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Brenye
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posted 07-08-2003 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brenye     Edit/Delete Message
I have three cats 2 males one female. Two out of the three have potty problems. I've had the male orange tabby and the female longhaired tortiose for 2 years now both were fixed at 6 weeks of age, and the white siamease/white alley cat mix since september of last year who was fixed at 3-4 months of age.

At first the female used the litter box, then my husband and I went on vacation for a month and the person who was supposed to take care of the cats (in our home) ended up locking them up in the bathroom for most of the day, aparently only letting them out to eat, and didn't clean the cat box but maybe once the whole time we were gone. When we came home the whole bathroom looked like one giant cat box, ever since then the female refuses to use the cat box (we even placed a spare one in the hall to no avail) she pees/poos in the hall just outside the cat box. We've tried cleaning it with all sorts of cleaners, from baking soda, viniger, alchol, and special "smell be gone" sprays. Nothing has worked. We are at our witts end she has been doing this for well over a year and previously we loved her enough to just keep cleaning up after her, but now we have a new baby and I can't have him be around that once he starts crawling, so its either get her to stop or put her to sleep .

As if that wasn't enough the 1yr old siamease/alley cat mix pees on any towels, sheets, comforters that are anywhere he can get to them, as well as the futon. If those things aren't around he uses the cat box, and he poos in the cat box always. We have tried the furniture spray thats supposed to keep them off... just made them jump up all the more and wander around sniffing. We used all the same cleaners we used in the hall and none worked. He has been fixed since we got him at 3-4 months of age, but according to all the packages we read he is not spraying because thats a small amount and he pees a huge amount. I can't have him doing that, he peed on my son's matress/sheets. We had to buy a whole new set which is costly.

The third cat uses the bathroom just fine, but we would have to get rid of him as well if we got rid of the other two because when we took the other two to the vet a while back the whole time they were gone the orange tabby meowed like someone was swinging him around by his tail and didnt shut up except for a few min here and there when he slept, he didn't even eat the whole day and 1/2 they were gone.

We used the Feliway spray in both areas and it has yet to work. We are moving at the end of this month and its coming down to the wire, we don't want to have to pay the 1000 in pet fees/deposits if we are going to have to get rid of them so we have to find something that works. I love my cats and if it wasn't for worries of my son's health I would continue to just clean up after them, but if it comes down to choosing the choice will most deff be my son.
We also were looking into the felway plug in, but the vets we have called all said it keeps them from pottying in a 650 sqft area, and our new apartment is 647sqft so that wouldn't work because their cat box would be in the effected area. All my other cats I have had have always been housebroken (would scratch on door to be let out to go potty), but living in Florida along the river there are aligators and I don't want them to get eaten. Please help I love my cats and don't want to loose them!!!!

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iluvmypup
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Registered: May 2003

posted 07-08-2003 05:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iluvmypup     Edit/Delete Message
this is just a guess but i used to have a dog that i let someone watch for me and when she came home she would not eat out of her bowl no matter what i put in it so we went out and got her a different bowl and then she was fine.well i found out later the person that watched my dog had hit her with the bowl(which really upset me)so what i'm thinking is it possible that this person had ubused your cat in some way?which could have made yor cat afraid to use the litter box?if so you might want to try using a different size or color of litter box.or maybe placing it in another place in the house.

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Brenye
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posted 07-08-2003 06:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Brenye     Edit/Delete Message
We have another one in the hall, its differant size/type as well as the one in the bathroom, and she refuses to use either of them. We've also tried putting the cat box in the living room, spare bedroom and master bedroom (which we have to keep closed now due to the newest kitty's potty problem). Thanks for the idea though.

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katkrazy
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From:Cleveland, OH, USA
Registered: Jun 2003

posted 07-09-2003 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for katkrazy     Edit/Delete Message
One thing I can suggest is when they go potty in the hall use a small paper towel or tissue paper to wipe it up - no cleanser on the paper and put the paper in the litter boxes. Than clean the spot with cleanser etc.

This will put their scent in the litter box and hopefully draw them in to continue leaving their potty in the litter boxes, and not on the floors, beds and sheets. I've had to do this before and it helps. Try also to close the doors to rooms so they have fewer places to potty in - the fewer places they smell their scent, the less options of places they choose to potty in. Once they start to use their litter boxes again, start opening up doors to them as a reward for their good behavior. Hope this helps. Best of luck to you.

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