Friday, March 21, 2008
What Do We Do Now??
Image from Helena Garcia- she has the cutest designs and paintings!
Ok, so this is hard to think about let alone blog about - but it is driving me crazy. We have a cat who chooses to use two specific corners of our living room as a litter box - just to urinate. We have tried everything to fix the problem. We increased the litter boxes from one to three, we stick to the litter she likes, we put the litter boxes in a nice quite location away from her food and keep them clean - we even visited the vet to rule out medical problems. We put large plants in each corner to block her visits - but she just squeezes behind them and goes anyway. We even tried to put her food in that location so she wouldn't use that spot - she still would!
The areas have been treated with all sorts of cleaners ranging from carpet cleaners, pet stain removers, enzyme cleaners and organic cleaners. We even tried putting orange peels in the area to distract her - all these things work for a short while but she always goes back eventually.
We have tried to solve and prevent this behavior for 5 years now, actually I had no idea it was a problem until last year when we moved from our apartment into a house. During our move-out inspection the maintenance man pulled up the carpet in a few corners as a routine check and found the tell-tale stains. Moving into a new home I was hoping the problem would stop - with an apartment I have no idea what smells were in the carpet before, but there was only one previous owner of this home.
When we visited the vet, he ruled out any medical issues and said it was probably stress from the move. We will have lived in this house for a full year in April and the problem is still persisting.
I do not know what else to do. She has also taken up scratching the carpet to shreds on our stairs - even with 4 scratching posts of different types placed throughout the house.
She never goes outside, we are home a lot and gets enough attention, there haven't been any changes in her diet or the litter brand. We haven't moved anything in the house or had guests over to upset her or anything.
We are at wits-end - we cannot allow this behavior to continue as it is destroying our home (or at least our carpet and our sanity).
Any advice? Anyone want to adopt an obviously neurotic cat? Should we take her to a shelter? Should we put her down? What do we do?