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Synderyella

need CAT advice and/or help please

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okay..my friend has a cat that is older. Not sure how old but was rescued 12 years ago as an adult. This cat has been the center of her attention until 4 years ago when she got married. Then last year they had a baby. The cat has never gone outside the litter box even when she had horrible bladder infections peeing blood and pus. But recently she is peeing on the baby's stuff. The baby is now mobile and since he started walking the cat is peeing on his toys. She has been to the vet and her urinary/kidney is clear but xanax just made her wobbly not stopping the pee on kids stuff. This is a behavior issue not a medical problem although she is getting old. So, the solutions are to send her to a relative to live out her years (she is in Texas now and the relative is in Virginia) or find someone who can help find a solution. Anybody got any experience or ideas? Is there a behavioral specialist in the Austin Texas area? Anyone willing to help drive the kitty to Virginia or meet halfway between Texas and Virginia? The airline for pets does not serve airports near either destination. Airlines will not fly pets during the summer due to temperature problems. Any help appreciated. thanks

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There are volunteer animal transport groups available. They usually transport dogs and cats from shelters to rescues, or rescues to new adoptive homes, but might be willing to help in this case to assist a senior cat. You could try googling animal rescue transport groups and post to several with your needs. In the meantime, I'll email the owner of one of the groups and ask her if this would be possible. Can you tell me where in Texas and where in Virginia, or where the relative from Virginia could meet halfway?

Thanks,

Judy G.

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There are volunteer animal transport groups available. They usually transport dogs and cats from shelters to rescues, or rescues to new adoptive homes, but might be willing to help in this case to assist a senior cat. You could try googling animal rescue transport groups and post to several with your needs. In the meantime, I'll email the owner of one of the groups and ask her if this would be possible. Can you tell me where in Texas and where in Virginia, or where the relative from Virginia could meet halfway?

Thanks,

Judy G.

In Virginia it would be around northern VA near DC and in Texas it is Austin. I think her sister might take the cat if she can have it in her apartment in Illinois. Thanks. Homing is not the problem...the difficulty is the behavior management. Nobody wants a cat who pees outside the box. I know..I have adopted one that does it sometimes.

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With all the fosters I had over time, and with those fosters who became a permanent part of The Pride, knock wood, I've encountered this issue only twice.

The first was with AJ after he'd been here about 5 months. He went from being a perfect gentleman about his litterbox (he had a favorite one) to going into the office instead and peeing in a cardboard file box. It took a little bit of time, but one day I saw him start to go into the laundry room where his favorite box was.... the air conditioner turned on (the furnace is in the laundry room), and he ran away. That was the issue. When he first came here, the air conditioner wasn't on. I moved his favorite litterbox closer to the doorway into the laundry room, and further from the furnace, and we never had the issue again. Creatures of habit are these cats, and sometimes what has changed in their world is not so apparent.

The other is more like the issue your relative has. Little creatures invading their turf. Topaz has lived with me for years and years. As long as she has a high perch and a window to look out, she is fine. Gets up now and then to stretch and use the litterbox, but her usual pattern is to meow until the person she wants to meet comes to her and pays her attention. She went through a phase of literally just peeing on her perch. At first I thought one of the younger cats was doing it as a challenge to her claim on that perch, until I saw her do it. I knew the youngsters had great fun in upsetting her, and I know when she is sound asleep, they would sneak up on her and startle her.

Solution- Opened up a storage closet, and stacked some boxes in a corner so she could be up high, and nobody could spring on her from the back. When she wants to sleep, she goes to that storage closet, and when she wants to be in the action, she stays on her perch where she can watch all the going ons in the house. In essence, built her a "man-cave" she can escape to. The younger cats won't cross into her space because I have the vacuum cleaner sitting in front of it, and they are afraid of it. She likes the vacuum cleaner.

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