In my last post I mentioned that my cat Jake was having this little problem. He is doing his “light” business “outside the box.” This only happens at night which is something that stumps even the vet.
He has always been somewhat avant-garde for a cat. I am having some difficulty convincing him that inside the box is better.
The first thing the vet asked for was a urine sample. Right. Do you give him a cup and ask him to pee in it? Not likely.
The vet tech suggested getting a non-porous litter so I can “harvest it” after the deed is done.
My cats don’t like alternative litter. They are not even into alternative rock. They are conservative cats. Cool cats, but conservative.
That leaves me with one choice. Yep, I have to stick a deli cup under his private parts midstream.
Sounds daunting doesn’t it? The hardest part is determining when he is going to go. He doesn’t exactly announce it.
Cats usually pee right after a nap so on the first day at 4 p.m. which is usually the end of the day time nap (gosh, I want to be a cat!) I woke him up and put him in the litter box. He looked at me with one eye, then scratched and proceeded to do his thing.
Boy cats don’t hunch down like girl cats. At least mine doesn’t. I stuck the deli cup under but I must have nudged his business which caused him to be unsteady and he kicked up litter in the cup rendering it totally useless. Oh yes, he also peed on my hand. Yuk!
Just in case they could salvage this attempt I called my vet tech.
Me: Hi, I just got a urine sample and I have a few questions. How much urine do I need?
Vet Tech: Well, a tablespoon will do.
Me: How about a half a teaspoon with some litter bits in it.
Vet Tech: (laughing hysterically – they always seem to do that when I call) No, that won’t work.
Me: Ok. Let me try again.
Now I have used up my daytime nap attempt. The only other time I know that he gets up is from his nighttime nap around 3:30 to 4 a.m. Yes, you heard me A.M.! I am sure he goes at other times but I just don’t know when.
At 4 a.m. I got up and went downstairs and yes, he had just gotten up. He was still bathing. I picked him up and we went to the litter box. He seemed to say to me, “We’ve done this before. Are you going to nudge my balls again or what?”
The urge to go overtook him and he did a beautiful stream. It was nice and strong. (No, I never thought I would be writing about a cat’s urine stream.) I got the deli cup underneath and I got a great sample. Nothing was bumped and nothing defiled my sample.
Of course, he peed on my hand again. I think it was deliberate this time. He does have a kinky side to him.
I cleaned up the cup and prepped it for the vet. Turns out he has a minor UTI and is now on antibiotics. No worries though. At this point I am an expert on pilling a cat. Click this to read about it.
Here’s hoping that this is the end of my story.