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Advice needed - possible Separation Anxiety for Cat

Good evening

I was hoping to get some advice from any cat experts or anyone who has experienced this.

I have two handsome boys, Thor and Loki, who are 6 months old. They are going to get their snip-snip operation this week. Both are house trained and go outside

Me and my partner, just got home from 5 days away, as we had to go to Germany. We had a lovely lady come over a few times a day to feed and to spend time with them.

When we got home, we found that the duvet and our pillows had been urinated on. I am sure it was Loki, as when I was in the process of unpacking my clothes he sat in the suitcase and urinated

I didn't growl him, as I had read on the net that cats that do this could be suffering from Separation Anxiety. Loki is a bit more shy, especially when we have people over, he just runs out of the house.

I want to know if anyone has experienced this, what they did to help their cat.

Thank you in advance for your help
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Old 05.11.2012, 22:28
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Re: Advice needed - possible Separation Anxiety for Cat

My first thought would be to check the litter box actually. Did the lovely lady who came to feed them also keep their box(s) clean? Did she run out of litter and buy a different brand from what you usually use? Cats can be very finicky about this - understandably so, I'm a bit picky about my toilet paper as well, and I don't have to lick my paws clean after using it - and it's a common reason for cats to relieve themselves in inappropriate places. Fortunately, this is usually a fairly easy fix.

Another thing with the suit case, it could be territorial in that case. Were there other cats (or any pets) where you were when you were away? Maybe you had the scent of another cat on your clothes or in / on your suitcase (my s-i-l cat LOVES suitcases, and made herself quite at home in mine when I visited her and my brother), Loki may be reclaiming the suitcase as his. This is less easy to fix, but if Loki is not neutered, this sort of behavior usually calms down a bit afterward.

Finally, the potentially more serious possibilities are medical. If Loki is having trouble urinating, he may associate his box with the pain from urination, so he's going someplace else. This is also where separation anxiety comes in too, because some cats develop bladder problems because they're anxious / stressed. This is less about actual "I'm mad at you and you're going to pay" than it is about "owie, owie, my pee hurts and I suspect it's the box because it always hurts there", even though the initial trigger may have been "where is mom / who is this lady?"

So, best thing is to do two things: Check his litter to make sure everything is as it should be, and take him to the vet to be checked that his bladder is in good shape.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you both! <3
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Re: Advice needed - possible Separation Anxiety for Cat

Thank you Peg A

Both our cats go outside for the toilet, so they don't have a litter box, they use the garden. Will check the garden tomorrow. Hehehe I totally understand being picky about toilet paper

There were no cats where we were staying, but the scent of my cat in NZ might have still been on there from my visit in July.

When we are at the vet this week I will get the vet to double check his bladder.

Again thank you for your help muchly appreciated
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