Cat Veterinary

Have Cat Questions? Ask a Cat Vet Online.

Ask a Cat Veterinarian,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My 14 year old male cat has started spraying in a particular…

Customer Question
Hi, my 14 year old...
Hi, my 14 year old male cat has started spraying in a particular corner in my home. He was desexed as a kitten. He was my daughter's cat, but he started peeing on her leather lounge, we tried everything to stop him, but nothing worked so she gave the cat to me. My daughter moved home a few years back and he started peeing on that same leather lounge. When she moved out I had no problens with him, he used his kitty litter just fine. He is a white long haired cat and is an inside cat. He had never sprayed or peed in my house until a few months back he just started spraying in the same spot. This may sound stupid, but he seems to do it when he doesn't get his own way. Hope you can help.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Cat Veterinary
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Answered in 1 hour by:
1/23/2016
Cat Veterinarian: Dr. Joey, Board Certified replied 2 years ago
Dr. Joey
Dr. Joey, Board Certified
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 5,089
Experience: 15 yrs in practice, specialist canine/feline medicine
Verified

Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 16 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.

This can be a very frustrating problem! For any older cat with this type of problem the first thing I always recommend to my clients is to give him the benefit of the doubt. He could have a medical problem such as urinary tract infection, poly/tumor, crystals in the urine or bladder/kidney stones or even kidney/liver issues. Therefore, it is very important you have your veterinarian do an exam followed by some lab testing that includes lab work (CBC, chemistry profile, thyroid screening and urinalysis) +/- imaging (ultrasound or X-rays) to make sure. We must keep in mind dementia and there are some newer medications that people have been working with that help a little bit (if you want more info on this let me know and I can discuss this further). Unfortunately, this sounds very behavioral since he does not do it all the time and focuses on particular piece of furniture. As a behavioral issue there is no way to sugarcoat this...this will be tough to combat. But I have a few suggestions for you.

First, we must assess the litterbox situation. Do you have enough litterboxes? The recommendation by specialists at this point is that you have one box per cat plus one. If you have one cat, you should have two boxes. This is just the recommendation out there by veterinary behaviorists and internal medicine specialists. Some cats are extremely territorial about their box and may prevent another cat in the household from using the box. An especially fearful cat may not approach a box because something terrifying is between him and the box, such as a vacuum cleaner. Therefore, he will eliminate outside the box instead of approaching it. With two boxes, the problem is solved.

Where is the litterbox located? Cats don’t like to have their litterbox close to their food or bedding. They like to have a consistent, private place to do their business. So, don’t put the box in one of the busiest rooms in the house. Be careful with boxes in the bathroom. If a cat gets sprayed by the shower while eliminating in the box, you can be guaranteed he may refuse to use the box again. Is the box easy for the cat to get into? This may be silly, but some people keep the boxes in a closet and then forget to leave the door open!

I always like to assume you are doing a great job with cleaning the box (scooping all daily; cleansing out the litter entirely every 3 to 4 weeks and when you do this complete change-out you actually cleanse the box itself with a non-ammonia cleaner). I recommend try a different litter type. Try one that isn't as dusty and doesn't have an overt odorizer. For example you can try either "World's Best Cat Litter" or "CatAttract". I've had a few clients with success with either one of these.

I think I forgot to mention above that if you have a hood on the box, take it off at least for now. Some cats dislike the gas chamber effect they create. Other cats that are arthritic or on the larger side have a super tough time maneuvering into/out of the box to go, and ultimately give up and go near it. If you feel like it is a smaller box and one of the offending cats does have arthritis, then perhaps try a larger box that he can maneuver around in. Some people buy one of the tupperware containers that is a low rectangular box and cut an entry-way into it. This works superbly. Our goal is that we want all the cats to love their boxes. We want them to jump in there, scratch around and make a big mess which means they likes being in the box.

