|Purred: Wed Jan 11, '12 8:59am PST |
|It's true that some cats are more comfortable in small, confined spaces. Maybe she feels like the bathroom is "hers", but if she's displaced from her space whenever you have guests, that may cause her stress along with the stress caused by the unfamiliar people in her home.
Is there another small room in your home that can be more dedicated to her, where she won't have to be moved if you have guests? A utility room, or even a walk-in closet? Maybe the displacement, even if it occurs only occasionally, causes her to feel that she can't really get comfortable because her litterbox and other essentials are moved around whenever people stay over.
I would suggest finding a more consistent place for her to stay with all of her essentials, and continue to let her out to be with the family. Once she has a place that she knows will always be "hers" and that she won't be shifted around, maybe it will help her to be calm and seek out her "safe" place when she needs to go. Ralphie doesn't have the inappropriate urination problem like Kloey, but he is perfectly happy to be in his room, sometimes for long periods of time. He seems to feel safe there, whether he's closed in by us for whatever reason, or if he goes in to hang out by his own choice.
Good luck! This doesn't sound like a fun problem, and you are wonderful to stick with her all this time and try to find solutions for her.