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Old 01.05.2011, 18:11
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Hi Guys,

As you might remember, we lost our little Lucasito (orange tabby) to an awful illness and so Audrey (silly siamese) was left alone. We looked for another cat to keep Audrey company as she was really missing Lucas and found Oscar through this forum. The first month they barely tolerated themselves, well, I must say that Oscar did not care about Audrey and she only hissed at him.

After a month they sort of started getting along but we noticed that Oscar would not go into the toilet even though it is big for him (he is a persian) and he peed right outside, the previous owners had told us that this happened sometimes...After two months he did not even bother to go to the toilet to pee and peed on the floor near the toilet but not inside, now after 3 months of having him he has started also pooping on the floor and we are pretty sure it is because Audrey terrorizes him.

She is a cute cat and just wants to play as she is almost 2 years old, but Oscar being almost 13 could not care less and just runs away from her. We have sent him to the doctor recently and he did some tests and there is nothing physically wrong with him, he had a urinary tract problem but now is OK and his renal function is good.

My question is, do you have any ideas of what to do? We bought an extra large no cover kitty litter just for him so that he would be able to see Audrey coming but he does not care, I feel sorry for the poor guy and think that maybe we should find a new house for him but have grown fond of him and we would only do this as a last resort.

Any ideas? THANKS!
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Old 01.05.2011, 18:25
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

Maybe this site could help you:

http://www.cozycatfurniture.com/cat_...r_2_issue.html

Good luck! Hope your Audrey and Oscar become friends soon!
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

Thanks for the link but we have followed all the tips and nothing, vet says he is OK I just think she really annoys him! I mean Audrey is just playful but she can be a bit rough...
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

seems, like you don't have an other choice of looking for a new place for him... when it is getting worse and you had him since 3 month, you can be sure it won't get better...
sorry...
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

Thanks Sarel, I also think so but my husband does not even want to hear about it! We do not mind cleaning after him, we just worry about him...poor thing sleeps on the dining table!
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

How about if you added extra kitty litter boxes in the other rooms. Not great in terms of visuals, but it may do the trick until he gets back into the habit ?

I did this for a while just before my two kittens had to be neutered, it did work.
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How about if you added extra kitty litter boxes in the other rooms. Not great in terms of visuals, but it may do the trick until he gets back into the habit ?

I did this for a while just before my two kittens had to be neutered, it did work.
That is what we did we have a 4 room place and have 3 toilets, there is NO WAY I will put one on my room !
ALso, Oscar is almost 13 and was neutered a long time ago...
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

Salut Angela.

I think is he was alone before and now he has to share with another cat.
We have 14 of these little terrors and I can say this can be hard on the system.
When one of our little darlings starts to water in the house (the cat-toilets are in the garage), I make a toilet in another room, seperate from the 4 we normally have and show the offender where it is.
Oscar is trying to show you he is a clean cat and will not walk around in the smelly toilet of audrey.
Give him his own toilet for a time and give him your time.
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

You should have one litter box for each cat, plus an extra - all in different locations. It can be a problem in an apartment, but it really does help with box issues.

Also, talk to your vet about Feliway diffuser. Some swear by it - it imitates the happy scents that come from cat cheeks when they're rubbed and it calms them down a lot. (you can also buy it from amazon.co.uk, but I'd suggest only using that for refills because the diffuser plugs in)

Give them a bit more time. It took my Luna to get used to Leo (who was a baby, but very, very dominant - and she was used to being the dominant one) about six months to accept him.
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I'm sorry to hear about Oscar's problems.

Have you tried keeping Oscar in a room of his own? You should spend time in there with him but keep your other cat out. He should have his own litter tray and food and water and hopefully he may feel more confident and settle down. Once settled you could try re-introducing them again but slowly.

We did this when we introduced our 2 and whilst they aren't ever going to curl up close together there is mutual tolerance and they do miss eachother if they are separated.

One of our cats is very nervous and suffers from urinary tract problems when he's stressed which leads to him peeing pretty much anywhere (including our bed whilst we're on it!!) Just before we moved 2 years ago he had had a bad bout (over a month of different medication). We kept him inside after we moved and his problems cleared up almost instantly. We could only conclude that something about being an outdoor cat was upsetting him. He's had no real problems now for 2 years. So there is hope for Oscar!
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

Thanks All, we have two cats and three toilets I will try the isolation! Maybe it will help!

