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Anybody know a good kitty psychiatrist?

Posh has taken to pissing on our bed, and we need some advice on how to correct this behavior.

The first time we went away for a weekend we had a good friend who loves cats stop in and feed them twice a day. By Sunday night, before we got home, one of them had shit outside the litter box. We didn't make a big deal of it at the time, figuring she (we assume it wa Posh, not Prince) was mad at us. She did it a couple more times over the next two weeks, but eventually stopped (and of course we made sure the litter box was kept clean, re-introduced her to it, etc.)

The next time we needed to go away was just overnight, so we thought we'd give it another try. (We looked into boarding them, but even the kennel was like, "They're cats - do you really need to board them for one night?") We decided to leave them in the bedroom, giving them access to their litter box in the master bathroom. We got home, and everything was in order... until about an hour after we got home. Shit outside the litter box *and* pissed on the bed (thankfully we had a comforter down as a bedspread, so we could wash that and didn't need to worry about the mattress). This time we weren't so forgiving - they both got their noses rubbed in it (we *think* it's her, but we haven't actually caught her in the act yet), got a spanking, and no love for a few hours. Fortunately, that was it - until yesterday.

I get home from work, I eat dinner, I'm sitting watching TV, and I fall asleep. I wake up a few hours later and realize what time it was, and also realized I hadn't fed them. Now while I was sleeping they both came up onto the couch and curled up with me, and no one was meowing for food, so I didn't think anything was wrong. Then, when I went upstairs, once again they'd pissed on the bed. ARGH!

THOROUGH beating this time, and locked in the bathroom for several hours, but when it was time for bed we forgave them and we all went to bed.

Out of nowhere she just fucking did it again, and this time there weren't any blankets down, so it's in the mattress.

I'm at a loss. Bart never did this, and I need to nip this behavior in the bud now before she decides the rest of the house is fair game. Any suggestions?

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esprix
Jun. 29th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
You're like the 5th person to say UTI, so I'm going to make a vet appointment post haste.
defenestr8or
Jun. 29th, 2008 04:01 am (UTC)
You realize you can't punish a cat, right? They don't understand it.

Also, get a new mattress. If you can't eliminate every single trace of urine, they'll think it's OK to pee there.

Good luck!
logisticslad
Jun. 29th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
Definitely get her checked out for urinary/kidney problems. If that isn't an issue, then I suggest Feliway. It's available as a spray or as an aerosal plug-in at Petco, etc. It releases a pheromone that relaxes stressed cats and is a useful treatment for peeing in unwanted places. I strongly advise against "spanking" or "beating" cats, as they interpret it as play behavior which is reinforcing rather than punishing. Confining them or witholding attention are much better punishments. Good luck in dealing with this!
buddykat
Jun. 29th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Honesty, unless you catch them doing it, punishment isn't going to do any good. Are they fixed? If not, get them fixed, it might help (if the litter box was clean, the *only* time my cats peed on anything is if they were in heat).

Other then that, very much agree on the vet check for UTIs. If you see what looks like sparkles or crystals where they peed, then it's *definitely* a UTI - and males are much more likely suspects for UTIs then females.
katt1028
Jun. 29th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
I second buddycat.

I finally got a clue on day #3 of bad peeing behavour from one of my male cats when he jumped up on my lap and pee'd in it. To the vet he went. Urinary tract blockage... common for males (the crystals gather instead of passing). It appears that peeing on things is a way of saying something is not right. Another form of communication.
indexicality
Jun. 30th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
A good article on inappropriate elimination in cats is http://cats.about.com/od/litterboxproblems/Inappropriate_Elimination_in_Cats.htm
(Anonymous)
Jul. 3rd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Like others above have said, it could be a UTI with crystals which commonly causes more problems in males due to the smaller diameter of their urethra. Or so I was told by my vet when my male cat starting peeing on my bed. My cat needed surgery on his no-no parts and became a different cat afterwards, unfortunately. He would never allow anyone but me near him after that and would bite and scratch anyone else. Especially vets. Unfortunately my cat attacked my new-born son a few years later and I had to find a new home for my poor old grumpy kitty.

It may not be that dire in your case but it is URGENT that you take them to the vet immediately. If a cat's urinary tract becomes totally blocked, it can die in a matter of hours. If they find crystals in your cat's urine, your vet will know what to do and will recommend a low-ash diet to prevent re-occurrence.

May I recommend you get one of those quilt-top washable mattress covers to protect your new mattress. They're not like the nasty old rubber sheets our grandmas had, they're quite comfy and you won't even know there's rubber under the quilt-top. Plus they help keep the dust-mites down or so they say. Many places that sell mattresses sell these good quality covers too.

Your old mattress probably can't be cleaned sufficiently to get all the cat-pee smell out unfortunately.
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