Of all the agonizing and frustrating behavior problems which I have encountered over my years of self-imposed servitude to the feline species, inappropriate elimination without a definitive cause remains the most difficult one with which I have had to deal.
I have written about Trouble, our white Oriental Shorhair's recently found passion for anointing our box spring, mattress and the carpet under our bed with the accuracy which rivals the most skillful fireman's hose, and our unceasing efforts to find the answer to what is driving him to continue this behavior. It often feels to me that I am on the quest searching for the golden fleece at times, ( no pun intended). I also wrote about my session with an animal communicator to assist in our search for an answer. I am happy to report that she was right on the money in her conversation with Trouble, as her suggestions seem to be panning out really well.
Since Lucyfur is seeking a more appropriate home, and is not living in our house, (several people are interested in adopting her), Trouble has quieted down significantly. He no longer paces and yowls, which is making my husband and me far less anxious. His spraying episodes have diminished substantially as well. He is no longer being treated with psychotropic medication, and the aggressive behavior between Trouble and Hush Hush has lessened noticeably.
We began using a really promising herbal product called No Spray, available from BottledBlessings.com. Within a couple of weeks of adding a few drops to their water, the episodes of spraying decreased greatly, but have not ceased completely. We are continuing to test him further to find a definitive cause.
As many cat lovers know, the leading cause of cats surrendered to shelters is spraying. But with patience and commitment, we can keep our kitties in our hearts and homes.
Have you had a cat that sprayed? What did you do to get to the cause, and how did you handle it? Please leave a comment.