16 yr old cat not using litter box, previous UTI

GA-TwoCats

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We have a 16 year old long hair tortoise shell cat. About 3 months ago she started frequently urinating just outside the litter box. We took her to vet, she had a UTI, and we got antibiotics for her, she seemed to get better. But now she is constantly going to a specific area of a separate room in the house and pooping there, not near the litter box at all, and she is urinating in random places in the house. Suggestions? - tired of shampooing carpet!
 

linda2147

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She may not have been on the anti biotics long enough and the UTI has come back. Or at her age it could be anythng from going blind to getting senile. Only a vet can help you with her problem. As long as you haven't changed anything, like brand of litter, a new pet in the house, rearranged furniture, something is upsetting her. Cats don't like change so any change she may react this way. If nothing has changed then have her checked again for a UTI and tell them your concerns and see what he has to say
 

21stbakerstreet

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Cats stop using their litter boxes for a variety of reasons, including issues with the box or litter, dissatisfaction with the placement or number of boxes, changes in the environment inside or outside the house, and undiagnosed medical conditions.
 

CatMom1994

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At age 16, she may have another medical condition that causes failure to use the litterbox. She needs a blood test too, not just a urinalysis.
 

GA-TwoCats

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Thank you all for your replies. We have made no changes in the home for over a year. Vet is putting her back on antibiotics and a kitty-antidepressant... Here's hoping!
 

CatMom1994

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Giving cats antidepressent drugs are never a good idea. You should always treat kitties as naturally as possible and through behavior modification if no medical cause has been found.
 


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