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Cat has bad toilet habits
Posted By tdomf_d6e07 On January 20, 2011 @ 4:48 AM In Ask the Vet,Skin & Coat | 1 Comment
Hello, I have a 6 year old Siberian. A wonderful and loving addition to our pet family (we have 2 aquariums, 3 dogs, and two cats all together) When we adopted her from our local vet, she was a kitten, and had short hair. Since my wife has allergies to longer-haired cats we thought she would be perfect, we did not know, nor did the vet, she was a Siberian, imagine when she lost all her hair and then when it grew back it was very, very long!! However, the problem is this, we have one large cat box for the two cats, and I myself clean it at least every-other day, if not daily, but she smells of urine constantly, and her hair is matted, and around her rear end, the mats do , sometimes, contain hardened bits of, well—#2—-. The odor , unless I am mistaken, is more of a pungent ammonia smell, more , I think/thought, associated with our other cat, a male. We bathe the Siberian, and within a day she smells the same way. We love her, and wish to keep her, and above all wish her to be happy and healthy—Obviously we cannot, or will not hold her and allow her up on us with the terrible odor. I am thinking, for whatever reason, our male may be “marking” her? The animals as a group, all interact very well, no fights, no growls, etc.. The Siberian (Orion is her name) is thus exiled to her “room” and I feel terrible about it—my wife is ready to “boot her out”, or give her away, I am not there, (yet!!!). Any ideas, help, advise on the odor, and matting problem, (we have even tried, bought, shaving her down, and grooming daily, but the smell just gets awful, and we cannot do it—my wife has COPD, which doesnt help either!!) would greatly be appreciated. Thanks, and your show should be on in the afternoons, it would get a bigger audience—You folks are awesome!
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