Urination Problems in Cats

Urination problems in cats are very common. Whilst this can be a very frustrating problem for both the cats and their owners, it is not a problem you have to live with. There are a number of reasons why cats inappropriately urinate and I must stress that there is always a reason. It is simply a process of elimination to find the reason why this habit started to form and early intervention will save you and your cat a lot of stress in the long run.

Is this a medical problem?

Yes it can be. Cats can get inflammation (irritation) of their bladders ….
In old cats or cats with kidney failure, diabetes or liver disease, owners often notice different urinary habits.

Is this a behavioural problem?

Yes it can be. Some cats will urinate inappropriately because of behavioural issues.

What can I do to avoid these problems?

If your cat is urinating out of the tray, medical problems need to be ruled out first. See your vet.
If there isn’t a medical problem, we need change the behaviour.

If these tips fail, perhaps consider a behaviourist. Don’t give up, the behaviour can be changed and rehoming the cat is not necessarily the best approach to responsible pet ownership. Deb Lowe is a renowned and an exceptionally good behaviourist. Deb offers telephone consultations for as little as $88 per hour. Please call Divine Creatures on 99583363 for more information on Deb services.

This month has been a busy month for Jules as well, as she starts her role as adviser to the Pet Industry Association, re-writing the codes of practice for the pet boarding sector. Naturally this is a huge project although very much needed with outdated codes.
You may also remember Jules hand reared a litter of kittens. Two of the girls went to their forever homes on Mothers’ Day to a lovely family. The other two have been growing fast and a beautiful relationship has been found with Jules’ dogs. A huge family of six rescued animals fill Jules home now!
A special thank you goes out to Margaret and her daughter Katie who came in every week to help socialize our kittens, you did a great job – Thank you!
Lastly, our most exciting news. We are currently in discussions with the Cat Protection Society of NSW about partnering to help more cats and kittens find forever homes. Watch this space!

Urination Problems in Cats

Urination problems in cats are very common. Whilst this can be a very frustrating problem for both the cats and their owners, it is not a problem you have to live with. There are a number of reasons why cats inappropriately urinate and I must stress that there is always a reason. It is simply a process of elimination to find the reason why this habit started to form and early intervention will save you and your cat a lot of stress in the long run.

Is this a medical problem?
Yes it can be. Cats can get inflammation (irritation) of their bladders and this can result in urinating in the wrong spot, urinating more often as well as urine containing blood and pain. For male cats the “grit” in their urine may get stuck in their narrow penis and cause a blockage. This is when this becomes a very serious emergency. These cats often go back and forth to their litter box, may lick at their genitals and may make odd crying noises. If left untreated they can become immensely unwell, progressing to a life threatening emergency.
In old cats or cats with kidney failure, diabetes or liver disease, owners often notice different urinary habits. With these medical conditions, the cat may be drinking large amounts of water, which in turn produces large amounts of urine. Sometimes these cats just will not get to the litter box in time and therefore have accidents.

Is this a behavioural problem?
Yes it can be. Some cats will urinate inappropriately because of behavioural issues. Houses with three or more cats are likely to have at least one cat that urinates out of the litter tray. Cats that are nervous or stressed, cats who do not appreciate a new pet or person, such as a new baby may also display their emotions by urinating in strange places. Some cats just do not like a new kitty litter, a dirty litter tray or a change in litter tray locations. Cats who normally urinate outside, in cold wet weather may chose to urinate inside inappropriately.

What can I do to avoid these problems?
If your cat is urinating out of the tray, medical problems need to be ruled out first. See your vet.
If there isn’t a medical problem, we need change the behaviour. My tips:

  1.  Cleaning – areas that have been urinated on need to be cleaned with special enzymatic cleaners. If the cat can smell wee, that area is marked as a potential toilet. Cats have much better noses than ours. Obtaining correct advice and using correct products is the first step as resolving the behavioural problem. Our friendly staff can help you select the correct products.
  2. Litter boxes – every cat has different preferences. Some cats like hooded trays, others open, some like small but most like big!
  3. Number of litter tray – as a general rule one litter tray per cat is required and then one extra while trying to resolve the inappropriate urination problem. Its sounds like a lot of work although worth it in the long run.
  4. Litter – trial a range of different litters to see which suits your cat and you
  5. Litter box location – cats are fussy. Hiding the litter box in the darkest, coldest corner of the house may just not appeal! Carefully consider the location to ensure you and your cat are happy.
  6. Change – generally cats do not like changes. Be mindful that they may need extra TLC during times of change. Change can be as simple as sanding the floors or moving the furniture. Be mindful of any change and be prepared.
  7. Changing litter – Some cats take to the crystal litters although many cats develop urination problems over prolonged use. The reason is, the recommended 2 week change is not adhered to and as mentioned, cats do not like dirty litter trays. Regardless of the type of litter, clean the litter frequently. I recommended simple breeders choice and change after every elimination or at least twice a day. Completely changing and using fresh litter twice a day can resolve many urination problems.
  8. Food – some dry foods are designed to promote urinary tract health, such as IAMS, Royal Canin and Science Diet. These are preferable to cheaper dry foods. Cats on wet foods generally have less medical (not behavioural) urinary problems.

If these tips fail, perhaps consider a behaviourist. Don’t give up, the behaviour can be changed and rehoming the cat is not necessarily the best approach to responsible pet ownership. Deb Lowe is a renowned and an exceptionally good behaviourist. Deb offers telephone consultations for as little as $88 per hour. Please call Divine Creatures on 99583363 for more information on Deb services.

Gemini   21 May – 21 June

Geminis are a cat who have to keep on the go. They are forever curious and always have to stick their noses into anything new around the house. They can be extroverted flirts with your visitors. Gemini cats have a lively nature and a happy disposition. They love attention and most are cats who love to snuggle up on your lap. They  are entertaining company for their owners.

Compatible Owners: Sagittarius, Capricorn
Favourite Food: Fussy eaters, but prefer chicken to most foods.
Best Attribute: Friendliness
Worst Attribute: Demanding – not always appreciated at 2am!

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Treat yourself & your cat to this beautiful designer litter tray. Large tray for added comfort. This tray will satisfy any cat! Large rim around tray helps eliminate spills

Linda Hygiene shovel with holder. A hygienic and stylish way to store your cat’s litter scoop. The perforations in the scoop allow unsoiled litter to fall through hence only collecting the dirt. Origin: Italy designer: G. Iacchetti – I. Gibertini

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The enzymes in Urine Off are specifically developed to work in combination with specially adapted microorganisms (bacteria) that actually “eat” the uric acid crystals, in addition to removing the other components of urine. Effectively removing these crystals is what distinguishes Urine Off® from the rest of the products we’ve tested.
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