… which isn’t difficult when you have so few wits to start with. Both cats are driving me insane lately and I really have no idea what to do to curb the behaviour.
I practice kitty-kat curfew. That means both cats locked in for the night before we go to bed. This is a practice I’ve always had and with rare exception it’s usually worked. The cats end up staying out one night every six months or so … Well with Hemingway’s demise a few weeks ago I just don’t sleep if the cats are outside at night now.
Usually Abby spends most days outside but comes in for dinner, and then comes in on and off during the night and one of us will remember and shut the back door during one of her pop ins during the evening. For the past three nights, she hasn’t shown up any later than 4pm in the afternoon. She hasn’t shown up for dinner, we haven’t seen her during the evening, but she’s been waiting at the back door when we get up the next morning. If she was a friendlier cat, I would suspect her of having a second home and spending the night elsewhere. But she’s a very shy cat who does not let other people near her. And this morning she hasn’t come home. At all.
Trubs has been peeing in the kitchen. I use clumping litter and mum’s bathroom gets quite steamy so the litter doesn’t stay fresh as long as it used to. Last week I bought some deodorizer for the tray, basically scented talcum powder and bicarb which I thought might help keep absorb some of the smells. Trubs stopped using and started peeing in the kitchen. I came down with a dose of the hives at the same time so it was a couple of days before I rectified the situation.
I completely washed out the litter tray, the bathroom, the kitchen floor, the kitchen cupboards, I used floor cleaner, vinegar and strong disinfectant in the kitchen. The bathroom was cleaned and returned to normal (ie before the deodorizer). This morning I awoke to cat pee and cat shit in the kitchen.
I picked the poop up and the cat, deposited them both in the litter tray and stared her down and she just calmly walked out of the tray and curled up on the lounge and went to sleep. What do I do?
Trubs as an older cat, vomits regularly and I’ve trained her to try to vomit in the kitchen instead of on the carpet. I wonder if that is mixing the signals in her old head? There’s no way mum will agree to a litter tray in the kitchen it’s just not sanitary to have cat poop in the kitchen.
Any suggestions to either issue?