House Soiling- Trouble Beyond the Litter Box

October 14, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

The cats do not connect with the litter box, in general. Even the well trained cat may choose other place in the room at times. House soiling is a matter of great concern even for the best cat owners. House soiling may be a sign of some kind of health issue. The house soiling may be the result of changes around the house. One should look for clues to find the solution to end the nuisance like house soiling.

Here are the signs of house soiling problem. They are, the pattern of defecation and/ or urination outside the litter box.  Spraying of urine- one can see evidence of urine marks near the doorway. The urine marks can be noticed near window or ever around new objects in the house. The cat will be spending unusually longer time in the litter box. Making sound while using the litter box. The cat will be going to litter box more often than normal.

Potential causes – they are as follows .health issue such as diabetes mellitus, lower urinary problem etc. presence of litter box in unpleasant surrounding. Presence of litter box in remote corner of the house. Smaller litter box for large breed of cat. Improperly cleaned litter box. Placing wrong type of litter box. Sudden change in the litter box.

Inadequate number of litter boxes in the house. The house should have one litter box per cat and there should be one extra litter box. The litter boxes should not be kept in single room . The litter boxes should be placed in different location of the house.  The presence of out side cat in the house. Arrival of new cat in the house. Changing the litter box frequently. If you make required change based on the factors discussed in the article, house soiling issue can be minimized.

Urinary Infection Cat

September 12, 2010 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

Urinary tract infection is a serious health problem, affecting cat to properly carry and eliminate urine from the body. If a cat suffers from urinary infection, it will pass a small quantity of urine. You will observe the cat keep licking the area around the genital. At times, they will prefer to urinate on cool places such as tile floor and because the urinary tract is infected, you will be able to see blood streak in the urine.

There are many types of urinary infection cat problems. The uroliths and feline lower urinary tract disease are to count diseases. Urolith, also known as urinary stone, develops from the crystals accumulated in the urinary tract. The stones are actually a solid form of the magnesium ammonium phosphate or calcium oxlate. When there is a huge accumulation of crystals, the urinary tract is blocked. When the urinary tract is blocked, the cat will have problem releasing the urine. The majority of the cat will pass urine at night. If you did not observe any urine in the litter box, there is a possibility that your cat has contracted with urolith problem.

Feline lower urinary tract disease is also urinary infection cat disorder that causes difficulty in urinating due to discomfort in the bladder. Blood may be present in the cat’s urine. Feeding the cat with a balance diet can help to reduce the likelihood of the feline lower urinary tract disease.

Many pet food companies have designed cat food reducing the consumption of dietary magnesium. The new cat diet successfully reduces the occurrence of struvite stones and increases the calcium oxalate stone at the same time. If a cat suffers from urolith, it has to undergo surgical operation to remove the stone.

The vet prepares medical plan to prevent its growth of urinary stone upon diagnosing the cat’s health.

Is Your Cat Coughing?

December 14, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Cat cough got you down?  With all the other things you have to worry about, all the other problems you have to deal with, now it’s cat cough?  Why not, it can only add insult to injury.

 

When my kids,  especially my son, coughs a lot before he goes to bed, it’s a precursor of a condition likely to manifest itself later in the night.  To which, he vomits.  Once we get him cleaned up, he goes back to sleep as if nothing happened.  It can’t be comfortable, and it’s annoying.  He is a special case, no doubt, but with cat cough, my son’s experience jumps to the front of my mind.

 

As with any change in behavior, or any new symptoms that any of our pets experience (with the possible exception of the fish), I am the point person.  Our kids, a boy eight years old and a girl five years old, adore the dog and the cat.  Not enough to take care of them-bathe them, walk them, clean up after them-but definitely enough to make life miserable for dear old Dad should something like cat cough befall our ever-faithful Roary.

 

Roary coughed, but fortunately didn’t do much more than that.  The children didn’t notice any additional symptoms.  Roary was his same, cheerful, playful self.  Except with me, of course the one person in the family that footed the bill for the varmint! And, now, it seemed, the one person who would end up footing the bill for Roary’s cat cough.

 

For reasons known only to Roary, he shows absolutely no love or affection for me, the person who is responsible for putting a roof over his head, providing food for his dish, and making sure his litterbox gets changed.  I know those are all supposed to be jobs for the kids, except maybe for keeping a roof over his head, but the fact is that when things get messy or dirty, they scatter.  I’m the one left to clean up the mess.

 

Cat cough is one of those messes.  We cannot let Roary just suffer.  What if he has an incurable cat disease, like tuberculosis or a ruptured spleen?  Rather than rush to the vet, and spend a small fortune that I have yet to earn, I rely on a family friend.  She works at a local animal shelter, taking in stray fogs and cats, and often nursing them back to health.  If anyone could know what was wrong, it would be her.

 

The first step in the diagnosis of cat cough, or apparently any animal problem, is to look at the stool.  I generally try to spend as little time as possible with Roary’s litter box, but if it means saving his life, and keeping the kids happy, I’m willing to invest the time.  Litter box checks out ok.  Food consumption is normal.  Kids aren’t’ feeding Roary something he shouldn’t have (that’s our usual problem).

 

Our friend’s examination of the cat revealed something fascinating.  Roary smelled very pleasant,  abnormally pleasant, for a cat.  A bit like a five year old girl might smell if she were playing with kiddie perfume.

 

Our cat cough cleared up right away after we stopped both of our kids from spraying him down with cheap perfume.  In addition to tuberculosis, a ruptured spleen, and brain cancer, cat cough can also be a strong indicator of kids who just plain don’t listen well.  And I’m the one that Roary avoids!