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Old March 8th, 2016, 11:21 AM
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Cat with pee on fur after urinating

Hi Gang,

I am having a bit of a problem with one of my Mom's cats I am taking care of while we try to rehome them (she can no longer care for them and I work in the bush all summer).

After urinating in her litter box, the fur on her back legs is covered in urine. It is enough to leave marks on the floor where she sits afterwards. She has been tested and no UTI and all else seems normal.

Anyone else have this issue and how do you deal with it. She is going to get a bit of a bum shave at the groomers today but it seems to me it is going to be really tough to rehome this lovely furbaby.

Thanks, Lynn
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Old March 8th, 2016, 11:45 AM
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Oops, just wanted to add that she is actually a short-haired cat, but does have a fluffy bum.
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Old March 8th, 2016, 02:51 PM
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Is the litter being change often enough , if it's dirty the cat may be trying to hurry up and get out of it . Maybe you could try watching the cat pee to get an idea for to correct this situation , is the cat showing any signs of being in pain when she is getting into the box?
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Old March 8th, 2016, 03:01 PM
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Hi Barkingdog. I scoop the litter several times per day (I currently work from my home office). I have tried different types and depths. No, she takes her time in the litter. I tried watching her but don't see anything odd; not peeing up against the side and getting splashed etc.
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Old March 8th, 2016, 06:48 PM
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I wouldnt worry too much, a bum trim may be all she needs.

However, if she is overweight she wont be able to clean herself properly and that would be a whole other topic..

I know many folks who have to trim the hair because even litter and other gems get stuck to it...

I dont think that would hinder getting her adopted....
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Old March 9th, 2016, 09:58 AM
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Hi Winston,

She is a bit chunky (~ 12 lb)but not one of those really fat kitties, and can clean herself.

I had her trimmed and she still came out of the litter box with pee on her fur and some litter stuck to her. I wiped her off with a wet cloth to make sure she didn't get pee wherever she sat next.

You are far more optimistic than I am. I could not rehome her without telling people she tends to get pee on her fur. Given all the lovely unwanted cats, I doubt she would be first on anyone's list. I really hoped the shave would work.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 08:39 AM
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I would love to see photos of your cats !
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Old March 10th, 2016, 11:14 AM
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Here is the requested photos. The one that is getting pee on her fur is the black and white one (Pooh). The calico is her daughter (Winnie). They both have an odd eye color: bright blue/green.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 12:49 PM
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Your cats are beautiful ! I bet someone would be willing to take your cat and try to help her with her peeing issues . I miss not having a kitty !
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Old March 17th, 2016, 10:19 AM
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Oddly she doesn't get pee on her fur every time. So, I am hoping I can figure out what is going on. I think the average person might no have any clue she is doing it. She cleans herself well enough that she is not going around smelling like urine.
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Old March 17th, 2016, 11:41 AM
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hello scratch n dent:

Your kitties are really nice looking animals.
I've been giving some thought to your problem.
We have a Manx cat. When it's litter box time to relieve herself, she plunks her bottom right on the litter before peeing. Although she doesn't get herself wet, it's been a wonder. We are using a grain base litter that I find absorbs the urine instantly, compared to some of the clay based ones.
I am wondering if your kitty is not doing the same thing and if she isn't producing a hole in the litter that's causing the urine not to flow away from her, then this might be the problem.
The other thing is, I've noticed some animals have the ability to relieve themselves a lot faster than others - in other words a faster pee flow - and maybe the litter is causing it to puddle underneath her. If it were me, I'd be trying another type of litter - perhaps one of the grain types - and see if that helps. Either Swheat Scoop or World's Best, or something along that line - if you are not already. We've been using the Swheat Scoop for years and it has worked well for us.
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