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She is 3 years old and never goes outside. She has been

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She is 3 years old and never goes outside. She has been using a liter box since I got her. Now for the past two days she has been peeing everywhere but the liter box.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the cat?
Customer: All of a sudden after 3 years she is refusing to use the liter box and peeing all over the house. My daughter said she may have a bladder or uri
JA: What is the cat's name?
Customer: Penny
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Penny?
Customer: She was spayed in February of this year and has been doing fine. Although 2 weeks ago she seemed to be in heat again. She was spotting
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 8 months ago.

Hello, I am Dr Ola and I would happy to address your concerns about Penny. Unusual urinary symptoms in cats can be secondary to a medical cause or a behavioral issue. Medical issues associated with urinary symptoms in cats can include bacterial infections of the kidney or bladder with or without the addition or urinary stones, or sterile idiopathic interstitial cystitis which is an inflammatory condition of the the bladder wall that can sometimes mimic symptoms of an infection though no infection is present.

First, all medical causes must be ruled out before considering a behavioral cause. You mention that you have seen some spotting starting around 2 weeks ago..the history of spotting with the addition of increased frequency of urination with inappropriate (out of the littler box) can be strongly indicative of a bacterial infection or interstitial cystitis with concern of stone formation. My recommendation is that you is that you make an appointment with your regular DVM and explain these symptoms. The following diagnostics would be what I would I would recommend for Penny- Blood work including a complete blood count (CBC) which will help determine systemic infection, a blood chemistry to evaluate kidney function, electrolyte levels and rule out other metabolic diseases (such as diabetes which predisposes to bladder infection), a complete urinalysis which should include both a urine dipstick and urine sedimentation (to rule out crystal in the urine). Based on your veterinarians physical exam and palpation of Penny's abdomen and bladder (along with urine sediment results) he/she may also recommend the addition of abdominal x-rays to make sure that kidney or bladder stones are not present.

Urinary conditions are becoming more common for indoor cats especially and can sometimes by associated with diet. Based on results of above test, your vet may also recommend a change in diet (to a urinary prescription diet) that can be helpful in the the event of bacterial infection, urinary crystal formation and/or sterile inflammation of the bladder.

Only in the event that medical causes are ruled out can behavioral issues be considered. If you have other cats however, I would consider using an enzymatic urine cleaner (most pet stores have this) to clean up the areas Penny has frequently urinated.. Without enzymatic cleaning, cats will still smell urine and repeatedly urinate in these areas!

I hope this advice was helpful to you. Please let me know if you need clarification on anything or have other questions about this. Also, please do not forget to rate my answer which I hope you found to be "excellent." You may do this by clicking "rate our conversation" below (Your rating is the only means of compensation I receive for answering your question). Again, let me know if I can help you further:)

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Info was excellent. But I don't have money to take her to a vet.
Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 8 months ago.

Call local vets and ask for possible payment options or plans. Penny does need this issue addressed and it will not "go away on its own". Also, since you found my answer to be satisfactory, please rate it positively as I am a veterinarian and would appreciate some compensation for my professional time in answering your question today. thank you

Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 8 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Ola Barrett
Expert:  Ola Barrett replied 8 months ago.

Hello, I am just checking in to check on your Penny?? Let me know if you have additional questions about anything? Also, please take the time and considerate gesture to rate our conversation as "excellent" so I may receive payment for answering your question?