Behavior Issues Because of Move?


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Old 10-20-10, 12:15 PM
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Behavior Issues Because of Move?

I've had two female calicos, both adopted, for the past year and a half. They have lived with me, in my apartment for the duration. Two weeks ago, I moved them in with my boyfriend who relocated for work, and they're now with him until I relocate as well.

Both cats had no behavior problems. They always used the box, no marking or spraying....just wonderful cats. Both have been fixed.

Since the move I believe one cat specifically has taken to urinating in places other than her box. Mind you, she'll use the box for solid waste...just not to pee. What is this about???? I was worried about the psychological transition for her....but didn't think it would be this awful!!

Both cats had vet appointments and shots three days before the move and were given a clean bill of health. Litter boxes have changed since the move, but the old box and litter are next to the new box, so the option is still there.

HOW CAN I STOP THIS??!!??!!??!! She's peed on clothes in the hamper, MULTIPLE times on the bathroom rug, and most recently, a quarter sized amount on the carpet in the living room.

Any feedback would be MUCH appreicated. I have had cats around me since I was little, and never have experienced this issue for such a length of time.
 
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Welcome to the forums

I moved your question out into its own thread to increase the visibility
 
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Old 10-20-10, 02:37 PM
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How much time does your boyfriend spend with them? Were there pets there before (even before your BF if you know)?

Sorry...but I know the issues can be worrisome. We moved our 3 cats 2 times in 6 months..they spent 5 days in carriers the first time. It took almost 2 months before they finally accepted our final stop as home. Didn't have the same issues as yours (we DID have some spraying by our inside/outside girl)...but now you've brought "HIM" into the mix....lol. I know..not funny, but true. Your pride has gone from 3 to 4..the problem cat is probably trying to figure where she fits.

BTW...saying a female calico is almost wasting keystrokes......almost every calico is female...it would be very, very rare to have male calico.
 
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Old 10-21-10, 01:15 AM
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elaineisthewall,

I would take note of exactly where they are peeing. I know it sounds strange but with the upheaval of moving, cats do have a lot of stress. If your BF is not spending enough time with them and you are not there, they may be "acting out" for lack of a better term.

If the cats had a clean bill of health just days before (they) moved, then I wouldn't think any medical reasons are behind the peeing. It definitely sounds stress induced. Get your BF to spend extra one on one time with each of them. Watch exactly where they are going, as this may lend inself to more fulfulling information on resolving the problem.
 
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Old 10-21-10, 10:43 AM
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Gunguy: Because he's new at work, he's putting in more time there than he is at home. He leaves at about 6:30 am and returns between 5 & 6 pm. He's gone a minimum of 12 hours. He's very involoved with thim once he is home, and as it was before they moved, it's always been just the two cats...no other pets with him. And he's been around longer than they have. We've been dating 5 years, and I got the cats in the beginning of 2008. We didn't live together at any point and time, but they know him well and are comfortable with him. I understand it was stressful, and him being at work a lot isn't helping things.

Rhainy: Specifically, it's one cat peeing only on the bathroom rug. She did pee, a teeny tiny amount, on the carpet in the center of the living room when the rug was in the washing machine. It happened again overnight, on the clean rug.
 
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Old 10-21-10, 07:45 PM
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elaineisthewall,

If the cat is doing this sort of thing, I would take her to the vet and have her checked for FUS. If there were no reportable symptoms when she had her check up, the vet wouldn't have known to check for it. FUS can be fatal, if not treated.

If she checks out ok, then I would say, use a squirt bottle and catch her in the act. It has worked in the past for me.

Do keep us posted.
 
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Thanks, Rhainy. I've never heard of FUS...but I will definitely see to it that she sees a vet tonight or tomorrow. Good thing I did my work ahead of time and already chose a vet for them to see, should the need arise.
I really appreciate the feedback.
 
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Update

Just wanted to thank you guys once again for the feedback. I had the boyfriend take the cat with the issue to the vet to check for FUS specifically.

THANKFULLY the vet confirmed that due to the duration, type of behavior, and test, the cat didn't have any medical issue; she was purely stressed out.

We are a week free of any accidents or 'on purposes' rather, and I think they've finally settled in to their new home.

Thanks so much.
 
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Old 10-29-10, 08:21 AM
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Glad it seems to be working out. Thanks for the update.
 
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Old 10-29-10, 09:29 AM
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Glad to hear the kitty didn't have any medical issues. Hopefully the settling in period is now over and kitty will be nice!
 
 

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