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My seven year old female cat has been urinating in carpeted

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My seven year old female cat has been urinating in carpeted areas rather than her litter box. She is also licking the urea area a lot.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.
In cats, urinating out of the box is often due to a sterile cystitis. This is a stress induced condition where the bladder walls are inflamed and they have the urge to go all the time. It's not a true infection, though.
These cats often respond to an anti-inflammatory medication like Onsior or Metacam. If you can't get here seen, then I would try Aspirin at home. You can give 1/2 of an 81 mg baby aspirin every 2-3 days, as needed. You can also try giving some cranberry juice 2-3 times daily for a few days to see if that helps with her urinary health. It can help with mild urinary tract infections.
I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.