavior’.
Another major cause of inappropriate urination is poor litter box management which results in cats having an aversion to the box, the litter, or the location. These cats may then develop a preference for a different location or surface. Owners often have boxes that are too small, too few, too dirty, left in incorrect places, or filled with litter which feels or smells bad to the cat. No cat likes a small, dirty, noisy box. Your cat’s inappropriate urination may be the cat’s method of telling you this. When purchasing, placing, and filling litter boxes, think of the cat’s needs before your own. Different cats have different needs. Some cats need boxes with low sides or high sides, or ones that are open-sided or covered with a lid. Some have aversions to scented litter, or clumping litter, or unscented litter, or the chemicals in the plastic box. So buying the smallest, covered box for a 15 pound cat will not work. Neither will buying the deepest, self-cleaning box for a timid, 1.5 pound kitten. And putting a box down two flights of stairs may invite trouble from a 19 year old arthritic cat.
While we are on the subject of boxes, litters, and locations, I can pretty well guarantee that you can cause inappropriate urination by putting a litter box next to a washing machine that hits the spin cycle just at the cat tries to use the box. A litter pan near a washing machine or dryer is an invitation for disaster. To prevent litter box aversion, make sure your cat likes her box. Identify your cat’s needs and meet them. Trial and error may be needed to find the appropriate mix of box, litter, and location; but it’s worth the effort in the long run. Litter type, depth, and fragrance are all variables that can be adjusted. So try different types of litter, including clumping and non-clumping, scented and non-scented, and litters made of wheat or paper. Also, experiment with covered and uncovered boxes, self-cleaning litter trays, and round or rectangular pans. Purchase multiple boxes for multi-cat households. The rule of thumb is one box per cat, plus one extra box.

Meditation and Your Companion Animals

Tuesday, June 17th, 2003

The dog I communicated with yesterday was peeing in the house and I could find no physical problem. Peeing is usually 100 percent a problem of an undiagnosed urinary tract infection. Many animals have this even though the tests came back negative. Evidently the bacteria can hide out in the celia of the bladder. I cured my two male cats of UTI by putting them on a raw food diet.

I digress. It was amazing to me that the dog was showing no signs of UTI. I could intuit no stress in the bladder or other structures of the urinary tract. But I could see that there were powerful energies around the dog, causing her some discomfort. I talked with her guardian about what I was seeing. On a hunch, I asked if she was practicing any transformational techniques in her home. She brightened up and said she had started a powerful meditation technique and that she enjoyed having the dogs in the room when she meditated. I suggested that the dogs were having a hard time being with the energy of the meditation. The dogs were telling me that even though it was exciting, it was hard to manage the energies.I once had my cat Buster walk into the room while I was in deep meditation and he experienced instant projectile diarrhea!

Her dog requested being crated for security during these sessions! I’m waiting for her to email me and let me know if this takes care of the problem.