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Sep. 27th, 2006 @ 10:45 am Inappropriate Peeing
Ok, I need help... bad.
I have an 8yo calico (Frankie) that has a peeing problem. It's been on-going for years now and has become more frequent lately. I'm at the end of my rope and if something doesn't work soon I'm afrai I'll have to adopt her out. Some details...

-As I said she's about 8
-This has been a problem for years
-She's been given a clean bill of health (more than once) and the vet says it's behavioral and doesn't appear to be spraing but is actually peeing.
-We also have a kitten (about 1.5 yo, male {Wicket})
-Her behaviour went unchanged when we got him
-I've tried deterants like tinfoil, chilli powder, and various other things.
-I always throughly clean the areas when she pees
-It's typically when we're asleep or gone that she pees but she does do it when we are home too occasionally
-I always praise her when she does use the litter box for anything
-She always poops in her box
-I clean the box everyday

I've read that you can begin to re-train a cat by limiting their access to other rooms in the house but I'm afraid confining her would cause seperation anxiety for Wicket (and possible her as well) and I don't think it's fair to confine them both for 2 reasons 1) being locked up together might stress her out because he is high energy and 2) I feel it's unfair to confine him when he's done nothing wrong. I'm gratefull everyday that he doesn't pick up Frankie's habit. I'm also worried about deterants because in the past if it has kept her away from a particular spot if only causes her to find a new bad spot instead of sending her back to the box. I'm going to change their feeding schedule so that I can maybe confine us both to the litter room after shes eaten. I'm also going to schedule playtims for just her and do the same thing after play time (visit the box). But any other ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Date:January 7th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
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Were you ever able to get your kitty to stop this behavior?
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Date:January 8th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
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Well, She has good weeks and bad weeks. It mostly seems to depend on two things. First is if I've been diligent about cleaning the litter box. Oh, I added a second one right next to the first and that helped alot! The second thing is if my cirtus odor eater if old.
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