Inappropriate elimination on furniture.
Hi, I'm writing on behalf of a friend of mine. She had a massive flea infestation in her home and unfortunately lost one of her adopted pets. The other was so sick that it spent a week at the vet to try and save her life. She's back at home again now and her house has been thoroughly cleansed of fleas.
Since the cat's return she has taken to urinating on their furniture. Tables and such. I felt it was the mourning of the other pet that has caused this behviour (she was obviously checked for other issues during her vet stay). I suggested white vinegar to deter urinating in some spots but they have leather furniture and it may potentially spoil these items. Other than confining the cat to one room, is there other advice you can offer her?
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This kitty has been through more than one trauma. She's been away from her home for what, in her mind, was a very long time. One of her mates disappeared and she is probably looking for him/her. She herself was very ill and not only pumped full of meds but poked and prodded by relative strangers as well. I'm hoping she was tested for a urinary tract infection. If she was kept in a cage, her regular urinary habits were interrupted and sometimes cats will not urinate which can cause infections. She may also be remarking her territory, making it "her's" once again. Vinegar actually will not deter this behavior. Since the furniture is leather, it would be best for your friend to contact the shop where it was purchased for advice. On other surfaces, they must use an oxy or enzymatic cleaner and follow directions. Your friend can also contact her vet and share with them what her cat is now doing. Since they had her for a week, they may have insight into her personality and be able to advise.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 12/6/11. Helpful? / 0