Ok some of you may remember my Previous Thread about finding cat pee in the bathtub and by the sinks, and I finally had caught Cami in the act and we got a urinalysis done and put her on antibiotics. I gave her the Amoxitabs for the full 10 days with very little fuss from her, her last pill was given Thursday.
The saga continues!!!
So Saturday I find cat pee on my stovetop!!!! I just cannot have cats peeing all over my house. Not only is it a bad smell and ruins stuff, but I rent and stuff like this is EXACTLY why landlords hate tenants with pets.
New stragedy!!! Get urine samples from ALL 7 cats and see if I have more than one cat with a problem or if we didn't get Cami's problem totally cleared up.
Multi-cat households pay attention if you have innapropriate peeing going on!!
So yesterday afternoon I lock up ALL 7 cats in the cpu room with me, with a bowl of water and no sandbox. I watch and wait carefully for any signs someone might have to go. Then I take them to the sandbox I put in the bathtub just for this purpose. If they go, I stick a paper cup under them and catch the pee.
I managed to get samples from the trio (Sassy, Sabrina, Josh). Yay. I would have gotten Jack also but he apparently 'tucks' his thing under him farther and I missed. Hey 3 out of 7 ain't bad for 2 hours of time.
Last night I lock up the remaning ones I need samples from same as before. Didn't get the first sample until 9 pm and the last one at midnight. Missed Jack AGAIN, this time he peed more to the side. *sigh*
Anyways here's the results of the urinalysis...
Sassy - Showed signs of infection and some normal amount of crystals. Has to take Amoxitabs for 10 days.
Sabrina - Showed signs of infection and some normal amount of crystals. Has to take Amoxitabs for 10 days.
Josh - No outright infection but VERY HIGH Ph balance and some normal amount of crystals.
Bear - No outright infection but HIGH Ph balance and some normal amount of crystals.
Pooky - No outright infection but VERY HIGH Ph balance and some normal amount of crystals.
Cami - Still showing mild infection, lots of small crystals, and WAY too much protein in her urine.
So as it stands I'm giving the Amoxitabs to Sassy and Sabrina. We are trying a different antibiotic (Zeniquin) with Cami.
They are going to order some stuff (sorry can't remember the name they said) that is supposed to be a urine acidifier for either some or all of the cats. Possibly some future lab work on Cami to decide if her kidneys are having a hard time.
Out of 6 cats I have 3 with infections, and 3 with Ph balance problems. And NONE of them actually showed any signs of having an infection, other than I thought Bear peed 'funny' which I'm told may just be his way of peeing. Obviously we don't know for sure on Jack yet till I can get a sample from him. Seems kinda weird the females show infections and the males show high Ph. I asked if food could be causing this or the fact I boil my water before putting it in the water jug which is fairly recent. Vet seems to think that's not the problem but isn't sure at this point what the problem is.
I just wanted to give a head's up to the multi-cat households that are having problems with cats peeing outside the boxes.
It might be worth the effort, mess and inconvienence to have all your cats have a urinalysis done to see if you have the same problem I've been having.
Before this the only problem I had was Jack pooping outside the litterbox when he's constipated, but he has Megacolon so he does have a bona fide medical issue and it's easy to clean up. Only recently has the peeing around the house been an issue.
Thought I would let you know all that. I'll keep you posted to updates, meds, and when I get a sample from Jack.