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Unread 08-14-2009   #1 (permalink)
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HELP!!!!!!I just don't know what to do!
We have 4 cats, 3 older ones and a recently rescued a Bengal who was stuck living in a small bedroom by herself due to the fact that the owners other cat attacked her and chased her constantly. Our cats do not chase her and they all get along great.
We've had her for 3 weeks and she keeps peeing on an old antique buffet that my in-laws gave us and in the middle of our kitchen island on the countertop-only those 2 places. I thought it was due to stress at first but now it is continuing, the vet thought perhaps it was a uti. They said to put her in the bathroom at night by herself for a few nights, the 1st couple nights put a litterpan with litter so her scent gets in it when she pees...then remove the litter so she can pee it in to give us a sample for the vet. She has been peeing in the box at night but will not pee in it without litter so we can't get a sample, and during the day when she's not in the bathroom she pees on the buffet or counter whenever we go out(I'm a stay at home mom so we often go for walks or to the store.)
Our other cats have never peed anywhere other than their litter boxes. We have 2 litter boxes and they are cleaned out 1-2 times per day. Also there's a new one in the bathroom that only she uses and my other cats have never used! I'm afraid they will start peeing where she has..I've been using Nature's Miracle but it must not work if she keeps peeing there. I feel so bad as she has ruining they old wood buffet that was given to us by my in-laws.
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Hi ! Thank you very much for taking in that poor kitty. She must have been stressed for quite a long time. God bless your kind heart ! I'm Irene, from Taiwan. Welcome to this friendly forum.

In my opinion (based on my experience), I still think stress remains to be her problem, she needs to adapt into your new loving home, including your cats and people in her new home. Your vet might also be right, please have her checked by the vet, to rule out UTI problem. If this is not the case, cats are very territorial, they sometimes will choose places that they will feel comfortable with, or avoid peeing and pooing in the litter box which have been used by other cats. They can be very picky. Actually cats are very clean animals, they're just picky, some of them will pee in one box and poo in another box.
Normally, for 3 cats we need 3 plus one extra. Or at least 3 boxes.

Last but not least, please use Felliway Plug ins and rescue remedy. They're effective to combat stress.

BTW, what are the names of all the kitties including the Bengal you just rescued ? Please tell us more about them, with pictures... we all love kitty pics here.. I know all your kitties are well loved, as I can see they have developed nice personalities, not to attack the new comer.

Please keep us updated. Hope to hear some good news soon.
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Stress can cause illness, especially urinary tract infections. Stress can also cause a kitty to form crystals in her urine.

UTIs and crystals are two different conditions, though they often come together, each can be present on their own.

Both are very painful for kitty. She avoids the litter box because she blames the litter box for her pain. Please bring her to the vet and have a urinalysis done to find out what's going on.

There is no point in retraining until you know if she is sick, because if she is sick she will continue to blame the litter box for her pain, and avoid it.

Feliway, as has been mentioned by Irene, and Rescue Remedy can both help with stress. Info on both can be found in my signature.

But she needs to see the vet first.

Welcome, hurray for you for the rescue, and please do let us know how she is doing (what's her name?,


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You have done a very kind thing taking this poor cat into your home. Sounds like she's had a hard time of it until you rescued her. 3 weeks isn't a very long time and from what you've said she must be confused and still afraid despite all the love you've shown her so Irene could be right about it being due to stress (providing any medical conditions are ruled as AcerIt said). I really hope everything works out, please keep us updated.
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if any of my cats peed outside their litter box i always put dry food in the area where they where doing it and that always worked for me, and also i know that sometimes they do it because they feel a bit insecure and are trying to scent mark, especially areas where they are high up because the dominant cat will try and mark the highest position for itself, i think!! but i would definately try putting her favourite food there and see if that works, x jan
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Some things that it could be is an UTI which causes the cat to pee on stuff but if its constant I'd pretty much rule that out. I would try to remove as much of the smell as possible and even try a seperate litter box just for the cat. Some cats don't like to share.
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