Floppycats.com reader, Kelly, wrote me with the following problem:
“My 2.5 yr. old female ragdoll cat, Polly, in Jan 2011 started peeing on leather furniture after my daughter brought her cat to visit at Christmas. She seems to go on my husband’s chair or on the sofa. Nowhere else. She has done it on the floor in front of my husband’s chair and on the arms of the sofa when I have it completely blocked from her to get on the sofa. Vet visit determined UTI that was treated with two rounds of antibiotics, and cleared on recheck.
Kept happening, had her checked again several weeks later and vet found another UTI with crystals and treated her with stronger and longer dose of antibiotics. After recheck, and x-ray and culture it was determined no stones, no more infection, but still had some crystals. Vet sent her home and suggested adding more moisture through wet food. She eats dry no grain food. Added wet food with probiotics and started on Azmira herbal for urinary tract. Has water fountain and drinks good amount of water. Happened again the other day.
All this time, I’ve pretty much had our furniture blocked off where she can’t get on it. She went on the arm of the chair the other day. Each time, I cleaned up with the Just For Cats Nature’s Miracle Cleaner. I’ve also tried the Comfort Zone spray,
and it hasn’t helped, as well as the diffuser earlier on. Still did happen with those. Now, I’m waiting to see if the probiotics and the herbal with wet food makes a difference.
I really hate keeping “stuff” in my furniture to keep her off of it. It looks like we’re moving in or something.
I use Dr. Elsey’s crystal litter for long-haired cats, and have used it probably since they were kittens. I have two litter boxes and clean them everyday. Since they eat no-grain food, they don’t have alot of elimination going into the litterboxes. I even tried putting a litterbox downstairs and that didn’t work either. I don’t know what she’s thinking or why, but I wish she could talk to me.
In the meantime, I’m tired and need it to stop. Any thoughts are appreciated. I do have another Ragdoll female who just turned 3, and a rescue DLH cat who is 2. Had ragdolls together as kittens, and added rescue cat in Nov. 2009.”
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Kelly would love help from you all (the readers) as to what other possible solutions she could try with Polly. Thanks in advance for any tips!