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Our cat, after many years of using s litter pan, has

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Our cat, after many years of using his litter pan, has developed idea to pee just in front of the pan on our finished wood floor.
We have 2 cats and 2 large litter pans that they have shared for years. Tigger seems to like to use the dirtier of the 2 pans. He is,16 years old and weights about that much. We tried placing training pads in front of the pans, but he manages to pretty well miss the pads as well?
We have a new Siberia Husky puppy, a handful of energy, but we use an indoor Invisible Fence to keep her away from the utility room where the cats feed and have their littler pans, which are in the utility room closet. So the new puppy should not be an issue there.
We are taking him to be tested for a urinary infection today. If we cannot get him back to using the litter pan, he may have to go. He is derelict use of the litter pan is starting to damage the wood floor.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

I'mCustomerand I would be glad to help with your question about Tigger. It is excellent that he is going to the vet for an exam and urinalysis. I would recommend blood work as well: older cats may have urinary tract infections, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease and diabetes to name a few most common illness that contribute to urinating outside the litter box. Arthritis can impact use of the litter box as well as it can be hard to step over the edge of the box. Since the problem is occurring in conjunction with getting a new puppy, then if a health problem is ruled out, I would consider that this is stress related.

For stress related urine accidents, I would recommend using Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract Litter. The have a litter supplement but I have had better success with the litter itself. I would also advise use of Feliway pheromone diffusers in your home. Each diffuser covers about 600-800 square feet so be strategic in placing them where Tigger likes to spend time. I would also advise using a litter box without a cover since entering that enclosed space can make cats feel vulnerable (i.e. cornered) which may be a new concern with the puppy in the house. Please consider use of a large storage container as a litter box instead as all cats prefer larger bathroom areas and the goal is to make the litter box as appealing as possible in this situation. You can create a ramp to help Tigger over the edge if he has arthritis.

This is a link to the recommended items:

Cat Attract Litter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000PKY7YA/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1944687622&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B0002ML1ZY&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=2CJQN5PJWRXPHZQJGQQB

Feliway Pheromone Diffuser: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000WHUOEI/ref=sxr_pa_click_within_right_2?pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=2329824862&pf_rd_i=feliway+spray&pf_rd_r=9X1J3DPNME23SQJMN8NW&pf_rd_s=desktop-rhs-carousels&psc=1&smid=A2701FG002WN6Z

Walmart Storage Container: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-66-qt-Ultra-Storage-Box-Stadium-Blue/45924275

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Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 1 year ago.
Hi John,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Tigger. How is everything going?

Dr. Karing