Saturday, July 19, 2008

Solution to Inappropriate Cat Urination

Got a couple of old blogs out there about my new cat Oreo. He was an outdoor cat who adopted us and, despite Richard's protests, he ended up being an indoor cat. He still wants to go outside, but it's funny, he will run only so far and then he will let somebody pick him up and put him outside. I don't want him outside because of diseases and predators and fleas and so on.

When we first got him he wasn't neutered and there was male cat smell in the house. I guess this stressed one of the other two cats, Tiger and Sunshine, out because somebody started peeing in an in appropriate place. We had already lost a love seat to this behavior last year and we thought we had stopped it. We protected the remaining two pieces of furniture with heavy duty plastic covers just in case! But it started up again, on the plastic covers (thank heavens for the plastic covers), and again we didn't know which cat was doing it.

We got Oreo neutered and cleaned the smell up, got some pheromones that were supposed to keep the cats from stressing, put new litter boxes down, put "keep off" at the spot they were going to, etc. Nothing worked. Richard was talking about getting a "nanny cam" and putting it in there so we could figure out who the culprit was.

Last time I had gotten some products from PlanetUrine.com to clean up and get rid of the odor. I get e-mails from them periodically and one came right when I really needed it. It was advertising an electronic device that is triggered when the cat crosses an infrared beam. It sets off a high pitched sound that humans can't hear (or just barely) but the cats can't tolerate. So we set one up in the room where the peeing was occurring.

I am happy to report that it worked. There has been no more inappropriate peeing anywhere. Hooray! If you ever run into this problem and are at the end of your wits and really don't want to get rid of your cat, give this one a try!

A funny footnote - the new cat, Oreo, can walk right into that room and the sound doesn't bother him a bit. The vacuum doesn't either. He's either the mellowest cat on the planet or there's something not totally right about his hearing!

PS if your cat starts peeing all over the place, not in one spot like was happening to us, it could very well be a medical problem. Have him checked by a veterinarian!

1 comment:

Frank Bowman said...

Its Funny the difference between Cats and Dogs - while cats have no respect when they want to pee, dogs want to go out all the time - We had a tiny Chihuahua - called Whiskey ('cause of the color) who would jump up and down on chairs to show us that it needed to go and pee. Someone would open the back yard door .... and Whiskey would fly to the nearby side walk, then would need to wash it and pour a lot of anti-septic liquid...