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I need advice about 2 cats- PLEASE HELP...
October 30, 2011
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schif521
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I dont really know what to do and need some advice quick. Dont know if my problem calls for a trip to a vet or if its me worried over nothing....

      -I have 2 male cats, brother, about 6 or 7 years old. 2 days ago I had a yearly apartment inspection done. I put my 2 cats in the spare bedroom for the day with their literbox and food/water so they would be out of the way (I have done this before). When I got home from work, I let them out of room and left apartment for awhile. I left the literbox in the same room. When I returned home- the whole apartment smelled like cat urine. I quickly cleaned the apartment, moved the liter box and food/water back to normal place. I think they peed where the liter box is usually kept when I wasn't home (that is about where the smell was coming from). I cleaned the area and moved liter box back. They have not used literbox since, or gone to the bathroom at all for that matter. This morning I changed/cleaned the literbox but it still has not changed anything. They ARE still eating normally.  I dont know what could be wrong...   HELP PLEASE

October 30, 2011
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First, I am assuming that both of your cats have been neutered (which reduces and frequently eradicates the male cat's drive to "mark his territory").

That said, it appears one (or both) of your cats developed "territory confusion," marking the territory where their litter box SHOULD have been.  Cats do hate change.  It is unfortunate that you forgot to immediately restore their box to its normal location in your home.  Hence, the marking of their territory.

Hopefully, if you leave the box in its position, they will resume normal elimination behaviors.  Cats actually prefer ROUTINE.  So, this marking is not something they are happy doing.  They prefer the "old ways." 

Again, if they have not been properly neutered, you may need to attend to this.

 

-  Ma Strong

October 30, 2011
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I should have added that I am NOT a vet, nor am I an animal behavior specialist.  Have simply owned alot of cats.  One of my friends rescues and provides holistic treatment for cats.  She has two which must be in their cages whenever she is sleeping or out of the house.  (Mind you, these cages are HUGE, cozy -- furnished with kitty slings, towers & toys -- and have both food and water in them, as well as small litter boxes.  Not exactly "prisons.")

She must cage these two cats when not under her direct supervision because BOTH continue to "mark territory" in her home. Sometimes, they will stop, but a few refuse and must be caged appropriately for sleeptime, etc.

-  Ma Strong

October 30, 2011
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Thank you very much. I will note that since this morning when I changed their liter and washed the box and everything- both went the bathroom, but only once. I am not sure if the scent was them spraying or if one of them just went to the bathroom on the towel- which was still where the box normally is (thankfully). When I moved the towel where I thought was damp, I cleaned the area and put the box back where it normally goes. I think that maybe the smell was just still lingering- but I'm not sure.  Thanks for the advice though!!!!!!!!!!! Hopefully this is all I will have to worry about it Laugh

*Ang

November 2, 2011
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schif521 ~ Best wishes and Blessings to you on this journey with your feline angels Smile

November 3, 2011
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schif521,

 

Maybe Ma is right about the cat's developing territory confusion thing. Just like puppies, when they are used to a place where they usually urinate or defecate, they would normally go back to that place where they can do the same thing. It seems like cats and dogs or other animals have stable minds when it comes to their habitat. Also, cat urine has a a very strong smell so maybe that's the main reason why the area stinks. Maybe you can consult a Vet or go to any cat grooming facilities so you can gather advices on how to properly groom and take care of your cats.

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