|Purred: Sat Aug 22, '09 10:31pm PST |
|Hugs for you, Pepper's mom. We know how you feel. Isabelle had a loooong episode of inappropriate peeing - hers was due to severe territory issues (although she is an only cat, when we moved from an apt to a house, she could see other cats outside). Here's what we did:
1) Cleaned the dickens out of the carpet with every cleaner known to man. Didn't work.
2) Used feliway spray (didn't work); plug in did help her general anxiety level, but peeing continued (we still use the plug in though, since it seems to take the edge off her anxiety).
3) Tried new litter, new box, several boxes, closed in a room with the box, etc. Didn't work (she, too, would use the box sometimes, but not always)
4) Ran oodles of test at the vet. Nothing wrong.
Our last ditch effort was to completely replace our carpet, pad and tack strip and put her on amitriptyline (an anti-anxiety, antidepressant). IT WORKED.
Before you give up, see your vet about medication. I"m not saying its the answer for everyone, but for us, it worked. She was on a very small dose for about 9 months. We saw results after about 2 weeks, and kept her on it to ensure the behavior was corrected. It was a blessing for us.
Good luck - I hope you can keep Pepper!
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