Cat urinating at night

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Old 01-24-06, 06:09 PM
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Cat urinating at night

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We have 2 cats, both female and spayed. They get along fine and have been together for about 2-3 years. At night when we go to bed we put them in our garage because we don't want them pawing at the bedroom door or coming into the bedroom interrupting our sleep.

1 cat always seems to urinate on the floor and not use her little box in the garage. We do put fresh water out for them in the garage but not food. They do tend to sleep and they seem to understand it's time for sleep at that time of the night.

The cat that does this tends to urinate on a little mat we put in front of the litter box to collect the gray litter particles that sometimes sticks to their paws. But if that mat is not there she will urinate on something else, or just urinate on the concrete floor. I can't really catch her in the act to stop her either.

She does not do this when she's in the house though during the day. She uses her litter box inside for everything and works out just fine.
 
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Old 01-24-06, 06:44 PM
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Does she have her own litter box?
 
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Old 01-24-06, 07:10 PM
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We have 2 litter boxes, one for indoors and one in the garage. Both cats use them.
 
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Old 01-24-06, 08:31 PM
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You might try having one for each indoors. Perhaps she does not like to share at night.
 
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Old 05-30-06, 01:54 PM
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Hello again.

Sorry for resurrecting such an old thread but I am still having the same problem.

I did try putting out separate litter boxes for both of them at night. It has not worked at all. Lately the cat I am having this problem with is not even urinating on the mat anymore (which would at least make cleaning it up easier) but is instead urinating all over the floor. It is absolutely sickening to me to come out every morning and see cat urine all over the floor that has to be cleaned up and continues to stain the floor badly.

I can never catch her in the act to correct her. Would taking a paper towel dipped in her own urine and touching it to her nose help her get the idea to not do that?
 
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Old 05-30-06, 02:42 PM
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Cats that do not use a known litter box generally have a urinary tract or bladder infection. Call your vet and ask.
 
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Old 05-30-06, 10:41 PM
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This actually sounds like more of a behavioural problem, but having said that, please do take her to the vet and have her checked for a urinary issue. Quite possibly there is an infection present. Having barred that, it would be a behavioural issue, probably due to the fact that the cats are being put out into the garage and taken away from their *family* at night.

I am not certain why they would paw at the door, if you choose not to let them into the bedroom, but I would venture to guess that if you can manage to keep them indoors at night, after only a few nights of not opening the door to them, they would settle right down.

You do not mention if you keep your bedroom door closed, or simply pushed to. If not closed fully, I would suggest doing that, and allowing the cats to remain inside the house during the night.

In all honesty, if there is no urinary infection or issue, this really is what we call around my house, *Mad at you cat* syndrome. It is being done in response to being confined to the garage. Also, wiping the cat's nose with the urine is no real deterrent, so save both you and the cat the trauma.

Hope this helps.
 
 

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