I love my cats so much but they recently developed a problem. They started peeing everywhere! My mom found out and now I have to keep my cats locked outside. We put food and water out there. We live in the country in a very peaceful area but I feel so sad. My mom says its okay cats are meant to be outside and they love and need it… I don’t know though a part of me still feels broken and missing. My cats are 15 and 9 years old I really don’t know what to do, how to deal with it or anything…
There are a couple possible reasons why your cats may be doing this. First, are either of them males? Male cats are more prone to developing bladder stones (like our kidney stones) which makes it extremely painful to pee and can even block their systems resulting in death. One of my cats has this problem and he must be kept on a special diet to inhibit the development of stones. However, female cats can get them too and they can be just as painful. Second, sometimes when one cat has an accident or is sick, the other cat will begin “marking” their terrority or believe it is acceptable to go outside the litter box. Getting a calming phermone plug in sometimes helps with this. If they are going in the same spot consistently, put ground red pepper or chili powder in the area. It will burn their noses and keep them from going over there. We have also used foil, although they sometimes would go on the foil anyway. You should have your cat checked out to make sure they aren’t sick. Peeing in unwanted places is often a sign they are not well, especially at 15. If nothing is wrong or none of these works, try replacing their litter boxes. Plastic litter boxes hold the ammonia smell which can cause cats to avoid their boxes. Replacing them with a new box will bring them back to the litter boxes.
I am against putting your cat outside. They live longer, healthier, happier lives inside and do not destroy local animal populations. I have two VERY large cat breeds and they NEVER want outside. They are prefectly comfortable inside and I am happy that I don’t have to buy flea and tick medication for them and constantly take them to the vet because they have gotten injured somehow. I think its cruel to force a family member to live outside when you sit in your cozy home.
I made an outdoor enclosure for the kitties using cargo netting.
It’s black netting with a weather resistant coating that you can buy online (sold by the foot).
Our enclosure has a very large elevated wood deck to keep the kitties off the ground to help ensure that they don’t get fleas & worms. In the enclosure, they have litter boxes (natural horse bedding for the litter), potted plants that are safe for cats and potted wheat grass for them to eat. There’s a small tool shed in the enclosure with beds in it. There’s also a tree trunk for them to claw and climb on.
If you can only afford to buy the netting, that’s much better than letting them roam free.
You mom is wrong about kitties needing to be outside. You can make an indoor environment that they’ll be quite happy in. But, in your case, because your mom won’t tolerate the peeing, I guess you need to go with an outdoor enclosure.
Sometimes older pets develop incontinence with age, which is what it sounds like in your case if they never had this problem before. And while cats do enjoy outside (I, personally, think it cruel to keep them confined 24/7 to an apartment, for example), you want to make sure they still have contact with people, proper shelter/ heat/ cool air (depending on weather conditions), and maybe some inside time if you can swing it. But lots of lovings…it’s important because a lot of people, when their cats get to this stage, just kind of forget about them – about giving them attention and lovins. The cats can then turn feral.
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