Losing patience with male cat spraying
I've had this issue for almost a year, cat has had medical checkup, separating from other cats, homeopathic remedies, foil on marking areas, double sided tape on marking areas, every cleaner made to clean up urine smell, feliway diffusers/spray, clean litter boxes twice a day, food or treats in the places he marks to deter him but he finds another place to do it, you name it, I've tried it, even if I haven't named it here. My husband has been pretty patient, considering, but not as much as me and even I am losing patience. Had him for 10 years, just started one year ago when got two new strays. No I am not getting rid of strays or him, even tho I would like to. Could make him outside cat but don't want him to get hurt. Embarrased to have company over. Currently, he is on anti-anxiety meds, this is his second week, not helping. Don't want to give him away or put him to sleep, don't believe in that, but don't know what else to do and my husband is getting angry.
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I commend you for your patience and willingness to work with this guy. Having had 2 cats who sprayed inside my house that was for sale at the time, I know how annoying this can be. I truly believe that all of you could benefit from a serious chat with your vet. Anti-anxiety meds should be used in conjunction with behavioral management/counselling. Most vets know of animal behaviorists and some even have one on staff. Some cats are super-territorial and your's could be one of those. Your first course of action is to have a heart-to-heart with your vet. They may also be able to refer you to a specialty clinic where vet's specialize not only in medical but psychological problems in cats as well. Good luck.
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/4/12. Helpful? / 1