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need CAT advice and/or help please
Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:59 PM
Posted 26 April 2012 - 06:50 AM
Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:09 AM
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.
Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:32 AM
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.
Love, from AJ's Pride and Skeeter's Joy
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