QMy cat sleeps for long periods on the furniture. When he moves from the spot, there’s often a small patch of urine where he was lying. We have a cat flap, and our garden is sheltered and a safe environment for him. I thought he might just be lazy, or incontinent, but I also wonder if it’s a nervous thing (we got him from a shelter, and I think he’d been moved around a lot before then).
ROGER MUGFORD WRITES:
AYoushould definitely take your cat for a full clinical investigation and metabolic/ haematological/urological examination by your veterinary surgeon. He may indeed just be lazy, but I think it more likely that there is an underlying medical condition. There are any number of conditions that might explain your cat’s behaviour, including uroliths (bladder stones) and cystitis. There’s also the possibility that there has been a loss of neurological function through ageing or trauma which, in the same way as it affects humans, has caused your cat to lose control. I had a cat with the same problem as yours. In that case it was caused by an accident in which he was struck in the bladder region. If a thorough examination by a specialist cat vet does not produce evidence of any underlying condition, you may wish to change your cat litter: leaf mould is a very powerful attractant for cats (unrivalled by any commercial product) and yours may be more drawn towards his litter tray.