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Old 10-08-2008, 02:10 PM   #11
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We didn't take him in knowing we would be too broke to help him 5 years later.
He went to a no-kill shelter.... I could not afford to get him vet care anymore. This was not the case when he got him.
We're not irresponsible people. Things happen.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:19 PM   #12
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This is a tough problem that I've been through before. I understand your point, Babe, and I agree with being committed to any pet you take in. But some cats are very determined to urinate everywhere and I can't live with that long term either. It's not fair to the humans who share the house.

Sometimes with an older cat, it's the beginnings of diabetes. I would check that out first. That can be treated. If there's no changes in the household that the cat is protesting, then you may never find out why kitty is doing it.

My daughter had this problem and she solved it by building a chain link dog run in her back yard and letting the cat outside in the run in the daytime hours. It completely solved the problem.

I have made a couple of cats through the years indoor/outdoor cats because of this problem. It's risky because sometimes something happens to them. But I reasoned that it was better than the pound since no one else would want a cat who pees in the house, either.

Good luck, Constance. It's really tough when this happens and I feel for you.
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Old 10-08-2008, 02:35 PM   #13
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squzie, i'm guessing that your cat had behavioural problems as well. it was probably objecting to having legos shoved up it's nose...

i think that it's unfair to characterize someone as irresponsible if they're unable to care for a pet. not everyone realizes the commitment involved, and as squzie put it "things happen", or rather people's lives can change to prevent them from being able to give the proper care. hopefully, those people only make that mistake once in their lifetime. or would that be 9 times?

umm, anyway, the shelters near me take a lot of personal info on those who adopt pets, as well as those who abandon them there. if someone does either more then once without a plausible excuse, they are not allowed to adopt again. sadly, some of the sickos used to try to adopt pets for things like animal sacrifice, and for "bait" animals for their attack pets.
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:34 PM   #14
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It's not that Mei Yu is not using the litter box...she does. It's more like she's sending me some kind of message. Sometimes it is because her litter box is overdue, but last night that was not the case.
She's been through spells of doing this ever since we've had her. When we first got her, it made her mad that DH would put her out of the bedroom when we made woopee, so as soon as we opened the door, she went right to my pillow and sprayed.

Point being, I'm sick of it, and I'm not going to put up with it anymore.

I'm going to try something else. I can't catch her to put her out of the bedroom at night because she runs into that little space behind the water bed, so tomorrow, DH is going to staple some cardboard over the openings so she can't get in there. Then I'll run her out and sleep with the door closed. Hopefully, that will do the job.
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Old 10-08-2008, 06:54 PM   #15
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my Parents own a bratty feline who pees on thier new carpet. so they let her roam outside, & take her pee at her litterbox morning & evening.
& ellie, another of thier babies, is very arthritic, so she'll pee by thier basement (she tries) , with her it's woolite & a litterbox in thier linoleum restroom.
my Mom's a pro at kitty pee removal.
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Old 10-08-2008, 07:07 PM   #16
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I'm glad you and DH are trying something else before the last straw, Connie!

Good luck - I hope you are successful and get to keep your cat!

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Old 10-09-2008, 08:18 AM   #17
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squzie, i'm guessing that your cat had behavioural problems as well. it was probably objecting to having legos shoved up it's nose...


roflmao. Leave it to you Bucky.
Anyway, hope things work out for you Constance. Sounds to me like she may be jealous of you ?
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:26 AM   #18
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This really sounds like a behavioural issue, perhaps even jealousy. If it is jealousy, I am not even going to start on how to deal with it cos I have failed miserably at rectifying that behaviour in my own cat!!! But I will suggest using a time out room for the cat. When it misbehaves and won't accept normal correction (like clapping your hands at it), try putting it in the bathroom/laundry/toilet for a couple of minutes. There is a guide as to how long to do this for. I usually only leave mine in time out for two to three minutes. I often wait until the cat has meowed twice before letting it out, giving it a quick cuddle before I do. You can't reason with the cat but you can break a behaviour cycle. Just doesn't work well for jealousy, only the effect of jealousy such as beating up another cat cos I paid it some attention.
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Old 10-09-2008, 09:51 AM   #19
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We didn't take him in knowing we would be too broke to help him 5 years later.
He went to a no-kill shelter.... I could not afford to get him vet care anymore. This was not the case when he got him.
We're not irresponsible people. Things happen.
I have to agree with you on this issue. Circumstances change and there is a big difference between a cat and a kid (although I'd have committed my child if at the age of 6 she peed anywhere but the toilet).
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Old 10-09-2008, 10:00 AM   #20
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This won't be a popular opinion, but I do feel strongly about this...

If you absolutely positively decide to get rid of your 9 year old cat, then be
nice to it and take it to the vet to be euthanized.

In my humble opinion, that is a MUCH MORE loving thing to do than to abandon it in
a cold, scary, lonely environment full of strange cats, strange sounds, a cold metal
cage, strange food, no love.....

and eventually the same result.

Course, you could abandon it in a No Kill Shelter... then it gets the great joy of
enduring the confusion and abandonment for YEARS AND YEARS.

Be strong and do the right thing.
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