- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Guys, I’m at my witts end. I have three cats, one of whom has a serious litterbox problem. She is so finicky and I’ve tried my best to accomodate her demands.
I got new couches two months ago as an early birthday/christmas gift. They were not cheap and we really needed them. I took care to buy couch covers to prevent excess amounts of cat fur from getting on them and for ease of laundering. I’m very meticulous with my things.
Well this particular cat peed on one of the couches. This isn’t the first time she’s done this outside of her litterbox. I cleaned it up the best I could with vinegar b/c by the time I realized it, it had dried.
She’s perfectly healthy, so it’s clearly a behavioral issue. I’m getting to the point where I’m seriously wondering how happy she is living with us. My other two cats avoid her b/c she claws/hisses at them. Any guests I invite over have to avoid her or she’ll hiss/claw at them. She is such an angry cat. I’m beyond frustrated here. We have plenty of litterboxes, they’re not near her food, and I clean them twice a day.
I never figured she’d urinate on my furniture. She’s always urinated or defecated on the carpet but I was quick to clean it up.
I’m getting to the point where I’m uncomfortable living with her. I would like to have kids at some point in the next couple of years but I’m concerned that she’d either a) start eliminating more outside the litterbox and my kids would get into it or b) she’d attack them.
I’m not sure what to do. I feel awful contemplating rehoming her. I’ve had her 3 years and she’s always been like this. It’s a constant battle to keep her “happy” enough not to mess outside the litterbox.
I just feel terrible about this. I take adopting my cats very seriously but at cost? I’m not sure I can handle much more of this. This is three years of constant issues. I’ve changed foods, added water fountains, different litterboxes, different litter, cleaning the litterboxes more frequently, etc.
I’m open to advice, suggestions, talking me down from thinking about rehoming her, etc.