Forgot this part of the question before:  Sometimes, cats don't like the
type of litter, too!  I have a friend who uses shredded newspaper for cats
that don't like any kind of litter!
BTW - OxiClean and X-O are GREAT to clean urine stain and odor!!!!!!
When  I scoop the litter, I remove solids, and also wet litter, by gently
holding litter box up...then I sprinkle baking soda on the wet area, and
then some more mixed into the litter - keeps the litter clean for a long
time and doesn't stink.  I do NOT use clumping litter; regular litter may
not clump into a hard ball, but it can easily be removed!
-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Lynda Wilson
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2011 12:08 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] UTI Question

My first thought was, how many litter boxes does he have access to? When I 
had one cat, he urinated on my bed too (thank goodness I buy the waterproof 
mattress pad) and that was his way of telling me he wanted another. This is 
what my vet advised me. He got another box and he has been fine ever since. 
Now I have another kitty, therefore, I got another litter box. My vet said 
the rule is one litter box for every cat, plus one! My cat was an exception 
at the time he was an only cat.  Also, every two weeks, I empty all the 
litter boxes, disinfect them with liquid lysol, dry them thoroughly and fill

them again with litter. This has helped as well. It's work, but it's better 
than cat urine on carpets, beds, sofas, etc.

I hope nothing is medically wrong with him. Good luck, and keep us posted :)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cindy McHugh" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 10:23 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] UTI Question

> This is a little off topic, but please forgive me. My email is acting up 
> and I've been unsubbed from my more "general" cat discussion list.
> I'm fostering a neutered male cat that is urinating outside of the 
> litterbox. This was one of the reasons he was relinquished several months 
> ago - and one of the reasons his former owner kept him in a basement for 3

> years. He seemed to be doing well here and was overcoming some of his 
> other issues (aggression and obsessive licking/chewing), but he urinated 
> on my bed about 2 months ago and then on an upholstered chair. I was 
> fostering 2 dogs at the time and attributed it to stress over the dogs. 
> They were adopted and all was well until a couple days ago.
> He's urinated on a chair and on the bare floor 3 times in the past 2 days.

> There's large amounts of urnie, no trace of blood, and he does also use 
> his litterbox. I don't think he has a UTI based on his past behavior, but 
> I thought I'd run him to the vet to be sure. I'm not at home, so I used a 
> clinic that is relatively new to me and I was surprised by what I was 
> told, so I thought I'd run it by you folks...
> In the past, when I've suspected a UTI in a dog or cat, I simply took a 
> urine sample (dog) or took the cat and they obtained one, checked it, and 
> gave me an answer and antibiotic if needed.
> The vet today told me they could do an "in house" check, but it wouldn't 
> really give us much information and I advised I send it away for a 
> culture. She also suggested they x-ray his abdomen to check for stones. 
> This is not my cat, but it is in the care of a rescue I co-founded. We 
> want to do what's necessary to help the cat, but we don't have extra funds

> for tests/procedures that are not necessary.
> If I had seen my regular vet (at home) and she suggested these procedures,

> I wouldn't hesitate, but I get the feeling this vet is more interested in 
> money. The other reason I say this is because we just spent more than $100

> on flea products recommended by another vet in this office. When I 
> mentioned today that the Frontline doesn't seem to be helping the flea 
> situation, the vet and tech both said they've had many, many complaints 
> about Frontline this summer and agreed that it's ineffective (in this 
> area, anyway). The vet said the fleas laugh at Frontline. They suggested I

> purchase another flea product (V-something, I didn't catch the name). They

> said it's the same price, but much more effective. This is the same place 
> that swore by, and sold me, Frontline about a week ago.
> They're holding the urine sample overnight because I wanted to see what 
> tests the cat had by his prior owner. (I didn't have the vet records with 
> me at the time.)
> If he needs the culture and x-rays, I'll have it done. But I don't want to

> spend the rescue's very limited funds needlessly. Any input would be most 
> welcome. The cat is NOT  FeLV+.
> Thank you for your time.
> Cindy
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