You’ve successfully resolved the cat urine problem in your home by employing a number of strategies. Among the measures you’ve implemented:
- Located the cat litter boxes in desirable areas that encourage your cat to use the her litter box.
- Increased the number of cat litter boxes around your house to further motivate kitty and reduce any cat urine spots.
- Administered homeopathic flowering essences in your cat’s food and/or water to reduce her anxiety.
- Installed Feliway Plug ins around various locations in your home where kitty hangs out the most to further decrease her cat anxiety.
- (If applicable) diagnosed your kitty’s cat urine problem as feline UTI and reduced the crystals in her urine for pain-free urination.
- Instituted a schedule of cleaning the cat litter box(es) on a regular basis to discourage cat urine puddles outside the box.
- Changed your cat’s diet, if diagnosed with feline UTI, and started adminstering DL-Methionine to keep the struvite crystals from forming again.
- Began a regular program of checking for crystals in your cat’s urine to ensure her urine pH balance stays right around 6.6.
- Changed your cat’s brand of litter to one that she really likes – all of your cat urine puddles are in safely in the cat litter box where they belong.
- Bought a urine detector blacklight and found all those old, pesky cat urine spots you could always smell before, but couldn’t see.
- Decided which cat urine enyzme cleaner works best for you, and always keep a bottle of it handy.
Quite a list of things to keep cat urine problems at bay, aren’t they?
But some combination of the above strategies have been successful in eliminating the cat urine odor in your home.
It’s been awhile now, and you’re starting to wonder if there’s anything you can cut back on, yet still avoid any cat urine issues. It might feel kind of risky on one hand, because you’ve been successful, but you’re kind of leery of tempting fate…
After awhile, if you’re employing all the strategies listed above, they might be overkill.
But what should you eliminate? What strategy works best for your cat? This is where speaking meow would be real handy, wouldn’t it?
Since we can’t, here’s some suggestions for determing your long-term strategy:
Pick one preventative measure at a time to reduce or eliminate.
If this particular one is a key factor in resolving cat urine issues in your home, you’ll know it quickly by kitty’s reaction. How’s she going to tell you? As usual, by her most direct method – urinating outside her cat litter boxes.
But what is safest to reduce first?If you think the root of the problem was cat anxiety or behavorial issues, start with the flowering essences or the Feliway products. Pick one or the other, and reduce it. If your cat seems to be happy, and there’s no cat urine puddles in unauthorized places, eliminate the product.
I would keep a bottle of flowering essences handy if you suspect situational anxiety (vet visits, thunderstorms, strangers in your home, etc.) will trigger a puddle outside the cat litter box.If you discovered feline UTI was the culprit, you changed your cat’s diet, and you’re adding DL-Methionine, start by reducing the DL-Methionine powder.
I do not recommend changing your cat’s diet, particularly if you’re feeding her food that already contains DL-Methionine as an ingredient.
Reduce the amount of powder, and keep tabs on kitty’s urine pH balance. If her pH appears steady at 6.6, eliminate the DL-Methionine.Perhaps you have two cats, but you’ve put down five boxes. Reduce the number of boxes, one at a time, until you’re down to three. This may also tie in with the litter box location, so if you remove one, and you find a cat urine puddle at that location, put the box back, and try removing another one somewhere else. Be patient, and proceed slowly.Remember the forumula for the MINIMUM number of cat litter boxes in your home:”X” cats + 1 = number of cat litter boxes
Got three cats? You’ll need at least four cat litter boxes.What if you want to try another cat litter brand? No problem – buy a small bag of what you’d like. Put it in a box NEXT to kitty’s favorite box with the working cat litter brand. Let her choose. She’ll tell you by what deposits are made in which box.And, you could even start spacing out your urine pH checks. Instead of every month, stretch it out to every six weeks. Then two months. Then ten weeks. And so on.
As long as you’re getting good readings of 6.6, and kitty seems happy when she’s urinating (as much as we can speculate!), you can be pretty certain she’s not developing crystals in her urine.
I would NOT:Change the litter box cleaning schedule, unless you change it to cleaning them even more often.Make major changes your cat’s diet without your vet’s concurrence.Change the cat litter box location every so often because you’re tired of looking at it in that particular corner of the house. Remember, consult with kitty on this one!Put down fewer litter boxes than the total number of kitties in the household. You can never have too many cat litter boxes!
I think for any of these you’re tempting fate and inviting a recurrence of the problem you originally had.
If you’re really lucky, you may be able to eliminate everything, because your cat had one bad feline UTI episode.
However, if you own high-maintenance kitties like mine, you’ll most likely have to always use one or some of the strategies as long as you own that darling little guy or girl. They’re worth it!
Here’s what I’ve been able to reduce with Scout:
- I’ve been able to reduce the amount of DL-Methionine powder I put in Scout’s food. I only sprinkle in 1 quarter teaspoon twice a week.
- I’ve stretched out her urine pH test schedule to once every two months.
- I only use natural flowering essences compounds in her food 3 – 4 times a week.
- I’ve eliminated the Feliway Plug in modules from our home. Scout is still pretty calm, and she uses her cat litter box faithfully.
Here’s to eliminating cat urine issues in our homes, our lives, and our kitties lives…
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