Something is catching the cats' attention!
We are not sure that all of the spraying problems have stopped, but there sure has been a fantastic improvement. I thought that I might have found one little spot where I caught a whiff of that all to well know odor of cat pee, and I thoroughly cleaned the area, just in case it was fresh.
We had suspected that an outside "stranger" tom cat, who was roaming our neighborhood, yowling and calling for a mate, may have initiated the spraying behavior. Thankfully this traveling salesman has vacated the area and no further sounds or threats have been made. Thus the need for defensive action to protect territories is no longer needed.
We also isolated who we suspected might have been the main spraying culprit, as opposed to "peeing" on the bed. Trouble, renamed "Hubble" (for now) to end any negative associations with his name, was isolated to measure his fluid intake. Alone in the bedroom, his marking "deposits" on the new plastic covered mattress was all the evidence we needed.
Just to be sure we isolated Puppy and Lucy separately, with no further inappropriate elimination. Lucy is being treated with Amytryptaline which seems to be calming to her. She has no more evidence of crystals either.
"Hubble" has calmed down significantly. He is doing well on Desmopressin to treat his Diabetes Insipidus,and Amytryptaline to relieve anxiety. His water intake has decreased and his urine appears to be concentrating. Dr. Holder will be testing him tomorrow to monitor his progress.
Hush Puppy is doing great. With the decreasing domination behavior by "Hubble", he is much more relaxed and not as nervous.
We are optimistic that this stressful time has come to an end. Inappropriate elimination is a very complex and difficult problem to deal with. It takes patience and a good deal of detective work, and the support of skilled veterinary care.
More news will be posted as time progresses. We are thankfully beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.