Some cats need to be confined to a smaller area for a while until they earn the privilege to get back into the whole house by proving they can consistently use the box. You should not feel guilty about confining all or just the offenders to 1 or 2 rooms for a few weeks until they prove that they are able to do this. During that time you can make the litterbox an excellent experience as noted above. Also we can work on reducing anxiety since this can sometimes play a role in these problems. If not already tried, buy a Feliway Diffuser or Feliway Spary. This releases the positive cat pheromone that makes cats feel awesome and are less likely to misbehave (can't hurt and might help). If you have the spray, cleanse the area he urinates thoroughly (products mentioned below) and then spray this area. Spend quality time with each cat daily doing what he likes whether that be petting, brushing, playing (laser pointer chasing, feather on a pole chasing, retrieving, etc) for at least 10 to 20 minutes a day. This helps him know you still care. If you already do this, then you are one step ahead of most to help him.

As some final notes, be sure not to punish the cats when you find the disasters. I know it is our first instinct, but this only serves to increase anxiety and can worsen the situation.

The other thing it is very important to thoroughly cleanse all areas that a cat has inappropriately eliminated. I recommend using an enzymatic cleaner such as UrineAway or UrineEase. These can help get rid of the odor. If you have carpets, steam clean. If the cat smells it, then he is more likely to go again in these areas...plus it improves the odor for your nose as well.

Cleaners that work:

URINE OFF - there is a formula for dogs and one for cats

Anti-Icky Poo!

Eco-88

Odor removers (to use after cleaning):

F.O.N.

Elimin Odor Feline

Cat-Off Odor Concentrate

The list isn't long but that's it. They work. You will read many online that use some of the natural easily available products like Nature's Best, ***** ***** this product like many is very sensitive to temperature and can be affected by other cleaners that you use. So, I can't recommend it.

Finally, if all this fails or you have already done ALL of this, then you need to speak with your veterinarian about medication to reduce his anxiety. WE have many options and ways the drugs can be compounded to make them easier to give.

I am at a point I need to know what questions you have. I hope that the information I provided has been helpful.

Please let me know if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer.

Ask Your Own Cat Veterinary Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a cat veterinarianLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Dr. Joey Your Own Question
Dr. Joey
Dr. Joey
Dr. Joey, Board Certified
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 5,089
5,089 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 15 yrs in practice, specialist canine/feline medicine

Dr. Joey is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete!

Bev & GeorgeBoca Raton, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Gary

Dr. Gary

Cat Veterinarian

3,959 satisfied customers

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)

Dr. Andy

Dr. Andy

Medical Director

4,835 satisfied customers

UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management

Dr. Bruce

Dr. Bruce

Veterinarian

4,656 satisfied customers

15 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian

Dr. Scott

Dr. Scott

Veterinarian

3,998 satisfied customers

15 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Cat Veterinarian

3,944 satisfied customers

More than 30 years of companion animal practice.

Dr. Drew

Dr. Drew

Cat Veterinarian

3,076 satisfied customers

Small Animal Medicine and Surgery

Dr. Deb

Dr. Deb

Cat Veterinarian

2,960 satisfied customers

I have been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years.

