Wednesday, August 10, 2011

My Problems


I'm having a problem and hope my friends can help me. Well actually, I've got 2 problems but I'll talk about them separately.

The first problem is, I've been peeing out of the box and Mom's getting really upset about it. Remember when I helped Dad put a new floor in our house? Well, my peeing made that floor come apart in 4 places. Mom says it's "delaminating" and has to be replaced. She also had to shampoo the dining room rug, throw out the rug in the room with the big bed in it, throw out 2 suitcases and take the cushion covers off the couch to wash them.

So, yesterday I had to go to the VET 'cause Mom was worried that I might be sick. I might have put these scratches on Mom's arm when she picked me up to force me into the carrier, but it was totally not my fault! To show her how I felt about that, I peed and pooped in the carrier!!

The VET people were OK but they stole my blood without even asking me first. Then they tried to steal my pee, too, but I didn't let them! They sent some plastic pellets home with Mom and I had to spend the night in the bathroom 'til I peed in a box so Mom could get some of it. After I did, she let me out.

My tests all came back OK, thank Bast, so I'm not sick or anything which is a relief, but here's the second problem. The VET said I weigh 23.5 lb. and that I'm f...(cough)...she said I'm fa...(sigh)...OK fine, I'll say it. She said I'm FAT! Now I have to be re-litterbox trained plus I have to go on a DIET!!

So, here's where I need your help. Have any of you had a peeing problem and what did you do about it? Second, and most important, how do I convince Mom that I don't need to go on a diet?!


At August 10, 2011 4:17 AM, Blogger The Monkeys said...

Oh no! Well we're very happy that you're not sick, Max!

Our little Gabriel was peeing outside of the box, but it was because he had crystals in his urine. We have heard though, that there is a litter that attracts cats back to the litter box. Dr. Elsey? Something like that.

Samson is on a diet too and it is no fun!

We hope you feel better soon, Max!

At August 10, 2011 6:13 AM, Blogger Fage said...

Awe, we hope you quickly return to peeing in your litter box. I did a lot of peeing on things when I was younger, but after a trip the vet and something mom calls *fixed*? I was better :D

At August 10, 2011 6:52 AM, Blogger Angel and Kirby said...

WE have not had a problem peeing out of the box so we do not have and advise. The diet thing, though, we know all about it. Why are the vets telling us we all meed to loose a pound or 2! And then when Mac did he is told he lost it too quick!

At August 10, 2011 7:35 AM, Blogger Fuzzy Tales said...

Well, we're glad you're not sick, but that means it's an emotional or behavioural issue, yes? Are you stressed and in need of a calming collar or Feliway? We can't offer any suggestions because we're okay on the litter box least right now. But we can and will send purrs that this can be remedied without having to renovate your house!

As for the weight...No, you're not fat, just big boned, right?

At August 10, 2011 8:43 AM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh good luck. Have you tried feliway. It could be all the other cats in the house and so you are unhappy with them and are showing your displeasure. Feliway may help. Also make sure there are enough litter boxes and have a variety of litter so that you can find one you really really like. If you are going just out of the box, of course, is it clean enough for you? Do you need one for number 1 and number 2 in the same area? Some cats like that. Piddle pads until you find out what is going on and it can be solved can be very helpful and keep it from being on the floor too. Have your read Romeo's The Happy Litter Box blog? He talks about this stuff over there.

At August 10, 2011 9:45 AM, Blogger The Whiskeratti said...

Oh Max, that's just rotten, dude. We don't think you're gonna get out of the diet thing.

The peeing thing.. when it's behavorial, it could be so many things. We've heard good things about calming collars, and Feliway diffusers.

At August 10, 2011 10:47 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

Oh Max, I had to to potty on those plastic pellets, too! I'm glad your tests came back okay.

I do not know your feeding schedule, but my holistic vet said we should not be allowed to "graze" all day. We get a small amount of our raw food in the morning. Anything not eaten within 20 minutes is picked up. Then we eat again in the evening. We usually have a good appetite and eat everything in just a couple of minutes.

We also have a baby scale and get weighed about once a month to make sure we are not gaining or losing weight, as weight changes could be the first sign of an illness.

