Why are my cat(s) peeing in the basement?
August 18, 2010 10:57 AM Subscribe
Yet another cat pee question. Bonus level of difficulty: multiple cats, culprit unknown.
posted by The Card Cheat to pets & animals (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I have three (indoor) cats, all female, ranging in age from approximately 5 (the youngest, a stray we took in) to 10. For several years they used the litter boxes in our basement the way they're supposed to, but a few weeks ago one or more of them started peeing on the floor in the basement, close to where the litter boxes are located. Absolutely nothing about their living arrangements has changed; same litter boxes (four for three cats, cleaned out every day), same brand of litter, same food, etc.
I suspect the culprit is the youngest cat, as she has a nervous disposition and a few times I've gone down into the basement to find her down there and a fresh puddle, but I have no direct evidence. I took her into the vet a couple of weeks ago because I had read that sometimes a kidney infection can cause this behaviour, and he prescribed antibiotics, but the peeing has continued. I still have no ironclad proof that she is the one doing the peeing, but don't want to have to take all three cats in to get checked out (because it's expensive and won't guarantee the desired result) unless I've exhausted every other option.
If anyone could shed any light on a) why they might have started peeing now, after all this time, b) what, if anything, I could do to identify the culprit, c) what I could do to stop her/them from peeing and d) the best method of cleaning up the mess (which is on carpet) I would greatly appreciate it.