We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Why Is My Cat Peeing Outside of the Litter Box?

There are many different reasons cats can begin urinating outside of the designated litter box. It is very rare that a cat will just become “dirty.” There is almost always an underlying cause. Here are some of the most common reasons.

Multiple cats need multiple litter boxes.
Cats can be very particular in their bathroom behaviours and environments. They often do not want to use an already used litter box, especially if it’s been used by another cat. It can be tough to stay on top of cleaning a litter box for multiple cats. Especially when we know, the minute you clean it, they are in making it dirty again. The rule of thumb is one litter box per cat, and add another box if there are more than three cats. It seems like overkill; however, it will save your picky kitty from looking for a cleaner place to go potty. Litter boxes should be cleaned at least once per day. Using scooping litter can help make this a quick and easy task.

Urinary tract infection and/or urinary crystals or stones.
Cats who are suffering from any of the above conditions will often associate the litter box with the pain they are in when they try to urinate. They will try different locations around the house in hopes it will be less painful in a new place. Any of these conditions require veterinary care right away as they can progressively get worse and/or require surgery. Diagnostics can be done in the clinic to determine these causes. Male cats are at a higher risk of blocking, which can quickly turn into an emergency situation. Some signs of painful urination can include dribbling urine, blood-tinged spots of urine, straining to urinate or frequently trying to urinate, crying out when trying to use the litter box, not urinating often, then having a very large pee. If your cat is showing any of these signs, they should be seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian.

Arthritis vs. tall sided litter box,
If you have a senior cat (over the age of 7), there is likely some arthritis beginning to affect their joints. A litter box with taller sides can pose as a painful hurdle to get over just to use the bathroom. They will begin to look elsewhere for easier places to go. Trying a litter box with shorter sides could be a quick fix and result in less pain for your kitty.

Diabetes or Kidney disease
If your cat seems to be increasing its drinking habits and not using the litter box, it may have something serious going on. If you are suspicious of these issues. It is best to have your veterinarian examine the cat as soon as possible. Cats can be extremely stoic and never indicate to you they are in pain or discomfort.

If at any given time, you are concerned over your cat’s bathroom habits. It is always best to have an exam done to rule out any possible diseases or infections that could be causing your cat harm. Give us a call today to book an appointment for your cat.

Written by: Lyndsay McShane, Office Manager/Veterinary Technician

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.466.2543. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Hours are subject to change.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. We encourage payments to be done over the phone with a credit card or e-Transfer.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Mayfield Veterinary Clinic