Thanks!
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

As an update I would like to tell you guys that I left a newspaper on the floor by mistake a few days ago and guess what? Oscar started doing his business on top of it, so we have bought a new toilet, put it where the newspaper was and filled it with newspaper and that is his new favourite toilet
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As an update I would like to tell you guys that I left a newspaper on the floor by mistake a few days ago and guess what? Oscar started doing his business on top of it, so we have bought a new toilet, put it where the newspaper was and filled it with newspaper and that is his new favourite toilet
Glad to hear he's found a spot he likes to pee in that is also inside a box! They do make recycled newspaper cat litter. I accidentally bought this once, my cats dipped one claw into it, recoiled and ran off. It is very soft and newspapery. Might be a thought since he seems to like newspaper!
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

That's great news and it sounds like you've found the key! He'll probably be much happier now and I guess you're relieved too!
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

He seems to be a lot more relaxed and even playful now. I caught both of them sleeping together a couple of days ago, which confirms that Audrey does like him just is a little bit rough
Thanks for the help guys!
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I have to resurrect this thread as we have been having problems with Oskar on and off. Now that we are moving and Molly is pregnant, he has been peeing on the rugs. I have put another toilet with paper just for him but I guess stress is getting to him.
I thought about taking him to a cat rescue center which is like a sanctuary near Biel but husband says he won't survive there as there are so many cats there...well taken care off but many indeed.
He has ruined the parket floor, many rugs and I really do not know what to do any more....any ideas?
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Re: Cat being terrorized by my other cat

ok, silly question but are you sure his health is ok?

Kidneys are a major source of worries with older cats. Could he have a UTI?

Otherwise, what about those pheromones that you can plug in, like the anti-mosquitoes ones? They seem to help a lot to calm nervous cats.
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I have to resurrect this thread as we have been having problems with Oskar on and off. Now that we are moving and Molly is pregnant, he has been peeing on the rugs. I have put another toilet with paper just for him but I guess stress is getting to him.
I thought about taking him to a cat rescue center which is like a sanctuary near Biel but husband says he won't survive there as there are so many cats there...well taken care off but many indeed.
He has ruined the parket floor, many rugs and I really do not know what to do any more....any ideas?
I don't really have experience with indoor cats but we've had this sort of behaviour occasionally with one of our current crop and with at least one other cat some years ago. In the latter case he/they were being terrorised by a local whole Tom, and feeling very threatened. In the more recent situation it was also clear that he felt out of place or threatened (oddly, by the one female of the bunch) and was trying to assert his residency status.

The only answer for us was to try and remove the cause of the stress, which in the first instance only really succeeded when we moved over here, although it had got a lot better after we'd installed a magnetic-locking catflap so the invader couldn't get in. The more recent one just seems to have gone away - he just seems to have relaxed a bit in the last year or two and all's now hunky-dory.

Doesn't help you much I'm afraid, but I'd just try and ensure that he felt wanted, loved even, and that the other one wasn't getting preferential treatment. Moving to a new place might, just might, make things better once he's settled.

Or let him out of doors, of course (Sorry, couldn't resist).
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ok, silly question but are you sure his health is ok?

Kidneys are a major source of worries with older cats. Could he have a UTI?

Otherwise, what about those pheromones that you can plug in, like the anti-mosquitoes ones? They seem to help a lot to calm nervous cats.
Hi Melusine he had suffered from kidney stones so we give him a kidney safe diet as well as the other ones. But nope no infections really, he is just an old cat (14!!!) that has suffered a lot of diseases (he has no pipi!!)...I know he is mostly happy here but the stench from his urine, the fact that he has ruined the floor in more than one place and so many rugs has just tired me. Might ask the vet if I should take him for a visit though...
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Or let him out of doors, of course (Sorry, couldn't resist).
silly, if I let him out he will get lost, he has got lost 3 times since he came to live with us...why? problem with door not closing properly...he got lost on our cellar for crying out loud!
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