So I mentioned a while back how my kitty had a UTI that we were treating, and although I’ve received exactly zero emails or inquiries about her condition, I know you people are probably on the edge of your seats wondering how things are going with my cat’s urinary tract.
We took Skylar to the vet in February because we caught her peeing on the rug. She got a round of oral antibiotics, but it was still happening two weeks later (not ALL of the time, but a lot of the time). We took her back to the vet and she got an antibiotic injection (which was out of stock on our first visit), but she kept trying to pee on the rug. It got to the point where I was taking her to the litter box twice a day to keep her from doing it somewhere else. Don’t you love my blog?
After we ruled out any illness as the cause, we began treating it as a behavioral issue. And as a side note, I don’t know if she even had an infection to begin with because they didn’t take a sample before starting the antibiotics. She might have just started peeing on the rug because she hated us and got two superfluous rounds of antibiotics for her troubles. Either way, we talked to the vet about what else might be causing Skylar stress.
If there’s anything I’ve learned from having cats, it’s that their behavioral issues are 99.9% caused by something YOU are doing wrong. We have two females, and they have had territory/dominance issues since the beginning. They’ve never actually hurt each other, but there’s been some hissing and chasing. Or Wrigley won’t let Skylar eat until Wrigley’s done. Or Skylar backs Wrigley into a corner. Or Wrigley wants Skylar OUT OF THE WINDOWSILL NOW. But other times, they’ll sleep next to each other on the bed. So while they’ll never be besties, there’s never been any cat-on-cat violence.
But we’re still treating this as an issue that reflects Skylar’s power struggle, and we’re trying to make our home more of a Jackson Galaxy-approved feline domicile. A crazy cat lady house.
The first thing we did was buy a second litter box. The ASPCA (and our vet) actually recommends one box for each cat AND one extra, but we’re holding off on the third box for now. We have one litter box in the laundry room and the other one in our bathroom, which thankfully is big enough that we’re not climbing over a litter box to get into the shower or stepping on granules of cat litter with wet, bare feet. Ew.
We also bought another cat scratcher tree/condo/thingy, and even though it’s large enough to accommodate at least three cats, they still fight over who gets to be on it.
Our vet suggested we get some of that kitty behavior modification pheromone spray, but I didn’t expect it to actually do anything. When I showed it to my husband, he was like, “that sounds like bullshit. There’s probably just water in there.”
And we’re just trying to spend more time paying attention to them. Skylar hasn’t peed on the rug in a while and I don’t have to take her to the litter box anymore, but I don’t want her to have a relapse when the new baby comes home and she’s not getting as many of my irresistible cuddles.
Anyway, so that’s what’s been going on with our cat. If we ever end up potty-training the toddler, I’ll be sure to write an unnecessarily long blog post about that too.
Any of you cat ladies have advice on raising two uppity females? What is the grossest thing your pet has ever done?