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Urinating everywhere

Species: cat | Category: general | Submitted: 8 October 2007 06:16PM | viewed 5364 times
Q Cheryl asks:

I have a kitten that is 7 weeks old. He was part of my adult cat's litter of 8. Now he is the only one left. I have noticed that he urinates in places he shouldn't. When he was litter trained I moved the litter tray from one room to the kitchen, so I understand him still using that same corner. I just need to re-train him not to use that corner. What I don't understand is that he uses the litter tray to defecate, but still urinates on the floor in my front room. He also urinated on me and my sofa yesterday too, he was playing with my skirt, stopped and just did it. I'm a little worried that it may be an incontinence problem, as, apart from yesterday, the traces of urine are only tiny patches, almost as if they are just trails while he's walking around. Any advice would be fantastic, I don't want to carry on like this, but I don't want to give him away either. Thanks.

Q Our vet says: Litter trays should not really be in the kitchen- so that may have been a mistake that has contributed to this problem. Cats are a bit like us and they like to urinate/defecate where it is a little bit private and well away from their food! Usually kitchens are fairly busy parts of the house with lots of family members coming and going and generally being occupied. The kitchen tends to be where cats get fed and cats do not like having their toilet next to, or near their food.
I would suggest moving the litter tray back to the original position and perhaps having a litter tray in other areas where your kitten currently likes to urinate. Once things are a little more settled you can change things slightly if you want but you need to get him well established on the litter trays to start. Remember to change the litter frequently as cats often will not urinate twice in dirty litter.
You could consider getting him checked for urinary problems by your local vet just to make sure that there is no underlying medical cause for all this. If he is OK remember that he is still very young and will occasionally have "accidents" especially if the litter trays are not to his liking and he does not really have somewhere established that he can go. If these simple methods fail then you could consult and animal behaviourist and get more detailed advice relevant to your own particular circumstances.

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