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Question DetailsAsked on 5/19/2011

My cat pees on the floor, is this a behavioral problem?

My sister has two cats. One/Susie is no problem, quiet, shy and pretty much allows the second/Gypsy the run of the house. Gypsy has a nasty habit of "occassionally" doing #1 wherever she likes. They are both neutered females. About the same age/we think? But sis took Gypsy to the vet, and he said there's no physical problem with Gypsy. He says it must be behavioral. Neither sis nor I have ever had any experience with this. When Gypsy piddles on the tile floor, sis cleans with vinegar and Gypsy seems to stay away for a day or so. Then, she wets somewhere else. When on the rug/carpet, it's a major clean up. But the question is: Has anyone of you had any experience with this? And what can be done? We are open to suggestions. And thanks in advance.

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Sad to say, we've had similar problems, but with a male cat. (We took him in about a year ago; we have several cats, males & females.)

We've taken him to 2 vets, one holistic, one mainstream. Both suggest that he may find certain aspects of our home stressful, (including living with other cats) so they recommend a pheromone spray which is calmimg to cats, and we're also trying a cat tranquilizer of sorts (from the holistic vet) that's mixed with food. The situation has improved, but hasn't completely resolved yet.

Good luck!

Answered 9 years ago by nealdragon


First, I would recommend your veterinarian refer you to a local vet who specializes in animal behavior--Dr. Samson. You MUST be referred to Dr. Samson. He does not accept non-referrals. If your vet does not know about Dr. Samson, your vet is not very well informed.
When I was having behavioral issues in my home, I wish I had heard about the great successes of using ant-depressants like Prozac. I have no problems with this solution since I myself take anti-depressants. I have tried holistic alternatives, and they just did not work. So my faith in them is zero.
I would recommend buying a black light and searching the house for urine. They are available at pet stores. I use a product called DooDoo VooDoo to clean up urine. We recently did a check of the whole house, treated each spot. When we went back with the black light the next day, all of the urine spots were gone!

Answered 9 years ago by catnip


The black (UV) light is a great tool for cat owners. I went to Home Depot and got a cheap portable flourescent lamp. I bought a UV/blacklight bulb. Total cost: $30. Had to use the lamp WITHOUT the cover; the cover somehow blocked some of the UV light. My wife and I then did a tour of the house after dark with only the black light on...found a LOT of 'accident" spots. Took care of them by drenching with Nature's Miracle. Smell gone, spots cleaned up. Unfortunately, however, we also had to give away a male cat that had been fixed but did not appreciate that there were three other cats.

Answered 9 years ago by boblac


I think the idea of using a black, UV, light for identifying "problem areas" is brilliant. I wish we had thought of this when we were potty-training our children!

Answered 9 years ago by MichaelL


I have three male cats, brothers, all neutered at about 6 months (was even able to get a group rate lol). I also have two female cats. One of the female cats is the mother of the "boys". the other female is an honorary Aunt.

Two of the male cats spray. One of the two has even jumped on the computer desk and rubbed for awhile, then turned around and sprayed me, got me good, right on my neck. A couple of times he sprayed my leg.

A vet gave me a prescription for valium. Gave that up quick. Trying to give a pill to two animals with very sharp teeth and claws every day is not my idea of a fun day. Now I just try to clean up the pee when I see it and hope they will outgrow it ...... I know ..... dream on.

This is my second post about my cats bad behavior and I still have stories to tell about this very different group of cats, four of them are blood relative.

Answered 9 years ago by SamanthaFL


I've been dealing with a similar problem: two female indoor cats, both spayed, and one started marking in the house a few months ago. There is a lot of information on the Internet; these problems can be a combination of physical and behavior issues.

First, make sure your vet did a cystocentesis to check Gypsy's urine for pH and crystals. If she's developing crystals she may be in pain when she urinates and may be associating that pain with the litterbox. You may need to change her diet to adjust the pH of her urine. Lots of things can influence a cat's behavior; they perceive any kind of change in their environments as stressful. Have there been any changes in the household such as a new family member, a move, another pet? Are the litterboxes (there should be at least two) kept scrupulously clean? Might Gypsy have been startled by something when using the litterbox? Where are the litterboxes kept?

One of my cats reacts strongly to the sight of neighborhood cats in our yard, and we have put her on Prozac to relieve her stress. Even if the diet is perfect, stress can cause a cat's urine pH to be elevated; we'll find out on Thrusday if the Prozac is helping our cat reduce her urine pH.

Answered 9 years ago by corbow


I have an older cat that started Peeing around the house and on furniture. This cat is sixteen years old. We now give her an antidpressant everyday or every other day and this seems to stop the problem...If we get lax in giving her, her medicine than the problem comes around again. I would suggest to get a good blood workup done on your cat as well to see if s/he can take being on meds and making sure that there are no other issues with her.

Answered 8 years ago by Sremick

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