I have a 4-year-old indoor female Maine coon cat who has recently begun urinating on the carpet in our dining room. I've taken her to the vet, where she has received a clean bill of health and was told the problem was behavioral. I've tried numerous things to get her to stop this, including professionally cleaning the carpet, cleaning the soiled areas with Odormute, using a Feliway plug-in device, and putting an additional litter box in that room -- all to no avail. What do you suggest?
K.K., Darnestown, Md Aug 02, 2009
This is probably the No. 1 problem in cats and a major reason why some people put their cats up for adoption or get rid of them. I am not sure what the vet means by a "clean bill of health." If that simply means that no bacteria or crystals were detected in the cat's urine, the cat could still have an inflamed bladder (cystitis), especially if on an all-dry cat food. Eliminate corn from your cat's diet. Canned/moist food, a daily teaspoon of fish oil, probiotics and other potential remedies are posted at my Web site, www.DrFoxVet.com/info (see "Cystitis -- The House Cat's Curse"). You should also have the cat's anal glands checked by your vet and try different kinds of litter, such as recycled newspaper (Purina Yesterday's News) or the corn-based World's Best Cat Litter.
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