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Hello! I am Dr Welsh and I am happy to help with your questions today. I am sorry that your kitty isn't feeling well. Let's see if we can get to the bottom of this. I have just a few additional questions for you so that I can make the best recommendation.
has he been to the vet to check for a uti yet?
do you have other cats in the home, if so how many?
how many litter boxes?
how often do you scoop them? clean completely?
any recent changes in the home (new people, furniture, remodeling, new pets, etc?)
what have you tried?
The first thing to do is to rule out any medical problems with a urinalysis. I would definitely consider taking him in to get that checked out. if that comes clean then the next step is to tackle the behavioral side of things. I would recommend a second litter box in another location of the house. I would also try some feliway diffusors, they release pheramones that can help to ease down anxiety/stress. I would scoop out the box at least once a day as some cats can be in a "princess" mentality and won't use a litter box if it is dirty. also playing with him daily to the point that he is tired.
there are also products that you can try to see if that helps. one is cat attract. there is a litter additive or an actual litter itself. it has some additives that can help to pull them back to the litter box. also if he likes cat nip lavender infused cat nip to help reduce anxiety/stress.
next step if these things don't work is consider prescription diet urinary c/d or royal canin calm diet. cats when they get stressed can manifest it in stress/inflammation in the bladder, which can cause them to urinate outside the box. it is called idiopathic cystitis. these diets can help with that.
last resort if these things don't work is consider anti anxiety med. My first go to is fluoxetine (prozac) to help reduce down anxiety/stress.
that is typically how I approach these types of cases. does that make sense? do you have any more questions for me?
if there isn't anything else I can answer for you today then I wish you two the best!
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