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For those who have or have had female cats - when you spayed them, did you find that they stopped peeing indiscriminately?

Asked by Ladymia69 (6876points) June 2nd, 2011

I have three 2-year-old females. Two of them, when they are in heat (they are indoor-only cats), pee all over our apartment. We have a neutered male, so I figure either they are competing for him, or they confuse the sensations “down there”. I am trying to figure out if anyone else has had this problem, and if when they spayed the cat, the cat stopped this behavior.

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JilltheTooth's avatar

I’ve only had females, and when they were spayed, they stopped peeing all over, until they got older and somewhat incontinent, or just didn’t care. Or when they got mad and peed on my pillow. ew

Seelix's avatar

I’ve had four females over the years, and they’ve all been spayed since we first got them (SPCA rescues). Only two have ever peed anywhere they weren’t supposed to, and that was only occasional, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

I would imagine that it’s definitely possible that your girls think they’re in competition with each other for the boy. I’d think that they’re marking territory and trying to intimidate each other. Even if they aren’t in heat at the same time, they would be able to smell each other, and know when one is in heat.

I don’t know for sure that they’d stop once they were spayed, but I would imagine so.

I hope your problem gets fixed one way or another – kitty pee is stanky!

syz's avatar

Good lord, I’ve let any of my cats go through heat – I’ve always spayed them earlier than that.

As intact animals, the peeing may have been territorial marking. Spaying will hopefully help.

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ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Spaying would be helpful… but at this point it may be a learned behavior. I’ve really never had a cat that I didn’t have spayed or neutered long before they were of age to go into heat.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

When we got our female kitten, I called the vet to ask a few questions regarding age when it came to spaying and such. He told me to have her spayed at about 6–7 months before she hit her first heat, and she would NEVER “spray”.

I’m assuming that having them spayed, even at 2 years old, would stop the spraying or at least help minimalize it.

anartist's avatar

Mine never peed indiscriminantly.
A cat, like an Englishman, is never accidentally rude.

However, my Jilly was a little angry about the operation, which she had a 9 months.

marinelife's avatar

I never had a cat that I allowed to come into to heat for 18 months so I don’t know. I think it is important to spay them ASAP.

JilltheTooth's avatar

The only cats I’ve had have been adopted as adults, some had litters before they came to me, so I can only speak to that.

SpatzieLover's avatar

All of my cats are indoor only, and fixed. All are polite, sweet and clean. Two of them were rescued from the great outdoors. They have zero desire to pee anywhere but their box/toilet, and no desire to leave our home.

@Ladymia69, they need to be spayed, trained, and you need more clean litter boxes in your home. No cat wants to smell their “deeds”.

Buttonstc's avatar

If peeing has been a problem for this long, I’m surprised you haven’t had them spayed sooner.

It could only help. No one can give an iron-clad guarantee it will stop the peeing but it is HIGHLY LIKELY.

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Buttonstc's avatar

@Ladymia

Most locales do have low cost spay/neuter options available where prices are so much lower than individual vets charge.

When I lived in Philly they usually did it by voucher method. When I got each of my cats from either SPCA or other shelter, the vouchers typically cost $30–40. They also gave you a list of several pages full of participating vets willing to accept the voucher as payment in full for either sex cat (for females its obviously a more elaborate and costly surgery).

When I moved here to MI, I just did a Google search for the term ” low cost spay/neuter” along with my zip code.

Here the primary method used is massive s/n days several times a month where they do hundreds of animals in one day. The lowest option I found was only $20. Yes, only one zero.

Altho I prefer the voucher approach (even tho it costs more) because it isnt so much like an assembly line, but one can’t argue with the price :)

Hopefully you can find the resources in your particular area that could make it more affordable for you.

Many times these program are not necessarily well advertised (since they use their funds for things other than advertising). But you can suss them out with enough effort. Good luck on finding something more affordable in your local area.

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Buttonstc's avatar

I too have always had indoor-only cats and years and years ago made the mistake of putting off getting one of my females spayed since the other two in the house were already spayed females.

I had adopted her from a shelter that was quite a distance from me (about 1½ hour drive) and she came with a free spay as part of the process.

The distance is why I made the mistake of postponing the spay for quite a period of time. She never escaped and got pregnant, so why do I refer to this as a mistake?

Because of Pyometra. This is a sudden and virulent infection of the uterus which affects females who’ve never been bred. My mistake almost cost her her life. It also cost an extra $200.00 for the emergency operation which is basically a spay (but under much more hazardous conditions due to the degree of infection and chance is spreading).

Fortunately she recovered and was fine but it’s a mistake I will never ever make again.

I’m a little surprised that your vet never mentioned Pyometra since she was well aware the two were not yet spayed. I’m puzzled by that because knowing the warning signs is so important for the owner to get treatment before the infection has spread so much it’s hopeless. Many people assume the cat is just getting fatter (or possibly pregnant) because the bigger belly is the most common sign. I didn’t know that and most owners don’t either. Vets do because they end up doing far too many of these emergency spays with many ending in death.

But I’m glad she hooked you up with a low cost alternative. And with the internet nowadays they’re much easier to find than 20 yrs. ago.

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raisedhand432's avatar

Interesting topic really. I found an argument in a thread in cat forum that asked what was the other side of the spay/neuter argument. http://www.catforum.com/forum/38-health-nutrition/135918-spay-neuter-why-arguments-opposition-rarely-made.html

Basically, they came to the conclusion that most of the health concerns may be overexagerated and that overpopulation is the real concern and reason to spay. However, it brings up interesting questions about trying to preserve a natural life for our cats. We would not want to lose our sexual organs, so why do we so easily write off our pets need for sexual organs and a natural state of being? The reason of course is overpopulation. But, if there was a way to guarantee a cat would not get pregnant, and could still experience sexuality, I would opt to allow them to be natural every time i think.

I will now address your question directly, which I think is what you were looking for, as opposed to some of these posters who chose to say off-topic responses like saying you are irresponsible. It should not be a surprise to some of these posters that when you respond to someone’s question with a statement that does not answer the question,but sort of admonishes the op for not spaying, you would upset them. All she asked was whether the behaviour would stop. She obviously has the intent to spay, and just asked if her cat will stop peeing.

Yes, the cat will most likely stop peeing. However, she may hang on to the behavior for a little while as it may be habitual at this point. There really is no other answer to this question.

Ladymia69's avatar

You will all be happy to know that all 3 of my little girls were spayed today for free, thanks to the wonderful people at Pet Helpers in Charleston, SC. They are a bit drugged-up, but doing just fine. We will see how this affects the pee pee situation…

JilltheTooth's avatar

Keep us apprised! Glad the little girls are all OK.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Hope all 3 rest well for you tonight @Ladymia69! Thanks for the update :)

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