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Stressed out cat no longer using cat box reliably. Help please?

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  • Stressed out cat no longer using cat box reliably. Help please?

    My 3-year-old Maine Coon has his nose out of joint on account of the house's newest resident, an 11-month-old GSD puppy. She is a lunatic, and she also has yet to learn that "furry thing that scratches me on the nose" is the same thing as "furry thing that is fun to chase," and by the time I've finished correcting that behavior in her, the cat is nowhere to be found. Owing to this stress (and quite potentially owing to being a cat with his nose out of joint) this formerly 100% cat box using cat has now switched to doing his business in the bathroom sink. (His cat box is in an alcove in the bathroom.) I would prefer that this not continue as no one appreciates his peaceful protest, and would appreciate suggestions to redirect him back to his box and keep him there.
    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

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  • #2
    If it's stress, give her some rescue remedy.

    Healthfood store, Bach's flower stuff.

    put it in the water if she drinks, of force feed it if she doesn't


    • #3




      Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


      • #4
        I would tether the puppy until it is reliable about NOT chasing the cat.

        I would also make sure that the cat's area is not accessible to the puppy at all.

        Feliway plug ins could also be helpful.


        • #5
          Ditto what Simkie said. Do not let puppy chase the cat. Make sure cat has puppy free environment until puppy learns manners re: cat. I'd be pooping in the sink, too!
          What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!


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            Originally posted by oliverreed View Post
            Ditto what Simkie said. Do not let puppy chase the cat. Make sure cat has puppy free environment until puppy learns manners re: cat. I'd be pooping in the sink, too!
            Between me and the cat, all hell breaks loose for the puppy when she chases the cat. Because of the layout of the house and the cat's penchant for opening doors it is not possible to keep them totally separated at all times. I tried closing the cat in, and he let himself out. (He is smart, and he is big, and the only reason I can keep him in the house at all is the deadbolt on the door.) The dog is supervised when loose and confined to specific areas by puppy gate, which the cat may pass through if he likes or avoid if he doesn't. The den is really the only area where they meet up, and the cat can choose to come in or out over gates, but puppy doesn't have the option. There are rooms in the house that are completely off limits to the dog and which only belong to the cat, which include my bedroom and the bathroom in which the cat's box lives, and passage between those two rooms is also dog-free. So he has his safe spaces with all his things and could quite happily remain there if he so chose. Right now, he is not choosing.

            I possibly should have phrased this question differently. I know that he is under stress now, and that is the reason for the behavior. I have been keeping him in as much of a zen state as I can, and he has really been a lot better in the last few days about using his cat box as he and the dog have gotten more used to each other (and after he finally punched the dog a solid in the nose when she got too close- he was on the couch and she came toddling over. Here's to seizing power over your own destiny, three cheers.) I do not want it to become habitual, so I want to reinforce the using the cat box as much as possible, and make it the more attractive choice. Frankly, he doesn't even fit in the bathroom sink, so I don't know how he is even comfortable doing what he is doing now.
            "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

            Amy's Stuff - Rustic chic and country linens and decor
            Support my mom! She's gotta finance her retirement horse somehow.