Why would a cat (he is over age 10 and has IBD) sometimes urinate on the floor? His labs were normal several months ago.

He often has stool accidents, but recently started peeing on the floor sometimes. He is eating well, drinking well. He is on Probiotics in all his food.

Asked by annie3195

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Annie, there are a number of causes of urinary tract problems in cats, and even though your boy’s labs were normal several months ago, things may have changed since then. Statistically, many cats over ten years will have a urinary tract infection and/or bladder stones. Other possible causes in seniors include tumors, dementia and urinary incontinence but for some individuals, no specific cause can be found. You can see from this list that your vet will need to do some diagnostic testing to work out what’s going on.

It’s a good idea to collect some urine from his litter box – you can do this by putting something non-absorbent in the box, such as shredded plastic grocery bags. They won’t absorb any urine and they won’t affect its composition like litter would, and you can just pour it into a clean dry jar. Keep it in the refrigerator until your appointment with the vet and it can be used to help them reach a diagnosis. | 09.06.16 @ 23:59
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annie3195 — Thank you. I took him to a new vet - one I really like. His labs show some kidney failure, and she started him on a new Probiotic which seems to be helping a lot. It turns out that he was NOT the one peeing on the floor. It was my other cat, Peggy, who is now 17. As I look back, I see that over the past year or so, her behavior has changed. Needing to sleep more, and not seeking as much attention. I honestly think that SHE has the senile dementia. She has always been a fussy little thing, an over-groomer, very clean and tidy, and this peeing on the floor is a strong signal, in my mind. As long as she seems comfortable, I am just going to watch and wait. Both my cats are elderly, although not all THAT old. They are indoor cats, and I have had an indoor cat who lived to be 22. I doubt these two will see that age. I am trying to prepare myself for that sad day when terrible decisions will have to bhe made. SO hard to think about. | 09.27.16 @ 23:15
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