< Previous | Next >

Related Cat Veterinary Questions
He has been peeing outside his box. I have 2 cats and all of
He has been peeing outside his box. I have 2 cats and all of a sudden, they started fighting. I ended up taking them both to the vet. I took the first one, he checked out o.k. Then the other started p… read more
Scott Perry
Scott Perry
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
3,215 satisfied customers
Im not sure what to do about my cats. I have 4, 3 males and
I'm not sure what to do about my cats. I have 4, 3 males and 1 female. I brought home a new male kitten who was about 4-5 weeks old at the time and is now almost 3 months old. My two males took a whil… read more
benedetta7
benedetta7
ER/ICU veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
497 satisfied customers
We have a cat who insists on peeing in the same place on our
We have a cat who insists on peeing in the same place on our carpet every time we leave town for an evening or more and then sometimes after we return. She has even pooped in the same place when we le… read more
Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,959 satisfied customers
i have a newborn (2 months old) baby. My cat started peeing
i have a newborn (2 months old) baby. My cat started peeing in the cracks of the couches, and the corners, and on the bathrug, and on our bed. When he gets excited or in his crazy run he pees in place… read more
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin
Veterinarian
DVM
3 satisfied customers
My 15 month old cat is peeing all over the house. We noticed
My 15 month old cat is peeing all over the house. We noticed it a few months ago when I caught her trying to pee in the corner, andwe noticed the corner of the wood floor was now black and smelled of … read more
Dr. Bruce
Dr. Bruce
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
4,656 satisfied customers
My neutered male has started marking his teritory (inside and
My neutered male has started marking his teritory (inside and outside!) since we have moved house - the vet prescribed an anti-anxiety pill, which helps a little, but as soon as he misses a day, he st… read more
Dr_Kitty
Dr_Kitty
Doctoral Degree
250 satisfied customers
cat: my leg he has never done this and I have had him for 13 years
My cat just came and pissed on my leg he has never done this and I have had him for 13 years… read more
Pet Doc
Pet Doc
Senior Small Animal Veterinarian
BVSc
2,782 satisfied customers
My lovely 15 year old black cat (Sammy) is really struggling
My lovely 15 year old black cat (Sammy) is really struggling today. He has not eaten since yesterday morning and he is very lathargic, he struggled to jump up onto my daughters bed where he has slept … read more
ER Vet
ER Vet
Medical Director
VMD
1,676 satisfied customers
I have a 2year old desexed female burmese cat and a 17 month
I have a 2year old desexed female burmese cat and a 17 month old desexed male cat neither have ever peed in the house till about a month ago and its not like its a new house they have been here since … read more
Rosie_MRCVS
Rosie_MRCVS
Veterinary Surgeon
Bachelor's Degree
798 satisfied customers
Help, my 14 year old female cat quit peeing in the litter box
Help, my 14 year old female cat quit peeing in the litter box after she was ill with an e coli infection. One of her kidney's was compromised, but is much better, after the antibotics, and several blo… read more
Dr. Jenn
Dr. Jenn
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
5,610 satisfied customers
Hi I have a 12 year old burmese who has started spraying.
Hi I have a 12 year old burmese who has started spraying. He was desexed as a baby and has never before sprayed. It first started about 12 months ago when we were having renovations done at home in Da… read more
edgypeanuts
edgypeanuts
Veterinarian
5 satisfied customers
kittens: 3 weeks and they are now 11 weeks old..litter..peed..poo
We've had our kittens 3 weeks and they are now 11 weeks old. We kept them confined to the ground floor at first, with their food and litter in the utility room and they have full run of the downstairs… read more
Dr. John
Dr. John
Veterinarian
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
5,053 satisfied customers
My cat was spraying last year in August. He finally stopped
My cat was spraying last year in August. He finally stopped and now in September of this year he started up again. What can I do or give him to get him to stop?… read more
Dr. K
Dr. K
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
2,462 satisfied customers
cat: spraying..basement but he peed in every corner..he started peeing
My cat pees in (at) the litter box, but he does it standing up so he's really spraying. He's 6 years old and we just moved a year ago. We started with the litter box in the basement but he peed in eve… read more
Dr. Lee
Dr. Lee
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
4,959 satisfied customers
kitty: neutered..heart murmur..BUN was 61 ( creatinine ok ) few mos.
I have a 9 year old wonderful male, neutered kitty. His medical history includes a mild heart murmur which is being treated with medication, and hypothroidism which is also treated and well controlled… read more
VetInternist
VetInternist
Small Animal Internist
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
1,158 satisfied customers
Russian Blue: She goes outside and eats grass..started peeing..toys
I have a Russian Blue, desexed and she is 18months old. She goes outside and eats grass, then comes inside and is sick, why? I also have a ragdoll, desexed and he is 11 months old. He has just started… read more
Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
3,998 satisfied customers
I have an 8 month old kitten who as started to pee outside
I have an 8 month old kitten who as started to pee outside the litter box. He was neutered and declawed about four weeks ago. We used a combination of shredded paper and litter in his litter box for t… read more
Dr. Suze
Dr. Suze
Veterinarian
Doctoral Degree
568 satisfied customers
I have a male neutred cat, who recently has been peeing outside
I have a male neutred cat, who recently has been peeing outside of his litter box. 4 times this past week he has peed just outside of his litter box, and then today he peed upstairs on the carpet. He … read more
Dr Pete
Dr Pete
Bachelor's Degree
1,334 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x