So anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that last week, I was seriously considering having my cat euthanized. Man, that sounds awful to say. Spoiler alert – he is still among the living.
Here are the basics:
Since I moved into this house two years ago, this particular cat has slowly stopped using the litter box for all liquid deposits. That’s right, he’s peeing all over my house. It started out just being on the fireplace. Well, that’s easy enough to deal with. But then he decided that he liked to pee on carpet. My whole basement – which is the living space of the house – is carpeted, as is my office and closet. He’s not allowed in the closet or office, but I struggled with keeping him out of the basement.
At first, he just had a few spots on the carpet that he would pee on. But then he just started going anywhere. I couldn’t even get the spots cleaned up – he would just pee directly on the cleaning solution. It was ridiculous and exasperating. Less than 24 hours after cleaning up after him, there were three new spots on the carpet.
As any pet owner will understand, I adore this cat, but I can’t have him destroying my house. So I’m grasping at straws.
Here’s what I have done:
- Full veterinary workup – he’s fine
- Five litterboxes for 2 cats, 3 without hoods, 2 with hoods
- Calming treats
- Cat Attract litter and litter additive
- Blocking off the spots where he pees (he finds new ones)
- Puppy pads
- Cleaning with multiple kinds of enzymatic treatments
- Multiple types of litter
- Lots of petting and cuddles
Now, we’re trying Prozac and he’s blocked from going into the basement. I’ve not yet gotten to the point where I’m confining him to a single room, but that will be the next step if I have to go to that route. The vet tech, who I adore, is helping me brainstorm ideas and wants me to help keep him. The vet agrees, but flat out told me that this could be tough to break him of and she wouldn’t fault me if I decided to euthanize him.
So that’s where we are. I’m willing to hear any tips that anyone might have because I would like to keep this fuzzy little guy around for a while.