At August 10, 2011 2:48 PM, Blogger The Cat From Hell said...

Dear Max,
Me can't help yous. Me has no problems with litter, except when we was changed from Clay to Corn. Me did NOT like the corn. Kozmo had a allergy and they thoughts it was the clay. But it was not. Which is good, cuz Mommy was getting pretty TOed at me peeing and pooping outside the box. When we went back to clay, me went back to peeing in the box.
Me thinks yous looks mahvellous dahhling!

At August 10, 2011 4:14 PM, Blogger Athena said...

I haf heard that Feliway and calming collars can help wif the peeing problems. My grandma's cat was peeing outside the box and she did a couple of things. She got Feliway, she switched from clumping to regular litter (not sure why that would work) and started letting him go outside.

At August 10, 2011 4:43 PM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

We don't have any advice about peeing outside the box. The F word is bad news. I was 23 lbs and mum decided to starve me and now I am only 19lbs. We used to have kibble down all day and have wet food at night as well. Now we have wet food morning and night and nothing in between. We get a few bits of "light" kibble at nights as a treat sometimes.

At August 10, 2011 6:30 PM, Blogger Grrreta said...

Wow Max, that sound like a very rough day at the vet. We're so sorry you're having litter box problems, but we're very glad you're not sick. My brofur is a giant kitty like you, and he had some minor litter box issues that were solved by getting him a couple of very large litter boxes with very low sides, filled with a thin layer of litter. The litter boxes are actually plastic storage containers mom bought at Target. They're big enough so he has plenty of room to move around, and we think he prefers a thinner layer of litter because he feels more sure-footed when doing his business. That solved my brofur's issues, and we hope you find a solution too.

At August 10, 2011 7:02 PM, Blogger Derby, Ducky said...

Max, dude, 23 pounds?! Yeah, I think you need to trim down a bit buddy. Each less, run around more.

At August 10, 2011 7:09 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

Max, we're sorry you are having some problems. Regarding the peeing problem, has something changed recently in your house that might be stressing you out? Maybe your mom could get a feliway diffuser or two and plug them in around the house to help relax you. And there's this litter called Attract that is supposed to attract cats to the box (thus the name); maybe your mom could try that with you. We hope you can get this problem under control. Our mom had a cat that peed on stuff and sprayed in the house. He started taking prozac and it helped him stop peeing and spraying.

As far as the F word, we hate to say this, but you're gonna hafta eat less. And maybe your mom could play with you more to get you some excercise. My mom says I'm getting a little f** too and she's been trying to feed me less. I don't like this either.


At August 10, 2011 7:13 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

Hey, Max...y'know, Grrreta had a pretty good idea. Maybe because your a big cat, you aren't comfortable going in the box you have. Maybe a bigger box would help.

At August 10, 2011 7:34 PM, Blogger Fin said...

We don't know what will help but we send purrs and hugs.

At August 10, 2011 11:03 PM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Don't tell her I told yoo dis, but, Zippy haf a pee prollem sometimes. She pee peed on da office rug in two places so mom put litter boxes where she peed. She finally hadda put one in da basement and make it hard fur Sadie and I to bother her while she is in der. She don't like to be watched when she is doing her bizness. Is dat what it is Max, do yoo not like other cats watching yoo? Oh, and I hafta be on a diet too. Please don't tell Misty, but, I'm 22 pounds and da vet lady sez I am fat. She kinda hurt my feelings because she wasn't even nice about it and say something like "what a big mancat" or "wow, lookit all dat mussel". She just told mom "well, you know he's fat"!~Speedy

At August 11, 2011 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds like a terrible day, Max. We don't have problems using our litterboxes, though. Do you guys have enough? Mama's last cat had to have a litterbox for each job.

At August 11, 2011 3:04 PM, Blogger Max said...

Bah. You're just big boned, like me. Massive, muscular bones that take up a lot of space and have such density that it makes the scale LIE.

Experience tells me that when they give you diet food, if you refuse to eat it or hork it up of you do, you get your regular tasty food again.

Glad you're not sick, tho!


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