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My 14 year old cat has started urinating all over the house

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My 14 year old cat has started urinating all over the house but there is no odor. She is also defecating on rugs. Seems strange that the urine does not smell. What could cause this behavior?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. I'm sorry to hear that you've been having difficulty with your kitty urinating and defecating outside the litter box.

Both diabetes and kidney failure can cause a cat to have excessive thirst and urine production that can lead to very dilute urine that may not have a smell like we normally expect. The overload of urine can also cause the cat to have such urgency that they no longer make it to the litter box. There are other diseases that can cause a cat to drink a lot and have dilute urine, but none are as common as kidney disease or diabetes. I would definitely recommend having her examined by your vet to make sure that her sugar and kidney values are OK. The vet will need to run some blood work and possibly a urine test to determine if there's a medical reason for her inappropriate eliminations. If there's not a medical issue, then we can definitely discuss behavioral litter box issues in depth - let me know :)

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