Retraining cat that pees inappropriately
September 16, 2007 5:21 PM Subscribe
My cat has started urinating in inappropriate spots in my house (and also my friend's house who was taking care of her and my other cat while I went through a move).
I've read the threads here on dealing with urine smell, etc. But need more detailed advice about the process of RETRAINING.
posted by zenpop to Pets & Animals (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've had her taken to the vet and she checked out fine. And yes there are all the classic situations happening that cause behavior problems: i.e. I've had to move residence, with the upheaval of packing and boxes lying around all over (which she would pee in), not to mention my own stressed out state of mind during the chaos. As I got crazier she seemed to freak out more and start peeing in spots outside of her box.
I'm wanting to know from other MetaFilter folk how they retrained their peeing cat.
I'm thinking of confining her, in the new house that I'll be taking her to soon, in the laundry room (which has a decent amount of space) with her bed and food and water. There is a cat door in this room that leads to a small enclosed spot in the garage that will have her litter box. If I keep her in there for about five days or so does that seem long enough for her to relearn using her box.
Should I also put my other cat in there with her, who is acting fine, for company? And make her go through the five day process? Or should it be longer than that?
I'm at the end of my rope and would hate to get rid of her. She's been a great cat for the last three years, but, well, we all know what cat piss smells like.