Mommy here, just having a cuddle with Johnny--he's purring up a storm!
It's very soothing, which I REALLY need. Because we have a problem here at the Katnip Lounge.
Do you notice anything missing in this photo?
There's no carpeting!
It's modular, and we had to take it up to clean it thoroughly, scrub the floor, wipe down the furniture, and wash down the walls.
Because we have a sprayer in the house.
AND a pee-er.
Sweet Pea and May Ling have never gotten along, and their feud had progressed to constant stalking and harassment. They seem to switch off on being the aggressor/victim, whatever takes their fancy. May Ling is intimidated and pees outside the box(es), and Sweet Pea sprays everything she can to mark things as "hers". And naturally, now the rest of the crowd thinks it's fair game to follow suit.
Here's what we've tried so far:
Calming collars--didn't work
Boundary spray--didn't work
We've added three new litterboxes in the primary hot spots, and the perpetrators have been to the vet to rule out any medical problems. Sweet Pea has started on amitrypteline for a month to see if it helps with the spraying/anxiety/aggression. We had her on Clomicalm with no positive results--I was so disappointed because that helped Maui 100% to calm down and stop spraying (and he was terrible!). We are making a point to play with both of them and give them plenty of love and attention; but it's so discouraging to find a new puddle or dribble.
Our goal is to keep everybody...but we are at wit's end. Sequestering isn't feasible with our house's open floor plan, so that's out as an option. I hate having to drug our furkids, but if that's what it takes to break the cycle, so be it. We are open to all suggestions...and I'd love to know what y'all use to clean up pee.
Fortunately, today was a good day--no confrontations and only one tiny spray. Sweet Pea slept with me last night and May Ling had a huge play session today. The Horde is happy. One step at a time...
XX Momkat Trish XX