Toilet trouble - senior cat

bonebloodyidleNovember 25, 2009

My 13 year old neutered tomcat who has been as good as gold since kittenhood when it comes to lavatory habits has recently started soiling outside the dirtbox. I have the dirtbox in the downstairs toilet, the door is always left open when not in use but for the last week or so every night he has been doing his number twos on the floor at the bottom of the stairs or in the hallway. His stools are normal, as firm as they have always been so it's not as if he has a touch of the 'Ertha Kitts' and can't make his dirt box on time and nothing has changed in the house that I can put my finger on to make him start having these accidents all of a sudden. Any advice given would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

When a cat suddenly starts eliminating outside of the litterbox, esp. a senior cat, it's time for a thorough veterinary checkup, including bloodwork. Inappropriate elimination is often the first symptom of illness in cats.


    Bookmark   November 26, 2009 at 10:32AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

My older cat has begun to do the same thing. He is a bit arthritic in his hind end so I thought maybe climbing into the box was too painful for him so I bought a box with shorter sides. Unfortunately shorter sides also means he sometimes misses the box entirely when p'ing so now I have to put out puppy pads all around his box to catch that. I also moved his box closer to the bottom of the stairs. Since he is older and it takes him longer to travel down the stairs I think maybe he just can't hold it in as long so I thought I'd give him less of a journey. So far its been effective. His yearly vet visit is coming up but really I'm not one who thinks extrordinary measures should be taken to extend a pets life so there will not be much testing done to try to diagnose what his problem is. He is old, and old cats have problems. If there is something that can be done that is simple and non-traumatizing then I'm not against it but I just wont put him through multiple vet visits and a bunch of tests. He doesn't do well in a moving vehicle so just going to the vet is traumatizing for him.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2009 at 11:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks for your input folks. The problem seems, touch wood, to have been solved. There have been no accidents for over a week. I have noticed a new tom on the manor that seems to be rather dominant. A colleague of mine mentioned that her cat started soiling when there was a threat on her territory so maybe that was the issue.

    Bookmark   December 4, 2009 at 7:26PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
skunky zoo smell on my cats
We brought our 5 outdoor cats with us when we moved...
which dog should I get?!
I am confused on which breed of dog to get and I need...
Let's see your beloved pets
We need some happy posts on this forum, so let's see...
Need some advice regarding my neighbor's dogs.......kinda long....
She has 3 dogs - 12 yr old Collie (some arthritis issues),...
How to approach neighbors re: horrendous dog poo smell?
I'm sorry if this post is long, but I'm trying to give...
Sponsored Products
TOTO 'MS654114MF-01' Cotton White Elongated Toilet
Bemis B1200SLOWT373 Elongated Closed Front Slow-Close Lift-Off Toilet Seat in Lo
$60.26 | Hayneedle
KOHLER Seats Avantis Elongated Closed Front Toilet Seat in Light Antique Walnut
Home Depot
Zenith Bath Organizers Arch Metal 23 in. W Space Saver with 3-Shelf in Chrome
$39.99 | Home Depot
Stilhaus by Nameeks SL11 Toilet Paper Holder - STILHAUS SL11-08
$92.40 | Hayneedle
Vitra by Nameeks Shift Bidet - VITRA 4394-003-0288
$465.91 | Hayneedle
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™