I have CAT DRAMA.
We have 2 black cats.....and I think both decided our brand new carpet was perfect for their pee and poo.
Meet Cecil....our beloved 14 year old cat who has been with us since our first year of marraiage. He has seen it all and has been the most wonderful cat. He has also become more and more nuerotic with age, but who doesn't, really? These days he talks (meow, meow, meow) incessantly to us when he wants to be fed or wants water from the sink. I know, the sink. That is gross, but for some reason I indulge him. Want to keep him well hydrated to live as long as possible. Maybe I am the crazy one. But I think Cecil may be losing it. He has never had any major issues other than a his back teeth last year, which is totally resolved after removal.
He has been such an easy pet, so loving and soooo easy.
But recently he has decided that the basement is a great place to pee.....and not in his cat box which was a mere 15 feet away. Oh no. He has been using the carpet. And not just any carpet.....my NEW carpet!!! That's right BRAND.NEW.CARPET.I have recently banned Cecil to the back section of the house where our bedroom and office are. His food, his box are all there now, which I also don't particularily like in my space. But I am TRYING to keep him there...all of his needs are met there: he can get water from the bathroom sink, he can snuggle with us at night and he can bask in the sun from the sky lights. But now there is an issue of keeping him in there....he is a keen escape artist like any cat, but seems to be accepting his new place in life.
It is making me crazy that it is NEW carpet installed recently after we paid money to transport my in-laws pool table (VERY HEAVY) to our home. New carpet that we installed so we wouldn't have to replace it again after the pool table was installed! NEW CARPET! @#%@!
Now I feel like the neurotic one.....constantly sniffing, SMELLING FOR IT.
Sometimes on my hands and knees sniffing to find any spots. nice visual.
Purchasng multiple urine out products and using the wet vaccuum on it!
It seems useless.
I am beside myself and it is driving me crazy.
To make it more complicated we have another black cat, Felix. I have also banned him from the house beause I believe he is involved and may be the one who started it. He is to be a "garage cat" because I am also certain he is apart of this drama. We are trying to just keep him in the garage, but he is highly motivated to sneak in. Ugh. He is also a wonderful cat and loves the kids... our neighbor found Felix ans his sister in the median of the highway near our house. He was tiny and since he has been with the kids since such a young age loves them, follows them around the yard and even lays by the pool to be near them.
I can hardly think of the alternative to stop this...I can't even say it out loud here, but it is on my mind and I hate it and cried about it and hate it.
thoughts? cat loving people out there? honestly, what would you do? They are both perfectly healthy cats. Do we keep them sanctioned out of the house? Get some kind of carpet or door zapper? I don't think this behavior is going to stop. ugh.