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posted 01-23-2004 01:31 AM
I AM A NEW MOM OF A 8 MONTH OLD KITTEN. HERE IS MY STORY. I GOT HER AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY ABOUT 1 WEEK AGO. THEY SAID SHE WAS 4 MONTHS OLD. AND JUST GOT DE WORMED. WELL I PUT HER ON HOLD UNTIL THE WORMS WERE GONE AND WENT TO PICK HER UP 5 DAYS LATER THEY SAID SHE WAS FINE. WELL TOOK HER TO THE VET 3 DAYS LATER BECAUSE SHE HAD DIAREHA REALLY BAD. THEY GAVE ME A MEDICINE TO GIVE HER THAT CLEARED THAT UP. THE DAY SHE GOT DONE WITH THAT SHE STARTED URINATING ON THE FLOOR EVERY WHERE. DID I MENTION THE VET TOLD ME SHE IS ALMOST A YEAR OLD SO THE HUMANE SOCIETY LIED TO ME. THEN SHE HAD A BOWEL MOVEMENT ON THE FLOOR RIGHT ACROSS THE ROOM 3 TIMES. WHEN I CAME HOME FROM WORK I WAS CLEANING UP AND 2 INCES FROM ME SHE WAS STAIRING AT ME URINATING. 1 FT. FROM HER LITTER BOX. OF COURSE ONE WEEK WENT BYE AND STILL EVERYDAY SHE WAS DOING THIS. COMES TO FIND OUT URINARY TRACT INFECTION. MORE MEDICATION AND NOW IT IS BETTER AND SHE HAS BEEN USING HER BOX BUT TODAY AFTER LEAVING HER OUT OF THE BATHROOM OVER NIGHT TO SEE HOW SHE WOULD DO AND DID NOT HAVE A ACCIDENT AT ALL WHEN I WOKE UP SHE URINATED AND HAD A BOWEL MOVEMENT IN FRONT OF ME. WHAT SHOULD I DO I CALL THE VET AGAIN AND SHE SAID I MIGHT HAVE TO PUT HER DOWN. I CANT DO THAT I AM AT A LOSS. PLEASE HELP ME. IF YOU WOULD EMAIL ME AT SARAH11RENEE@AOL.COM THANK YOU SO MUCH
posted 01-23-2004 04:25 AM
She may just be adjusting to her new envirnment. Remind her of her litter box. Make sure it stays clean! Some cats don't like using the box when its already been used.
I'm sure she'll adjust. Work with her and give her time. BTW is she spayed? You mentioned you got her from the Humane Society so I take it she is. If not she may be marking her territory. Get some fabreeze and strong cleaners to clean where she has had "accidents" and make sure she cant detect the smell there.
posted 01-23-2004 11:17 AM
Hello. Welcome to the site. Hang in there. I am very surprised a vet would suggest to put her down. That reason alone is a good reason to switch vets. What kind of litter are you using? Also, are her stools firm or runny? Do you have any other pets in your house? What are you feeding her? Please keep us posted. We are all here to help you and your kitty get through this.
posted 01-23-2004 04:19 PM
Sorry for the long post :
cat urine and faeces are terrible smells that linger in the air for months, I know how frustrating it is to have a cat that will urinate in innapropriate places like the washing basket (with clean washing) in the cuboards, on the bed etc etc
There are many reasons for these problems, sometimes its UTI, sometimes its because they are in season or spraying to mark terrritory ( early desexing usually stops this before it even begins), and sometimes its a bad habit that you just cant break.
To have a cat put down because of elimination problems is , unfortunately, common.
But there are so many things that should be tried before going to this very final and permanant solution.
I still suffer the consequences of litter trays left dirty now and then, but I have learned to live with it ( and learn to love cleaning ).
To combat my problem ( which is a territory and habit problem) I have 14 litter trays in several spots around the house, there is one in EVERY room in the house, and in large rooms, up to 3 boxes.
They are all cleaned up to 4 times a day. I do not use more than 1 cup of litter in each box because these cats are fussy, they will NEVER go back to the same litter tray twice.
If you have a cronic problem , it may be because of poor litter tray training from when the cat was a kitten.
Teaching a grown cat to use the tray in no easy task, and it may envolve some time in a confined room where no real damage can be done ( like a wood or tiled floor ) It may also boil down to the TPYE of litter you use. Sometimes the perfumed ones smell nice to us, but repel the cat.
If at all possible, dedicate a room to the cat where it will live for the next 3 months ( any room is better than a cage in a pound ) Here in this room is everything the cat needs to survive. Fresh food, water, and comfortable bed, plenty of toys , LOTS of INTERACTIVE time with you, and a couple of litter trays.
best of luck to you.
PS UTI can be exaggerated when feeding fish based foods. and i would certainly SWAP VETS. find one that is more understanding, perhaps a cat specialist.
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