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Thread: What to do about the cat?

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    Senior Member Anna.425's Avatar
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    I love cats, I am a foster mom for kittens and a life long cat owner (and at this point that is A LOT of cats). Never, NEVER have I ever had cat odors in my home......until now.

    DD came home from college with a cat, yes we agreed to her bringing it home, it was not a surprise...exactly. She has a young, male, neutered cat (I almost always own female cats) and we have two 16 year old cats, one male and one female. The young cat, Mishka, is terrorizing the female cat, Weebles. He has driven her away from the food and the cat pan. At the advice of our vet we set up several food and potty stations and it has not helped. As a matter of fact Mishka took over the one cat pan that was upstairs (none of the other cats even use pans anymore, they only go outside). Mishka is an indoor cat and is so picky that he will stop using the pan and pee next to it if it isn't scooped everyday and DD has not done so. We eliminated the upstairs pan and now only have the downstairs pan and now Mishka is peeing upstairs. He is a smart cat and knows that there is a pan downstairs. I have tried spiked mats to deter him and don't ask me how, he has peed on them.

    I'm mad as H@ll and I'm not going to take it any more. I have purchased scat mats so if Mishka steps on them he will receive a very, very mild shock. I hate doing that but I don't know what else to do. Any suggestions?

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    Have your vet check Mishka for a UTI or other infections. Many times this can cause a behavioral change that manifests in litterbox problems. One of my cats had dental problems & once we treated the infections in his mouth, he went back to using his litterbox like nothing had happened.

    Oh - & clean any areas he has peed or defecated on with an enzyme product like Nature's Miracle. It will get rid of his scent entirely & help with him not returning to that spot.

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    Super Member Jan in VA's Avatar
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    Is there a Cesar Millan for cats?!
    That would drive me clean out of my mind!!

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Is there a Cesar Millan for cats?!
    That would drive me clean out of my mind!!

    Jan in VA
    There is! Sort of...there's a show on Animal Planet called My Cat from Hell, or something similar. He's not what I expected. Different methods than Cesar, but working with different animals. His methods seem to work. He has worked with some PSYCHO cats! :twisted: Amazing what the owners put up with.

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    Anna he is probably marking "his" territory to let the other cats know who's boss!! As long as the other male cat is around he will probably continue to do so...good luck!! crafty_linda_b

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    Can you confine him to a bathroom with the litter box for a few days. I have heard folks that have had problems use this method to get the cat to use the box again. I think it works. At least it would confine his inappropriate elimination to one space.

    There is also a litter called Cat Attract Litter that is supposed to work for enticing the cat to the litter box.

    There is also a hormone spray this is supposed to calm cats called Feliway (I think) it comes in a spray and a plug-in. It supposed to calm cats so they are not so tense around each other.

    Good luck.

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    My Daughter has a main coon cat that is over 25 pounds he is long hair and hates when its time to comb an do hair balls so she got some of the calming stuff, I will tell you it did not work

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    My Daughter has a main coon cat that is over 25 pounds he is long hair and hates when its time to comb an do hair balls so she got some of the calming stuff, I will tell you it did not work

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    opps didnt mean for double sry

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    DD has multiple cats and one young cat decided to torment an new older cat. Nothing she tried would stop it. When one of the other cats died, the torment stopped. The vet said there was one too many cats for the tormentors liking and he picked on one to show his dislike, but who knows, cats have amazing different personalities and they act out how they feel. Now the two cats get along fine. She is always finding strays and finds them a home,(they have an outside living area) much to her DH's dismay. He wasn't a cat person at all when they married. DD told him that was sad and to get over it. He brought a stray kitten home so he sure got over it! LOL

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