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Cat standing on hind legs to pee - any ideas?

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B9exchange Sun 02-Aug-20 00:28:56

Sincere apologies to any of you eating and Gransnetting at the same time. One of our boy cats stands up to pee with his front paws resting on the rim of the litter tray, as a result it goes over the top and the floor underneath is awash. When he first started we called the plumber out because we thought the loo was leaking, before catching him in the act!

I have tried getting him a higher sided tray, he just stands further upright. Tried putting foil over the rim, on the grounds that cats aren't supposed to like treading on foil, but he hasn't read those instructions, and leaves a pool of pee on the foil!

When we first got him as a kitten he looked so cute doing it, but fortunately soon stopped. However four years later he has started up again. Cat lovers, any ideas?

FoghornLeghorn Sun 02-Aug-20 00:33:27

Have you tried a covered tray? That might help.

GagaJo Sun 02-Aug-20 00:33:34

We use a very high plastic storage box as a cat tray because our cats kick litter over the edge. Probably getting on for 1/2 a metre high.

I'm sure he wouldn't be able to aim that high!

Willow500 Sun 02-Aug-20 06:37:36

There are various trays you can get that might solve the problem but if he will only use it standing upright he might not be able to use those. The plastic storage box idea might work although he'd probably still try to get his paws on the edge. Have you had him checked out by the vet? He might have a medical issue. Another idea is the type of litter - have you recently changed it - he might not like it on his nether regions.

My female cat periodically goes through a phase of standing upright as she's peeing so it goes over the edge of the tray. The higher edged tray stops that (unless for some reason she turns round and uses the other end hmm ) but I now keep a puppy pad under the other trays so when it does happen we don't have a flood and I can just throw the pad away. Luckily they're fairly cheap and I cut the bigger ones in half to last even longer. Might be a solution.

Nortsat Sun 02-Aug-20 07:03:58

We have a one of those covered trays, which we used when we first got our cats. We call it the Poo Bungalow. Our cats are rescues, so it took them a while to settle. A covered tray seemed to make them less anxious about toileting.

Something covered may help to contain him (and his pee).

I agree with Willow’s point ... has anything changed? Different litter? Something different in the house, that could make him anxious?

Hope this resolves soon. 🐈

B9exchange Sun 02-Aug-20 09:21:53

No, same litter, nothing changed in the house (apart from us being in more due to lockdown!) Have tried enclosed ones before, but the stink of ammonia after even one wee is awful and not surprisingly they refused to go in it. The vet has checked him over recently (he also brings up his food on a fairly regular basis due to bolting it too fast, or nibbling plants round the house before we can stop him) and says there is nothing wrong with him. I'm guessing behavioural specialists would cost a fortune.

I think the answer is probably an even higher tray made out of a storage box as you suggest, the one he has I would have thought would have defeated him, but I guess he sees it as a challenge! Currently I have a sheet of foil blue-tacked to the wall from high up, finishing in the litter tray, which has been okay for 24 hours, but we are going away for a week, leaving the two terrors in the charge of our DiL, so goodness knows what we will come back to.

Just wondered, if I got a very low edged tray, would that change the angle and keep it inside? Grrrrrr!

Callistemon Sun 02-Aug-20 10:22:18

Can you train him to use the toilet?
And flush it, of course!

Sorry, but it conjured up such a funny vision!

Hellsbelles Sun 02-Aug-20 10:29:08

Callistemon
You laugh at the idea of a cat using the toilet , google it , it not that unusal apparently !

B9exchange Sun 02-Aug-20 10:37:04

Yes, I did wonder, but I can imagine the little s*d standing on the seat with his paws on the cistern!! Also with push button flush, if the grandchildren don't (so they say!) have the strength to push hard enough flush it properly, then he certainly wouldn't be able to, and I can imagine the reaction of some visitors on being presented with an already used loo!

grandtanteJE65 Sun 02-Aug-20 11:08:18

Does he share the litter box with your other cats?

If so, some cats don't like doing so, and pee in other places to avoid the litter box the others use.

Is he neutered or not? An entire tom will spray his urine on the surroundings walls or floors, so the females can find him and other males know to stay away.

GrannyLaine Sun 02-Aug-20 11:21:04

B9exchange I don't have any specific advice for you, though I did have a cat who would pee large volumes at force and an odd angle, but he was in late stage renal failure and his urine was so dilute it didn't really smell. We used the large pads that I put under the bottom sheet of the toddler bed when my DGC are first out of nappies - BedMates?? behind his litter tray to catch the stream.
I have used a cat behaviour specialist via telephone consultation and she was excellent and very reasonable. PM me if interested, I'm happy to recommend.

B9exchange Sun 02-Aug-20 17:12:18

Thank you GrannyLaine, I certainly might do that if we can't sort it. We have two cats, and two litter trays in separate rooms, they both use both. But he is worse in one room than the other. They are only four years old, so this is for the long haul!