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Re: Surrendering or re-homing a cat

Postby AandMKelowna » Nov 17th, 2013, 6:56 pm

Oh no, she's been tested. It was my first thought.

However, as I sat down to write this she walked over and peed in my recycling. The Litter-box was cleaned two hours ago. A wee bit frustrated at this point.
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Re: Surrendering or re-homing a cat

Postby gardengirl » Nov 17th, 2013, 7:20 pm

AandMKelowna wrote:Oh no, she's been tested. It was my first thought.

However, as I sat down to write this she walked over and peed in my recycling. The Litter-box was cleaned two hours ago. A wee bit frustrated at this point.


I have been watching a program on Animal Planet called My Cat from Hell.
It is about a cat behaviourist who goes into peoples homes to help with issues exactly like yours.
It seems to come down to finding out what the cat is trying to tell you.
Sometimes it is a territorial issue, other times a health problem or even just a dislike of the choice of litter or the box you are using.
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Re: Surrendering or re-homing a cat

Postby Lore » Nov 18th, 2013, 5:09 pm

AandMKelowna wrote:Oh no, she's been tested. It was my first thought.

However, as I sat down to write this she walked over and peed in my recycling. The Litter-box was cleaned two hours ago. A wee bit frustrated at this point.

Yeah that would be a wee bit frustrating.
If she is medically OK and its not related to unclean/unscooped litter boxes
or the # of boxes or the location of the boxes or the type of litter used then its
probably behavioral.
Did she always pee out of the box, even as a kitten/young cat?
Did the 3 cats always fight?
Are they just hissing at each other or physically going after each other?
If there was a time when the pee was in the box and they got along
with each other then something in the home changed to cause the problems
Then its a matter of figuring out what the change was.
Something I have done in my multi cat household that helps keep the peace
is I have numerous cat trees with different levels and I have a high wooden
shelving unit (4 shelves), its not expensive and I put small blankets/pillows
on the shelves with a cat tree close to it so they can jump to the highest level.

This works well for cats because when we walk into a room we just see one area
but when a cat jumps on a table thats one area, when they jump on the wooden shelve
its another area couch another area,etc,etc.
The more cats you have the more areas you should have and of course cats like height.
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Re: Surrendering or re-homing a cat

Postby Lore » Nov 18th, 2013, 5:17 pm

gardengirl wrote:I have been watching a program on Animal Planet called My Cat from Hell.
It is about a cat behaviourist who goes into peoples homes to help with issues exactly like yours.
It seems to come down to finding out what the cat is trying to tell you.
Sometimes it is a territorial issue, other times a health problem or even just a dislike of the choice of litter or the box you are using.

I watch that show all the time.
Alot of good info on that show.
He really really knows cats.

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Re: Surrendering or re-homing a cat

Postby AandMKelowna » Nov 19th, 2013, 8:52 am

I really think it's to do with Alpha status. The first two always fought over it(my first cat is kind of a giant sucky baby) but did settle on the first cat being the boss. They started getting along and eventually would groom each-other, lay together and play. My second cat is actually mentally challenged and I think she just stopped caring and gave it up.

This one came along(and she was very young when she found us) and she just acted like she was already the boss. Now the other two HATE each-other, but like her. Not just hissing or spitting or swatting either but full on HATE. I kind of thought that moving here might make it ease up since all cats came in to a new territory and it was kind of up for grabs, in the sense that it had no other cat smells in it yet. I thought if she were going to claim the title it would have been when we got here(we only had two cats here for the first few weeks and she was one of them).

We have one cat tree with two levels on it and she owns the top one. Each one has their favorite places to be and that's hers. The window sill is the second cats fave and my big giant baby just likes to be wherever it smells like me, usually half on me.

Her behaviour has always been this way. When I say we've tried everything, I do mean everything. Clothes or blankets that smell like us, keeping her in her own room(with cuddles from us of course) etc etc. She seems to pick and choose when and where she's going to pee outside the litter-box. I can't REALLY figure out a pattern or a cause, though I know there is one.

Any other suggestions, I am certainly open to.
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Re: Surrendering or re-homing a cat

Postby Lore » Nov 20th, 2013, 5:07 pm

AandMKelowna, I don't think it has to do with being alpha cat.
It would be easier to try to assess if I could talk to you
and have back and forth conversation.
Either I could phone you or visa versa.
PM me and let me know if you want to connect somehow.
On what you have said so far I'm thinking it
has more to do with stress/fear stress but there
may be other info that could change my opinion.
What you think is nothing may really mean something.
Would like to help you but it does take detective work.

Here are some ideas.
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-p ... x-problems
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