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I have a older cat female cat that is urinating all over the

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hi I have a older cat female cat that is urinating all over the place and not in the litter box.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about your troubles with your kitty. I have a few questions for you to help better answer your question:

  • Can you tell me how long this issue has been going on for?
  • Does the urine seem sticky or very dilute or have a strong odor?
  • Does your kitty seem to be drinking more than usual?
  • Has she lost any weight recently?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
about 3 months. strong odor. not more than usual . some weight loss.
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

So in an older cat, there are several different things we worry about in kitties that are urinating outside the litter box. We can have something as simple as a urinary tract infection, which can be treated with antibiotics. This can sometimes cause a kitty's urine to have a bad odor (though not always).

We also worry about diseases such as kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes, which can all cause increased urination leading to accidents outside the litter box. These can also lead to weight loss (though in older cats we can sometimes have loss of weight just due to decreased muscle mass as a pet ages).

The only way to determine if this is a medical issue versus a loss of litter box training due to senility or behavior would be to do some testing, including a urinalysis and bloodwork. I would recommend setting up at appointment with your vet soon, since the problem has been going on for several months.

Please let me know if you get this reply and if you have any additional questions!

Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.
Hi Richard,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Paris Hilton. How is everything going?
Jess K
Expert:  Jess K replied 10 months ago.

Just following up to see how your kitty is doing and if you got my response to your question?

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