Q. Occasional bathroom accidents

Nov 30, 2022

Since my wife started watching two school-aged boys around two months ago, our cat has started to go to the bathroom in our bedroom, either under our bed or somewhere outside of normal view. She isn't normally sociable with strangers, so it's possible that she may have stage fright and doesn't want to cross the house to visit the litter box. These accidents don't happen all the time, but enough for us to be concerned.
What suggestions do you have that may help us with preventing these accidents from happening?

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Thank you for reaching out to us. First of all, cats are very sensitive animals. Introducing a new environment or person is never easy. Although rare, stress and anxiety from new exposure can even cause life-threatening situations in cats. For now, put more litterboxes within the household and isolate her from the new people so that she can have a normal lifestyle as she used to have. If she still starts to urinate at unusual places or if the frequency of such behavior increase, an appointment with a vet for a differential diagnosis is required. This is because FLUTD can be suspected. FLUTD(Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) is a broad term generally used to describe a variety of bladder and urethra medical conditions. An increase in frequency or amount of urine, blood in urine, vocalizing while urinating, urinating in unusual places, and straining to urinate are all typical symptoms found in FLUTD. Please consider making an appointment with a vet.

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