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Old 08-19-2008, 01:50 PM
 
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I have had a female cat for 17 years, and she shows no signs of slowing down. However, we will have to put here to sleep if we can't find a way to stop her from urinating on our living room carpet. We just replaced the carpet ($2,500) and are getting it installed tomorrow. Is there anything that can be done? I don't want to put her down.

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Old 08-19-2008, 02:22 PM
 
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Has she been to the vet to clear her of a Urinary Tract Infection. This is most often the cause of a cat avoiding a litterbox.
Also....you have to make sure the spot where she has urinated on is cleaned well.....If there is any trace at all...she will return to that spot. An excellent cleaner I found is "Stink Free" Urine Odor Remover for cat urine. My daughter has a cattery and found it worked well when one of her males sprayed indoors. It can be bought on-line or I believe I found it in PetCo.
Depending on how long she has been doing this...It may have become habit. In that case, you would have to keep her contained with a litterbox and almost start re-training her again.
My first step would be to get her to a vet to check for the UTI and then go from there.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:11 PM
 
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OK, thanks. I think it has become a habit for her to mark her territory. She even peed on the plywood floor after we removed the old carpet. She is stubborn, if she only knew what the consequencxes are going to be if she doesn't stop...Thanks for the advice.
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Old 08-19-2008, 03:28 PM
 
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Unfortunately, there is no reasoning with her.
You could contain her with a litterbox in a small room ie bathroom or utility room...see if she uses the box..and then slowly open up her living space. It may take some time.
Again...a vet visit should be first. It could save alot of time and heartache.
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Old 08-19-2008, 05:33 PM
 
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Take her to the vet!
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:59 PM
 
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We don't euthanize children or family members for urinating inappropriately, so it would be a travesty to euthanize an animal for that reason. They don't know they're doing something wrong. If you have to give up, many private shelters will take such pets. I volunteer at a cat shelter and many of the cats were given up by their owners for the reason you're discussing. Many have been re-adopted to new owners, so it's win-win. But as other responders have mentioned, the first order of business is to have the vet check out your cat.

I had the same problem and simply pulled all the carpet out and put down tile throughout the house. It wasn't inexpensive but it's been great. Carpet is unhealthy anyway.

Best of luck with your kitty.
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Old 08-23-2008, 06:18 AM
 
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My cat had weak kidneys in her old age. I would still take yours to the vet to see if it is a health issue. But the little old kitty of mine liked it when we put out a few more litter boxes closer to places where she would hang out. She was about that age and started to have confusion problems too. Still high energy, but confused when freshly woken up.
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:15 AM
 
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Definely susepct a urinary tract infecdtion if they void outside their litter box . There are also food for just this problem of urinary infections that really help.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:48 AM
 
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Definely susepct a urinary tract infecdtion if they void outside their litter box . There are also food for just this problem of urinary infections that really help.
Please understand...the food may help avoid the UTI, but will not clear it. A round of antibiotics is the only thing that will clear a UTI.
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Old 08-27-2008, 01:42 PM
 
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It seems extreme to euthanize for this reason although it's understandable you would be frustrated. Cats will urinate in inappropriate places because of many issues; sickness being the primary one but it could also be psychological or just a bad habit. They may not like a new litter, may have trouble entering the box, may not have enough privacy, may not have enough room, etc. Old age brings on a lot of obstacles they didn't have before. They may even forget where the box is.

As for your carpet, cats are drawn to favorite spots by the odor that can be removed with a product sold in pet stores, whose name escapes me. It's in a white spray bottle with red lettering. Sometimes one of our cats urinates just outside the box and we spray the area with it and they don't go there again.

But my first guess would be what the other posters said. Please take your pet in to the vet!
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