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Inappropriate elimination

#1
I have 2 Savannah's that are three years old. One has perfect litter box habits and the other does not. My boy is an F3 and is very shy. I'm his favorite, my husband is second, no visitors see him. He has "his" room where his litter boxes and food are kept. He had a number of uti's but now that he eats wet food, he is fine. However, he pees on the mirrored closet doors, walls and closed doors. He has ruined one area on the wall. I keep the litter boxes clean and scooped. He also poops outside of his box. I've Tried cat attract, I encourage him and praise him. I've put him in a crate and he just pees threw the crate on the walls and carpet. I'm not sure what else to do. Any suggestions?
 

Patti

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Staff member
#1
If he is spraying on walls and doors it sounds more like marking behavior. I assume he is neutered? If not then he needs to be asap. If he has been neutered then I would question whether a remnant of testicle was left behind and still producing hormones leading to his behavior. I'm not sure how best to test for this other than exploratory surgery, although I do believe the vet can run hormone levels to confirm that the is producing that unwanted testosterone.
 

Per Lausund

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#2
If he is spraying on walls and doors it sounds more like marking behavior. I assume he is neutered? If not then he needs to be asap. If he has been neutered then I would question whether a remnant of testicle was left behind and still producing hormones leading to his behavior. I'm not sure how best to test for this other than exploratory surgery, although I do believe the vet can run hormone levels to confirm that the is producing that unwanted testosterone.
I totally agree. You can also do a test using a progesterone (medroxiprogesterone for instance) to chemically castrate and se if that helps, if it does on a castrated cat a thorough check of testicle remnants is indicated: something is producing testosterone!
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
#4
I totally agree. You can also do a test using a progesterone (medroxiprogesterone for instance) to chemically castrate and se if that helps, if it does on a castrated cat a thorough check of testicle remnants is indicated: something is producing testosterone!
That's good to know Per! I'm glad to say I've never had this particular problem but it's nice to know there is a step that can be taken before exploratory surgery to test for testicular remnants!