Older cats weeing with kitten in house

by Chris Spears
(England)

Older cat who is 13, other cat who is about 5 are weeing everywhere. I feel like I'm cleaning up after them about 3 times a day.


My kitten is 7 months old. Is she making the older ones wee? She is playful and won't leave them. They don't like her. Help needed.

Thanks,
Chris

My thoughts:

Sorry to hear about your troubles, Chris. I'm assuming that all the cats are healthy, and that this problem started only after the arrival of the new kitten.

You don't say how long the kitten has been there or when the problem first started, but...

I think it's possible that this is a reaction to the kitten, yes. Kittens can be very demanding of attention and some older cats don't put up with it.

In addition, proper introductions are vital to the long term relationships between the cats and stress levels in the house. Without that, things can be pretty unpredictable.

The first question is... did you do a quarantine and a proper, slow introduction of the new kitten?

All new cats who come into the home should be separated and then a proper introduction process should be followed. If that is not the case, I would start by placing the kitten in quarantine.

See if the problem stops or lessens, and then start the introduction process all over again.

It's important to clean up every bit of the urine as well so they're not attracted back to the areas. I'd get a black light and check the whole house. I would use an enzyme or CO2 based cleaner (like Fizzion) and scrub everything until it's all gone.

I hope that helps. Please let us know how it goes. Questions? Comments? Let me have it.

-Kurt

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