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No, not the pouring rain outside. The pee inside. Sigh.

Over the past week Buzz has started peeing in bed. Our bed, his bed (after being banished from our bed), Booker's bed (much to her and our dismay). I'm sure if we had more beds he would pee on them too. We had a couple of accidents here and there in the first six weeks we had him, especially some marking before he was neutered, but just over the past few days it has started happening over and over again - often just as he is standing (without any apparent cocking of his leg).

Having read here all about UTIs and the symptoms, we trotted him off right away to the vet. Rather annoyingly, they initially only did a urinalysis, not a culture, and then pronounced him UTI free when the results of the urinalysis were okay. Having also read about the need to do a culture to accurately check for a UTI, we insisted on a culture, which they are now doing two days later - and they also decided to xray for bladder or kidney stones. We should know those results in a couple of days.

Please join me in crossing your fingers and paws that it is a UTI after all, since then at least we know there is a reason and also know how to fix it - and he can start feeling better soon (although with the exception of the peeing, he doesn't appear to be in any pain or distress or discomfort).

Otherwise, I am just so perplexed as to why he has started to do this. I don't think there is anything particularly stressful going on in his life - other than that I was away on work for a couple of days last week and then again earlier this week. But he has kept doing it since I got back... and in fact I would say that his stress level has become much lower as he has integrated with the pack and gotten used to our home and his new neighbourhood - his tail is up and wagging when he is outside and he just seems so happy overall.
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Hey, I just typed a huge long message and it has disappeared. What?!?

Okay, I was able to go back and retrieve it and copy it back in above - thank goodness, because I just couldn't deal with the thought of having to type it all up again!
Thanks Kim - that is good to know. Maybe it is stress relating to my being away... it is really strange that he has been pretty much fine since he arrived, even when he really was stressed out at first. I did tell Marc - who has had to deal with the worst of it the last few days, on top of having a cold - that at least with Buzz it is JUST pee... with Popcorn the first few months were a triple treat of peeing, pooping (in her sleep) and being sick almost every morning (until we realized she needed some of her food in the morning to keep her stomach from being empty and causing her to throw up).
No unwanted peeing this morning so far - just the good kind outside! There is nothing showing so far on his xrays, bloodwork or urinalysis other than a few crystals which the vet doesn't think would be causing the problems... just waiting now for the culture to come back.

On the assumption now that it isn't a medical issue, we're going to try to keep to a better routine for a while and see how it goes - Buzz is about 2 years old so I think we might have gotten a bit more complacent than we would have if he was a puppy, and were not keeping to much of a schedule since the rest of the pack is so reliable (plus while I was away even what routine we had developed basically fell to the side since there was only one of us to deal with all four). So we're trying to do better to develop that and we'll see how it goes - but for now Buzzy is still banished from the bedroom but seems to be dealing with it okay (just a bit of whining and scratching at the door from time to time when we are there and he isn't).
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