Got this email from a friend who is asking for help for her friend's cat who is obviously acting furry naughty. Any advice you can give will be forwarded on so that DK? (dear kitty) may be around a while longer. Oh I hope he's not serious about the .22! Eeeeeeekkkk!!
Thanks for your time,
Renée ( coming out of LurkingLand to help save a kitty.....)
"What do you do with a 8 year old female cat who never uses the litter box and sprays your walls and cabinets with cat ***? She has been doing this for some time now and I have recently caught her doing it. I get little warning from her and have to watch her all the time. I would like to shoot her wid a .22. I am now forcing her to spend more and more time out doors because of it. What would you do with her?"
First a vet appt. is in order to eliminate any health problems. She might be trying to tell her people something. With an 8 yo cat there may be health problems related to age.
Has anything changed? New animal/person in the household?

Is the litter box being kept clean? How many boxes? They might try adding another box. Some cats won't pee in the same box they poop in.

Is the box covered or open? If covered take it off. If open try covering it. Some cats like privacy. Others don't like being confined. Is the litter scented? Some cats don't like the scent.
Is the cat declawed?
Are they using a new kitty litter? There is a cat attract litter that is supposed to help get "wayward" cats back to the box.

It's important to try to get the cat urine odor out of where the cat has sprayed or she'll just keep going back to the same spot. The enzyme cleaners will work on fresh spots. I've had less than sterling results on spots that I didn't catch immediately. Hopefully someone else will post what has worked well for them.
How is the cats behavior (other than the spraying)? Is kitty still active? Overweight? Eating well? Grooming herself?
There are many reasons cats take to peeing outside the box. A little more information might help pinpoint the cause.
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Got this email from a friend who is asking for help for her friend's cat who is obviously acting furry naughty. Any advice you can give will be forwarded on so that DK? (dear kitty) may be around a while longer. Oh I hope he's not serious about the .22! Eeeeeeekkkk!!
Thanks for your time,
Renée ( coming out of LurkingLand to help save a kitty.....)
"What do you do with a 8 year old female cat who never uses the litter box and sprays your walls and cabinets with cat ***? She has been doing this for some time now and I have recently caught her doing it. I get little warning from her and have to watch her all the time. I would like to shoot her wid a .22. I am now forcing her to spend more and more time out doors because of it. What would you do with her?"
Hi ,
Please tell your friend her cat is not being bad or naughty but is more likely to be distressed or upset about something. She needs to get the cat checked over by vet.
Cats usually do this to make themselves feel secure especially if there have been any changes in the house. If she is allowed out , it could be another cat is on her turf or bullying her. She needs to clean up where the cat has sprayed with something like Nature's Miracle and limit the area where the cat is allowed . A plug in Feliway is supposed to help cats calm down . These are just a few suggestions and she can read more about it on -
Links to Litterbox/Inappropriate elimination problems http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/9352/litterboxhelp.html

Housesoiling . A very thorough article by a pet behaviourist http://www.apbc.org.uk/ARTICLE10.htm
There are more links about behaviour problems on my links website on Page 2
http://mysite.freeserve.com/petinfolinks/
I suggest your friend reads any book by Pam Johnson-Bennet. She explains the nature of cats and why they do what they do and gives lots of tips on how to deal with problems .
HTH Alison
Hi Alison,
Actually it's my friends friends cat. If that makes any sense! Thank you so much for the info and the links. I will pass this on and she will pass it to her friend Tim. There is an answer I'm sure, we just have to find the right one.
Thanks again for your time and willingness to help!

Renée
Thought I replied to this but looks like it went "poof" somewhere?!?! Anyway thanks so much for the info and advice. There is an answer somewhere and I hope Tim can find it for his kitty. I know he's online, maybe my friend can talk him into subscribing here????
Renée