|Purred: Tue May 29, '12 9:45am PST |
|There it is. The big question that everyone wants to know. Here's the scoop.
I had a table in the dining room that Ophelia would sit under. One day, I noticed it started to smell odd. I moved the table, and discovered she had been peeing under there. So, I scrub, I clean, I carpet clean (luckily I own a carpet cleaner!). It happens again. And again. So of course I call the vet and get her an appointment. She's an obese cat, and so there can be a ton of problems.
I put plastic bags down on the floor after the fourth or fifth cleaning. She hates bags, so I figured it would keep her away. No. She peed right on the bag. From then confined her to a small area where she could go to the basement and get to the litter box as well as having access to food and water.
Took her to the vet, got testing done. She has diabetes. I also needed to get a urine sample, so I brought her home, keeping her confined (per the vet's orders) and got the sample. She has a UTI.
Okay- we're making progress. She is now on prescription food for the diabetes (Purina DM), and she got her antibiotic shot for the UTI. I let her out of the penned area, but kept the spot she was peeing in blocked off because I wanted to clean it a few more times.
I have cleaned this with carpet cleaner, two different types of enzymes from the pet store, the vinegar, soap, peroxide mixture. I have cleaned this area at least 10 different times. When I take the blockade down, she pees. So I clean again.
This last time, I decided to move the food and water directly over the spot where she's been peeing. Because everyone tells me that cats won't "go" where their food is.
Nope. She goes. She doesn't care. I just had to clean up two different spots in the area. How do I stop this?
I cannot have a blockage there of boxes and card tables and whatnot forever. Of course I'd love to rip up the carpet, but that's financially not an option. And I can buy any new furniture right now to cover the spot and prevent her from crawling under it.
I don't get it. My other cat Othello doesn't seem to care about the pee. He doesn't go there - he uses the litter box all the time. And Ophelia will go and use the litter box (and yes, if I clean it out any more, I'll just have to hire someone to sit there and scoop as soon as one of them does the business!).
So, I'm stumped. I need to figure out what I can do. Does anyone have a solution?
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