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This morning when I got up (thanks to the Lucente Homes "gotta test the smoke alarm" guy) I went into the kitchen to find Arwen eating Eva's plant in the window. I shooed her down. As I sat down at the table to make a batch of pancakes, I saw her squatting down on some plastic grocery bags on the floor. I shooed her away, but not before she pissed on them. I cleaned them up (using some orange-clean kitchen spray) and went back to cooking. Then I heard her scratching on the recyclables box under the table. I looked and she had pissed on some plastic garbage bags under the table. So again with the cleaning.

This is getting to be a really impossible situation. I love her to pieces, but not when she's going around pissing in the KITCHEN. I am at my wits end - which, granted, isn't very far.

Going out in a little while. Hopefully Arwen won't piss on anything else while I'm out.

Date: 2005-07-20 09:35 am (UTC)
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More proof that all cats must be exterminated. This would SERIOUSLY throw me into a violent rage.

Date: 2005-07-20 09:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Personally, I think you're being very zen about this and handling it with poise and grace. I would not have.

Date: 2005-07-20 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

If she was using the box before, why isn't she now?

NOW, HOLD UP before you flame me. It's a serious question.

She may have problems with the box, she may be having problems with another cat keeping her from using the box or there may be a dominance war in progress OR she might be having PHYSICAL problems keeping her from making it to the box.

You need to (pardon the pun) eliminate these options before you go chalking it up to sheer feline cussedness.

cat problems

Date: 2005-07-20 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She would shit in the litter boxes but she would not piss in the litter. I did get her to piss on the pads I put in the one liter box, so it is not the box that is the problem. She just won't piss on litter. And she is very particular about a clean box.

The thing is J cleaned the boxes on Tuesday. They are as clean as they get.

Arwen and Embar have always had problems but that doesn't change our situation.

I really don't think it is a physical problem. She is healthy active and alert. She is not eliminating out of loss of control. She is not trying to upset or punish us.

I think the new curtain I put up frightened her away from the litter box and she was trying to find an acceptable alternative. Now that I've taken the curtain down this problem might go away. Then we will just be back to her pissing on the plastic beside the box in the hall.

I just remember how nice it was the night she got outside and in the morning I was able to get to the bathroom without stepping in a puddle of piss.

We love her. But she decreases our quality of life.

Date: 2005-07-20 10:35 am (UTC)
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Cats begin urinating where they shouldn't to get your attention. There is a reason behind this bizarre behavior. It may be a urinary tract infection, a bladder infection, or some of the other reasons mentioned above, like a turf war. Or the box may not be clean enough. Or the litter may be bothering her; if you have switched brands, that even could cause it. The only time my boys have ever peed where they shouldn't, they were trying to tell me something: Hunter has done it twice and it was a UTI both times. I would recommend having Arwen checked.

Date: 2005-07-20 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Try putting some plastic grocery bags in her litter box...

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