Cats enjoy routine and doing things their own way, especially senior cats. A sudden change or interruption in their routine may be the cause of their peeing all over the home. Moving to a new house, bringing home a new pet, a sudden surge of visitors, or even abnormally loud noises can all cause your cat stress.7
If your cat is peeing everywhere and you’ve ruled out medical issues, then it’s time to reassess your litter boxes.
If your well-trained cat suddenly starts peeing in random places, a visit to the vet is the first thing to do. Your cat could have a urinary tract infection (UTI), which is very common. A bacterial infection (aka cystitis) might also be the culprit. It’s more common in older cats.
Underlying medical issues can be a cause of your cat urinating outside the litter box. A likely culprit is a urinary tract infection, but it can also be kidney disease, diabetes, or anything that causes your cat to feel uncomfortable, such as arthritis.
Your cat may vomit or have diarrhea and often shows a loss of appetite with corresponding weight loss. The buildup of toxins in the blood can lead to a depressed cat or even more severe neurologic signs such as seizures, circling, or head pressing. Some cats will die from these toxic buildups.
That’s right, cats are brought to veterinarian’s offices and shelters everywhere to be euthanized, or relinquished and consequently euthanized, because they urinate outside of the litter box. This has got to stop. This is most often a treatable problem with a positive outcome.
It’s medical If your cat is fully potty trained and suddenly starts to pee on your bed, it could be that there’s a medical problem to blame. Issues such as bladder infections, bladder stones, and urinary tract infections can cause your cat to pee outside of the litter box.
Frustration, stress, or anxiety can sometimes cause a cat to change their urinating habits. Any change in their routine, such as a new person in the household or moving house, can lead to changes in urination. They may also “mark” spots in the house with their urine as a means of marking their territory.
The most common symptoms of urinary tract infection in cats include reduced amounts of urine, straining to urinate, pain or discomfort when urinating, not urinating at all, urinating around the house (outside the litter box), and passing urine tinged with blood (pinkish color urine).
There is, unfortunately, no cure for dementia (FCDS) in cats, so any treatment your vet is likely to suggest will aim at slowing your precious pet’s cognitive decline down and making his/her life as comfortable and happy as possible, for as long as possible.
In addition to medical issues that occur in senior cats, reduced tolerance for stress is also a common reason for a senior cat not using the litter box, Martin says. Even with environmental stress, an elderly cat pooping on the floor—or urinating on the floor— is never done out of revenge or spite, Galaxy says.
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Senior cats increasingly have trouble regulating their body temperature, and will be more susceptible to heat and cold than healthy adult cats. Even when provided with a warm bed and environment, cats nearing death often have a low body temperature. You may notice that your cat’s limbs feel cool to the touch.
Symptoms of end stage kidney failure in cats include dull sunken eyes, inability to walk, body odour, incontinence in bladder or bowels, refusal to eat or drink, seizures, confusion, pacing and restlessness, withdrawing, hiding and running away.
Cats with acute renal failure will feel very unwell in a short space of time. They often seem to be in significant pain due to swelling of the kidneys and may collapse or cry constantly.